Kate Hope & Friends at Pica's Louisville

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Friday December 15, please join us for a special night featuring local singer Kate Hope and Friends to Pica's Louisville. 

Kate will be performing from 6:00-9:30. 

Kate has graciously coordinated the Sister Carmen Community Center truck to be stationed outside of Pica's on this special evening. 

If you'd like to give, please bring an unwrapped children's gift or food donation. 

Here is what to bring if bringing food: 

  • Fruit: canned + fruit juices (low or no sugar)
  • Protein: canned chicken, tuna, salmon; dried beans
  • Grains: rice, cereal, oatmeal, pasta
  • Canned Soups & Stews
  • Nut Butters: peanut, almond, soy, etc.
  • Canned Tomatoes: sauce, diced, whole, stewed, etc.
  • Gluten Free Products
  • Diapers size 3 and up
  • Household Products (Shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, dish & laundry soap, etc.)

Cook Great Mexican Food

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Here are five of my favorite Mexican cookbooks that I cook from again and again. 

MESA MEXICANA - Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken. 

Our founder worked for the "Too Hot Tamales" before opening Pica's. Though a little bit older, this book has held over time. And for those of you who are always asking for Rajas - there's a recipe in here for that. Not saying it's exactly what you'll find at Pica's, but not saying it isn't. 

 

TACOS: RECIPES & PROVOCATIONS - Alex Stupak. 

Straddling traditional and very much non-traditional, this is a great book for recipes as well as for challenging what Mexican food can be. Personal favorite is his shishito peppers recipe. 

TACOLICIOUS - Sara Deseran.

Fresh, vibrant, California Mex is what you'll find in Tacolicious. I've never been to one of the Tacolicious restaurants but I have enjoyed cooking from this book. Some of the recipes I've liked: Butternut Squash with Crunchy Kale and Pepitas, Tuna Tostada Contramar Style, Potato and Chorizo tacos, Pickled Cauliflower, carrots and jalapenos, Cumin-lime crema. 

TACOS, TORTAS, AND TAMALES - Roberto Santibanez. 

Flipping through this book makes you want to hop on a plane to Mexico City and spend a few days cruising the markets and eating street tacos and tamales all day. You can practically smell the food coming off the pages. 

ANYTHING BY RICK BAYLESS. 

He is the American guru of Mexican cooking. He may not know all, but he's still on a quest to learn all. You really can't go wrong with any of his cookbooks. 

El Segundo Contest Winners!!!

Last Spring we were honored to be voted the SECOND BEST TACO in Boulder. We were also humored by this notion that there could be a first best and a second best taco and so on. After all, which taco of ours was second best and how could that possibly be determined? While thrilled to be acknowledged, we decided to embrace the idea and have some fun with it. 

We created "El Segundo", the hardest working luchador in all the land who is always second place. 

We created t-shirts - "Proudly serving the second best taco in Boulder". 

And we held a contest giving away TWO YETI COOLERS and several custom YETI Rambler mugs emblazoned with El Segundo. 

In addition to giving away our Yeti coolers & Ramblers we gave away many gift cards to some of the most creative entries. 

Did you win? Check your email to find out.

Thank you to everyone for your support. We'll definitely be counting on your support to vote for us for FIRST BEST TACO come 2018!

 

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Win this custom El Segundo YETI Rambler

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We've got four of these custom El Segundo YETI Ramblers that we're giving away. 

You might be thinking, is this something I want? First, answer these two questions...

  1. Do you like hot beverages like coffee, tea, mate, and hot chocolate? Or cold beverages like beer or water or beer or margaritas (like when you're sitting around camp)? 
  2. Do you like Pica's? 
  3. BONUS: Do you like luchadors wrestling tacos?

If you marginally answered yes to one of these, then the answer is DANG RIGHT I WANT ONE OF THOSE EL SEGUNDO RAMBLERS!

Now the question is HOW DO I WIN? 

We're choosing the winners of these on a totally subjective basis. 

PICK UP AN EL SEGUNDO STICKER

TAKE A PHOTO OF EL SEGUNDO IN THE WILD

UPLOAD TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA - FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM

TAG US - @picasboulder, @picaslouisville

The most creative social entries will win the RAMBLER. 

Here are some suggestions - El Segundo loves to be outdoors. That could mean he's on a bike ride, at a park, riding ski lifts, visiting beautiful places. He loves to be on cars and drive all over the place seeing new things. He likes to be on your water bottle or your kid's water bottle or your bike or your kid's bike. 

Ready, set, EL SEGUNDO!

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El Brisket

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Perhaps up there with the BEET TACO, no other special taco gets as much love as our Brisket Taco. 

The Brisket Taco is featured this month at both locations as our TACO of the MONTH (pro tip, the Brisket Torta is an amazing sandwich but not always listed, wink wink). 

The Brisket taco was born from a need to have something Texan-y on the menu and was inspired by a trip to Austin's famous Franklin BBQ

I'm not a diehard bbq fan like some people, but here is what I do like about bbq - the intense salt and smoke flavor cut with the sour pickles, onions and, sometimes yes and sometimes no, some sauce to bring it all together. 

Returning from Austin, inspired by Franklin and wanting to do something with brisket, I was faced with a bit of a conundrum - we don't have a smoker. 

But I dove in and found a recipe that borrowed some smoky flavor from chipotles (which isn't just a burrito restaurant).

For me the key to our brisket is two-fold. First, we braise the brisket until tender, then use the braising liquid to saute up the brisket when ordered - EXTRA UMAMI!

Second, the pickled chiles, carrots and chopped onion, help replicate that Texas bbq flavor.