Happy Mayan Apocalypse Day! I’m thinking we survived, but I suppose there are still a few more hours left in the day. Although, if this is the end, I must say I’m pretty content: writing, sitting by a fire at home, drinking tea, and eating cake for breakfast. Gotta love vacation!
I successfully made it through the Chicago airport without too much trouble, although despite the lack of weather, my flight still ended up being an hour delayed. I tried to head to a bar to set up shop for a bit and read, but all I found was the food court with $6 bottles of beer and $8 wi-fi. No fun, Chicago. After traveling all night, I finally arrived in California at 1am (4am according to my body) and kicked off my holiday vacation by with some much needed sleep.
My mom isn’t off till this afternoon (sorry mom!), so yesterday, my Dad and I headed out to lunch at one of the new restaurants, Zocalo, in my favorite shopping area in Roseville–The Fountains. I had been to the Sacramento Zocalo location many moons ago and was eagerly awaiting for this new one to open, which it did about a week after we left for the east coast.
According to their website,
Inspired by the majestic town square of Mexico City, Zocalo boldly casts a contemporary eye towards a distinguished future while subtly hinting of its proud heritage. For hundred of years, Zocalo has been the center of political and social gatherings in Mexico. Offering a stylish yet substantial spot that embraces that spirit, this Zocalo is destined to live up to its heritage.
How could I resist?
The bean dip and salsa they bring out at the beginning of the meal are to die for–I would have just been content eating that all afternoon–and each meal also comes with a side of black beans and cilantro rice. So good.
We had the:
Quesadilla with a queso Cotija crusted flour tortilla, black bean purée, queso, grilled onions, carnitas, and poblano aioli.
Tacos de Cazuela with potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms & queso Menonita–baked & served casserole-style.
I hope to be back at least one more time before we head back to Mexicanfoodless Virginia–I also hear their happy hour is great!
You can check out more Zocalo on their website here.