This weekend I organized a Mexican Fiesta (which has been pointed out to me is not really the appropriate name for it but I like the sound of it). A large group of us met at a friend's place and proceeded to go to Mariscos German taco truck, Super Cocina and then on to Panchitas Bakery. My girlfriend and I were the only people that had tried any of these places and even we had not been to the bakery yet. Fortunately, the group was adventuresome and openminded.
At Mariscos, we ordered a few of the fish tacos, marlin tacos and Gobernadores. All of these were great but the one that people couldn't stop talking about was the marlin. It was just as others had described, in that it had a smoky, meaty flavor to it and it was hard to believe that it was actually fish. Some people were eating out the chunks of marlin, which were wonderful on there own, but seemed even better when mixed with the cheese and other fixings that lay beneath. I wasn't crazy about the soup. It was scalding hot and not overly flavorful but it was free so you can't complain that much. I am still curious to check out the stand alone location.
From there, we went the 2 blocks to SC, where we got a few different dishes to pass around. Some of the favorites were the green chicken enchiladas and another dish that seemed to be a pork with an orange sauce, although I don't know if it was ever properly identified. The mole was good but definitely on the rich side and the carnitas weren't bad but a little dry. The beef and cactus was also an unusual dish that was enjoyed by all.
Next, we made our way to Panchitas Bakery, on 44th and University. As we got near, we went through an anti-war rally that was quite large and boisterous. Once we safely made it to the bakery and walked inside, we were immediately struck by the distinctive spell of fresh baked pastries. As we went into sensory overload, someone suggested the easiest thing to do was to grab a couple of trays and fill them up with different items. I can't begin to tell you the names of everything we tried but nothing was bad and some were surprisingly good. I have had Mexican pastries before but I think this may have been my first time in an actual bakery. You would not believe how much stuff we got for $10. It was not very conducive to eating there as we basically just all stood around, trying not to drop too many crumbs on the ground but I would certainly go back to pick up some treats.
I am not sure what the next food adventure will be but I am thinking about either Lao food or some Southern cooking. I am open to other suggestions though.