Daily Archives: February 13, 2009

What to do in Tijuana: Friday, Feb. 13

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This is information for a Tijuana event tonight (Friday) ..a reader sent it to me a few weeks ago. So here are details that I quote from the accompanying message:

“We are a new company called White Wolf Production dedicated specially to entertain the people from Tijuana.We are writting to inform you about an event that we’re throwing on February 13th 0f 2009 at El Foro located in Downtown of Tijuana in Ave. Revolucion between 8th and 7th street. The doors open at 8 o’clock with the band called Roxanna, followed by the famous pop songwritter Chris Syler (from Miami), followed by the LA group “Adiosmercedez”, and for last but not least the singer and actress Ximena Sariñana. Also there’s going to be an afterparty in Box underground at the same place. The concert is for (people of) all ages.

The prices of the tickets are in pesos on the left side (an approximation in dlls on the right side):
$200 General 14.54 dlls.
$250 Ground 18.18 dlls.
$300 enumerated 21.82 dlls.
$400 VIP 29.10 dlls…The tickets are now available in El Foro”

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What’s your favorite Mexican soup? a) pozole b) menudo c) tlalpeno

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I’m not a big fan of menudo or  pozole, but the soups have such a strong following in Mexico that entire businesses are built around serving them. Lately, the pozole-makers had to deal with some bad PR  since the soup name showed up in headlines related to the arrest of a drug cartel suspect who made an entirely different kind of pozole.  (I’m not going to spoil your appetite, but you can learn more here (Los Angeles Times), here(video),  and here(El Universal)

I do like Caldo Tlalpeno, a chicken-and-rice soup punctuated with a super-hot, large chile. Garbanzos and avocado chunks provide additional texture, along with onion and cilantro sprinkles. Served with corn tortillas, I find it to be quite satisfying. My personal favorites in Tijuana are the ones at Ricardo’s (pictured above) and the old Victor’s restaurant, though I’m sure there are plenty of other great ones.

On the same subject of soups, the Los Angeles Times recently ran a story about Mexico City opening its first ever soup kitchen due to the tough economic times. You can access the story and video, by Deborah Bonello, here.

North of the border,  here’s a “Caldo de Camaron” recipe from a blogger who dishes up shrimp soup secrets and her own interesting perspectives on the Eastside of Los Angeles at her site, Swapmeet Chronicles.

picture of Caldo Tlalpeno at Ricardo’s restaurant in Tijuana

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