Welcome to Taco Mojo Social Club. We cover a wide range of topics, mostly centered around entertaining, and of course, Mexican food. ¡Bienvenido!
Four Essentials for Stress-free Graduation Parties
First things first: as the chef/owner of Taco Mojo, I must disclose that I am inextricably connected to catering graduation parties, as Taco Mojo has catered hundreds of these parties over the years and will again this spring. I have attended my fair share of parties, too, each one of them completely unique, and yet, they all share several things in common.
Beer Fumble or Tequila Touchdown? Do Calories Really Matter on Super Sunday?
ANOTHER SUPER BOWL STATISTIC:
As we predicted, the staggering Super Bowl statistics are out there (here, here, and here), and you can see what estimated consumption looks like for the second largest calorie intake day (behind Thanksgiving) of the year. Especially noteworthy is the number for beer consumption: 325 million gallons of beer. Men's Fitness does the math for us, and says that equates to over a gallon (!) of beer for every man, woman, and child in the United States that has an estimated population of 316 million. Of course, we're skeptical. But even cutting that number in half brings that number to half of a gallon per person, a whopping 550 calories of light beer. If your New Year's resolution to lose weight is still intact by Monday, you have beaten the odds in several categories.
But let's face it. The Super Bowl, like Thanksgiving, only comes around once a year.
6 Secrets To Making Killer Grilled Vegetable Tacos
FIRST, A LITTLE MYTH DE-BUNKING:
Most of Denver's Mexican restaurants and burrito shops think that grilled vegetable tacos mean tortilla-peppers-onions. Throw some black beans in, and, Voila!, it's a simple vegetable taco. However, with so many vegetable options for tacos, peppers and onions may seem more like an afterthought with pork, chicken, and beef headlining most menus. It's a bit surprising that the demand for healthy eating and vegetarian options hasn't influenced the variety of vegetables offered. The fact is that making grilled vegetable tacos can be quite a challenge, for both restaurants and people seeking non-meat options.
The Ultimate Guacamole Survey & Giveaway
In a matter of days, the inevitable deluge of avocado statistics will begin as we rapidly approach Superbowl XLIX on February 1st. The tonnage of avocados consumed in the US is the most predictable (and staggering) number to be thrown around, and yet it is still quite surprising considering the fact that it is a direct result of the marketing efforts of Avocados From Mexico and the Haas Avocado Board just since 2002. And the staggering number: 120 million pounds of avocados will be consumed during the week of the Super Bowl, which is quite a bump from the 8 million pounds of avocados consumed during the week of the 2002 Super Bowl.
Food Trends for 2015
WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT...
The lists of food trends for the new year have been rollling in for well over a month now, and there is no shortage of opinions, both expected and unexpected. You could probably see a lot of them coming, too. Who wouldn't have predicted the demise of kale? It's on every Denver menu, from fine dining to fast food, because of it's healthful qualities and red-hot popularity. And what's more popular than kale right now? Gluten-free menu items, of course. Hamburger buns, desserts, and noodles are all available in gluten-free renditions and now seem to be taking over entire menus. There will always be dining guests with Celiac's disease to accomodate, and yet those who choose to avoid gluten out of preference rather than necessity are losing interest and are exploring other options. According to the "What's Hot" list by Nations Restaurant News, gluten-free dining has slipped from 5th place in 2014 to 12th place in 2015.
Denver Wedding Catering Reinvented
Each and every wedding that we cater is completely unique - no two are the same. To illustrate, we recently discovered that Taco Mojo Mexican Catering is featured on A Colorado Courtship blog as the wedding caterer for Jake and Jenna's reception on February 23rd at Hudson Gardens. In Jake and Jenna's case, we worked with the Jenna's parents every step of the way, as neither Jake or Jenna were able to get away from their busy lives in Buena Vista. But they were in good hands. Jenna's parents went the extra mile to make sure that everything was rehearsed, in place, tasted great, and looked perfect. And Jake and Jenna were busy on their own, flavoring their wedding with their own vision and personal style.
Mexican Taco Bar-Inspired Beers (# 2)
WHAT TO DRINK
The ink was barely dry on my last "Mexican Taco Bar-Inspired Beers" blogpost when I stumbled across yet another Mexican chocolate stout beer. This time, it comes from Copper Kettle Brewing Company from Denver. Clearly, there is an emerging pattern that goes beyond the local and national explosion in craft brewing. Brewmasters are creating interesting and unusual flavor profiles in order to complete in a Darwinian "survival of the fittest." One can't help but be reminded of the frozen yogurt wars that have been waged over that last five years, leaving many of the fro-yo-go shops dead in their tracks. In the quest for sustainability in a crowded market, brewers are channeling their inner selves into innovative flavors and packaging in hopes of being the next Fat Tire.
Mexican Taco Bar-Inspired Beers
WHAT TO DRINK
Stocking the bar for a taco bar party at first might seem to be a rather easy task, especially when it comes to Mexican beers. Raise our hand if you immediately think of Corona with a lime in it! Yeah, me too. Not that I like Corona, it's just that they have branded their product well, which is why it is one of the five best-selling beers in the world. In fact, I'm willing to bet that Corona and pre-mixed Cuervo margaritas are the first "guests" invited to most parties where Mexican tacos will be served. Fortunately, today's brewmasters are creating a new breed of beers that pair perfectly with the flavors, spices, and, yes, chiles, that we often associate with Mexican food.
Blood Orange Mojito
When it comes to weddings, "something borrowed" is perfectly appropriate. In search of new ideas for signature cocktails that fit perfectly with the Taco Mojo vibe, I came across a simple recipe for blood orange mojitos that look as great as they taste. It turns out that the author of the blog was the photographer/journalist and culinary student at the time, and was competing in a San Pellegrino cocktail recipe contest. Here is a link to the blog. It's definitely worth a look, as the photographs are striking, vivid, and definitely enticing.