Announcing our new pop up suppers with Mt Tabor Roastery: A Coffee and Culinary Workshop

Our dear friends Emily and Michael, who are the masterminds behind the insanely delicious tastes at Mt Tabor Roastery, have been in the biz of coffee for quite some time.  They recently came over for dinner, and we heard hours of incredible stories about their experiences in this world, and the intricacies of doing this work with the best intentions, the best quality, fairly (for real) and doing it right. To learn more about them and their product, visit their informative site, and learn why they are different from most coffee roasters, and what makes them the BEST.  No joke.  Even better, just hop on down there over the weekend (hours are Saturdays and Sundays 8am-2pm) and have a sip, you won't regret it.  6922 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR.

Our first pop up supper at this lovely intimate and cozy space is November 11th!  Seats are limited.  Tickets for this supper are $45!  Visit our shop to view the menu and purchase your seat!  Or buy tickets at the coffee shop during hours listed above.

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Change Your Weekly Meals-Simply-Just Add Salsa

Every week when we go to the store we always find ourselves adding the same exact things to the cart.  It's because we like these things, but we need to change them up a bit.  We don't tend to follow many new recipes- we like to use what we have, or when we see yummy seasonal veggies, chiles, herbs we grab them to make salsas to add to our staple dishes.

If you are at all similar, try shaking things up, simply, with creative salsas/sauces without feeling like you need to spend a ton of time exploring and following complicated recipes! 

CILANTRO PESTO

No need to measure-throw some cilantro, olive oil(approx 1 cup), splash of white vinegar, lemon or lime, jalapeño or serrano chile (to taste), garlic (we like garlicky-3-4 cloves, but add to taste), salt, into your food processor/blender, and voila!

We like to add this to baked or sauteed chicken-or best of course on the grill, pulled from bone.  If you are looking to save time, grab a rotisserie chicken and shred it.  Throw the chicken on some tortillas (our favorite local pre-made tortillas are Three Sisters Nixtamal.  Add the cilantro pesto and you've got yummy dinner.

Add this sauce to anything!  Sauteed or roasted veggies, a piece of fish, any meat, use as a substitute for mayo and make chicken salad. A bowl of greens or arugula with a piece of salmon, add the salsa on top. It's endless.....and delicious.  Kids love it too;)

Mezcal Tasting & Plato Emperador Food Experience March 4th 2017!

Don't miss this unique and fun experience....Hosted by artist/interior designer Trish Grantham in her amazing home in North Portland (www.trishgranthamdesign.com), chef Héctor Guerrero from Mexico City brings you a night to remember.  To learn more about Héctor Guerrero, read here.

Seats are $90 per guest and are limited!  To hold your seat, please make your deposit here.  We are so excited to share this evening with you!

The tasting and dinner features 3 special mezcals from Oaxaca, along with 3 plates (detailed information below).  Additional mezcal, beer & wine will be available for purchase.  Please reach out about dietary restrictions, we are happy to accommodate.

The Mezcal Tasting:

While living in Oaxaca, we spent equal time learning from and collaborating with artisans, as well as with families traditionally distilling artisanal mezcal.  It was beautiful and amazing to see and learn about this process, the amount of work involved, and the passion of these families who are so proud of their product.  We want to share this experience and information with you, and support this artisanal industry hoping to help in protecting this tradition from the same exploitation the tequila industry experienced.  We bring you 3 different samples of a mezcal made by a distiller that we grew to love quickly while living there, that had it's place on the table to share with friends for many meals.  One is a very special small batch mezcal that contains Espadin mixed with Semi-Wild Bicuishe, grown at about 5000 feet, fermented in cypress vats.  The success and unique flavors of mezcal depend on the combination of the altitude and soil in which the varieties of maguey plants are grown, as well as the form of distillation, tanks of fermentation....and the hand of course.

The Plato Emperador Food Experience:

Inspired by pre hispanic traditions of the luxurious meals of Emperors, Héctor brings you his version of this elaborate tasting of Mexican food.  In the past, Emperors wanted to taste exotic flavors of 'chefs' using ingredients and styles from various regions.  It turned into a sampling of bite size exquisite tastes all in one meal-much like tapas we eat today.

Please contact us with any questions.  Our Chuparrosa suppers have been such a success-always a lovely fun mix of people, all new friends by the end of the evening.  Thank you always for your support.

Cash or credit card graciously accepted after the dinner for balance and additional purchases.

 

!!Adventure to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!! November 9th-15th, 2016

Whether you have been to San Miguel de Allende or not, you will return from this trip feeling relaxed, inspired and filled with the rich energy and flavor of Mexico!

We have 6 spots to join Hector Guerrero to discover this gorgeous and quaint colonial pueblo located in the Bajio Region of Mexico. Originally from Mexico City, but having lived in San Miguel for 6 years, Hector will take to you off the beaten path to discover the gems and magic of this special place.

They say there is a layer of rose quartz below the ground in San Miguel, with powerful energy as you could imagine.  After living there, we know it's true.  As San Miguel is the home to many adventurous and creative expats, it still holds strong the magic of the traditions and culture of Mexico, and is apparent all around-the beautiful locals, the food, the rich colors and textures of the architecture and landscape, deep history and so much more.

Hector will host this trip based out of one of our favorite B & B's in town, Casa de la Cuesta.  The B & B features a beautiful Mask Museum-a collection of the owners' from years of visiting villages who make masks for ceremonial dances.  The B & B is filled with wonderful folkloric art that the owners Heidi and Bill have collected for years.

This trip is a wonderful balance of all that we love in SMA.  Hector is a chef and will host a cooking class one afternoon in the gorgeous kitchen of the B & B.  Inspired by many forms of cooking in Mexico-including prehispanic, he will give you a wealth of knowledge of the history of dishes and ingredients.  He will bring you to the lively markets to collect the ingredients.  After cooking, you will enjoy a festive celebration to eat & drink your hard work.

One day will be pure relaxation swimming in paradise at one of the thermal pools outside of town.  Order a piña colada poolside, and float.  Weather averages around 75-82 degrees this time of year.

One day will be spent walking the Botanical Gardens (El Jardin Botanico-El Charco del Ingenio).  The vast and breathtaking landscape of the Nature Reserve represents an immense collection of cacti and other Mexican plants, many of which are rare, or endangered.   For those interested in a full moon temazcal (traditional sweat),  we will return to the botanical gardens for the ritual and curative ceremony using aromatic herbs and steam that takes place in a sweat-lodge located in the ruins of the Hacienda Las Colonias in the northern part of the garden. Lead by an experienced 'temazcalero', this ceremony aims to connect us with the earth and our ancestors, and to let go of individuality for a moment and truly become one. If open to the power of this ceremony, it is a transformative and beautiful experience that I highly suggest to all.  It certainly changed our lives while living in Mexico.

Hector will take you exploring-to all of the magical places we discovered while living there-the Ruins of La Virgin de la Cañada, to the local craft markets and gorgeous stores throughout town; to antique markets on the outskirts of town; to visit dear artisan friends. You will explore Pozos, Atotonilco, Dolores Hidalgo & Santa Rosa(pottery). For those interested we will take a hot air balloon over the magnificent landscape. Roaming around town to the many galleries and amazing restaurants. There will be a day trip to the city of Guanajuato, another amazing pueblo very close to San Miguel. Of course there will be some downtime and free time to return to favorite places or go for another swim.  We know amazing masseuses, wonderful exercise classes, art classes, etc.. and would love to organize your trip according to your desires.

Here is a review from a client:

"I first met Hector at his private supper club in Portland, Chuparrosa.  My first impression was how passionate he was about his food. His warmth as a host has always stuck with me.

I travel a lot to Mexico for my photography, and went last year to Oaxaca, where Hector was working with artisans, exploring the region, and cooking for locals and travelers.  Hector was the perfect guide, so generous with his knowledge of the land and culture. Exploring the region with Hector, was like exploring it with a long lost friend.    

If you don't have time to plan a trip, but want a rich and authentic experience in Mexico, I highly recommend this trip Hector is leading to San Miguel..... San Miguel alone is magical, but with Hector's intimate knowledge of his second home, it will no doubt be an unforgettable experience. Whether you are interested in the food, amazing sites, the glorious outdoors, or if you are an artist wanting fresh and rich inspiration, Hector will take you there. I promise you won't be disappointed."  Calvin Chen

$2900 per person includes 6 night stay at Casa de la Cuesta (your own room), best breakfast in town every morning at the B & B, and a cooking workshop with Hector. (This price does not include airfare, transportation, all other meals or extra activities).  If you share a room, the price per person will be $2300.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have! We require a 50% non refundable deposit.  To hold a spot for a solo room & trip, please pay deposit here.  To hold a spot for a shared room & trip please pay deposit here.  We are happy to help with suggestions for travel-we have lots of experience with airport transport (shuttles or private drivers, both very well priced).  We suggest flying into BJX (Leon), it's the closest airport at 1.5 hours away.  A less expensive route would be to fly into Mexico City and take a first class bus (3 hours from SMA, again we can help with these details).  We highly suggest if you have time to spend a couple of days there, it's an amazing city with so much to do and see.

Please note- We are not certified tour guides or travel agents.  We do, however, have lots of experience, knowledge and deep connections in this region.  We plan safe and comfortable trips. Hector is bilingual and can assist with any local connections or translations you may need.  Dietary restrictions are not a problem-he will help make sure you eat exactly how you like.

Salsa Making Class!! Sunday June 25th, 2016 4pm-7pm $120 per person

We are so excited to present our first salsa class in Portland!  Come alone for an informative and fun social gathering, or come with friends.  Only 6 spots so grab yours asap! 

At our house, we cook very simply, with delicious seasonal ingredients, and salsas.  Mexican cooking is all about amazing salsas.  Completely transform a simple egg breakfast, a bowl of veggies, or a beautiful piece of fish or meat by adding any one of the salsas you will learn to prepare in this class.  They are easy to prepare, and completely alter any meal.  All of our salsas happen to be free of gluten, vegan and vegetarian. 

In Mexican cooking, there are many ways to prepare salsas, three of which are raw, fried (with oil), and grilled.  In this class Hector will share with you salsa preparations for one of each technique, but also additional tips to make delicious dressings and oils from the same ingredients.

Hector will start with one of our favorite staple raw salsas, Salsa Verde.  One of the best party salsas, but also transforms many meals at home.  He will then show you how to use the juices of this salsa to create a versatile dressing.

Then you will learn to make another favorite, and delightfully complex flavorful salsa using fried chiles with fruit.  After he will show you how to make a chile oil infusion from the same ingredients.

Finally, the grilled salsa, a molcajete salsa.  You have most likely seen a molcajete, they are the traditional Mexican stone version of a mortar and pestal (easy to find).  There are many ways to use this tool, Hector will show you a mouth watering salsa using grilled chiles and vegetables.

We are proud to collaborate with Trish Grantham (www.trishgranthamdesign.com), and will be hosting the class in her gorgeous home in NE Portland. 

We are excited for you to join us!  You will learn so many healthy ways to completely transform your meals and dinner parties, without complicated and long recipes.  Salsas are great ways to get kids to eat veggies....and you can control the heat, or easily make spicier versions of the same salsa.

Please contact us if you have any questions at all about the class!

We ask that you hold your seat by paying a non refundable deposit here

Gracias!!

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The Quetzal is an ancient bird, native to Central America that can be recognized by its long, beautiful tail feathers and distinctive call. Considered to be a spirit guide, the Quetzal traditionally represents liberty. Ancient peoples believed the Quetzal would not survive in captivity and that it would rather die than be held in captivity. 

QUETZAL was born from our love of the spirit of mexico, passion for food, freedom of travel, and the beauty and tradition of hand craft.

Currently based out of Charleston, South Carolina, we offer local Mexican cooking classes, Privately Hosted Supper Clubs, and personally created trips to Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.