Tuesday, November 4, 2008
November 1 & 2nd was the Day of the Dead or Dia De Dos Muetos, celebrated mostly in Mexico. It's a great tradition that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died.
Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Cantina Mayahuel on Adams Ave is a fabulous cantina and tequila bar where appropriately, the Day of the Dead festivities were underway last weekend.
I became a huge fan of this place for their insanely good tacos and muy bein Margaritas. Though the food menu is not extensive, what they do serve is as authentic as you can get this side of the border. Everything I have tried so far has been incredible, but a must try is their shrimp tacos. Unbelievably good.
As for their tequila menu, well, that is more extensive. You will find over 125 varieties of tequila and a separate mezcal menu that is also impressive. You can even learn a thing or two about the interesting history of tequila if you should so desire.
But you don't have to wait for next years Day of the Dead to stop by, any day of the week all year long is a good time to visit if you ask me!