¡Beanitos!

Hi Y’all! Earlier IMG_4457this week I was shopping at my favorite store, Big Lots, and I came across another interesting item. I found chips made of beans. The chips were a new take on the typical tortilla chip. Instead of using flour or corn, Beanitos uses beans. The nutritional facts stated that they were high in fiber, antioxidents, and protein. I thought it was interesting so it was worth the two bucks to try. I brought the chips home this weekend for my family to try. I didn’t tell them that they were made of beans or that anything was different and surprisingly they really liked them. I told them the chips were made of beans and they said that they would have never guessed it. I tried the chips for myself and they were really good. I could tell they were a little different than the “normal” tortilla chip, but with some salsa and queso, you couldn’t tell a difference.

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¿Is Taco Bell Really that Swell?

Hi Y’all! Some of you maIMG_4389y know from my welcome post that my first taco was from Taco Bell and I loved it. I didn’t know what I was missing out on for so long. For several months after discovering my love for Taco Bell, I ate there a lot. It was my favorite fast food restaurant to go to. Time went on and I started eating less and less Taco Bell and I realized recently I haven’t had it in a really long time. So, for dinner one day this week I went to taco bell and got my normal order: two crunchy tacos with just cheese and two Cinnabon delights. That’s when I came to the sad realization that I am not really a big fFullSizeRenderan of Taco Bell anymore. I ate my two half filled tacos and my overly sweet Cinnabon’s and I was disappointed. The food wasn’t bad, it tasted like normal Taco Bell, but it also didn’t taste great. I’ve tried so much amazing Mexican food over the past few years and I think that the standards for my tacos are a little higher now. But, if you’re still really craving some cheap and fast Mexican food, Taco Bell will do in a pinch.

 

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¡Churros!…kinda

Hi Y’all! Many oIMG_4302f you may know of churros as the fried, crunchy, cinnamon Spanish dessert. This weekend I didn’t quite make the typical churro, but I did make churro cookies. I have to say they came out pretty good for my first time making homemade cookies. I wanted to try something a little different that didn’t involve hot oil because I wanted my nieces to help. When I went searching for recipes of different churro like treats I came across a bunch of different tIMG_4309ype of cinnamon-y, sugary desserts to make that involved no frying. I thought making homemade cookies would be a fun experience for my little nieces and I’d get some yummy cookies out of it.  If you would like to give it a try here is all the ingredients and steps you need to take to make some yummy churro cookies.

 
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¡The New Restaurant in Town!

Hey y’all! This past weFullSizeRender 2ekend I tried a new restaurant that popped up in Prairieville. Agave Blue is advertised as a tequila and taco bar. I don’t really care so much for the tequila as I do the tacos. If a restaurant is specializing in tacos I have to try it. My family and one of my close friends decided to go out for dinner there and see if it was any good. I have to say it was great and both my parents and my friend really loved it too. To start off our meal we were given the standard complimentary chips and salsa. We ordered queso too because who doesn’t love queso. The salsa was fresh, delicious and very spicy. Even my dad thought it was spicy and that’s saying something. I ordered the beef tacos with beans and the beans were the closest you could get to authentic. Overall, this restaurant was amazing with good food and a good atmosphere.

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¡Finding a Taco Truck!

Hi Y’all! I don’t know ifullsizerender-2f any of y’all have even eaten from a food truck, but if you haven’t it is a must. This past weekend I went to the Flea Market of Louisiana in Prairieville, La and they had a taco truck there. To say the least, I was very excited. The people running the truck were very friendly and pretty funny. I ordered two beef tacos and they were served minutes later, so service was great too. When I got my tacos I was immediately excited because these tacos are as close to authentic as I could get without going south of the border. They were small and served in a soft shell. The meat wasn’t grounfullsizerender-3d beef like you would normally expect from American tacos, but it was finely chopped beef. To top off it off there was just a little bit of white onions, lime, and cilantro. They were incredible!  If you ever see a Mexican food truck of any kind I would highly suggest trying it out. Most of the time the people that are running the truck grew up eating and cooking the food they are serving you so you will get a little taste of their culture.

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¡Guacamole Chips!

Hi Y’all! If yfullsizerender-2ou refer back to my last post you can hear all about the taco night I had last Wednesday. We had lots of food for dinner that night, but one item definitely stood out. That item is Guacachip. As the bag advertises it is a “guacamole chip – with real avocado”! So basically this chip is an all in one deal, chip and dip altogether. I was at my favorite store, Big Lots, when I came across these chips. I’m personally not a huge fan of guacamole, but I know all my friends are, so I decided to buy them. (And they were only two bucks!!) I came back home, we ripped the bag opened and we tried them. And to our surprise, they tasted absolutely nothing like guacamole. We ate a few and we decided they taste just like the Cool Ranch flavor of Doritos, except they were just green. So, were they amazing guacamole chips… no, but they weren’t bad chips and we did wind up eating the whole bag.

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¡Taco Night!

Hi Y’all! To celebrateimg_4134 making it halfway through the week I decided to have a taco night Wednesday for me and my friends. I went to Rouse’s and got everything a college kid can afford for a taco night: refried beans, taco shells, Spanish rice, taco toppings, chips, avocados for guacamole, salsa and my personal favorite Jarritos soda. I cooked everything up and I have to admit I did use a taco seasoning packet because this girl can afford all the authentic spices. (Hopefully one day!) I added a little flair to the taco meat by adding some cooked down onions and bell peppers. If I do say so myself, I think all the food came out pretty good.

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¡More than a Market!

Himg_4047i Y’all! I’m going to take you guys to another Mexican Market with me. This one is La Tienda in Prairieville, La. This store was a bit bigger than the last one I visited and offered a lot of different things. They had a variety of traditional Mexican candies, sodas, and an assortment of different snacks. Then further in the store, they had more of grocery items. Some of them were typical things that you would see at an American grocery store, but they also had some very interesting things I have never seen before. Some of the different things I saw was pickled date palm and Pacaya palm in brine. (Pacaya palm is a species of palm tree) This is one of the many reasons I love going to Mexican markets, you can find new things you can’t find anywhere else.

img_4048One thing that stood out to me in both of the Mexican markets is the amount of people making phone calls. I was with my friend who is Mexican when I went to both stores and I asked her why so many people were calling. She told me about how expensive it is to make international calls and when they are in the store they can call their loved ones back home for free. I found this shocking because I was ignorant on this particular struggle many people right in my town face. So, yes, these markets are great for getting new exotic foods, but they also serve a greater purpose.

 

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¡Going to the Market!

Hi Y’all! This img_4043week I want to talk about a few of the Mexican markets or grocery stores that I have visited. The first one I want to tell you guys about is El Guero Market. It is in Prairieville, La. This is a pretty small grocery store, but they had a lot to offer.

The store had a variety of traditional, fresh Hispanic foods such as goat cheese, flan, and tres leches. There was also a lot of items that you would see at an American grocery store such as flour, vegetable oil, and hot chocolate, but it was a bit different. All these typical items packages were in written in Spanish.

These stores were not meant for people like me, a southern, white girl, to shop at. When we went to the store they were very busy and just about everyone in there except me and my friend was Hispanic. We did get a few funny looks, but luckily my friend knew one of the employees there. We wound up getting a delicious watermelon popsicle and a piece of tres leches (my absolute favorite dessert).

img_4044Overall, my experience at this grocery store was a good one and I definitely want to go back. I’d like to get some authentic Hispanic food for a Mexican dinner one night. If you see a Mexican market near your home I encourage you to go in and experience something a little different, you might find some great, new food right in your own neighborhood.

 

 

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¡A Local Favorite!

las-palmas-restaraunt-2Hi Y’all! This week I visited a favorite, local restaurant of mine, Las Palmas. I decided to take a little break from college this weekend and head home to see my parents. I live in the pretty small town of Prairieville, LA. There isn’t many options when it comes to going out to eat, especially for Mexican food.  There are a few local restaurants, but Las Palmas has been a long time favorite for me and my family. Granted, I used to get chicken fingers and fries because I didn’t like Mexican food, but that has now changed. Last night I ordered my favorite dish, Tacos! I have to say they were pretty good. Nothing overly special or exciting, but just good ole’ tacos. Even though I do love tacos, I have to say one of my favorite parts of going out to eat at most Mexican restaurant is the free chips and salsa and Las Palmas knows what they are doing with their salsa. Overall, this is a classic Mexican restaurant that will continue to serve out good food again and again.

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