Saturday, July 26, 2014

SF Foodbuzz Food Bloggers Fest – nopalito (dinner on Thursday)

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One of my favorite cousins made some time to hang out with me while I was in San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Food Bloggers Fest.  I know how busy he is – especially because at the time, his wife was eight and a half months pregnant with their first child (!!!) – congratulations again, I can’t wait to meet him!!! – so I really appreciated that they both came out to eat and catch up with me.  They chose nopalito, which, to my understanding, is kind of new-ish, and is forward-thinking-Mexican, sourcing the best and local/organic ingredients.  Sounds interesting, and the space was really nice. 

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My very first horchata!  I tried to get one when I went to Red Hook, but some vendors had descriptions up and one said coconut… which made me wary.  I’m allergic and I don’t mess with that allergy.  At nopalito, though, my cousin & his wife both said there was no coconut in it (it’s rice milk flavored with some spices etc.), and then checked with the waiter just to make sure I didn’t have a reaction.  I quite liked the rice milk with nutmeg/cinnamon in it – it was very interesting.  I’d definitely try this again at another place (my cousin’s wife told me this was not her favorite version).  I also tried a sip of her grapefruit-piloncillo which was light, refreshing, and not too sweet. 

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We started off with tostada de tinga (fried tortilla, pinquito beans, shredded chicken, chipotle, epazote and crema), which my notes say: chicken a little dry, not bad for spice; and panucho de pollo al pibil (black bean stuffed tortilla, citrus-anchiote chicken, cabbage, pickled red onion and salsa habanero), which my notes say was very good.  Please don’t ask me which was which… because I can’t tell from the pictures.  Sorry! 

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My cousin opted for the birria de chivo (goat stewed in dried chiles, chocolate, roasted tomato, spices, pinquito beans and salsa de arbol).  He said it was fantastic! 

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My cousin’s wife ordered the carnitas (long braised pork, orange, bay leaf, cinnamon and beer; cabbage salad, pickled jalapenos, salsa de tomatillo).  She made up little tacos for each of us and I found this tasty, with the carnitas very tender. 

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With my limited knowledge of this style of Mexican food, I opted for the pozole rojo (stew of pork shoulder, hominy, chile mulato, radishes, cabbage and onion).  This was a lot thinner than I think for stew, but I liked the ‘build your own flavor’ aspect of the dish –

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with a separate plate of components to add to the plate in my own desired combination – tortilla chips, onions, lime, organic Mexican oregano, and a mixture of three chili powders (which I went easy with of course). 

The pozole itself was very tasty with a great depth – I added lime, chips, oregano.  The oregano was very fragrant; the chips and onions added a great texture, especially the chips.  I really enjoyed the pozole and am looking forward to trying it at more restaurants.  

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With the check, the waiter brought us these little cookies, but I was pretty full so I didn’t try one. 

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In true piggy fashion, though, I was not too full to have dessert!  Ice cream popsicles!  Bottom to top – cafe con leche, Mexican chocolate, and a fruit flavor whose name escapes me right now.  I LOVED my cafe con leche, and the Mexican chocolate was amazing as well.  Unfortunately I can’t remember what the third was, but I do remember liking it – though not as much as my cafe ;)  

Yvo says: I respect their goal and mission – “sustainable & organic Mexican kitchen” – and enjoyed what I got to try from there.  I would definitely go back to try more, considering the prices are super reasonable and the place is really cute. 
recommended

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One Response to “SF Foodbuzz Food Bloggers Fest – nopalito (dinner on Thursday)”
  1. Aimee S. says:

    Looks good Yvo!

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