我對墨西哥菜的喜愛，是從麻煩先生還住在Reston的時候開始的。當時的住家附近有一家不錯的墨西哥餐廳Uncle Julio's，成天生意都一級棒，Frozen Margarita更是一絕！尤其他們周間每天從下午兩點直到晚上六點以前是暢飲時間（Happy Hours），Margarita一杯只要五美金，我們經常趁著麻煩先生早下班時，便跑去那兒享受Happy Hours。
Living in North America for almost a decade, including more than one year in Los Angeles, the city with most Mexican population in the States, Sunny had not been fond of Mexican food. Part of the reason is that I did not and still don't like the Taco pastry. Also, contributed by my somewhat still very Taiwanese taste, I really had problem taking beans as part of the main dish. To me, beans are DESSERTS and supposed to be sweet!
However, I started growing to appreciate Mexican food when Mr. T was living in Reston, where a pretty good Mexican restaurant, Uncle Julio's, conveniently located within walking distance of our place. Uncle Julio's is really popular, with good ambiance and awesome Frozen Margarita which costs only USD$5 at Happy Hours (weekdays 2pm-6pm), so we often went there for some Happy Hours whenever Mr. T got off work early.
In Vienna where Mexican community is quite small, Mexican food is not such a hit, but we still managed to find some decent ones!
上週末和朋友Chanteuse在外頭晃半天之後，我先是提議去吃墨西哥菜，曾經到Kulin喝過幾次小酒的她，則建議我們到Kulin吃吃看。Kulin最令人無法抗拒的應該就是Frozen Margarita（上圖）， 這是我第一次在維也納喝到Frozen Margarita，其他餐廳多半只有Margarita。
食物我則點了Enchilada con Chilli con Carne（右圖），Kulin的作法很有趣，不同於一般常見卷成條狀的Enchilada，Kulin則是將玉米餅皮攤平，和辣牛肉chilli醬層層疊起，最上面再加上乳酪下去烤，最後淋上酸奶油。吃起來的感覺其實比較像墨西哥口味的千層麵，算蠻新奇的吃法，口味也不錯。
One of them is Kulin on Siebensterngasse.
Last weekend, after strolling around with my friend, Chanteuse, I suggested us have some Mexican food for dinner, and she recommended us to try Kulin where she had been to for some drinks before. What allured us the most at Kulin is definitely its Frozen Margarita which I had never found else where in Vienna.
I ordered Enchilada con Chilli con Carne for dinner. The way Kulin made it is totally different from the usual rolled up Enchilada; instead, it is a plate of layers of corn tortilla and beef chilli covered with cheese and baked, with sour cream. It actually tastes more like the Mexican flavor lasagna to me. After all, it is pretty tasty and quite an interesting dish!
Kulin, a restaurant/bar, is decorated with the hip, trendy vibe. However, restricted by my fixed lens, I didn't take photos of the interior of the restaurant.
Most of the entrees are about 13 euros, alcoholic drinks about 8 euros, pretty good price for Vienna's standard. Kulin also offers special drinks Monday through Thursday during Happy Hours for cheaper prices as well!
Address: Siebensterngasse 14, Wien 1070
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But our favorite is still Los, Mexikas, a restaurant about a couple blocks away from our place.
Los Mexikas is very tiny and easy to be overlooked with no more than 15 tables in the whole restaurant. Owned by a Mexican family, Los Mexikas, with its bright-colored decor and loud Mexican music, is a whole lotta tropical fun! I am totally in love with the colorful lizards on the walls, but my 50mm lens made it a real challenge to photograph in this tiny restaurant.
Mr. T and I would never go to a Mexican restaurant without pouring some Margarita into our thirsty throats! Likewise, we ordered one Mango Margarita for me, and one Classic Margarita for Mr. T. Although it's hard to detect the alcohol in the sweet and sour Mango Margarita, it is actually quite strong. On our way back home, I, being my "one-glass-is-more-than-enough" self, was feeling like walking in the air.
Los Mexikas的墨西哥脆餅有三種醬，分別是酪梨醬、傳統墨西哥騷莎醬和豆醬。三種都蠻好吃的，不過真要說的話，豆醬比較不合我口味，倒是騷莎醬讓我發現一件大驚奇的事情 -- 就是我現在竟然不怕吃洋蔥了！！！！
We got some nachos as appetizer which come with three sauces, avocado sauce, salsa and bean sauce. All three sauces are quite good but the bean sauce is less of my taste. The salsa sauce, though, made me find that I don't dislike onion as much any more!
A finicky brat, I didn't eat onions, belly peppers and a lot of other food. When I first started cooking, I realized that onion is hard to avoid, so eventually, when it is very well cooked, I don't mind to have it in the dish, but salsa is another chapter, as it contains chopped uncooked onion! For me, being able to eat the chopped uncooked onion is definitely a BIG STEP!! Although there is still no way I could bite on a big chunck of onion...
主菜我和麻煩先生都點了Enchilada。麻煩先生點的是Enchilada de Mole，玉米餅雞肉卷淋上Mole醬，灑上生菜，再加上酸奶油、騷莎及酪梨醬，非常好吃。Mole醬是一種傳統墨西哥醬料，Sunny不知道中文是否有相對應的翻譯，吃起來有一點像燻過的肉醬，甜甜鹹鹹酸酸辣辣。
我點的則是Enchilada Rojas，和麻煩先生所點的，差別只在醬料不同，以番茄底的Chilli醬取代Mole醬。不過我們都一致同意，Sunny點的這到Enchilada Rojas比較好吃唷！
For entrees, Mr. T got an Enchilada de Mole. The chicken enchilada laying in a swamp of Mole sauce with salad, salsa, avocado sauce and sour cream on top is dilicious. I have no idea whether there is a translation for the traditional Mexican sauce, Mole, but it tastes a little bit like smoked meat sauce to me.
What I got was Enchilada Rojas which is similar to Enchilada de Mole, but has tomato chilli sauce instead of mole sauce. Mr. T and I agree that even though both dishes are good, Enchilada Rojas prevails!!
Address: Langegasse 12, Wien 1080
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不過如果是對墨西哥菜有點偏好，但又想省錢的話，則可以考慮Fresco Grill！有點像美國的墨西哥快餐店，Fresco Grill價格便宜，食物也有一定水準，我很喜歡他們的Taco Salad！！
For those who like Mexican food but would prefer to have some more economic choices, I would recommend Fresco Grill! It's kinda like Baja Fresh in America with reasonable price and above average food. I particularly like their Taco Salad!
Address: Liechtensteinstrasse 10, Wien 1090
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