January 22nd, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 1.22.10

Greetings from sunny Mexico. As great as our fair city is, sometimes, to really appreciate it, you have to travel somewhere else. In search of a little R&R, I headed to the Zoetry Resort just north of Puerto Morales. Never one to shirk my responsibilities, I’ve dutifully prepared the Procrastinator’s Plan remotely (at the last minute, of course.) So, as I bask in the sun down here in Mexico, dear Houstonian’s are never far from my mind. This margarita is on me, but feel free to let me know who serves the best margarita in Houston so I won’t have to go through withdrawals when I arrive stateside.

Uno mas, por favor.
I’ve definitely been knocking back a few margaritas on my vacation, but none has been better than the exquisite tamarind margaritas. Since I can’t bring the drinks back to Houston with me, I figured a recipe would be the next best thing.

Tamarind Margarita
2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz tamarind paste (concentrate)
1 oz simple sugar
2-3 cups ice

Combine in blender and blend until smooth. Rim glasses with chile salt.
(Serves 2-3.)

Eating on the Sun
There aren’t many places in Houston that remind of the Mexican restaurants from my childhood in El Paso, but Taqueria del Sol is one of the few. A small taqueria off the gulf freeway, Taqueria del Sol specializes in good Mexican staples like tacos, burritos, tortas and my favorite, gorditas. No, these are not those stupid things that you get at Taco Bell. Gorditas are deep fried masa dough cut open and filled with a variety of combinations. While I have to admit that I’ve had better gorditas, the fillings at Taqueria del Sol are top notch. As my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, I normally order an assortment of three, and barely get through two. I usually randomly pick two, but I always make sure I get the picadillo, which is ground beef, cheese and beans. I can’t go more than a few months without making my way towards Hobby airport to stuff my face with the food at Taqueria del Sol. The food is brought out as soon as it’s ready, so don’t be surprised if your order shows up in waves. There is also a bakery attached, so if you want some Mexican cookies or pastries, you can always grab some on your way out.

She’s more than just a pretty face
The Houston Independent Media Center is presenting two short films by director Greg Berger at 7PM on Friday, January 22nd. The first, Amor en Tiempos de Influenza (Love in the Time of Influenza,) is a mockumentary set during the 2009 Swine Flu epidemic and utilizes historical narrative and street theater to explore the politics behind the Swine Flu outbreak. The second film, La Rebeldia Bajo Sitio (Rebellion Under Siege,) centers on the volatile Chiapas region in Mexico, where indigenous farmers are being beaten, shot and imprisoned. The documentary, which was commissioned by Venezuelan television network TeleSUR, explores the connection between the U.S.-funded drug war and the return of paramilitary violence in Chiapas. If you’re interested, you can find more information, along with a map to the Rice Media Center, here. Greg Berger, known also as “Gringoyo,” is a Mexico based filmmaker, journalist, Professor of Film at the Art Department of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, and self-proclaimed “revolutionary tourist.” His work has been screened at museums, galleries, and town squares on five continents.

Some Like it Hot
Talento Bilingue de Houston, a Latino Cultural Arts Center, is offering two opportunities to see Dona Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen, a one woman show featuring Ruby Nelda Perez. In the play, written by Rodrigo Duarte-Clark, Dona Rosita invites the audience for the “Last Supper” in the barrio of Salsipuedes (get out if you can) while she contemplates selling her restaurant/ home of 23 years to make way for a brand new tourist shopping mall. The performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday night and the curtain goes up at 8PM. Tickets are $18. Students can purchase tickets for $15 and Seniors, 60 and over, are only $10. You can find more information at the TBH website or you can call (713)222-1213 for ticket information.

You Go? No, Hugo.
The one thing that I’ve spent the most time doing this week is eating. I’ve barely gotten up from one meal before I sit down for another. It’s definitely done a number on my waistline, but that’s not stopping me. If you want to experience the same gluttonous feeling, head over to Hugo’s for brunch. Served from 10AM to 2:30PM, the all you can eat buffet approach doesn’t diminish the quality of the food, so you won’t want to stop eating. I’ve known about Hugo’s for a while, thanks to my good friend, Cesar, who is my Houston guru for Mexican food. When he told me that Hugo’s was his favorite Mexican brunch, I knew it had to be good. When he took my girlfriend and I, he once again proved why I trust his tastebuds so much. With foods like tamales, carnitas, quesadillas de Hongos, and ceviche, you’ll feel like you’re sitting at a restaurant in Mexico. The only difference is you’ll be able to drink the water.

— Marc

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