Mexican Breakfast Quesadilla

We were itching for Mexican breakfast quesadilla and decided to make our own with a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, eggs and Vegetarian refried beans. The crisp flour tortilla with melty cheese and warmed beans were filling and satisfying.

Serves 1

  • flour tortilla
  • 2 Pete and Gerry’s eggs
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup vegetarian refried beans
  • 2 T butter, coconut oil or Earth Balance

Heat 1 T of oil or butter in a pan. Fry eggs to preferred doneness and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Toast tortilla on both sides until lightly brown and crisp. With a spoon spread refried beans onto tortilla. Then lay the eggs on top and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Fold tortilla in half and on a cutting board, slice the quesadilla into wedges. Enjoy.

Tacochido, Playa del Carmen

Tacochido, Tacochido. I have a theory that food just tastes better after a day at the beach. Maybe its the sun or the saltwater, but I am always hungrier after a day at the beach.

When we stopped at Tacochido, we plopped down into one of the cement booths and ordered several tacos and quesadilla. I can say that the food was just too good to be true. It did taste better than any quesdilla I had ever eaten.
Frida and her unibrow were looking over our table. She loves Tacochido as well and I loved the vibrant colored kitchen area.

The menu offering tacos, quesadillas, tortas and super burro chidos.

Pico, red, green sauce and freshly cut limes

Pastor, bistec and chorizo tacos were loaded on the pico and a squeeze of lime and the Bistec and queso quesadilla. Initially, I thought the plastic wrapped plates were a bit odd, but after reflection it has a sense of practicality.

The damage 61 MXN. Not to shabby. Such an unbelievable value. I will be back.

Dave and Buster’s, Braintree

We came here for a birthday party last Friday. Prior to this, we had only visited the location in Providence. The Dave and Buster’s in Braintree is at least four times that of the one in Providence. It is located right next to the South Shore Plaza mall.

Once you walk in, you are carded immediately. There is a huge dining area and plenty of more arcade games. The one thing I did notice is that there is a large detail of policemen on duty after 10pm. Even though you are carded at the door, you are then carded again when you order alcohol the first time. The coat check is $1 if you don’t want to lug your winter coats around.

Walk the Plank- “Created by our mixologist in Irvine, CA, and fun to drink even if you haven’t done anything naughty. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Malibu Coconut Rum, Peach Schapps, pineapple juice, orange juice and pomegranate syrup.”

I loved this drink. So much that the moment it get’s sunny and warm enough, I’ll try to recreate this at home. If you enjoy fruity, girly drinks that creep up on you, this is the one to get.

Bar Burgers and Wings Platter- “Four mini-cheeseburgers on Hawaiian rolls, paired with our Original Buffalo Wings. Served with seasoned french fries.”

These actually weren’t bad. They weren’t great but not terrible. I preferred the mini bar burgers over the wings however. The wings were overly greasy and under sauced. One thing I did notice is that the mini bar burgers were like mini White Castle sliders without the sauteed onion and cheddar cheese.

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas- “Grilled chicken, poblano & jalapeno peppers with cilantro, and a blend of melted Mexican and cheddar cheeses, folded & grilled in a cheddar jalapeno flour tortilla. Served with sour cream and salsa.”

The one thing that surprised me about these quesadillas is that there didn’t seem to be much chicken inside. Plenty of the other ingredients but easy on the chicken.

Island Grilled Trifecta- “Individual skewers of honey-teriyaki glazed sirlion steak, seasoned chicken breast and tender shrimp, all grilled to perfection and served on a bed of spicy rice medley. Served with pineapple pico de gallo, Teriyaki BBQ sauce, and a mango citrus sauce for dipping.”

I don’t like seasoned rice so I subbed it out for sweet potato fries. Overall I liked my dish for what it was, simple and edible. The shrimp was good, I just wish there were more of them. The chicken and beef skewers were a bit on the dry side but dipping them in the accompanying sauces certainly helped.

Chargrilled Sirloin Steak- “8oz Sirloin hand-seasoned with fresh cracked pepper. Served with loaded garlic mashed potatoes and crispy frazzled onions.”

We subbed out the frazzled onions for the mixed vegetables. The steak was left too long on the grill but we did not want to have to wait as the wait to order appetizers and entrees as well as waiting to receive them took far too long.

Buster’s Cheeseburger- “A half-pound burger with American cheese.”

Our birthday boy added on the bacon. What’s a birthday without a little bacon?! It looks like a standard burger and probably tastes that way too. The better question is it worth you money? Only you can decide.

Baked Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo- “Plump shrimp and grilled chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes tossed with Cavatappi pasta and a three cheese Alfredo sauce. Topped with a garlic breadcrumb crust and baked until brown and bubbly.”

This baked pasta dish was a winner. It had the right amount of cheese and the shrimp and chicken were not overcooked but tender.

Although we wouldn’t necessarily return for the standard bar food when there are so many other new places to explore in Massachusetts, we would certainly return for the wonderful company, the drinks, and the arcade games. The friends and fun is what made it a great birthday party experience.
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Ole Mexican Grill Revisited, Cambridge

The last time we went to Ole Mexican, was in a huge group and we tried margaritas, desserts and a tequila flight. So it was timely that we returned to Ole Mexican for proper meal with appetizers and entrees. Inman Square is somewhat of a trek, but since the previous visit was a good preview we wanted to come back.

The parking lot next to the restaurant was completely full, so we needed to circle the lot for approximately 15 minutes for a patron to exit. Fortunately, we eventually got a spot. The parking cost us $4.00 and was the most frustrating aspect of our dinner meal.

The restaurant was pretty busy on a Wednesday evening. I am glad we made reservations in advance.

Various Mexican tapestries and colorful decor

Although we didn’t order the fresh, made to order guacamole, it looked really tempting. Almost every table around us ordered the guacamole. The chips and salsa were very fresh. The salsa had a tomato pepper flavor and the chips were warm and crispy.

I ordered the chile relleno con queso, a fresh farmer cheese stuffed in poblano pepper with ranchera salsa, cotija cheese, epazote and parsley and a side fresh corn tortillas for $10. I thought the dish was pretty lackluster, but maybe it is because I am too accustomed to the breaded, fried pepper with oozing cheese. There wasn’t much flavor, spicy or seasoning, so for me it was as if I ate a plain roasted pepper with a little dusting of cheese on the inside.

The Elote con Chili, street vendor style corn with crema, chile-lime salt was $5. There was a wonderfully excessive amount of mayonnaise and cheese enrobing the corn. I liked how the corn was on a skewer, a smart way to serve elote.

The tacos de pescado, beer battered haddock, handmade corn tortilla, cabbage slaw, cilantro pesto, chipolte mayo and black sesame seeds was a hit for $9. It had a crispy, fluffy batter and the slaw was fresh and crisp. I really liked the pesto and mayo combination. If I am ever in Inman again, I would stop by for the fish taco.

Our server forgot the shrimp tacos we ordered and so we put in a order of fish tacos instead.

The Quesadilla Mexicana was the best serendipitous addition to my Mexican dish repertoire. I ordered this app on whim because of the description, a Mexico City style quesadilla, corn masa pockets, stuffed with poblano peppers, on black beans, crema and grated cotija cheese for $8. The corn pocket was warm and crispy, like an arepa. The bean, cheese and pepper filling was so zesty and gooey. I wish my supermarket or Trader Joe’s would have a version of this in the freezer section so I could have them right now.

The scallops al ajillo, sea scallops sauteed in olive oil, chile aribol, roasted garlic, served with homemade tortillas  was too salty and nothing memorable $10. We wouldn’t try this again.

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