Every so often, we’ll run a daily special of chicken tingas tostadas. Like so many of our dishes, there is history behind them that has roots that extend deep into the Mexican culture. Chicken tingas is no different. The tomato and chile sauce based recipe originated in the Puebla area, which is especially famous for its cuisine. Taking into account that true Mexican food “is considered one of the most distinguished in the world due to the complexity of their preparation, distinctive flavors and ancient traditions”*, this is high praise indeed. Like so many of the dishes Mario prepares, his version has a more organic, humble beginning as he learned about the tingas preparation from his mother. It has all the kudos and culture that is distinctive to the region, with a touch of love from the Cercedo family kitchen.
Now you know a little more about the wonderfulness of Mexican food in general, and more specifically, Mario’s culinary inspiration!
We’ve been so busy here at our cafe! With the article in the Foothills magazine – pg 26! and warmer weather, our waiting times for service had sneaked up to an hour. Gasp! When informed of this, most of you decided to wait it out – thank you! thank you! – but we knew this couldn’t continue. Our food is great, but we understand that our customers have busy lives and can’t consistently spend a leisurely hour waiting for their lunch or dinner.
As it happens sometimes, when need reaches a certain point, help comes along from the most unexpected source. In this case, Mario’s brother, Benjamin Cerecedo. He is also an accomplished cook and has worked in many Santa Cruz restaurants and most recently
Mr. Benjamin Cerecedo
opened a new restaurant on the Santa Cruz wharf, Firefish. The need to be closer to family and see his nieces grow up was the motivation for him to make the move to our small town, and he couldn’t have come at a better time. He loves Colfax and he and Mario have been hatching up plans for new specials, new menu items and expanded hours. There will be a lot more for you lunatics to love and there will be more reasons for those who haven’t tried our awesome food to get on in here!
It’s that time for you, the reader and customer, to show your love! The Colfax Record wants to find out who you think is the Best of the Best in Colfax. Follow the link below to vote for your favorites, keeping in mind your favorite local Mexican diner that makes food that’s fresh and delicious (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
Earlier this month, I had posted that we would be putting a poll out there, trying to find out what you like. Taking into consideration which specials have been consistently popular, and expanding our breakfast menu, Mario and I came up with some ideas. It’s just a few options, but if you have a specific item in mind, note it in the comments, and if we get enough requests or responses for it, we will definitely give it serious consideration. There are no wrong answers and you can choose all or one, but be certain because there are no repeat votes allowed! Thank you for your ideas, everyone!
We are so excited to have a blog! Mario and I have been working so hard to make it all come together these last few
Lauren taking an order
Mario crafting a salad
years, and it’s starting to feel like it’s happening. And what an auspicious way to start our corner of the website – we were awarded the Best of the Best 2015 in Colfax! We really appreciate our loyal customers, who without their support, we wouldn’t be here, so thank you, thank you!