Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
After a few days walking
around the Colonial City of
discovered this little Tapas Bar.
It piqued our interest.
Tastavins Vinos y Tapas
We checked out the hours and
address, then made plans to return for dinner.
It has a cute, rather
European-style entrance with little flower boxes on the gated front
Here you see the tiny bar itself, with the
kitchen in the back and a selection of wines. On the top shelf you will also
notice a couple of bottles of
mezcal, the pride of Oaxaca.
mezcal can be made from any of the more than 30 types of agave.
only made in five specific regions of Mexico, with the Mexican State of Jalisco
being ground zero, and only from the blue agave plant. Oaxaca is the center of
the mezcal world with 80-90% of them made in this state.
Tastavins is tiny. We saw as the
evening progressed, that it is very popular. Romantic couples came by, families
shared meals, and tables were filled with college aged patrons as well.
The special board
Two different styles of gourmet ham are
listed here, sold in 50 gram and 100 gram lots. The Jamon de Bellota at 50 grams
was $7USD, 100 grams sold for just over $13USD.
The strudel with ice cream was $2USD.
Tastavins also offers pastas, plates of mixed
cheeses and cold meats, as well as full dinner plates of seafood, meats and
Billy ordered a glass of
Merlot and I, a glass of Muscat / Cabernet. When the wines were delivered, so
were these two tapas! Free tapas with every glass of wine!
These particular tapas are
a triangle of baked sliced potato pie with caramelized onions over sliced ham
and cream cheese on a slice of toasted sour dough.
On the menu this plate is called "assorted
sandwiches" and the price is just over $3USD. There is goat cheese, mozzarella,
salami, chistorra - which is a Basque-style sausage - delectable spreads and
even a sweet tapas with nuts.
This is the house salad made with a mixture
of lettuces, goat cheese, nuts, tomatoes and a choice of either sliced apple or
mango (we chose mango) and a delicious house dressing.
The temptation here was for the house to
simply drizzle balsamic vinegar over the salad, but instead, they had their own
house signature sauce. Light, refreshing, flavorful and unique.
This salad was $4USD.
Here we are at the Tapas
It was a delightful,
flavor-full evening with a variety of offerings, something different from an
ordinary dinner outing. The restaurant had excellent jazz and Latin music
playing in the background which made the experience upbeat and memorable.
We were pleased!
Between us we had 5 glasses of wine, a plate
of assorted sandwiches, and a house salad. The total came to 270 Mexican Pesos
which equals $14.50USD. This leaves plenty of room for our tip to the Mesero.
We liked it so much that we returned some
nights later, bringing a friend.
We can certainly recommend this Tapas Bar if
you are ever in the city of Oaxaca. Stop by!
Calle Murguía 309, Centro Oaxaca, Oax.,
Phone: +52 951 514 3776
Open Monday through Saturday 6pm to midnight
Cash payment only, no credit cards
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