News and events, and the Tostitos contest winner!

Congratulations to Kelly, who won the draw for the 2 bags of blue corn Tostitos and a lovely chip basket! I will be sending you an e-mail. I hope you enjoy them; personally, I find that blue corn chips have a slightly different taste than yellow corn tortilla chips and go really well with salsa, but doesn’t fit as well with cheese.

And now, here’s some news for you:

Tostitos contest

I have a lovely Tostitos gift basket to give away to one lucky person! To win two bags of blue corn Tostitos and a giant bowl to put your munchies in, simply reply to this post and tell me your favourite way to eat tortilla chips. If you prefer, you can e-mail me privately instead of posting here.

One entry per person, and you must be prepared to pick up the basket somewhere in the Edmonton area.

Blue corn Tostitos

Blue corn Tostitos

Edited to add: Whoops forgot to say when this contest ends! Deadline is end of day July 25,2010.

Mucho Burrito, Edmonton

Mucho Burrito is a somewhat new and expanding franchise chain in Alberta. In the past year it seems like there have been Mucho Burrito locations popping up all over Edmonton. The food is relatively basic – burritos are the main feature – and you get to layer on whatever you’d like, kind of like ordering a sub at Subway.

My regular choice is generally a carnitas burrito (pork) on a whole wheat tortilla. A small will fill you up. A medium will do if you’re starving. The large size will practically feed 4 people. I ordered a combo which means a drink and a choice of either tortilla chips and salsa, a cookie, or some cinnamon thing that I’ve never bothered to try. The tortilla chips are crispy and not greasy; always a winner in my books. Warning – the hot salsa is “burn your mouth” type of heat. You may want to start off with mild or medium if this is your first visit.

carnitas combo

carnitas combo

For fillings, you get rice, your meat (unless you ordered the vegetarian burrito), guacamole (extra charge), salsa, and your choice of veggies, black beans or brown beans. Then the whole thing is rolled and briefly grilled on a press. Pardon the bite marks and dry hands in the photo.

carnitas cross-section

carnitas cross-section

Oh, and if you really want to torture yourself, there are handy bottles of Tabasco sauce over by the straws and napkins for your use.

Mucho Burrito
Various locations in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan; new franchise purchased for Vancouver, B.C.
www.muchoburrito.com

Mexico Lindo, Edmonton

One of my Easter meals was a dinner with friends at Mexico Lindo. I had heard a lot about this place, so I was excited to give it a try.

The restaurant is quite small, and was full when we arrived. After waiting for a short time, we were seated. Surprisingly, the later it got, the more empty the restaurant became. So if you want a table on a Saturday night, come at 7:30 p.m. Service was extremely friendly and even a little entertaining. The food also arrived relatively quickly.

To start, we ordered a jug of agua de Jamaica (Jamaica water). This is cold iced tea made from hibiscus flowers. And it tastes like liquid haw flakes (a.k.a. Chinese candy that is addictive like crack).

agua de Jamaica

agua de Jamaica

To start, I decided to go with the sopa de tortilla (tortilla soup). Soup is served at this restaurant in two parts. First, I was given a bowl of tortilla chips, cheese and avocado.

Sopa de tortilla without broth

Sopa de tortilla without broth

Then, they poured on the soup! Yum. Everyone at the table tasted it and thought it was good. Continue reading