One A Day – 584 – Food Porn

It's Juicy!
It’s Juicy!

Almuerzo - Bistec
Almuerzo – Bistec

On Bucareli - You can't miss it and you shouldn't!
Tony’s Morelia – On Bucareli, you can’t miss it, and you shouldn’t!

I can't believe I haven't stopped at this store... YET
I can’t believe I haven’t stopped at this store… YET!

  • Loncheria Tony’s Morelia
  • Centro, Morelia, Michoacán, México
  • February 17, 2015
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A long time ago, I can’t remember how far back, someone asked me to try Tony’s. A couple of days ago, I did and it was a happy moment. There really isn’t an excuse for not going sooner. I just didn’t get around to it. It isn’t far from my apartment, it is on a combi route that I use all the time and I can catch only steps from my apartment.

Tony’s serves breakfast and lunch – only. I had one of their almuerzo plates with a freshly prepared mixed juice drink. It was the intoxicating fragrance of the juice as I raised it to my lips that brought to mind the term “food porn.” It was amazing. The photo sealed the deal. The color with the sweat beading on the side of the glass.. Well…

The juice glass is a small size (chico). I imagine the large size comes in a bath tub. The little glass at the side is a bit extra that was in the blender when the preparation was finished. This is just fresh fruit, in fresh orange juice, blended. I know there was papaya in it, but the other ingredients vary depending on what is in season and good. It really doesn’t matter. It is all good.

Almuerzo could mean breakfast, brunch or lunch – depending on what is served and where you hear the term. What I had was a lunch plate of grilled brisket, refried beans, salad, and fresh tortillas. Salsas, of course, are on the table. In Mexico, brisket is cut with the grain, pounded and grilled. The result is flavorful and rich. Our beef is mostly grass-fed, well trimmed and dry hung – if you get your beef from a small, local butcher. Supermarkets do what supermarkets to everywhere – get by as cheaply as they can.

The refried beans were nice with a cube of cheese on top. The salad was a mixture of lettuce, tomatoes, onions and avocado that was chopped small enough to be put into a tortilla with some beans, steak and salsa. The tortillas were very good; thin, fresh and light – made to order in the kitchen.

The meal, including the fresh juice was 70 pesos. At about 15 pesos to the dollar now, that is about $4.76. With everything made fresh from good ingredients – it is quite satisfying.

The last photo, of Triunfo, is a store where I have been meaning to go ever since I started using the combi route that goes right by it. Triunfo offers all manner of ground chilies, chile preparations and pastes. I get glimpses of the wonders in the store all the time. I must go. I will go.

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