“Which meat should I use for making carne asada?” It’s the numero uno question from customers seeking la experiencia mexicana and wanting to mexicanize their summer picnics. Carne asada literally means ‘grilled meat’, we tend to use it loosely “let’s have carne asada” is the equivalent to saying “let’s have a picnic”.
Arrachera, thinly sliced skirt steak
Diezmillo, thinly sliced sirloin chuck steak
Carne para Asar preparada, flat iron chuck roll
Salsas suggested from our deli: Salsa Nortena, Salsa Aguacate, and Pico de Gallo.
Happy grilling amigos!
Olympics2016 Kicked off yesterday in Brazil and it was so colorful and energizing to watch. Watching the olympics is always a fun thing to do with families and friends. I’m so excited that it’s in brazil, so much culture & beauty! Since most us can’t go to Brazil for this, bring Brazil here!
If you are planning an olympics viewing get together, have fun & make an event of it!
Stop in to El Burrito Mercado and grab the following items for your “festa” viewing party!
Start with bright decorative colors for the table like runners or placemats from our gift & decor area.
Guarana beverages (in cans or 2liter) a refreshing tasty soda.
And complete your “festa” with white rice and beans (Try Goya’s beans) and a beautiful leafy salad or research Brazilian Salpicao salad (a creamy chicken and shoestring potato salad),
Bom Proveito! (Portuguese)
Buen Provecho, Bon (good)Appetite
Stop by with the familia to St Paul westside community Famila expo for information and family fun. El Burrito Mercado will be selling snacks and there are educational opportunities for Latino families.
Some of the friendly faces you’ll see hard work at El Burrito Mercado, they are dedicated, loyal, and so hard working! Our staff put their heart into what they do, our management team leads with passion and dedication, they are the absolute best, we would not continue growing if it were not for the wonderful people that I am so blessed to work with! Gracias companeros, que Dios los bendiga siempre, y Feliz Navidad!
2015 was an excellent year for us, interesting, typically January -February are slow months, however, 2015 started strong and remained strong. It was very unpredictable, though it was great, we are ending exceeding our sales forecast, and that feels great! What’s more, 2016 looks even more promising.
My two biggest challenges(there were several) this year were the closing of our location at Midtown Global Market, it was a meaningful lesson for me to always listen to that little voice and follow your instinct (trust yourself), and employee turnover was especially challenging this year. I realized it was a trend across the food service industry and many restaurants were suffering in this way, booming restaurant business throughout the twin cities, but no food service employees. It was extremely frustrating to have a growing business and to be short staffed, I was so concerned that it would backfire on me because if strong customer service suffered, it could inevitably affect continued growth. And, employees were working overtime, I was concerned they’d burn out. Thankfully, towards last quarter, things turned around and we are doing great!
And the two most outstanding highlights for me, the approval for multi-phase expansion projects which includes restrooms added to the Cafe & Bar which allows for us to finally stay open later in the bar, a walk in cooler/freezer adjacent to the kitchen, a corridor build between the restaurant cafeteria line direct to kitchen, outdoor patio, and pending final phase approval is the expansion of our Cafe & Bar space for banquet room for private parties, classes, and overflow seating. The second highlight, is that we purchased the Placita (open space) which is the open lot next to our building, this year it will primarily be utilized for private events and for rent, however the ultimate goal is to create an extended patio for the restaurant with a traditional patio with family fiestas on the weekends including Mexican folkloric dancers, Mariachi, and other daytime family entertainment.
It’s all very exciting, and like all large phased projects, it will take time and patience to accomplish these goals, we look forward to share the updates and invite you to the grand openings.
And to all of you, our dear loyal customers, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you a Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo! We are so ever grateful to our staff and to all of you for your loyalty and support this past year!
And finally, to end with a sweet treats,
Atole – Is a popular hot, thick, flavored corn starch based beverage, popular flavors are vanilla, strawberry, or guava. Champurrado is a chocolate and masa base hot drink.
Ponche –hot fruit punch simmered with tejocotes, tamarindo, guava and sweetened with piloncillo (brown sugar, molasses flavored, cone shaped sweetener), anise, cinnamon sticks.
Felices Posadas Amigos!