A while back, I had the good fortune of being invited to a friend’s house to sample the delicious Mexican-American cuisine of Chica’s Chef Maria Esquivel. At the time, Maria was working hard on building her business and establishing her menu, no easy task in the competitive, foodie-crazed-scene that is the Bay Area today. The menu she prepared for this group of friends included tortas, chicharrónes, and fried plantains. I had sampled many a torta before, and good ones too, but they failed to adequately prepare me for the creativity and combinations of flavors that Maria would be serving that evening. (more…)

Salsa Verde Steak Tacos


In honor of today’s holiday and our devotion to Mexican cuisine, this will be the first of two Cinco de Mayo posts (lucky you!). On a lovely spring evening a few weeks ago, we got together for a quick weeknight dinner featuring homemade salsa verde and grilled steak tacos, the results of which we are sharing with you in case you need to inject some last-minute festivity into your day. (more…)