El Habanero Serves it Hot

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Nestled away at the end of Clarendon Street is the newest Mexican hombre to join the Melbourne family. El Habanero is a fun modern and most importantly authentic Mexican joint that opened up about 4 months ago. Luckily for me I live right by it and get to experience their delicious tacos whenever I feel like it.

My two favourite things we ordered was the simple yet delicious chicken tacos. As well the suprisingly mouth watering deliciousness of the fish taco. Now normally I wouldn’t be open to eating fish but these tacos had some sort of chipotle cream drizzled over the top. Inside the taco you were presented with a cool cucumber salad, red cabbage, marinated meat all on top of a true corn tortilla.

To drink we had lime margaritas that had enough tequila in them to make me go loco. The best part about the meal was it was reasonably priced which obviously left us feeling content and not broke. For those looking for a new restaurant to try, why not check out El Habanero. Believe me, the hot sauce is hot so take at your own risk.

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Happy Eating!

Carly Jensen xo

Eat of The Week!

Eat of The Week!

Coming in as number one for eat of the week is the succulent `Red Burrito.` I set a new record on finishing this burrito in less than 5 minutes which is quite shocking if you knew how big it really is. It was my first time eating at the famous burrito joint positioned on Commercial Drive and East 1st. It was quite the experience on my lunch hour from the moment the clock turned 12pm my coworkers and I hustled to my car preparing ourselves for this burrito that awaited us. Vancouver is known for having a wide array of dining options so I am quite lucky when it comes to doing my favorite thing which is eating. Once we made it to the `Red Burrito` we looked up at the very simple menu which consisted of chicken, veggie, pork or beef. You picked your option and then created your burrito like it was a Subway sandwich. Now since I attempt on cutting down my meat intake I got veggie but obviously loaded up with salsa and a little extra of everything. My two coworkers got chicken and their burritos barely closed they were so fat. Once we hurried back to the office I ran through the doors almost hitting people as I raced to my desk. This was clearly an eating emergency! Food this good had to be devoured in less than 10 minutes. Much to my surprise I finished it in 5. Whether you live in Vancouver or are passing through, this hidden gem of a burrito place is a must have.

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Friday Faves – Mexican Food!

Friday Faves - Mexican Food!

This post makes me hungry every time I read it. Today for Friday faves, I am talking about my favorite food of all time, which is Mexican. Ice cold margaritas with the perfect cut of lime refreshing you on a warm summer day seems almost too good to be true right about now. Mexican food has so many flavors and if you are like me and love things hot, Mexican food can surely push you over the edge. Mexican is the perfect meal to cook whether you are having friends over or are cooking for yourself it is easy and fast. Here are two recipes that are quick and easy and will provide you with your perfect Mexican meal!

1) Strawberry Margaritas

Ingredients

– 2 cups crushed ice
– 1/2 cup strawberry puree (frozen can or fresh strawberries, pureed)
– 1 cup tequila
– 2 limes, juiced
– Splash Triple Sec
– Splash simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, then cooled)

Directions

Combine in a blender, ice, strawberry water, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and simple syrup. Puree until smooth. Pour into rocks glasses and serve.

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2) Chicken Tacos

– 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
– 1 cup lemonade
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon lime juice
– 1 1/2 teaspoonsWorcestershire sauce
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
– 1 bay leaf
– (12 ounce) package corn tortillas
– 1 head lettuce, shredded
– 2 large tomatoes, chopped
– 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
– 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
– 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

Directions

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine chicken, lemonade, olive oil, lime juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, and bay leaf. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, warm the tortillas in the oven or microwave until soft. When chicken is fully cooked, transfer to serving bowl. Place lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa, and sour cream in serving dishes. Each person can create their own wrap, using their preferred ingredients.