Savory cuisine at Armando’s Mexican Restaurant in Detroit, Michigan

 

Mexican Food is so full of color, life and music,

It’s like a piñata explosion in your mouth

Kate McLennan

 

By now you know that I am an enthusiast foodie and one of my absolute favorite subjects to capture is food!

From delicious, mouth-watering, international dishes to local specialties like Paella to healthy options such as micro greens, anything that is simply good for the body and soul :)

I do not like Mexican food, I LOVE it so much that even if I am on the other side of the planet I’m always looking for places that serve authentic or attempting to replicate traditional meals.

After touring Mexicantown Bakery, it sure worked out our appetite! Fortunately for us it was lunch time and right across the street is one of Detroit’s best and renowned places to get satisfy your craving for Aztec food and that is Armando’s Mexican Restaurant.

This family-run establishment welcomes groups, couples, friends, sports fans into its spacious, friendly and fun location where large flat screen TV screens are prominent in various areas and one interesting attraction are the Aztec warrior paintings that hand on the wall. It kind of makes you wonder what the story behind each one of them is but they are quite original.

Now let’s move on to the best and most important part, the FOOD. On the menu, you will find appetizers, soup and salads, classic Mexican favorites such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, tamales, stews, fish, seafood, chicken, combination plates, surf and turf, fajitas, tacos à la carte (make your own) and tortas which are their version of sandwiches. Of course every meal must be accompanied by a drink and there are many options from frozen cocktails, to premium beers to Jarritos.

Oh, did I forget to mention postres or dessert? You have to leave some room for a sweet treat to end your meal on a sweet note :)

Let me show you what we ordered

For starters we had some fried mozzarella cheese sticks with sauce

food, cheese sticks, fried cheese sticks, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Mexicantown, Detroit, Michigan,

Frozen strawberry daiquiri

drink, cocktail, Daiquiri, strawberry daiquiri, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Detroit, Michigan,

Main meal

I opted for Flautas.

food, food photography, flautas, mexican food, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Mexicantown, Detroit, Michigan,

Three rolled and fried tortillas filled with shredded chicken topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole, Spanish rice and fried beans.

food, food photography, flautas, mexican food, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Mexicantown, Detroit, Michigan,

My neighbors (males) at the table had the following

Tampiqueña plate

food, food photography, Tampiqueña plate, mexican food, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Mexicantown, Detroit, Michigan,

Cheese enchilada, beef corn tacos, grilled skirt beef, topped with onion and cilantro served with Spanish rice or fried beans.

Torta al pastor

food, food photography, Torta al pastor, mexican food, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Mexicantown, Detroit, Michigan

Marinated pork on a telera roll with lettuce, tomato, avocado, onion and mayonnaise accompanied with French fries.

Dessert

Cheesecake Chimi

food, food photography, cheesecake chimi, mexican food, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Mexicantown, Detroit, Michigan

Rich, smooth cheesecake rolled in a mouth-watering and flaky tortilla

New York style cheesecake

food, food photography, New York style cheesecake, cheesecake, mexican food, Armando's Mexican Restaurant, Mexicantown, Detroit, Michigan

Creamy cheesecake on Graham cracker base, topped with fresh strawberry preserve or chocolate.

I hope you enjoyed viewing these photos and did not make you too hungry!

For more information or if you wish to visit them, you can do so here:

Armando’s Mexican Restaurant

4242 Vernor Hwy

Detroit, MI

48209

Tel: (313) 554-0666

 

Follow them on:

Website: http://www.mexicantown.com/armandos/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Armandos-Mexican-Restaurant-47285802735/

 

Now it’s your turn,

Tell us…

 

Do you like Mexican Food?

If so, what is your favorite dish and where was the best you ever had?

If not, would you like to try?

 

 

Let us know in the comments!

Hasta la próxima, until next time.

K :)

For the love of baking: MexicanTown Bakery in Detroit, Michigan

Count memories, not calories

I’ve a confession to make. Well, it actually won’t come as a surprise but here it goes. I have a weakness (one of many) and it comes under the form of baked goods. For as long as I can possibly remember, I have always loved going into any bakery to breathe in the irresistible smell of fresh, out of the oven bread or other sweet goodies.

There is just something that draws people in like a magnet and it is comforting even until this day. And no, watching Cake Boss does not equal the real-life experience though I learned a lot of the techniques Buddy uses and practice!

Sadly, our fast-pace lifestyle does not allow us to go as often as we wish but when the opportunity presents itself, then of course I am more than happy to go in.

During my recent visit to Detroit, Michigan (for the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS where I was present to watch Nissan unveil two concept models), we were invited to go to a bakery in Mexican Town which is in the southwest part of the city where a large population of Mexicans and other nationalities have resided and established themselves in the vibrant and growing community.

The owner, Mr. Omar Hernandez, has been operating this popular family-run establishment for decades now and he personally showed us around along with his lovely wife and they explained what they specialize in and what sells the most.

Cakes
Wedding cakes
Birthday cakes
Tres leches
Tiramisu
Cupcakes
Flan
Hispanic Groceries
Hot breads baked daily
Mexican pastries
Cookies

Holiday breads:

Rosca de reyes
Piñatas and so much more!

There is also a sandwich counter where you can order any from their menu and have it to go or if you wish to take the time to enjoy it in the adjoining and ample dining room.

My arm certainly did not need to be twisted and quite frankly, everything in sight was eye candy, so of course I arrived prepared and starting taking plenty of photos which I am now delighted to share with you. But please be advised that it might make you drool, hungry or thirsty and for that I extend my sincere apologies.

Are you ready? Listos? Comencemos, let’s start!

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

MexicanTown, MexicanTown Bakery, Detroit, Michigan, bakery, panaderia, food

Did you see anything you’d like to try? I am a certified churros fan and love to have it with a warm and delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate :)

If you are in the area and have a sweet tooth, you sure will love to sink your teeth in any these heart-warming, filling baked goods!

MexicanTown Bakery is located at
4300 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, Michigan 48209

Open daily Open from 6 am to 9 p.m. 7 days a week

Website: http://www.mexicantown.com/bakery/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mexicantown-Bakery-178503569223/

Stay tuned as I will show you the delicious meal I had at Armando’s Mexican Restaurant in the next installment!

Now I turn it over to you!

Tell us,

 

Do you like going to bakeries during your travels?
If so, what do you buy and what memories do you keep?
Don’t be shy! Share it with us!

 

 

Until next time, hasta la próxima!
All the best,

K :)

2016 Nissan Model Lineup Part 2

I drive, therefore I am.

As you saw in Part 1, the 2016 Nissan Model Lineup is impressive. The Japanese car maker has lots to offer and it’s only the beginning. Its first 7 models are only the tip of the iceberg and everyone will find the right vehicle that responds or fulfills their need for safety, performance and also style!

I promised that there would be a second part and without any further delay, let’s continue where we left off!

2016 Nissan Model Lineup, from P to Z

Pathfinder

Nissan, 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Pathfinder, car, automobile, SUV, transportation, photographyPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Love going on adventures? Find new paths and leave a trail with the Pathfinder. Its intuitive 4 wheel drive will allow you to go on any road and adjust accordingly. Bring along your crew with its three rows of seats and stay entertained with the Tri-zone Entertainment System.

Quest

Nissan, 2016 Nissan Quest, Nissan Quest, family van, van, automobile, transportationPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Have a growing family or need some extra room? The Nissan Quest is started thanks to the Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, has a 260 hp, 3.5 liter V6 engine, Xtronic transmission which allows a smooth drive and welcomes 7 passengers. Go on your own Quest.

Rogue

Nissan, 2016 Nissan Rogue, Nissan Rogue, SUV, automobile, transportationPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Be prepared for the next adventure and stay connected with your friends thanks to NissanConnect SM with Navigation and mobile apps. Equipped with a 170 hp, 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine, The Nissan Rogue is available with intuitive all-wheel drive, safety shield technologies and has an available third row to bring more friends along for the ride in style and safety.

Sentra

Sentra, 2016 Nissan Sentra, Nissan Sentra, automobile, car, transportationPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Redesigned inside and out, the new Sentra’s striking new looks will certainly not go unnoticed. It is fuel efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with sub-planetary gear enhances its performance thanks to the retuned suspension design. NissanConnectSM Services powered by SiriusXM® allows the driver to customize alerts for their family and friends.

Titan

Nissan, 2016 Nissan TITAN XD, Nissan TITAN XD, truck, pickup truck, transportationPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Do you have work to do? Let the power and performance of the Cummins Turbo Diesel V8 engine with 555 lbs of torque. Its towing capacity is over 12 000 lbs and the massive chassis is all the muscle you need to do any tough job! No wonder it was chosen as Truck of the Year by cars.com, find out for yourself.

Versa

Nissan, 2016 Nissan Versa sedan, Nissan Versa sedan, automobile, car, transportationPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Looking for a best-selling, sub-compact sedan that offers exceptional value, roominess and a great price? Look no further. The 109 hp, 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder engine, fuel efficient car also offers comfort and convenience thanks to the Bluetooth Hands free phone system and available  audio system, rear view monitor, NissanConnectSM, Nissan Voice recognition and so much more.

Versa Note

Nissan, 2016 Nissan Versa Note, Nissan Versa Note, car, automobile, transportationPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Take a break and go and have fun! Invite your family or friends to come along for the ride by using NissanConnectSM and do not worry about missing an angle, the four cameras installed around the car will make parking easy breezy.  Going shopping or going on a road trip? Its huge interior space will accommodate people or things and go further thanks to its fuel-efficient engine.

Z coupe

Nissan, 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe, Nissan 370Z Coupe, sports car, automobile, car, transportationPhoto credit: nissannews.com

Driving the 370Z  is an unforgettable and unique experience. The iconic car offers incredible performance, design and is very rich in history.  Let the 3.7 liter, DOHC V6 engine, 332 hp and SynchroRev Match® manual transmission of this sports car take you on some amazing rides.

So there you have the 2016 Nissan Model Lineup. If you wish to see the complete line up , you can do so here.

 

Did you like a model in particular?

If so, which one?

Are you car enthusiast and do you go to auto shows?

 

Tell us all about it in the comments!

This concludes my posts for Nissan and I hope you enjoyed them! I may possibly see the models for the Canadian Market soon, stay tuned.

Until then, I invite you to follow them on the following sites.

Websites:

http://www.nissanusa.com  in English

http://www.nissanusa.com/espanol  in Spanish

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/nissanusa

http://www.facebook.com/NissanEspanol

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NissanUSA

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nissanusa

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/nissanusa

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nissanusa/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Nissan/posts

 

Until next time.

Happy driving!

All the best,

K :)

Smart Parka by North Aware: The best winter coat ever made

A winter coat with built-in gloves, scarf, tech pocket and more? Yes, it does exist!

Smart Parka, North Aware, Smart Parka Logo

The latest in make-your-life-easier wear is now live on Kickstarter.

Smart Parka from North Aware comes with integrated gloves and scarf, a place to hide your hat, and piles of pockets. We all want our lives to be easier, but it turns out to be particularly important in a winter coat.

North Aware, winter coat, North Aware Coat, fashion, winter, outdoor gear

North Aware, winter coat, NorthAware Coat, fashion, winter

North Aware, winter coat, NorthAware Coat, fashion, winter, Vogue coat ipad pocket

A recent review in the IJERPH says that many studies add up to one thing: that time spent outdoors has an overall positive effect on physical activity. The authors point to global concerns regarding decreasing time spent outside. This decrease is particularly felt in winters, when people don’t feel like packing themselves up with accessories and gadgets to step out into a chill.

But going out in a Smart Parka is easier done than said. The accessories are already there. The inner pockets for phone, tablet, glasses, wallet and keys keep you from forgetting the important stuff as well as providing room for some fun stuff.

North Aware, winter coat, North Aware Coat, fashion, winter, styles, women, women fashion, women's coats

North Aware, winter coat, North Aware Coat, fashion, winter, men coats, styles, men's winter coats
And the weather can’t touch you: when the thermometer drops, zip in the inner insulating layer to keep warm down to -20C (-4F), when it rises again, easily remove the liner for temperatures up to 0C (32F) – either way, you’ve got all of your pockets.

“I started this business with one goal in mind, make people want to go out more in winter” says Jamil Khan, founder of North Aware Inc. “Smart Parka is our first product, launched through Kickstarter. We want support from everyone who believe in our dream.”

Smart Parka from

North Aware Logo, North Aware

can now be ordered through Kickstarter, be one of the first to get it for one low price before it goes up!

Now we’re turning it over to you.

Tell us,

Are you a fan of the winter?

Do you like the idea of having an all-in-one winter coat?

What’s your favorite outdoor activity during the cold months?

tell us all about it in the comments.

Until next time, stay warm and enjoy the season!

All the best.

K :)

#FoodieFriday: La Maison Thaï in Montreal

Food for the body is not enough.

There must be food for the soul.

Doris Day

*Warning* Multiple food photos ahead. Please do not lick screen or salivate before so much goodness. If you do, my sincere apologies :)

Welcome to the very first edition of #FoodieFriday everyone!

For 2016 I decided to create this new section which I’ll publish every month and will feature one great restaurant and lots of photos of some of my all-time favorite dishes and also discoveries.

Now it really does not come as a surprise as I am a certified foodie and obsessed food photographer. I have a buen diente or a very healthy appetite (I’m quite the Latina mama thank you).

Last week someone made a comment at the table (wait for that story and photos soon) that I had an OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) because I asked a few persons if I could take a photo of their meal. That person frowned upon me or thought I was coo coo for cocoa puffs but the others were happy to let me take a photo of their meal before they sunk their teeth in it!

Even in my family people tell me: “Karla, did you take a photo yet?” or “Kay, you forgot to take photos to show everyone!” Isn’t that something? I guess my habit has rubbed off on some people and I am more than happy to be capturing dishes and drinks and of course dessert.

Meals are not just a time of the day or a compulsory stop to refuel, it is an experience for all the senses and every single day is special in its own way. It never comes back and why not freeze that moment in time?

On this occasion I would like to share with you and introduce you to one of my absolute favorite restaurants right here in my city and trust me, I have tried many similar to it but there’s no other place like it anywhere (says the expat who’s lived in 6 countries!)

Before I introduce you, I’ve to tell you something. I have been going to this restaurant for almost 6 years and EVERY.SINGLE. TIME, I feel like I’m going to a family restaurant and am treated like one of their members. As soon as I step in, they recognize me, which makes me feel like a VIP!

It’s great to go back to a place where they are genuinely happy to see you and you know that besides the fabulous food you’ll intake, you will receive great service with a big smile. Nothing makes me feel better about my selection than going to a place where I am happy to spend and come out yes a little heavier but as we say in Spanish “Barriga llena, Corazon contento” , the literal translation is “a full belly, a happy heart” :)

I’ve gone back time and time again through the years and especially after going around the globe and have even taken my foreign friends visiting the city for the first time. It’s a no brainer and they too end up liking it. Ok I’m an influencer by nature and love it!

Now back to where we were. Say hello to La Maison Thai, a must-go to place in the hip and happening Plateau Mont-Royal.

As the name states, as soon as you enter the spacious local, before you are rows and rows of fresh, sweet, spicy, mouth-watering and delicious options that you don’t even know where to start! I simply say that it is a feast for the eyes and palate of course.

What’s on the menu you may ask?

From general tao spicy chicken to crispy noodles with grilled veggies to the traditional pad Thai to rich and warm tom yum soup to vegetarian choices like fried basil rice, you seriously can’t go hungry!

La Maison Thai, thai food, food, foodie, food photography, TS76

La Maison Thai, thai food, food, foodie, food photography, TS76

La Maison Thai, thai food, food, foodie, food photography, TS76

La Maison Thai, thai food, food, foodie, food photography, TS76

La Maison Thai, thai food, food, spring rolls, nems, foodie, food photography, TS76

I absolutely love Thai food as it is super healthy and trust me I could eat a different dish every day but sadly, I’ve developed some serious food allergies in the past years which have kind of limited the type of food I can consume or am allowed to have.

However being careful does not mean being restricted or cutting on flavor. Oh absolutely not!

What I truly like about Thai food is the burst of flavor every single bite of food has. Not convinced? Take a look at my selection of the day was.

Entrée

La Maison Thai, spring roll, veggie spring roll, thai food, food, foodie, food photography, TS76Veggie spring roll

Main meal

La Maison Thai, Singapore noodles, lemon basil tofu, vegetarian food, thai food, food, foodie, food photography, TS76Singapore noodles and basil lemon tofu with sautéed vegetables

Condiment

Sriracha sauce for that extra kick

Drink

Coconut water

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the food is just too good-looking and totally Instagram-worthy, thus I always take a minute or two to take photos from various angles in order to get THE picture that I share with you on my IG feed (find me @travellersoul76) and ultimately it ends up here but in a bigger size :)

Then I dive in and take my sweet time to savor every morsel and try to identify the ingredients and spices used, so I take mental notes which I use later when it comes time to write about it.

It’s kind of fun to be enjoying a meal and look around the restaurant and see how people truly enjoy what is on their place and how concentrated they look.

Food is not only good for the body but also the soul and it recharges your batteries for whatever comes our way afterwards!

What I love about international food is that I am also transported to the land where it originated and imagine myself being there in person (I do have a traveler soul remember?) and that is a free trip. Daydreaming is free isn’t it?

I sincerely don’t even know how come I lived in South Korea for 2 years and never got the chance to go to Thailand! My bad but I am sure going to make it up trust me.

I’m also very curious and would definitely love to take a cooking class, that way I would attempt to make such hearty, colorful and tasty meals at home, wouldn’t you?

I finished my meal feeling full and satisfied and took a couple of minutes to thank the staff and hope to see them again when I come back from my adventures and if I’m in the area.

If you are ever in town and feel like going for Thai Food, I highly recommend you visit them.

Location:

La Maison Thai

1351 Avenue Du Mont-Royal Est

Montreal, Quebec

(514) 529-9000

 

You can follow them on these sites:

Website: http://www.lamaisonthai.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Restaurant-La-Maison-Thai

Instagram: https://instagram.com/lamaisonthai

 

Now I turn it over to you!

Tell us…

Are you a fan of Thai Food?

Have you ever been to Thailand?

If not, would you like to go?

Tell us all about it in the comments!

Until next time, happy eating.

All the best,

Moi

 

Note: The restaurants appearing in #FoodieFriday are of my own selection and not compensated in any way or manner or need to write a positive review. I sure do not need anyone to twist my arm in order to eat a hot and delicious meal! As always opinions are my own and you know that I will give my two cents on any matter, oh I do.