Monday, October 26, 2015

Tequila & Taco Fest Seattle 2015

What a day! At all started at Pike Place Market - the Gum Wall, fish being thrown, market samples (apples and smoked salmon), and of course coffee! What journey to Seattle would be complete without the coffee?! (And yes, I added my own gum to the wall.)



Once we had seen some of the sights, we headed off to the Freemont neighborhood of Seattle for the Tequila & Taco Fest. Looking back on the event, I'm glad I purchased the Premium ticket. We got in 2 hours before the general crowd and had room to roam as we pleased. There were so many tequilas represented; Jose Cuervo, Sparkling Donkey, Maestro Dobel, Hornitos, Mexican Moonshine Tequila, 1800, Papa Bueno, Gran Centanario, El Tesoro, Sauza 901, Tres Generaciones, Aha Yeto Tequila, Alipus Mezcal, Deleon Tequila, El Tesoro de Mi Tierra, Milagro, Montelobos Mezcal, Oredain Ollitas, Puerto Vallarta, and Scorpion Mezcal. I enjoyed them all but I would say my favorites would be the Puerto Vallarta, the Mexican Moonshine, and the Tres Generaciones. I tried the Reposado of every brand except the Puerto Vallarta (it is brand new as of June on the US market, it was an Anejo) and the Deleon Tequila (it was only offered in the Blanco). This Tequila and Taco Fest benefited the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue (www.motleyzoo.org). 








Along with the tequila, many local restaurants brought their version of a taco. The tastes were provided by Seattle restaurants; Agave Cocina, Barrio, Cantina Lena, Dilettante Chocolates, Evolve Chocolate, Famous Northwest Catering Company, Flat Iron Grill, Poquitos, Mr. Villa, Red Star Taco Bar, Seasoned in Seattle Catering, South Seattle College, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Torero's Mexican Restaurants. Surprisingly enough, there was no ground beef used. Steak tartare, chicken, shrimp, shredded beef, Korean ribs, pork, and Ahi Tuna were all represented. There was even tequila/chile infused chocolates and chocolate tacos! My two favorite food offerings were the steak tartare taco from Barrio (not associated with the one in Minnesota that I love so much) and the shredded beef taco. I can honestly say that none of the food was bad, but there has to be favorites. 

(The steak tartare from Barrio)
(The shredded beef.)


(There was even a chocolate taco!)

Adding to the ambiance of the location, a mariachi band was brought in from a local restaurant. Not only were they excellent but they played to the crowd (nobody missed shouting "Tequila"). 

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Once the general admission crowd was allowed to come in things got very loud and crowded. I would recommend if you attend the Seattle Tequila and Taco Fest next year to purchase a premium ticket, its worth the extra $40 to have the room and time without all the other people. There were quite a few people in the general admission crowd who got way too drunk, way too fast and caused scenes. Not only can you avoid the drama that way but the money benefits a great cause and all the swag was free instead of for purchase! 
I'm hoping to make this first Tequila Fest a regular event for myself! I had a lot of fun, ate a lot of great food, and drank a lot of really great tequila!
Happy Drinking!
Kate






Friday, October 16, 2015

Tequila and Weight Loss?!

Until now, my site has just been margarita and tequila reviews with a recipe or two thrown in for good measure. I didn't start this as a whim though. I am serious about tequila, serious enough that I'm talking science. I think I'm about to make your day.... Tequila can help you lose weight! Yes, it's true! Not only that but it can help lower your blood sugar too. A recent study conducted at the American Chemical Society has blessed us with this glorious information. Basically agavina, a sugar that comes from the agave plant used to produce tequila, triggered insulin production and lowered blood sugar in an experiment with mice. In addition it also helped the mice drop some weight! Can I get a hallelujah!?!
Now, this is not an encouragement to drink shots of tequila until you lose not only weight but days as well. The sugars coming from the agave plant help you feel more full, that's where the weight loss comes in. Enjoying a highball of your favorite blanco, reposado, or anejo is just the right amount to have the fantastic properties of this miracle drink work.
As if I needed another excuse to enjoy more tequila. Except now there is no excuse, I'm just watching my weight! : )
Happy Drinking (and weight-watching)!
Kate

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Chipotle: Sauza Margarita

I know that a LOT of people really love Chipotle. I rediscovered that I too enjoy it! I just don't eat there often because my husband is not a fan. I really only ended up there today because I wanted a drink but didn't know where to go. My sister claimed she heard that Chipotle had margaritas and away we went. (We both got rice bowls if you were curious.) But on to the margarita.

I knew that Chipotle served beer but because I was unsure of what the margaritas would consist of, I chose the Sauza version - they also had a Patron version. I can say I was glad I went with the Sauza.... The mix they use would have over-powered the Patron making it worthless and a waste of $3 extra. As far as a "fast food" margarita I can say it wasn't the worst thing I've ever drank. As far as I'm concerned, Chipotle made a smart business decision adding margaritas to their Tex-Mex menu. I give the Chipotle Sauza Margarita a 3 out of 5 shots. It's definitely worth having one with your meal. 
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Friday, October 2, 2015

Casamigos Anejo

Last night I tried my first Anejo. I haven't seen many people drinking it, but I know if I'm going to have a well rounded tequila experience and be able to tell you about it I had better try it. Because it was something I was new to, I chose to find a smaller nipper bottle for my first go. I would hate to have bought a big bottle of something to find it wasn't something I wanted to continue to drink.... There is nothing worse than wasted tequila! 
The only Anejo nipper bottle available at my local liquor store was the Casamigos version. I've heard that the Anejo style of tequila is similar to whiskey with its oak-y flavor and I would agree. I discovered in my quest to know more that an Anejo must be aged a year in an oak barrel but no more than 3 years. The smell (I smell them all before I drink them) was very subtle. You knew it was tequila you were smelling but not as harsh of a smell like you would get from a blanco. With each taste I picked up more flavors. Agave first, then a little caramel and pepper, finally a little mint and citrus. 
I did enjoy the Anejo but I still would prefer a resposado at this point. Don't worry for those of you reading who are Anejo fans, I'll try more! I give this tequila a 3.5 out of 5 shots. I prefer the Anejo over the blanco I reviewed earlier but this wouldn't be my go to brand. 
Happy Drinking!
Kate