Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Santiago de Queretaro,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
I can't believe it took us
We've been running around
Latin America since 1993.
We've heard of birria, but
we had a flavor prejudice that began when we lived in
Nevis, British West
Let me explain.
Taste-wise, there's a
difference between mutton and lamb. To my taste, mutton is tough, gamey, way too
strong to the point of... well I don't enjoy it. Lamb, on the other hand, is
tender, distinctive but not gamey and with Billy's Béarnaise or brown sauce,
For me, it's the same with
When we were in Nevis, goat
was for sale in the market.
It didn't seem attractive
in any way, and when cooking, the smell of it was strong.
I avoided it.
When we arrived in Chapala
in 1993, talk of birria was everywhere. "Goat stew!" they said. "Delicious!"
they said. "I'm gonna avoid it!" I said.
The sign for La Birria del 99
We were meeting friends for lunch at an
Uruguayan grill called
Rucula just around the corner. But they didn't open until
1pm and we were early.
So to kill some time, we walked and found
this little eatery, sat down and ordered some bottled water.
Akaisha inside La Birria
As you can see, it's a
small, unpretentious place.
As we drank our waters,
Billy is watching the cooks prepare... birria.
He said "We gotta come back
here for lunch."
Billy has an eye for these
things, and I trust his judgment.
I figure I eat about 1,000
meals a year and this was just going to be one of them. I was a little hesitant
(Goat Stew?!) but I agreed anyway. What could I lose?
Then we left and went on to
eat a fabulous meal at Rucula.
Humble but clean restaurant
So a few days later we came for lunch.
Chalk board menu at La Birria 99
This chalkboard listed the simple menu.
One could order birria, menudo (don't get
me started on menudo!) and just the broth. Or you could order tacos,
quesadillas and sandwiches.
Then there were drinks and desserts.
Cooking the Birria
Fortunately for me, the birria came in beef
or goat, and today it was beef!
Slicing and dicing the beef for the soup
So we put in our order and awaited for this
dish to arrive to our table.
Condiments for the birria and tacos
Here you see a bowl of beef birria with a
plate of condiments: two different salsas (spicy and spicier), lime, fresh diced
onions, and cilantro.
It turns out that beef
birria is like a pot roast soup.
Oh. My. God.
A taco and a quesadilla
Since it was our first time here at La Birria,
I asked the waiter what we should try.
He recommended a birria quesadilla (beef
birria and cheese) and a chamorro taco (Pork shank cooked like a pot roast also,
falling off the bone.)
Inside the quesadilla (cheese) is the
shredded and chopped flavor-full beef.
By itself, this was plenty tasty, but one
could add the lime, onions, salsa and cilantro if you chose.
Horchata is a drink made with cooked rice,
sugar and cinnamon. It is truly delicious.
I couldn't believe how good this birria was!
Nor did I realize what I had been missing all these years.
Later on in the week, we brought our friends
to this same restaurant, and when we returned to
Mexico, we started our
hunt for the best birria we could find in our area.
This was our bill for two people
Our bill for two people, which included a
large birria to share, 2 drinks, a taco and a quesadilla came to 169Pesos, or
about $8.50USD before tip.
It was the first birria we had ever had, and
it was astoundingly tasty.
Now don't YOU wait so long! If you see a
place serving birria, try it out!
Would we return?
La Birria 99
Privada Damian Carmona 103
Arboledas de Rio,
Santiago de Queretaro
Tele: 442 383 2773
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