Your Mexican restaurant experience wouldn’t be complete without great tasting and authentic Mexican cuisine. Casa Sol y Mar uses only the finest ingredients while preparing our food, made fresh daily. Our kitchen is committed to providing our guests with the best traditional and regional Mexican cuisine in the Del Mar area. From our crunchy chips to our cheesy enchiladas, you’ll savor the taste of Mexico at Casa Sol y Mar.
We invite you to view our many Mexican specialties below. Simply click on an image to expand. You can continue to view the rest of the dishes in a slideshow that will introduce you to the variety and quality you’ll experience whenever you dine at Casa Sol y Mar.
All Hail the Avocado!
Avocados have a special role in Mexican dishes. We want you to be able to pick out good avocados at the store, use avocados wisely in your kitchen and enjoy avocados whenever the mood strikes you.
When Is an Avocado Ripe?
An avocado is ripe if it feels slightly squishy. The color of the avocado depends on the species some will be a rich, deep green, others will be a dark, turtle-shell green, and still more will have a brown or reddish tinge. When you cut into a ripe avocado, it will slice easily, almost effortlessly.
How Can I Ripen an Avocado at Home?
Unripe avocados feel hard and dense when squeezed. It’s very common for avocados sold in grocery stores to need ripening time before they’re ready to eat. Place unripe avocados in a paper bag and leave the bag on top of your refrigerator, or in a cabinet. Check the avocados daily until they feel slightly squishy to the touch. Most avocados will ripen in a matter of about two days.
All About Eating Avocados
Avocados have a rich, slightly salty, buttery flavor and a silky smooth texture that complements the majority of Mexican dishes really well. Put sliced avocado on top of (or inside):
· Huevos rancheros
And, of course, avocados are the main ingredient in the ever popular and mouth-watering dish, guacamole. Guacamole recipes vary quite a bit, but, we advise using these ingredients:
· Avocados (mashed)
· Thinly diced onions
· Fresh cilantro
· Lime juice
· Hot peppers
· Diced tomatoes
Avocados are also great when eaten plain, with just a sprinkle of sea salt.
Weird Avocado Facts
1. Avocado trees in the wild can only pollinate when another avocado tree is nearby through cross-pollination. Avocados grow in pairs on the tree as well. Maybe this is why some people say avocados are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility.
2. In the United States, avocados are most commonly used in Mexican dishes and as the main ingredient in guacamole. Yet in some parts of the world, avocados are used to create sweet, avocado-flavored milk shakes.
3. Avocados are known as climacteric fruits, which means they only ripen after they’ve been pulled.
4. Although they are high in fat, it’s the monounsaturated kind which means that avocados are heart healthy.
Are you in the mood for some good avocados? Come to Casa Sol y Mar! Our restaurant in San Diego serves some of the greatest Mexican food this side of the border, and our avocados are always ripe and tasty. We’re looking forward to serving you!