fbpx
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.

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Warrior - asheville mulicultural blog

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.  

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog
Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog

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. 

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Primer lugar - asheville multicultural blog
Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog

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.

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog
Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Primer lugar - asheville multicultural blog

Blog sponsored by:

Taco Temple Logo

Taco Temple, 132 Charlotte St
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

I hope you enjoy this blog

and if you like to see more bilingual content highlighting multiculturalism in Asheville you can 

Take a look at our video here👇🏽

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

AY-CARAMBA - -FB - -DIC-2022 (1)

You can help us build this bilingual platform by making a donation.

Take a look at our Bilingual Blogs

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.

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Warrior - asheville mulicultural blog
Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog

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. 

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog

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.

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Primer lugar - asheville multicultural blog
Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog
Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Punching - asheville multicultural blog

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.

Making Martial Arts Latino Champions in Asheville - Primer lugar - asheville multicultural blog

Blog sponsored by:

Taco Temple Logo

Taco Temple, 132 Charlotte St
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

mamacitas taqueria logo

77 Biltmore Avenue. Downtown Asheville

I hope you enjoy this blog

and if you like to see more bilingual content highlighting multiculturalism in Asheville you can 

Take a look at our video here👇🏽

You can help us build this bilingual platform by making a donation.

Take a look at our Bilingual Blogs

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.

mamacitas taqueria logo

77 Biltmore Avenue. Downtown Asheville

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.

A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural B
A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural C

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! 

A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural C

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.

I hope you enjoy this blog

and if you like to see more bilingual content highlighting multiculturalism in Asheville you can 

Take a look at our video here👇🏽

LATINO CHAMPIONS IN THE MAKING

You can help us build this bilingual platform by making a donation.

Take a look at our Bilingual Blogs

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.

A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural B
A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural C

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.

A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural C

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. 

A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural D
A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural D
A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural D

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.

A mexican making beer in asheville blog - asheville multicultural D

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

I hope you enjoy this blog

and if you like to see more bilingual content highlighting multiculturalism in Asheville you can 

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

You can help us build this bilingual platform by making a donation.

Take a look at our Bilingual Blogs

Thai Pearl in West Asheville is the place where you will eat like royalty

Thai Pearl in West Asheville is the place where you will eat like royalty

Thai Pearl in West Asheville is the place where you will eat like royalty

Photography by Adrian Etheridge

👈🏼Blog Sponsored by Vicky blanche

Hello my peeps! First of all, I want to thank you for following what has become the first international culinary blog in our beautiful and multicultural city. That’s right, this is really exciting because it allows us to get to know some of the people behind the foods we love and the cuisines that make Asheville a very cool city with a huge variety of options to enjoy. So, today is the turn to highlight Mrs. Fire!🔥🔥🔥 Yes my friends, this lady is FIRE. Cool, charismatic, daring, creative and someone that likes to push my taste buds to the limit and loves to see me cry. Shit, I’m not kidding folks, I really love spicy foods and I have never been afraid of heat.  And so, when I first met Chef May and she told me of her Thai hot, my chest got big and I said “bring it on Chef, I’m not afraid”. Now, I have to admit, no, I could not handle her version of Thai hot. I got my ass kicked big time.

🇹🇭 Chef May 1-  🇲🇽 Luis 0

With that out of the way, and after recovering from the HOT welcoming to her restaurant I was able to truly discover her gift for awesome food. That is right folks, this lady is pushing the boundaries with her creativity, while sharing her culture with us in what is rapidly becoming the next great food destination in AVL, the WEST SIDE!

Chef May, born Sujitra Chubthaisong is in my opinion a gifted individual. Take a look at her credentials here, Trained and cooked at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, when she was younger (don’t ask me her age, she is still  young) she has also worked alongside a Michelin Star Chef ⭐️ in Australia. Now, if that is not impressive enough for you, let me tell you what makes her a BAD ASS for me: 

  1. Opens Thai Pearl a week before the Covid-19 quarantine is declared, and Thai Pearl survives the worst year ever in the history of the restaurant industry, thanks to hard work, the support of the community and her outstanding cuisine.
  2. Dine like a local award winner 2020 “Top Dinner Restaurant” by The Scout Guide Asheville.
  3. “Winner of  New Restaurant Of The Year 2020” by Food Fan Awards

“Winner of Bring Your Heat Asheville 2020” by Descubre Asheville & Rabbit Rabbit.

Here is where you will find all the awesome multicultural food scene in Asheville

What did I have at Thai Pearl?

Ok, let’s talk about food now.

Crispy Calamari Rings

I love calamari folks, Americans love calamari, it is probably the most popular appetizer in the States. Chef May’s calamari is soft with a little bit of crunch,  full of flavor, made with garlic and lemon pepper along with the sweet chili sauce made them light and perfect. Eat them hot!

Photography by Adrian Etheridge

Green Curry at thai pearl restaurant in west asheville

Photography by Adrian Etheridge

Green Curry.

If you never had Thai food before, this is probably one of the most popular dishes in Thai cuisine, and Chef May’s Green Curry is delicious, milky, rich, meaty if you choose it to be, and the vegetables are a great balance, hell I never liked vegetables as much as I like them in Thai curry. 

Chef, thanks to you I can now say, I have eaten like a king.

Yes, I would have this Green Curry over and over. 

I mean LOOK AT IT! 🤟🏽

Drunken Noodles.

Hell yeah drunken noodles, this is the dish you want to order if you are really hungry or you are having the munchies, but be careful really, because the noodles are delicious, so do not over eat. I mean take your time  because there is a lot of flavors here. The noodles themselves are showered in a Thai basil sauce, vegetables are great complement to these noodles. The meat….I could honestly do without the meat, and I’m a meat eater! I mean the star of this dish are the noodles no doubt. 👏👏👏👏

drunken noodles at thai pearl restaurant west asheville

Photography by Adrian Etheridge

Yen Ta Fo Pink Noodle Soup from thai pearl restaurant in west asheville

Photography by Adrian Etheridge

Yen Ta Fo Soup (aka Pink Noodle Soup)

Ok, y’all, we are lucky to have great soups in Asheville. Hell, soups and stews in this town can be so fucking good seriously, there is a few places I love soup from, in fact I’m working on an upcoming blog about SOUPS AND STEWS and this PINK NOODLE SOUP is making it to my list of MUST HAVE IN ASHEVILLE.

What makes it so good? For me, I right away noticed the peanuts on top of all the vegetables, but once I was sipping my first spoon it was like a magical moment… The cilantro, the cabbage, and the mixed of asian greens with the meaty peanuts are going to be a perfect way to warm up this winter. 

What a delicious soup, bravo Chef May, you are going to see me eating this soup at your place a few times this winter ❤️❤️❤️❤️

And there you have it folks, Thai Pearl is locally owned, woman owned and immigrant made. 

Located at 747 haywood Rd. West Asheville.

To look at the menu and their hours click here 👉🏼: www.thaipearlasheville.com

Instagram: @thaipearl_restaurant

Facebook: ThaiPearlRestaurant

Photography by Adrian Etheridge

Thai pearl - descubre asheville

If you want to see more diversity in our local culinary scene, please consider following our bilingual blog and, if you want your favorite restaurant to be featured in our blog leave us a comment!

Our next Blog: Vivian, American Restaurant.

Vivian american restaurant - next blog descubre asheville

Chef Héctor Revilla takes you on a culinary trip to Latin American and Spain right downtown Asheville.

Chef Héctor Revilla takes you on a culinary trip to Latin American and Spain right downtown Asheville.

Chef Héctor Revilla takes you on a culinary trip to Latin American and Spain right downtown Asheville.

👈🏼Blog Sponsored by Lancaster Lawfirm

What’s up Asheville?! I hope you are doing well, and I hope you are hungry! Because today, and for the first time I’m going to share with you one of  my  MUST HAVE MEALS in Hip Town

That’s right y’all, we  have awesome Chefs in Asheville, and that makes some of the food you can find in this city OUTSTANDING.

Before I take you there, let’s talk about the people behind the food, yes the people that make the foods we fall in love, and often times go unnoticed. It is my intention to change that, with this said, I like to introduce you to Chef Hector Revilla, one of the Latino Chefs making some serious waves in our city at the moment.

Hector  is the new kitchen Capo at El Gallo AVL, and let me tell you, this guy is UNBELIEVABLE,  the food coming out of his kitchen is a delicious trip to Latin America. This makes perfect sense because the menu is influenced with the flavors of México, Central America, South America and Spain in a masterful way. I loved his food so much, I went to El Gallo twice in one week!

Here is where you will find all the awesome multicultural food scene in Asheville

What did I have at El gallo?

Remember this because you are going to thank me later.

You MUST HAVE A QUESABIRRIA TACO at El Gallo AVL, because is BOMBASTIC, and there is no way you have had a taco like this before in Asheville! The spices in the meat, the Oaxaca cheese and the consomé to dip it in, is an experience you are going to remember for a long time.

I can tell you that as a Mexican I am impressed with the flavors he has going in the quesabirria taco, MAESTRO!. You see, Birria is a staple dish in Guadalajara, Mexico, where I went to college.  I love BIRRIA, I have eaten plenty of Birria in my life and this Chef is doing an AMAZING job, no joke! 

Quesabirria Taco you are ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for sure!

Descubre-Asheville-Early-eatery-girl-chef-hassan
arroz picadillo - el gallo avl restaurant

ARROZ PICADILLO 👏👏👏👏

Mmmmm, beautiful and delicious, I used to think that my favorite rice dish is Paella, but now I’m not sure. The Arroz Picadillo from El Gallo has a lot going on. Full of flavor and yet,  very light, what I really loved was the punch added by the capers, and the fried eggs, the sofrito, the olives all very common in Latin Caribbean cuisine. This dish is a very satisfying meal, and I will be back to eat this rice again for sure!

CHICKEN PEPIAN (GUATEMALAN STYLE)

No tengas pena is a phrase that I heard a lot, while I was in Guatemala. It literally means don’t be shy. 

Well, I wasn’t shy when I was eating this dish. Pepian is traditionally made with chilis, tomatoes, garlic. Not hot at all, flavorful yes, and the pepitas on top (toasted pumpkin seeds) gave it a nice crunch and all these ingredients went very well with the chicken and greens. Thank you Chef for the nice culinary trip to a place that has a special place in my heart.❤️❤️❤️❤️

Chicken Pepian at el gallo avl restaurant
Ensalada de Otoño at el gallo avl restaurant

ENSALADA DE OTOÑO 

I’m trying to eat more greens folks, because I usually drink my greens in smoothies, yes it’s true, I suck at making salads. Well, when Hector suggested I try this salad, I said yes right away because everything I had eaten up to this point was impressive. When my salad arrived, I could smell the chimichurri and this of course was a good sign as this is my  favorite South American sauce, and it went great with the  kale, radicchio, squash, mahon and shrimp.

A great salad full of flavor and the right amount of protein. I definitely eat it again, and again.

I also had  TRES LECHES CACKE, CHURROS, AND COFFEE.

And the CHURRO IS GLUTEN FREE!

Ok, I didn’t eat all this food, I took some home and ate it for the next two days.

Let’s roll back a little. Chef Hector Revilla was born in NYC, to latino parents from Venezuela and Colombia. He hasn’t live in Asheville for very long, but let me tell you, he is going places fast. When I met him for the first time, he was working on the menu for SOBREMESA, a culinary event for Chow Chow highlighting the role of immigrants and Latinos in the local culinary scene 😳 

Well done Hector you are the man 👏👏👏👏

Instagram: @elgalloavl

Facebook: Elgalloavl

El Gallo is open Thursday to Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday and is located  at 48 College St in downtown Asheville.

To look at their menu click here 👉🏼 : elgalloavl.com

El gallo avl restaurant

If you want to see more diversity in our local culinary scene, please consider following our bilingual blog and, if you want your favorite restaurant to be featured in our blog leave us a comment!

Our next Blog: You will meet Chef May, making 🔥out of the kitchen in Thai Pearl West Asheville

Mejor Chef May making in Thai Pearl West Asheville