When Mexico City native Miguel Escobedo moved to the Bay Area at age 9, he lost a major part of himself: al pastor. The reddish marinated pork, stacked on a vertical spit and shaved off with a flick of pineapple, was his first favorite food. He remembers roaming the streets of Mexico City, bouncing from stand to stand, feeling hypnotized by the graceful movements of the taqueros. In 1980, his family packed up, and the sights and smells of al pastor were gone. “What’s labeled as Mexican food in S.F. is not necessarily Mexican food as it is in Mexico,” Escobedo says. “Al pastor is the best example of that.” Most local taquerias list al pastor on their menus, grilling the pork — typically marinated with achiote, chiles, onions, vinegar and other spices — instead of roasting it on a spit known as a trompo. No trompo? Not true al pastor. Few Bay Area chefs attempt the trompo due to its tricky set of challenges, but Escobedo is among a new generation … [Read more...] about The Bay Area quest for true Mexico City-style al pastor
“It’s simple,” Macri explained for the closing. “Not enough people were buying into what we were selling. There’s no failed partnership or eviction. It’s not from lack of effort. This has been going on enough time for me to realize that it’s not working out. We have a loyal customer base but just not enough of one." … [Read more...] about La Divisa Meats at Reading Terminal Market to close
Richard Cusack, a chef with sterling credentials (who happens to be Sixers star Joel Embiid’s private chef), and his wife, Christina, a wine professional, have signed on at 1911 E. Passyunk Ave. to open June BYOB, with French cuisine. After light redecorating, they plan to start serving in late summer. … [Read more...] about June BYOB, under chef Richard Cusack, to replace Will on East Passyunk
Mark your calendars, because you don't want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, is hosting a wine dinner with Jean Philippe Marchand on April 30. Marchand's wines will be paired with a four course meal featuring foods of Provence. Also on hand will be Jean Philippe Guy of French Country Wines, the only Houston wine shop that carries Domaine Jean Philippe Marchand. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call 713-827-8008. A $40 deposit via Pay Pal is required.Sit Lo at Finn Hall, 712 Main, will have a Viet-Cajun Crawfish pop-up, every Friday beginning April 26 until crawfish season is over. The crawfish will be available from 3:30 p.m. until it is sold out.The 8th Annual Rails and Tails Mudbug Fest will be held at Depot Plaza, 201 South Elm, in Tomball, May 4. The festival begins at 11 a.m and the musical entertainment starts at noon, continuing until 8 p.m. The line-up includes the Powell … [Read more...] about Upcoming Houston Food Events: Bistro Provence Wine Dinner, Kentucky Derby Socials
Springtime is upon us in Texas. The bluebonnets are blooming, and your allergies are kicking into high gear. Very soon, the thermometer will start to climb and grills and smokers will be uncovered in advance of the weekends of backyard cookouts to come. But just because man has been cooking with fire for over 400,000 years doesn’t mean that we’re genetically predisposed to grilling a steak as good as the best steakhouses or smoking a brisket that doesn’t come out as tough as a leather boot. You may look cool as hell with your teak-handled tongs, lording over the sizzling grates of your mammoth eight-burner stainless steel grill, but it’s all for naught if your food is bad.Perhaps you’re hoping to be the Bobby Flay of your backyard or the Aaron Franklin of family gatherings. Or maybe you just want to throw a cookout your friends hope they get invited to, instead of the ones they look for an excuse to skip. Either way, we’re here to save you from a … [Read more...] about Backyard Cookout Season Is Upon Us. That’s Why You Need a Sous Vide.