Superica – Mex-Tex in Atlanta

Superica Sign Atlanta

Staying true to their Texan roots, the chefs at Superica created a Mex-Tex menu in a beautifully designed space housed in the Krog St. Market food hall. This place has everything, bar, dining room, stage for live music, huge patio with a laid-back vibe. Nods to Texas include Shiner Bock logo mirrors, giant Red Stars, stuffed steer above the kitchen punctuated with cow skulls and bright yellow metal hanging fixtures.

The bar has ample seating and a more refined side with a bit less kitsch and a view of the wonderful light streaming through all of the amber-colored liquor bottles that line the full glass wall of windows and to the left, a gorgeous wall of mirrors and paintings that is Anthropologie meets Austin.

The same dedication and time to design is given to the Mex-Tex menu. Noon on vacation means you can drink at lunch – I opted for the Texas Star, it had a refreshing zing from the ruby-red grapefruit and lime and great floral flavors from the hibiscus infused Centenario Rosangel tequila mixed with St. Germain.

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Peek Inside Kokopelli – Grand Opening Today in Wicker Park, Chicago

 

Kokopelli Chicago Gringo en Vacaciones

Kokopelli Chicago Gringo de Vacaciones

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The idea of Kokopelli started from a seafood taco truck in Tijuana. On Tuesday I was invited to the Chicago outpost in Wicker Park to preview the menu. Bright pink lights from the bar bounce off the brick and wood interior giving a nice glow to the green fabric booths. Chalkboard drawings of the menu and Kokopelli dancing against the Chicago skyline give the space a laid back and cozy feel.

The menu has tacos, ceviches, mini tortas, salsas, salads, bocadillos and a couple of kids options.

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Peruvian Street Food in Chicago – Tanta |River North

Tanta Chicago Quinoa BurgerWith dozens of restaurants around the world under his belt famed Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio brings Peruvian street food with its Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and Incan influences to Chicago delivered in an upscale package.

The space is bright, lively and a welcome addition to River North. There is a bar and outdoor space on the second floor so keep it in mind for summer.

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Day Tripping to Taboga Island – Panama

Taboga IslandA 45-minute boat ride from Panama City takes you to the relaxing Isla Taboga where the main mode of transport is your feet or golf cart. Isla Taboga is a great day trip option from the city and offers beach, hiking and boat tours. We took the first Calypso Ferry at 7am on a Sunday leaving from the Amador Causeway.

Note: Weekends is when a crowd goes to Isla Taboga so if you want fewer people try a  weekday.

Isla Taboga Beach

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Panamanian Classics at Las Clementinas, Casco Viejo, Panama

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Established in 1673, Casco Viejo is the historical heart of Panama City. Churches, plazas, crumbling houses and restored buildings turned boutique hotels share space in a very noticeable rapid transformation since my first visit in 2004. A decade ago I contemplated buying real estate in Casco Viejo falling in love with the architecture and history of the neighborhood. I am kicking myself for not following through as it is not surprise that so many other people saw what a beautiful area it is. I just hope all the families living there will be able to stay in their homes.

Las Clementinas Hotel RestaurantTucked away in Casco Viejo Las Clementinas is a hotel and café built in the 1930s by Clementina Herrera and her daughter Clementina Jaén. According to their website: Continue reading

Ay Ay Picante – Discovering Peruvian Cuisine in Albany Park

Ay Ay Picante Sign

If I found out my ancestors are from the Andes I would not be shocked based on my lifelong love of anything with chilies, corn, avocados, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Ay Ay Picante is an exciting mix of traditional Andean, with a splash of influence from Spanish and Japanese immigrants that have made Peru their home. They specialize in seafood and steak with an extensive menu featuring at least a half-dozen vegetarian and fried rice entrees as well as a large selection of ceviches.

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