Happy Almost Mid-Week!
Tonight I met up with my friend Kendall and a couple of her friends for dinner at a great restaurant in the Marina, Mamacitas. It’s always fun meeting new people, especially when said people share a ton of the same interests and within minutes you feel like you’ve known them forever.
(Mostly) everything there is hand-made from scratch using fresh and family-farmed ingredients (which you all know I’m a sucker for!)
SF Gate calls them one of the best Mexican places in the Bay Area.
I don’t eat there often because it’s a bit on the expensive side and it’s ALWAYS packed. No joke, we had a reservation at 7:30 tonight (Tuesday) and it may as well have been a Saturday night – the place was packed to the brim. What I do love about it is that even though it’s always filled to capacity it’s always a good mixture of the straight-from-work crowd, the post-workout crowd (the amount of Lululemon in this restaurant is insane), or the got-off-work-early-and-clearly-have-already-been-home crowd.
I put myself in the 3rd category. 🙂
We all started off with a round of drinks (White Wine para mi) paired with my personal favorite – Guac!
Guacamole al Don—crushed avocado with jalapeno, lime, cilantro, queso fresco, jitomate & fresh tortilla chips
Definitely ranked up there with my homemade guac. (Did you really think I would diss my own cooking??)
After eating about 3/4 of my body weight in chips and guac, for my main course I opted for the Tortilla Soup (over my usual go-to the carnitas tacos- there was quite the mental struggle happening) – which was surprisingly filling and did not disappoint!
Sopa de Tortilla — traditional “azteca” soup with crispy tortilla strips, avocado, black beans, red hominy & queso oaxaca
The strips, avocado, black beans and queso oaxaca were all arranged in the bottom of the bowl and the “soup” came in a little clay pitcher which the waitress proceed to pour onto the topping at the table.
Apologies for the lack of pictures – you have my word it will never happen again.
I’m off to finish watching Chopped with Boyfriend, my arms are so sore from TRX today (yes, already) that I can barely type!
Have a great night! 🙂
What’s your favorite part about eating out? ? Do you ever watch Chopped?
I love (very recently) trying new dishes (more on my life as a picky eater in an upcoming post!)
Boyfriend and I LOVE watching chopped – I love the random combinations of totally obscure food items they have to mesh together to make a dish, and do it in 20-30 minutes! I also feel like at this point I know the judges personally and always know when they will/will not like a dish. Aaron Sanchez ad Geoffrey Zakarian I’m talking to you.