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Mexicali – One fine Mexican treat!

Mexicali – One fine Mexican treat!

“I have never denied my background or my culture. I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language – Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with. ~Salma Hayek~

It was 2004 when I discovered how great Mexican cuisine could be. It was when I first tasted the Chimichangas which is part of Enchanted Kingdom’s menu and I loved it since then. There’s a version with rice inside the tortillas – Burritos, though I first fell in love with Chimichangas. They come in three different fillings: pork, chicken and beef. The last one mentioned is my favorite. Later, my baby sissy have me tried the pork variant, and i loved it as well, each has a different flavor. I haven’t tried the chicken variant, perhaps, due to my skin rashes with chicken, so I go for the beef variant. It’s a little more expensive by a few pesos but it’s really worth it. There’s a blog that I’ve wrote about this special Chimichangas.

In Alabang, we have frequented “Mexicali” if craving for Mexican food sinks in. This particular day was with foodie/ travel buddy who happens to be in vacation (like I do) I just resigned from a work that I so much love though due to health concerns, I had to let go of the perks and privileges of being the Executive Assistant to the President and GM of one of the biggest glass supplier in the country. Goodbye to 24/7 duty. It is time to relax now.



Alabang was like home to me. We got burritos for my buddy, in other country, there’s Naked Burrito – it comes without the tortilla.



chimis for me,



and we shared a plate of nachos


Nachos salad…

with its’ creamy cheddar cheese and meat toppings with sliced black olives . We we’re eyeing some flavorful quesadillas though we were already bloated with what we’ve had. What we eyed is our dessert after this hefty meal.

I especially love their heirloom tomatoes, huge, crisp and fresh and the strong flavor of cilantro that will never be away from a chef’s knife if one is preparing Mexican cuisine.


Served fresh and hot!

The spiciness of their food is the only thing that I didn’t like so much, I am not a spicy girl, I am more of loving sweets and saltiness. Nevertheless, the bell pepper from Mexico, Jalapeno is something that I can tolerate. For without it, these recipes isn’t Mexican food at all. Their salsa is my favorite too. =)

There is also Mexicali in Greenbelt. It is just below the cinemas, and if I remember it right, during college days, we frequented the place as well with my college buddies. Same group of friends I was also with in their branch in Alabang. That rustic interiors, dark wood tables, logoed plates and napkins, friendly staff, I’ve always been comfy in that specific branch. Upon plight, I will instantly slouch in their sofas and ask for an iced water right away. And the staff will immediately provide it. They serve each glass and plate with a smile. Maybe why I am that so comfy in there.


Alabang Branch.

Next to EK’s chimis, Chilis, Army Navy,



Mexicali has been my favorite Mexican restaurant, and it’ll always be. (–,)

We loved their Quesadillas too!


It came with three dips..

Try it and believe. They have more than a dozen branches in the Philippines.


I <3 Chimichangas

I love Chimichangas!

Chimichanga is a treat which originated from Mexico is now loved by almost everyone in my country…the Philippines.

As many restaurants offering Mexican cuisine rise and fall in the food industry, varying approach is still at hand. Yet, the traditional remains best. As I have tried several places like Chilis, Rosie’s Diner (with their famous American portioned Taco salad located in the heart of Malate, Manila), Poquito Mas, Mexicali, even in the Skyline of Vivere Hotel’s roof top, you can have a taste of this famous Taco salad. Did I miss some place? Even in Tacloban City in the Eastern Visayas, there is a Mexican restaurant there offering the same treat – Sombrero. And way back my college days, there’s Tia Maria which later changed its name to “Aunt Marys” or the other way around. I can’t remember anymore.

There is but one place where you can find an authentic, carefully studied and flavourful Mexican treat. Well, maybe not that authentic as I haven’t seen in their menus mentions of jalapenos, but believe me, theirs is the best!

chimi 2

EK’s pork chimis!

From their own version of taco salad, burritos and chimichangas, making use of home – made tortillas. It is one of the best in the country (so far)!  Just the scent of fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro and some secret herbs and spices, you can’t help but crave for more. Their sublimely delicious pork chimichanga is by the way my own personal favorite! Yummy! They actually come in three variants – chicken, pork and beef. Originally, I kept ordering the beef flavor, then, a close friend cum little sister at work (Mia), asked me to try the pork variant. I loved it since then.

I waited for the queue to clear up so It's my turn! 2 servings of pork chimis please! (--,)

I waited for the queue to clear up so It’s my turn! 2 servings of pork chimis please! (–,)

I heard they are also coming up with other Mexican varieties and I couldn’t wait to be the first to try.

So guess where you can find these truly delighting Mexican treat? At the Food court of the country’s one and only theme park – Enchanted Kingdom!

Try it to believe it! And don’t dare to leave the park without trying it. And not because I was once Section Head for Retail Operations of this popular park where the cliche “Love your own” can be applied by anyone, or I’m being paid to do this? Nooo! I swear, I’m not! It’s just the innate attitude of us to worthily share whatever is good and the pride and validation from people who took my word for it. It’s just one of the park’s treat to their guests! Happy eating!

PS – Try the “Tacones” too! It’s a truly unique treat!


Happy anniversary EK! =)