Food & Drink Archive

Authentic Vietnamese Eats: Pho Chef

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Vietnamese countryside

We here at discoverGDL love our Vietnamese food. So much so that we’ve learned to make things like our own chicken pho, from scratch. Why? Because in Guadalajara, a craving for Vietnamese food is not one that could have otherwise been easily satisfied before. That is, until Pho Chef came into our lives. Prior to that, rumor had it that someplace somewhere in the city maybe had something like Vietnamese cuisine on the menu, as an addition to some other cuisine from some other country in that part of the world. However, we could never put that rumor to the test because we could never identify an eating establishment that would have sparked such a rumor in the first place. Now, with Pho Chef in existence, there’s no need for a wild goose chase and we can put the original rumor to rest. Suffice to say, Pho Chef fits the bill quite well.

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UberEATS Has Hit the Streets

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pizza box takeoutIt has never been difficult to get food delivered to your home in Guadalajara. The city is full of motorcyclists, especially, zipping in-and-out of traffic on their two-wheelers with large metal boxes fastened at the rear, even scooting along the wrong way down one-way streets and sometimes on sidewalks to successfully deliver everything from the local shop’s torta ahogada to yes, Burger King (if you didn’t already know). One thing that’s for sure, though, is that until now, home food delivery has more or less relied upon the business, i.e. the restaurant, having the means to deliver that hot meal to you itself. Whereas some US cities offer several independent food delivery services, Guadalajara was somewhat lacking such a thing. Well, that is, until recently. Enter UberEATS.

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6 Online Resources for Planning Something Fun in Guadalajara, Mexico

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hot air balloonsWhile we here at discoverGDL try to pass on interesting events to you, our readers, from time to time, we are really trying to do much more than that and cannot always stay on top of the latest happenings. With that in mind, and with another weekend approaching fast, we present to you 6 resources you can check yourself to ensure that you stay on top of the latest and greatest events scheduled out there and enjoy yourself as much as possible in beautiful Guadalajara.

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Restaurant Real-Deals: The Best Hamburger in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Basil BurgersYeah, we know, them’s fightin’ words. Nothing prompts controversy like an argument between passionate people over which joint serves the best hamburger around. You’ll have to take our word for it, though, we’ve been on the hunt for some time now and have sampled the offerings of street carts, food trucks, and sit-down establishments in an attempt to find a winner…and we think we’ve identified one.

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Your Go-To List of Food Trucks and Trailers in Guadalajara, Mexico

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mobile-van-color6Here they are, in alphabetical order. Please note that we haven’t tried all of these food trucks and trailers yet. Also keep in mind that of the ones we’ve tried, we’ve only written individual articles on those that have really knocked our socks off. That being said, everyone’s tastes are different. At the same time, these folks are continually improving their game. Therefore, try each one and decide for yourself, and remember that we will be constantly adding to this list as we learn of more mobile eats, so check back for updates!

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Feria de Productores Ecotianguis This Weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Feria de Productores

Taken from Feria de Productores Facebook event page.

Another weekend is upon us and with it comes what promises to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable eco-expo hosted by the Feria de Productores (Fair of Producers). This green organization here in Guadalajara aims to provide organic and artesanal foodstuffs utilizing fair and just business practices. With that mission in mind, it is putting on another rather large expo with many local producers in attendance this Sunday, April 19th, from 10am-5pm. Among the items available for purchase will be organic, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits, aretesanal ice cream, prepared foods, personal care products, things for your pet, and much more. If locally-sourced and organic goods are your thing, or if you want to support environmentally-responsible vendors, be sure to visit this eco-expo at the Tepeyac Casino residential development in Zapopan for the low cost of $15 MXN per adult/$10 MXN per child. There will be music, workshops, art, and childrens’ activities for the whole family’s entertainment. We’ll see you there!

Park Your Butt, It’s Chow Time at the Food Truck Park in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Food Truck Park, GDLWe love food trucks, and our readers do, too. We’re constantly on the lookout for a new one, trying their menus and reporting on the tastiest ones that have thus far left us wandering away in hazy food comas with stuffed bellies. But what if there were many trucks in one place, a food truck meeting place, a haven of sorts, that you could visit instead of just one solitary food truck on a side street? What would you say to that?

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3 Stores That Will Satisfy Your Craving For “Hard-to-Find” Grocery Items in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Dad's Root Beer

By Alheding (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve all had that moment when we’ve simply hit a wall with the local cuisine and standard grocery offerings and we miss our old treats dearly. The problem is, where on earth do we find them in Guadalajara? Trust us, they’re out there, waiting for your hungry eyes to feast upon them. Here, we’ll review three stores that will satisfy your cravings for those “hard-to-find” specialty items. Keep in mind that the things you seek often carry high price tags given that they are imported and uncommon now that you’re here in Mexico.

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3 Fantastic Breakfast Joints in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Fried Eggs and BaconBreakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well, we certainly love it. Nothing gets the day going quite the way a solid breakfast does, and Guadalajara satisfies the hungry and selective with these three top-notch restaurant favorites of ours, presented in alphabetical order below.

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Restaurant Real-Deals: Puro Chile Chilean Restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Volcano in ChileOur second offering in our Restaurant Real-Deals series of posts transports us to South America and the beautiful country of Chile through its delicious food and attentive service. Located in Colonia Arcos Vallarta along Avenida López Cotilla, east of Glorieta La Minerva and part of a solid corridor of enticing establishments that stretches further east towards Avenida Chapultepec, the restaurant Puro Chile is nothing if not pure and true to its Chilean roots. Serving up a range of fare from street-style sandwiches and hot dogs to empanadas to salads, fish filets, and fine cuts of beef, Puro Chile will please with the tastes of its mother country.

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Local Culinary Treats: Pastes Minería Serves Up Flaky, Jam-Packed Pastry Pockets of Deliciousness in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Pastes Minería in Calle MorelosWe know, you’ve just made a New Years resolution to get fit and lose some weight and part of the plan was to eat out less, and here we come waltzing around throwing yummy food in your face. Terrible, shame on us. But it can’t be helped, not one bit. If you haven’t had pastes from Pastes Minería yet, you must, resolution be darned. What are pastes? Well, dear reader, pastes are wonderfully flaky pastry pockets with delicious innards (if done right), and Pastes Minería does them right. A chain with a few locations throughout Guadalajara, including Avenida Alfonso López Mateos in the Plaza del Sol area, Calle Morelos in Colonia Americana, and Avenida de las Américas near Avenida México in Colonia Ladrón de Guevarra, they serve up sweet and savory varieties, including pineapple, apple, Hawaiian style, and two types of mole.

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Street Food Standouts: Monchería Atómica (Crepas) Food Truck in Guadalajara, Mexico

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monchería atómica food truck in guadalajara, mexico, serves crepes and more seven nights a weekLa Monchería Atómica has a lot going for it, making it the focus of our second post in the “Street Food Standouts” series we have going here at discoverGDL. To start with, this night-time munchies food truck dishes up some of the tastiest crepas (crepes) you’ll have the pleasure of sampling in this city. Name your poison – go salty with the crepa “Carnes Frías” (cheese of your choice, spinach, ham, salami, and peperoni) or enjoy the sweeter things in life with a nutella or strawberry jam crepe. They have all-natural fruit crepes as well for something a bit healthier or grab a smoothie instead (although they have malts, just sayin’).

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