Eye of the Beholder

By Mariajose Mendiola for @LaredoEats

There is a special saying my mom says every time we are at a restaurant, “De la vista, nace el amor.” What she means by that is that by what you see visually, you will know if you will love it or not. It helps to have pictures of food at a restaurant or to have a source to go see pictures of what maybe you would like to order. My goal for Laredo Eats is to exactly do that for the people of Laredo. I want you guys to go here or my Instagram page @laredoeats to fall in love with what I fall in love with! My hungry eye is always on the lookout. This month, we went to the new and trendy SHIBU. I absolutely love this place and their delicious bowls and Sushi Burritos. For me, the perfect post workout meal is the bowl here. There are so many options they have to offer, so you basically can put anything in there. So healthy and YUMMY! Next, my sweet tooth took advantage of me and took me to Titey’s Cakes, and OMG we were in Cheesecake heaven with these cheesecake sandwiches. So yummy and cute, they were a hit, so maybe you guys should go taste sweet heaven too. Then came along Sunday brunch, which is my favorite time of the week! I love enjoying a beautiful afternoon at La Finca Brucheria & Cafe because of their delicious traditional options. I have a weird yet satisfying soft spot for molletes, and the molletes here are to die for! They are a great traditional dish with a twist. Last but not least, I had lunch at Alamo Drafthouse. What I love about Alamo is that you don’t necessarily have to go to the movies to go here. I love their side restaurant and the food there. So many YUMMY options so why not just order it all? We hope you fell in love as much as I did! Stay hungry Laredo. NOM NOM.

A Classic Treat

by Oscar Castillo

 

When it comes to Mother’s Day, nothing screams “motherly appreciation” as does a delicious cake. Whether presenting it to mom to celebrate her day, or bringing it at the family gathering, a good cake speaks more than a million words. Be the star of the potluck with a Mexican classic: Tres Leches Cake.

Tres Leches is a beloved recipe, and just the mention of the cake is enough to make an inadvertent listener to be piqued with interest and for mouths to start drooling. Tres Leches gets its iconic name for the use of the titular three types of milk necessary for its gooey consistency. It requires evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk.

The cake itself starts off as any typical vanilla recipe. However, once the cake has been created, holes are poked throughout and the mixture of the three milks is then poured on the cake, seeping through all the holes. The cake and milk mixture are to be left to be cooled and for the bread to absorb all of the liquid. It is recommended to pour it in slowly and in waves to allow all of the cake to get equally soaked. Once the entire thing is properly fused and the milk mixture has been absorbed, then one can begin adding toppings or even decorating the cake. It is common to add a whipped cream topping as well as fresh strawberries or cherries, and even roasted nuts. It is a delectable recipe that is simply to die for.

Because Mom deserves the Best

by Oscar Castillo

 

Mother’s Day is all about treating that special lady in your life to a good time. It’s nice to just kick back and go out for some good food while reminiscing about life and just enjoying each other’s company. A great way to bond over yummy food is to go out for brunch. Brunch is that early afternoon treat that usually involves taking care of your sweet tooth. We’re all about our food, so we thought we’d mention a couple great options for your brunch with mom.

To start off, Delicias De La Tierra offers a grand variety as well as many healthy options. From eggs in a variety of formats to wraps, salads, sandwiches, and soups, Delicias has something for everyone. Every item on the menu can be as healthy as you want with their many choices for a personalized meal. Don’t forget to accompany your meal with a healthy juice. Delicias also features pancakes and waffles as well as oatmeal and fruit salads for a sweeter palate. If we’re talking about pancakes however, one can never go wrong with IHOP. The International House of Pancakes is a safe bet when you’re craving that sweet treat. With endless cups of coffee, it’s a great place to relax and spend the afternoon.

For something a bit heartier, Paulita’s is a Laredo classic. Paulita’s restaurant has made a name for itself thanks to it delicious and enormous breakfast tacos. From bacon and egg to beans and cheese, each taco is deliciously crafted around their delicious handmade flour tortillas which just hit the spot. Another great option is La Finca, Bruncheria and Café. They have authentic Mexican favorites such as chilaquiles, and other delicious morsels as their French toast with fresh fruit, omelets, and toasted biscuits. Of course, no good brunch is complete without a good mimosa or piña colada, so keep your spirits up this mother’s day and let mom know exactly how much you love her by treating her to a nice meal.

 

Delicias De La Tierra offers a grand variety as well as many healthy options. From eggs in a variety of formats to wraps, salads, sandwiches, and soups, Delicias has something for everyone.

Make your tastebuds dance…

by Fernanda Alvarado

From kitchen to table, Chef Sabas Martinez makes sure that every dish that comes out of his kitchen is perfected before reaching his customers. For this piece, Chef Martinez created a stuffed trout on a bed of risotto and bacon wrapped asparagus.

Originally from Torreon, Coahuila, Chef Martinez grew up watching his grandmother cook food the way no one else could. He’s been in Laredo for years learning from every chef he’s worked with to learn new techniques and create his own touch. For this dish, his inspiration goes back to his roots: his grandmother. “Of course, it isn’t the same because she was better, but I try to make it similar,” Chef Martinez chuckled.

He starts off creating the risotto cooking it slowly over a medium heat with some chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Then he goes on to blanch the asparagus and immediately after shocks it in ice water. Three asparagus are rolled into one with a piece of bacon and roasted to brown the bacon. Lastly, Chef Martinez takes a special blend of paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper and spreads it over the butterflied trout. He then adds the crab to the spice mixture. He takes it to the oven at 450 degrees for about five to seven minutes. To add the finishing touch, as soon as the trout is out of the oven, Chef Martinez adds butter and sea salt and places it under the broiler so that the crispy skin can be the first bite you get. For an added flavor, he finishes it off with a lemon sauce with chopped garlic and butter over top.

Chef Martinez recommends patrons to eat the trout with the skin. Eating the skin of a fish might not sound appealing, but trout is one of the few fish where eating the skin is okay. Plus, with it being crispy, buttery, and sea-salty it is probably the best part of the dish…TRUST US!

Chef Martinez and his team at Border Foundry make sure that everyone that walks through the restaurant doors feels their visit has been the best they’ve had. Every dish is made with attention and to perfection.

Pay them a visit at 7718 McPherson Rd, you won’t regret it!

History in the heart of Laredo

by Fernanda Alvarado

In historic downtown Laredo, there exists a nook that not many think about. A couple of blocks away from the notable San Agustin Cathedral, there sits a building with a long line of history and tradition.

The Tack Room, owned by the Fasken family and part of La Posada Hotel, has served different purposes throughout the years. It was the first telephone exchange building serving both Laredo and Nuevo Laredo just eight years after Alexander Graham Bell obtained the first telephone patent. It was then a fully operational restaurant since 1982 when it was purchased and converted into a steakhouse.

When you first walk through the saloon style doors, you will be transported back in time. To the left, there is a curved bar with a smooth wooden table top facing a great stained glass picture of jockeys and horse racing. Decorating each side of the bar are the shelves of scotch, bourbon, whiskey, and cognac making the perfect setting to a night filled with laughter, liquor, and luxury. This is the Tack Room, a restaurant that has witnessed history and served celebrities throughout the years.

The legend goes that back in the days, the Tack Room, a lovely Victorian style home, used to serve as the meeting point for the late former Mayor Aldo Tatangelo and friends who would go to Nuevo Laredo and place bets at the horse races in the Hipodromo racetrack. After the races, they’d come back to the Tack Room and drink liquor, smoke cigars, and eat good food.

By definition, a tack room is a room in a stable building where saddles, bridles, and other equipment are kept. As such, the Tack Room has kept everything in their establishment as authentic as possible while providing excellent customer service to everyone that walks through their doors. Just ask Don Manuel, who’s served at the Tack Room for twenty-five years and has every customer asking for his special, one of a kind customer service.

The Tack Room prides itself in being the most unique steakhouse in the entire state. They have served Laredo for thirty-six years with always fresh ingredients and top of the line beef. With a veranda that overlooks one of the oldest and most historic plazas in Texas, San Agustin Plaza, this legendary restaurant stands out as one of the best.

Executive Chef Armando Paredes prepares each dish as it is ordered and makes sure each dish is prepared to perfection. Tack Room’s most popular dish is their succulent prime rib eye with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. However, their updated menu offers customers a selection of gourmet sauces that combine subtle, savory flavors with steaks that melt in your mouth.

Add to that a selection of fine wines, a salad bar that is always crisp and fresh and exceptional service and you’ve got a combination that’s an easy winner over any other steak-slinging establishment.

With the complimentary valet parking and delicious food, there is no excuse not to try the best steakhouse in town!

 

The facade of The Tack Room, on Zaragoza Street in historic downtown Laredo.

 

 Assortment of cocktails and freshly baked bread.

Surf and Turf, like every dish on the menu is prepared to perfection by Executive Chef Armando Paredes.

Plenty of Fish

By Mariajose Mendiola for @LaredoEats

This month, my foodie tummy was craving something a little bit more towards the Lent season type of foods. As a “Laredoan,” we take lent very seriously, and sometimes we just don’t know where to eat with all that delicious food out there. Don’t worry guys, we’ve got you covered with some scrumptious options.

First, lets start with one of the newest and most trendiest places in Laredo: SHIBU. Shibu is literally the bomb.com; such a cool place to hang at, and they have Sushi Burritos! Like what?!?! Let me just say that i had the “Tsuna” Burrito, and my tastebuds were extremely pleased. Don’t forgot to also try the bowl, it’s just as good! Next we headed to one of our go-to places, Posh! We love our poke bowls and sushi rolls there. Instead of simply getting a tuna bowl or just a salmon bowl, try it mixed! You get the best of both worlds in one bite! The next Friday, we were craving some fresh Ceviche and Fish tacos from La Mariscana. La Sirena Ceviche is probably our favorite, and it’s a must to order each time i go. It is perfectly filling whether you want to share it or just have on your own. We also were craving something a little warm & cheesy (perfect combo) so we got the “El Governardor,” which is also just so scrumptious. Last but not least, we were craving a little bit of sweet, and i mean all this fish is making us lose weight, so why not go for some Krispy Kreme Donuts? Do i even have to explain how yummy these doughnuts are? I mean who doesn’t know that already? All we can say is that our tummies and hearts were very happy. Hope you guys got a little hungrier just reading this. Don’t forgot about Meatless Fridays and all the eating possibilities. NOM NOM.

Fresh flavors with a creamy twist

by Maria Salas

February and March are months of transition. So there’s still a little bit of winter in the atmosphere, but spring is making its way into our clothes, shoes, and definitely FOOD. This month we feature the most delicious pasta you will ever have! Trattoria Mia is presenting one of their most special dishes: lobster raviolis with a celery root puree.

This dish starts off with a delicious egg pasta dough that is prepared in-house. It is stretched and pulled to perfection, rolled out, and prepared for the filling. The filling consists of lobster, a bit of shrimp, and egg whites to hold it together inside the pasta itself. Then each ravioli is carefully fabricated by hand giving each of them a special touch.

Then, the chefs take the lobster shells and cook them down into lobster stock. After blanching the ravioli, they finish cooking in a little bit of that lobster stock so more of the lobster flavor can infuse the dish. They are finished off with some cherry tomatoes, butter, and some basil to add freshness to the dish. Lastly, a light dressing of lemon juice is added at the end to bring forth those seafood flavors.

To pull it all together, a dollop of celery root puree is added. Trattoria Mia went as far as introducing a unique element by adding the puree. It diffuses the flavor of the pasta and the sauce in your mouth and lightens everything up. Finished with a garnish of a slightly brined fresh fennel to add an extra layer of anise flavor. The little bit of bitterness in the fennel balances out the richness of the sauce and adds a bit of kick to the whole dish.

What pasta doesn’t taste better with a crisp drink? Trattoria Mia suggests drinking a hearty, full bodied white wine with an oak finish to give the meal a little bit more structure. Of course, the restaurant will now be serving an array of different drinks to accompany your meals, so you can be sure to enjoy all of the new goodies Trattoria Mia has in store for you!

A match made in heaven!

By Maria Salas

Whether you realize it or not, you spend the majority of your day doing things you’ve already done hundreds of times before. It is rare when you actually try new things for the purpose of engaging in a unique experience. But what if certain places existed to provide you the ease of trying something new?

ShiBu and TreaHouse are unorthodox restaurants that have recently opened up in the city. They’ve brought us two concepts that have been unheard of…until now.

On the one hand, you have sushi burritos and on the other you have tea? But guys, they work! Hear me out.

You might’ve seen videos on the internet talking about sushi burritos and maybe even tagged some of your friends swearing you were going to try them out one day. Well, one day has finally arrived!

ShiBu has combined two of the most glorious and popular foods in Laredo and made it one. They’ve taken the scrumptiousness of sushi and made it handheld and turned the awesomeness of burritos and made it sushi!

They offer fresh ingredients and traditional sushi recipes we all know and love. However, they also allow you the freedom to build your own creation. With over 50 ingredients to choose from, you have the ability to create up to 2,000 different sushi burrito combinations! You can make your sushi burritos as small or as big as you’d like. The experts at ShiBu can definitely fit everything in.

After you’ve ordered at ShiBu, you can head upstairs to the TreaHouse and enjoy a refreshing bubble tea to go hand in hand with your sushi burrito.

TreaHouse is definitely something that hasn’t been done in Laredo and that is what makes it so special. TreaHouse puts a modern twist on a traditional tea shop. They delight your senses with bubble teas, customized brews, and a one of a kind teapot experience.

In addition to the over 50 tea blends available, you can expect a welcoming atmosphere the moment you walk through the door. TreaHouse is a real hangout spot complete with board games, books, art, a foosball table, and the view from the second floor is not to be overlooked! It is a cozy place to hang out with friends or to take your laptop and books and have a study session.

With awesome food, cozy teas, and free wifi, you’re never going to want to leave these places! Trust us! Visit them at 9802 McPherson Ste. 116.

One Less Thing To Worry About For That Upcoming Date Night

There’s already enough you have to think about when planning date night, from deciding on a recipe that uses the least amount of raw garlic to, er, finding an actual date. And though it won’t solve the latter problem, rest assured West Coast-based winery 7 Moons at least has your wine pick covered.

The Oakville winemaker’s just-released 2016 vintage blends seven different grapes, from Cabernet to Syrah, all sourced from vineyards along the Central Coast of California. Notes of red cherries, mocha and vanilla bean make for a fruit-forward glass. Plus, that crowd-pleasing profile makes it versatile enough to pair equally well with a fancy homemade dinner—or an emergency delivery of Chinese takeout.

Better yet—it won’t know the difference if date night is what you choose to call a wine-fueled solo movie night.  7moonswines.com

Foodie Escapades

by Mariajose Mendiola for @LaredoEats

I had lots of foodie adventures this past month. From cafe’s, to bakeries, to across the river street food, to Italian restaurants, the possibilities were endless. I just wanted to make my stomach and my tastebuds happy because being “HANGRY” is a real thing, and you don’t want to see me hangry. Our first stop was at Flip Flop Coffee Shop where we enjoyed a delicious peppermint seasonal latte and some avocado toast with feta and a fried egg. This place is the perfect spot to relax and chit chat with a BFF or to go and get your study on! Lots of delicious caffeine options, snacks, and scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The next foodie adventure was enjoyed at home with the FAM. We celebrated “Dia de Los Reyes Magos” at home with a yummy yet so pretty mini rosca from Titey’s Cakes. It was such a sweet tooth satisfying moment and I also got the “little baby Jesus,” guess now I have to make everyone tamales! Later on that week I went across and came across an old friend, and by old friend I mean a caramel filled churro. Seriously, I consider this the original churro, don’t get me wrong there is a lot of amazing places that sell churros out there but this one is just one of a kind. Lastly I think i fell in love all over again with this cheesy pizza from Trattoria Mia. This pizza, and it’s fresh ingredients was just the “cheery on top” to that dinner date. It had cheese, and Italian sausage all over and all I can say is that I have no regrets. So this is the ending to this month’s foodie adventure and I hope I got your mouth watering. NOM NOM.