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A Mexican Chef Rocking Asheville!

A Mexican Chef Rocking Asheville!

A Mexican Chef Rocking Asheville!

What’s going on my big appetite friends? Are you ready for more great food here in Asheville? All right then! Because today I’m taking you to a place I drove by many times, and lucky  me, one good day I decided to go in. First things first, I feel fortunate to know quite a bit about Mexican cuisine, and lucky us, here in Asheville we have lots of Mexican talent working in the kitchens of some of  the best restaurants in town.

However, I have to tell you, I have NEVER BEFORE, met a Mexican Chef Rocking Asheville, the way Chef Enrique Pérez is doing it. Slowly, smoothly and quietly.

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This is what I mean, many times I drove by Ay Caramba Mexican grill & Bar, on N. Leicester Hwy, and didn’t go in. MANY TIMES. Now, I wish I would have gone in sooner …. Honestly, I did not expect to find what I found inside when it comes to Mexican cuisine and the people behind it.

The place is big, has outdoor seating for the warmer months, plenty of parking, service is friendly, many tvs to watch your favorite sports,  pretty cool murals of  México, Frida Kahlo, and the Aztec Calendar painted by a local latino artist.  

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I have in fact visited about 6 times in the last two months, this for a guy who eats out a lot, should tell you something. Truth be told, the 3 dishes I tried during my first visit, I have never seen in any other Mexican restaurant in Asheville, and they were FANTASTIC!

Anyway, before I tell you more about the food, I want you to know, Chef Enrique Pérez attended culinary school in México, and as far as I can tell, he is the first Mexican Chef I know in Asheville that has done that. If I’m wrong in making this assumption, please tell me because I want to know. 

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All right, enough bla, bla, bla, what did we have? I say we, because my friend Stu Helm the Food Fan joined me in this West Asheville food adventure, and you are going to see him in this video.

What do I recommend?

I recommend you go and see why I’m saying this Mexican Chef is rocking Asheville!

We enjoyed the following, and I’m adding the video for you!

CHORIZO SKILLET, ALAMBRE, MOLCAJETE, and then I went back by myself and had CARNE EN SU JUGO.

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Ay Caramba Mexican Grill & Bar in West Asheville is locally owned and the concept is based on family recipes.

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Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville

Not long ago, Chef John Atwater asked me to go with him to the farmers market to look for hot peppers, and produce for the salsas they make at Mamacita’s Taqueria, and Taco Temple.

Well, that was a few years ago. I remember that when we arrived at the Asheville’s Farmers Market, almost right away, I felt  transported to México.  The smell of tomatoes, hot peppers, cilantro, watermelons and the sight of Vanessa, a Mexican grandmother surrounded by 4 or 5 kids, made me feel like I had travelled in time.

As soon as we said hi to her, the bushes behind Vanessa moved, and out of these plants we discovered a tough looking Mexican guy, with a friendly smile.Hi there! How can I help you guys?That was Adolfo Cruz, Vanessa’s son.

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John and Adolfo chatted about hot peppers for a while, and I ended up making a blog about Vanessa’s Produce because I thought it could be part of the story I was working on at the time.

At one point during our visit Adolfo asked me, are you the guy from the food videos? And that was the way I met Adolfo, a former Golden Gloves Champion in the state of North Carolina, yes a local Latino champion, and the father of some of the children surrounding Vanessa.

It has been almost 3 years since I met these guys, and the kids are making waves now. In fact, we might be witnessing future Latino champions in Asheville. 

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It seems like it was yesterday, that they were doing kid things, running around and driving their grandmother and dad crazy. Today, after chatting with them for a while, it is clear to me they enjoy what they are doing at the gym, and they are beginning to dream big. 

To see this makes me happy, because personally, I have seen many kids spending a lot of time on video games and oftentimes developing health issues because of the lack of physical activity.

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Personally, I believe Sebastian and Ritchie  are lucky to have a dad that is making the time to be with them at the gym, and to support their dream. It is also great to see a local Latino family creating healthy habits, and daring to dream big. Yes, I believe goals are born as dreams, but with perseverance the sky’s the limit.

I hope they achieve their goals and that in the near future they can be role models for more Latino champions in Asheville. The kids mentioned  Charles Oliveira a Latino Champion from Brazil as their role model, and I think it is great for any kid to have role models, and for Latino kids to see someone like them.

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DESSERT TAMALES IN ASHEVILLE? YES  Y’ALL, THEY ARE KNOWN AS TAMALES DE DULCE.

DESSERT TAMALES IN ASHEVILLE? YES Y’ALL, THEY ARE KNOWN AS TAMALES DE DULCE.

DESSERT TAMALES IN ASHEVILLE? YES Y’ALL, THEY ARE KNOWN AS TAMALES DE DULCE.

Hell yeah my peeps, tamales in Latin America are very popular and diverse. Just in México alone, tamales can be very different depending on the state the person making the tamales is from.

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Now, as you can imagine Mexican food is also influenced by immigration, culture and ingredients, and I LOVE IT.

Yes, I like authentic and traditional food, and I also appreciate how multiculturalism and creativity shows up in today’s  food. You see, when I was a kid the TAMALES DE DULCE my mom and tias made in Puebla were made of strawberry flavor with raisins and I  LOVED THAT.

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Well, today I want you to know that a couple weeks ago I had the fortune to visit with Dilcia at Mamacita’s Taqueria in downtown Asheville and she had made these BOMBASTIC NUTELLA AND CREAM CHEESE TAMALES y’all! 

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The mixing of chocolate, corn masa and the cream cheese is brilliant. I’m a big fan of these tamales, I know Mamacita’s made coconut lime tamales a few days ago, but unfortunately I was too slow to get there on time, as they sold out in just a few hours.

 

Mamacita’s is open every day and is located at 77 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville.

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EATING BUGS IN ASHEVILLE Native American/ Mexican Food y’all!

EATING BUGS IN ASHEVILLE Native American/ Mexican Food y’all!

EATING BUGS IN ASHEVILLE Native American/ Mexican Food y’all!

Dear Asheville foodie, get excited because you are about to discover something so unique, primitive, and authentic.  It is amazing we can find what I’m about to share with you in Asheville.

Now, I have been saying for a long time  ASHEVILLE IS  A CULINARY MECCA, and if you are someone who is truly adventurous you are going to want to try this, because Asheville is full of hip places (nothing wrong with that) but  we have so much more than that. Eating bugs is for the INDIANA JONES in you.

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I met Johnny Scorza on a cold Sunday morning not long ago, at the FLEA MARKET IN FLETCHER. This place is like a trip to México y’all. If you have not been, MAKE A POINT TO VISIT. 

A while back I took a couple friends of mine, they are not latinos…. they had smoked some funny stuff and they had a blast and full belly by the end of our trip.

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Anyway, this time I went with my friend James, owner and Chef of Blue Dream Curry ( A kick ass curry house in downtown Asheville) . We went to the flea market because I wanted  to have a good Mexican breakfast, and to film a few takes for a video we are making about PUPUSAS.

Suddenly, I noticed a table with a sign advertising CHAPULINES= GRASSHOPPERS, I told him, man we gotta check this out! As soon as I got a closer look, I noticed there was more than grasshoppers, I saw WORMS, as they are easy to recognize, and then some other things that I could not tell. 

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I knew right then, that for the real foodie, this table needed  to be known in Asheville. You see, we all love Mexican Cuisine, but what we currently know as Mexican Food, is a mix of Native American Ingredients and culture, with a good portion of European influence.

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Here is the video, I have included all the info for you to get a hold of Johnny.

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Watch now!

This video is possible thanks to the support of Vicky Blanche bilingual realtor in Asheville.

Chef Enrique Perez is making Leicester drool with his Mexican Fondue, aka CHORIZO SKILLET

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