Growing up in Southern California, I developed a passion for authentic (“California style”) Mexican food, because — and I mean this sincerely — even the simplest Mexican cuisine, when done right, is the best comfort food in the Universe. When I moved to New York City, I was horrified by numerous aggressively bad excuses for Mexican food, such as goat cheese quesadillas and enchiladas made with flour tortillas, which, just no. Thirty plus years later, New York City boasts a handful of decent-to-very-good Mexican restaurants, but nothing can compare to anything you can find at the Old Town Mexican Cafe, located in Old Town San Diego. Behold, the Crispy Cheese Quesadilla, one of Old Town’s specialties. This restaurant is famous for making its own flour and corn tortillas, and this unique, open-faced take on the quesadilla begins with a freshly-made, large flour tortilla, which is grilled to a flaky crispness before being smothered with mixed cheeses and served hot to your table with a side of sour cream. Mmmmm, deliciosa!
Do you like Mexican food? I sure do. As a transplanted native of southern California, I was already spoiled for life when it comes to excellent Mexican food by the time I got to NYC 27 years ago. But the bar for (what passes for) Mexican food in NYC has definitely been raised, a lot, in recent years, and now it’s pretty easy to find reliable sources for the fresh taste of California-style Mexican food all over the city. One of my favorite spots to pick up a burrito that gets me all nostalgic for L.A. is the fast casual chain called Moe’s Southwest Grill. Maybe you have Moe’s in your town, so you already know what I am talking about.
Like many transplanted Californians living in Manhattan, I am always on the lookout for good Mexican food, which can be a challenge. That’s probably why I generally have a package of tortillas in my fridge, so I can satisfy a Mexican food craving on short notice by whipping up a tasty Quesadilla with whatever I have on hand. Because it’s the little things that make a difference.
This past week, I attended the Editor Showcase press event featuring healthy and nutritious foods. One of my favorite exhibitors was the La Tortilla Factory, where they were serving mini chicken wraps in their booth, made with their yummy reduced fat flour tortillas. Smart & Delcious Flour Tortillas have 1/3 fewer calories of regular flour tortillas, and they taste amazing. I made sure to toss a package in my swag bag as I made my rounds
Avocado Central Dot Com was also on hand, representing Hass Avocados, offering many delicious avocado recipes to sample and promoting healthy facts about Avocados — the world’s most misunderstood fruit. They also had a big bowl of Hass Avocados to give away, so you can be sure one found its way into my bag, because I already knew I was going to be bringing that creamy avocado fruit together with my newly acquired package of tortillas.
Today I made this delicious lunch for myself:
Add as many thin slices of ripe Hass Avocado as you please.
Top with a second tortilla and grill on other side until lightly browned. Garnish with a drizzle of hot sauce and more avocado, slice into quarters and enjoy! So Yummy!
Find out tons of healthy facts about avocados and get lots of tasty recipes at This Link. Also please visit the informative and taste-tempting website of La Tortilla Factory by clicking Right Here. Mucho Gusto!