There were a few things about my wedding in Las Vegas in 2007 that were a bit odd – even for Sin City.
#1 My 16-month-old son was at the wedding.
#2 I got married in a black satin dress. Almost everything in my closet is black. I couldn’t imagine wearing a white dress – even for one day. (And, no, my dress colour had nothing to with #1.)
#3 My wedding dinner absolutely had to include nacho chips and guacamole; no guacamole, no dinner at the hotel’s famous buffet restaurant!
With my toddler son next to me in his high chair, I gorged myself on the guac at the Spice Market Buffet in Planet Hollywood – and didn’t drop a single chunk of avocado on my black dress.
“From Mexican and Italian to Asian and American, pile your plates high and go back for seconds – possibly thirds. This Vegas buffet also features an extensive Middle Eastern/Mediterranean section.”
Good guacamole is very important to me; it can make or break a fajita, taco or nacho platter. Heck, it can make or break a wedding!
Recently, Avenue Magazine (which I also love to gobble up) released its annual 25 Best Restaurants in Calgary list. Along with the crème of the crème, they also do some other Best Ofs, including Best Mexican. They listed three: Anjeo, Los Chilitos and Native Tongues Taqueria.
The restaurant is like a small club without a dance floor. There’s a spark and energy there. Everyone is happy. It’s bustling and, at times, frenetic. It’s fun sitting at the family-style tables, gabbing with strangers about the dependably damn-delicious tacos.
There’s a sizzle to Native Tongues that’s undeniable, but my family has also discovered another Mexican gem that’s great when you want a reservation and a private table where you can sit a little longer and enjoy just the comfort of the food a little more: La Casa Latina – Mexican and Latin Grill.
My family of three – including my 11-year-old son – has been here twice. My son loves getting the chicken fajitas and making his own wraps with sour cream, cheese and the juicy chicken. We’ve also had the burritos.
And, of course, both times, we started with the nachos – and guacamole.
My guilty pleasure isn’t shoes or purses or jewelry – it’s food. I always want to hear about your great restaurant experiences whether it’s a fine-dining restaurant or a burger joint with just four stools.
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