I still remember the first time I dined at Catrinas in South Tampa about four years ago. After driving by and seeing their bright decor, I was intrigued. A friend and I met for lunch and it was an unforgettable experience. If you have been following my blog since the beginning, then you know about the love I have for this special place.
This past Friday night, I headed over to Catrinas for one of their famous tequila dinners. I met so many great people and really enjoyed myself. The tasting featured T1Tequila Uno with Master Distiller German Gonzalez.
Guests were greeted with a cocktail known as the Vampiro which was crafted with Selecto Blanco, grapefruit soda, salt, lime and sangrita. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, the Vampiro has long been one of my favorite libations.
As everyone was sipping on their cocktails, the first course of Marlin Tostaditas was presented. Smoked Marlin with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro and lime delicately placed on top of a mini tostada, they were loved by all in attendance. Chef Tis of Catrinas is so passionate about her craft and it is evident in every bite.
Next up was Pescado a la Veracruzana, which translates to fish prepared Veracruz style. It typically works with any type of fish and is made with onions, garlic, tomatoes, chili peppers, olives, capers and a variety of seasonings. This colorful dish was pared with T1 Tequila Blanco.
As everyone was chatting and enjoying their meals, the third course was presented and truly was a work of art. The presentation was flawless and all eyes were on the Sushi de Chile en Nogada. I was very excited about this dish because it was a gorgeous variation of one of my favorite dishes, Chile en Nogada, which is a poblano pepper stuffed with picadillo and rice and then topped with a creamy nogada sauce. “Nogada” means nut. This was paired with T1 Tequila Reposado which is aged for six months in oak barrels.
A true artist, Chef Tis worked her magic on dessert which featured “Molotito” (fried plantain tortilla stuffed with arroz con leche and dulce de leche) and a spectacular doughnut (see pic below) drizzled with nogada sauce and pomegranate seeds. For the perfect pairing, T1 Tequila Anejo was served which is aged for 24 months in Scotch barrels.
Catrinas often features tequila dinners and if you are a tequila aficionado, you must stop by and see their collection, which rivals most places in town.
In honor of my #31DaysOfLove, I am giving away a $25 gift card to Catrinas. If you win, you MUST try their famous guacamole which will leave you speechless. To enter, simply click on the link below. Gracias!
Catrinas South Tampa is located at 2402 S. MacDill Ave in South Tampa.