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Wow, had a blast having dinner apart of the quartet this evening at Super Cocina. This best part was that I even got Josh to face his offal destiny with a spoonful of glorious menudo! Hurray!

Thanks to Alice, Candice and Josh for the brilliant company. You guys are awesome companions. Just in case you are need of a reminder, the menudo here rocks! So, if the craving hits midweek Lisa - consider this a much worthy option in addition to Don Vicente.

I am sorry that Candice didnt get to meet Juan Pablo, the owner's son. We all got to talk to him and learn some great behind the scenes facts about SC. I knew he was from Veracruz but not Xalapa - which is neat.

Get this! Super Cocina started out at the Imperial Farmers Market way back in the day! Makes sense, considering how we always commented about the "mini" super cocinas that are there.

Flan was delicious and the arroz con leche was eaten by this rice pudding fiend.

Happy days. =)

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  1. That does sound like a great group! So what did you have? Alice, did it live up to they hype?

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    1. re: jturtle

      It was a good time. Juan Pablo is an interesting guy.

      I had birria and empanadas w/ potato and chorizo filling. The birria was amazing. Delicious broth, tender meat, and just a little bit spicy. Empanadas were clearly made much earlier in the day and had been sitting too long. They were a little cold, and while the filling inside was good, they were probably a lot better freshly made.

      The menudo was better than I expected, but it's still not something I could see eating very often.

      1. re: jturtle

        It was pretty darn good - the empanadas were a little disappointing, as Josh mentioned. We should have had the chile rellenos instead. The birria was good, I'd like to try one of their pork dishes sometime. The one they had today was just too insanely spicy - it was literally filled with chile flecks. Candice described it as "stomach-ache hot"- which seemed pretty appropriate when I tasted it. Everything that is spicy there is incredibly hot - I need to build my tolerance back up - I used to be good with super spicy food, but I've kind of backed away from it in the past several years.

        The flan was fantastic, and it was interesting to talk with Juan Pablo about Manzanilla and Valle de Guadalupe down in Baja. Sounds like a road trip might be in order!

        here are some photos on my flickr page - http://www.flickr.com/photos/42323675...

        1. re: Alice Q

          Is Valle de Guadalupe where Laja's located? I've been meaning to make a trip there.

          All of my trips to Super Cocina have been during lunch and on the weekend; does the fare change much at night or during the week? I know they rotate the dishes anyway, but I can't imagine it being that different. Just wondering if I'm missing out on something.

          1. re: DougOLis

            Fare is basically same for lunch and dinner. Breakfast has chilaquiles, which are incredibly good. Another good breakfast item is huevos salseados, with the puerco enchilada sauce.

            1. re: Josh

              Question Josh. Is the puerco enchilada the red pork dish that they always have? The one with the potatoes that always next to the chile rellenos and chicharones?

              1. re: daimyo

                Yes, that's the one.

                1. re: Josh

                  Ah. Thanks. I thought it might be. One of the serving lady's had called it Chile Colorado and that's what I've been calling it ever since. All chilie colorado that I had had in the past used beef. I figured it might just refer to the sauce rather than the meat used. I had been looking for a recipe on line for the sauce and finally started getting some better searches after I began inserting "puerco" into the search engine.
                  I'm absolutely addicted to it by the way. I love getting the two item combo with the puerco and one of the daily items they have. Super Cocino is pretty much my favorite restaurant at the moment. I love that you don't know what they'll have that day until you actually go in!

                  1. re: daimyo

                    Funny, that's exactly what I did on all my early visits. Eventually I moved on from it, though.

            2. re: DougOLis

              Yes, Laja is in the Valle de Guadalupe.

            3. re: Alice Q

              Nice pix.

              I uploaded three, of the birria, menudo, and the feta-topped empanadas.
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshthew...

          2. Thanks Alex for the tip! As for Arroz con Leche, I'm a BIG rice pudding fan. I've only tried Panchita's besides my own. So far, I can't quite duplicate my Nana's recipe...I think it must have to do with the sweetened condensed milk she must have used or something. It was so creamy and good!

            Does Northgate have Rice Pudding?

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            1. re: LisaSD

              I was at Northgate 2 days ago and I am 99% sure I saw rice pudding there.

            2. I love SC I had the privilege of sitting at the table with the owner Fernando Sanchez for a good 20 Minutes. It was great conversation. He has a passion for what he does.