When you really love food, you have to love every aspect of it, especially preparation. For us, preparation is a ritual.
Its how we show our proper respect for the food and bring out the full flavor each ingredient imparts to the overall taste. Put simply, our ingredients get our undivided attention and effort. Over the course of several hours each morning and ongoing throughout the day, we chop, dice, smash, simmer, season, blend and grill them to perfection; which is no small endeavor since almost everything we serve is prepared by hand. You cant be passionate about food without being passionate about ingredients. So when it comes to that, we leave nothing to chance. And that means we carefully select only the freshest, most flavorful ingredients.
Whether its selecting the best cuts of meat to grill over an open flame to preserve a special sweetness, or painstakingly matching the flavor profile and spice level of our peppers to our salsas, we tend to get a little obsessive when it comes to ingredients. Not surprisingly, that obsessiveness culminates in the creation of a great tasting meal. We admit, were slaves to taste. We routinely traverse Mexico in search of authentic recipes and ingredients that we can blend in our own flavors.
Needless to say, its not an exact science, and we don