restaurant: andale taqueria

The Taster and I carpool everyday to work. Or, I guess I should say we did. But everyday for many months, as I drove to the Best Buy Corporate Headquarters I saw the process of a new restaurant and market being remodeled.

Once it was open I had to stop in! I also needed masa flour so it really was necessary. ;) I was instantly taken back to the time I spent in Mexico as a child. The taqueria serves traditional Mexican food (complete with tongue and tripe tacos, tortas, alameres) and the adjoining market contains aisles of all the Mexican food you want (lime mayonaise, fanta, bimbo bread). I love these kinds of field trips.

Once I saw that the taqueria had tortas, which are traditional Mexican sandwiches, I added Andale Taqueria to our “must-visit” list and when we finally made the trip, I was a little obsessed. I had heard about this sandwich, but never tried it and never really even seen it around.

I ordered a carnitas torta with everything on it – beans, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, avocado, queso fresca and mayonaise. I proclaimed it the best sandwich I’d ever had and that I wanted to eat one every day for the rest of my life. Seriously. The taster thought that was stretching it a bit, but the sandwich was sooooo good! So many flavors going on and obviously, very filling.

The Taster went with the burrito pollo (chicken) which was Chipotle-sized and stuffed with rice, beans, salsa, sour cream and chicken. Yum! It definitely had a more authentic flavor to it than Chipotle Burritos.

I felt obligated to order a Mexican Coke – does anyone know the difference between them and regular coke? I originally thought Mexican coke was made with real cane sugar, but it was made with high fructose corn syrup. Hmmm.

The market is an experience in itself – it made me feel like I was in Mexico and I always love  perusing new-to-me foods. A lot of memories came flooding back from the time I’ve spent in Mexico.

For all of you Minneapolis readers – try out Andale Taqueria – it is a gem! And if you try the tounge, tripe or other interesting tacos I’ll be really proud.  I’m way too scared. :)

Andale Taqueria & Mercado

7700 Nicollet Avenue South

Richfield, MN

612-259-8868

 

 

daily eats: 8.29.11

Monday started like most – with a yoga class. But then the similarities ended.

It was a long day of traveling. I had my last work trip and so I’m currently down south in the land of shrimp and grits. For the record, I’m only allowing myself one meal of grits – do you know what they put in that stuff?! It is soooo good, but not exactly easy on the waistline. Georgia was the place that introduced me to grits, before then I had no idea of their glory. Needless to say, I’m a little obsessed. Hopefully tonight I’ll get some grits! :)

6:30 am Yoga Class. I needed to go to yoga before I left because I wouldn’t be able to take a class for the next few days – the horror! 

The airport was really quiet so I had plenty of time before my plane took off. I stopped into the French Meadow Cafe for coffee, water and breakfast.

 I was going to get oatmeal for breakfast but decided that eggs, bacon and toast was more what I was after. I should have just skipped the hash browns all together – I didn’t eat any of them.

On the first leg of the flight I was busy preparing for the week and doing some writing and meal planning.

When I landed in Charlotte I was ready for a meal. I always try to walk around the airports so that I’m not sitting the entire day. This way I can also scope out all of the food options at well.

 It may seem rather unlikely that I ate at Sbarro’s but it was actually pretty easy to build a healthy meal full of vegetables! I had a salad (should have gotten the small, the large was huge), side of vegetables and a meatball. It was great.

On the second leg of the flight I snacked on part of a thinkThin bar, read some Elle magazine and took a miniature cat nap (shh!!).

When I landed in my third state of the day, Florida, I jumped into a car to finish my trip to Georgia!

I managed to track down the one natural food store on the island and then it was time for dinner! Being in shrimp country, I was really on the hunt for shrimp. This grilled shrimp and scallops with succotash (SO good) and green beans was just what I was looking for.

Now I’m catching up on things online and heading to bed! Hope you had a great start to your week.

PS. I have two more weeks of work, three more weeks until the wedding and four more weeks until we move!!!

restaurant: umami burger

One of the first stops in LA was Umami Burger. Obviously I have my priorities straight. :)

It was my second trip to Umami and it definitely won’t be my last – the burgers are literally out. of. this. world. Just like our Minneapolis favorite, The Bulldog, the combinations are creative and the ingredients are of the highest quality.

Deciding on a burger is easier said than done. The most recent Food & Wine had Umami’s Port & Stilton Burger (blue cheese, port caramelized onions) on the cover which essentially sealed the deal for the Taster before we even landed in California.

I on the other hand had some trouble deciding. The Greenbird (shelton farms turkey, crushed avocado, green cheese, butter lettuce, sprouts and green goddess) comes highly recommended by Lynn – I’ll get it someday – but the SoCal (butter lettuce, slow-roasted tomato, house spread, house-made american cheese and caramelized onions) was just too irresistible for me to pass up.

The burgers were both outstanding, the SoCal was easily in the top 5, maybe even 3 that I’ve ever had. We left Umami happy with our bellies full, sun-kissed skin and dreams of the future to come.

I doubt you could make a bad choice at Umami, but I’ll sure have a good time trying to find out.

 

 

los angeles

I was in LA this past weekend and it was wonderful, as always. I love that city. The sun, the hiking, the views, the food – whats not to love?

We got in on Friday afternoon and went straight to Umami Burger (more to come on that) – delicious!

Saturday was the Celiac Disease Foundation Conference and show – a full day of gluten-free samples! We (French Meadow) sampled our gluten-free tortillas and brownies – always a huge hit! :)

Sunday we left Universal City and ventured into LA before heading to my cousins for Mexican food and S’muffins! (When in LA, definitely try S’muffins, they are kind of life-changing.)

Monday started off with a hike at Runyon Canyon;

coffee and scones with Lynn (definitely a highlight!);

and some brown rice sushi for lunch. Interestingly enough, whenever I’ve asked for brown rice sushi elsewhere, they tell me it’s not possible. I’m here to say it can be done. :) Here is the proof:

On our last day, Tuesday, we woke up to rain so our planned morning hike was cancelled and replaced with breakfast. I can’t complain too much. ;)

Whew – what a weekend. Normal life resumes today!