Girasoles Restaurant Premieres in Southern California



Originally published September 30, 2002

Girasoles Restaurant premieres this month on the Southern California restaurant scene, specializing in authentic recipes from six different regions of Mexico. Like its name, which means “sunflower,” Girasoles is fresh, exciting and colorful, serving authentic dishes in a dining room accented by fresh flowers and beautiful decor.

NORWALK, Calif., Sep 30, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — “We want our guests’ senses to be excited by the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas they’ll experience while dining at Girasoles Restaurant,” explains Eric Sanchez, spokesman for the family owned and operated restaurant opening this month in Norwalk, CA. “Our signature Regional Mexican dishes are served with a fine dining presentation and all ingredients are fresh from the market and prepared from authentic recipes from a variety of regions such as Puebla and Jalisco.”

Special features about the Girasoles dining experience include handmade tortillas; hand shaken margaritas using fresh lime juice; a selection of over 150 tequilas and mezcals; and meats that are wood-fire grilled for added flavor and succulence.

Signature dishes unique to Girasoles Restaurant not found at other establishments offering Mexican cuisine include: Pollo Enchipotlado, wood-fired grilled chicken breast with creamy chipotle sauce, served with mashed potatoes, grilled green onions and watercress salad; Camarones Chiapanecos, wood-fired grilled Black Tiger shrimp in traditional green mole (pumpkin seeds, tomatillo), served with white rice and grilled zucchini; Borrego Al Pasilla, wood-fired grilled, farm-raised lamb stuffed with pasilla sauce and served with frijoles and mixed greens; and Chile en Nogada, a poblano chile stuffed with pork, beef, candied citron, almonds, raisins, dried fruit, drizzled in walnut sauce and garnished with pomegranates and cilantro. Dinner entrees are moderately priced between $9.95 and $12.95.

The dessert category pays particular attention to authentic South of the Border traditional sweets, enticing diners’ sweet tooths with such dishes as Flan de Naranja (orange flavored custard); Pera Rellena de Queso Crema (pear filled with cream cheese covered with hojaldre paste served with pear sauce and flowers); Arroz con leche (Mexican rice pudding); and Crepas de Gajeta (crepes in a sauce of goat’s milk and caramel).

Head Chef Victor Sanchez has studied at the California School of Culinary Arts/Le Cordon Bleu Program. The restaurant’s Sous Chefs have over 15 years of culinary experience in Mexican Cuisine.

Girasoles Restaurant is open daily for lunch between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., serving dinner nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. A Kid’s Menu offers a selection of entrees moderately priced between $4.50 and $6.50. Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with an affordable a la carte menu offering items in the $6 to $8 price range. Reservations are recommended by calling (562) 462-9099. Girasoles Restaurant is located at 11600 E. Rosecrans Ave. in Norwalk, CA. To access the complete menu, log onto


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Herradura Tequila at La Fogata’s October Tasting

Enjoy Tequila Tricks and Treats at La Fogata’s October Tasting

Herradura Tequila Featured from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm October 11th and 25th

1795782_10152390040978465_1214426092_n Cooler breezes are blowing, bringing fall and the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween to life, so the tequila experts at La Fogata are serving a witch’s brew of spooky spirits for you to enjoy. Learn a few tricks about tequila while treating yourself to one of La Fogata’s award-winning margaritas during their free October tequila tasting on Saturday, October 11th and 25th. And to make the evening even more flavorful, pair a margarita made with October’s featured tequila, Herradura, with Quesadilla de Flor de Calabaza, (otherwise known as pumpkin blossoms and white cheese on thick masa tortilla) and enjoy your fabulously flavored fall festive meal!

10599493_10153164994288465_9115869167788940983_nBased on their past experience drinking shots for effect vs. flavor, most people tend to shy away from tequila, but tequila offers a wide range of flavor to explore and enjoy. Top shelf tequilas are made only with 100% agave and are distilled to perfection, removing any impurities that would cause a pounding headache the next day. The cheaper tequilas you may have consumed as a youth were probably mixed with sugars are other additives, making them more likely to give you a hangover. This grown up version of the drink of youth gives you all the fun, minus the hangovers.

1382188_10152423391123465_1385350950_nWhen drank straight up, tequila is meant to be sipped and savored like a fine scotch or bourbon, rather than taken as a shot. Swirl the tequila in the glass, take a small sip and swish the liquid around your mouth for a few seconds, allowing your taste buds to pick up on the tequila’s unique flavors. Swallow, enjoy and repeat—no salt or lime required!

The free tasting table will feature the premium tequila served both straight up and mixed in one of La Fogata’s award-winning margaritas. The tasting table will be open on La Fogata’s main patio from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. But if you can’t make the tequila tasting, don’t worry:  La Fogata is featuring Herradura throughout the month of October, so you have the opportunity to try the tequila by ordering it in your favorite drink at La Fogata.

10505333_10153045698978465_2585908032997278470_nFeaturing longtime favorites alongside all-new cocktails, aperitifs and margaritas inspired by member of La Fogata’s “extended family”—its most loyal guests—the restaurant’s new drink menu is the perfect way to expand your drink palette while exploring tequila flavors. Enjoy a fabulous night at La Fogata on October 11th and 25th, and before you head to your table for an amazing meal, be sure to stop by the tequila tasting table to learn more about Herradura.

For more information on La Fogata, visit or call 210-340-1337.


1965463_10153077162768465_5604995753194980736_oAbout La FogataOffering authentic Mexican cuisine made with fresh ingredients from traditional recipes, La Fogata has made its mark on San Antonio with fabulous food, welcoming staff and a lively, upbeat atmosphere that never fails to deliver a smile. Known for its award-winning margaritas, fire-roasted salsa and its terrific outdoor dining on patios filled foliage, fountains and mariachis, the restaurant encompasses almost three city blocks and is considered the place to take out-of-town visitors, the spot to celebrate special occasions and the place to go when you want an authentic Mexican meal without ever leaving San Antonio. Founded in 1978, the restaurant’s mission is to create happiness. La Fogata is located at 2427 Vance Jackson Rd., just 12 minutes from downtown San Antonio. For more information, visit


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