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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.

La Bocha

Queretaro, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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So there we were, strolling through a neighborhood park where a man was walking his duck. We came upon a Father and his young daughter and struck up a conversation with them.

Billy likes to speak with locals, probing why they like where they live, and then asking them if they know any good restaurants that we should try.

Without hesitation, this Father said "La Bocha." He mentioned Hacienda La Laborcilla as well.

There's nothing like a good tip from the locals!

Entrance of La Bocha Restaurant, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Entrance to La Bocha

We took a taxi from our hotel to La Bocha for 70Pesos (about $3.50USD).

Bocha is the Spanish word for ball, and in this case, it's the ball used in the game of polo.

Argentina has become the motherland of polo, hence the association of the word "bocha" with an Argentine grill.

Walking into La Bocha Restaurant, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Walking into La Bocha

You will notice that all the waiters are wearing Polo uniforms with the number 8 on them. Our waiter told us that this is the 8th La Bocha Argentine grill in Mexico.

Photo of Polo Players in La Bocha, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Photos of Polo Players

As we sat at our table we noticed all these large, poster size photos of Polo Players on easels. They were nicely done close ups of the life of playing Polo. The waiter brought one of them over to where we were sitting and turned it around.

It was our menu!

Even though Argentina is associated with this game, polo is originally from ancient Persia. Curiously, it was the Brits who spread the sport far and wide.

Bochas were traditionally made of wood, but they would split. Now they are made of a more durable plastic.

 

 

 

 

The menu at La Bocha, Queretaro City, Queretaro, Mexico

Menu at La Bocha - the other side of the large poster

Menu selections run from carpaccios to pizza, chicken to seafood. Of course there are the finest cuts of beef as well.

Close up view of menu, La Bocha, Queretaro City, Queretaro, Mexico

A closer look

"Asado" is an Argentinian term for barbecue, but the cooking would better be described as open-air roasting or slow char-grilling.

At the top right of the menu you will see the cut of beef called "vacio." This is considered a must-have at an Argentine grill.

The menu describes how many grams your portion will be and the price listed accordingly.

Chef cutting ribeye for customer's meal, La Bocha, Queretaro, Mexico

The chef cuts a portion of Rib Eye

Here you see the chef cutting a portion of Rib Eye for an order.

When we had our restaurant in California, we had full cuts of meat and whole fish and would portion them off as an order came in.

Fresh bread at La Bocha, Queretaro City, Queretaro, Mexico

Fresh baked bread

This soft-on-the-inside, crusty-on-the-outside bread was baked fresh in cast iron pans.

If you look closely, you can see the handles of the pan.

The vacio cut of beef, La Bocha Restaurant, Queretaro, Mexico

The vacio cut of meat

Billy was able to get this photo of vacio from the open kitchen area.

The vacio cut is the flank muscle around the belly of the heifer or steer. It is the bottom of the sirloin, and the continuation of the rib cage in the posterior part of the animal.

Bread served in a hot skillet, La Bocha, Queretaro, Mexico

Fresh bread served to our table

Here is that tasty bread served in the iron pot and delivered to our table. There is virgin olive oil and roasted garlic in the well of the board for dipping.

We also received two "jugitos de carne" to start the meal off. These are little 2inch by 2inch jugs of beef broth which is power-packed with flavor.

Vacio on the plate, La Bocha, Queretaro, Mexico

Grilled vacio with red onion and peppers

Billy ordered the vacio of course, which came with grilled red onion and peppers.

A simple meal, but the flavor was marvelous, and the vacio was juicy and tender.

Seared tuna and arugula, La Bocha, Queretaro City, Mexico

 

 

 

 

Seared tuna with arugula

I ordered seared tuna with arugula. The tuna which was cooked perfectly, and this meal came with creamed spinach and a dipping sauce for the fish.

Spinache gratinee, La Bocha Restaurant, Queretaro, Mexico

Baked creamed spinach

The creamed spinach had a cheese topping that was out of this world.

We shared my creamed spinach and both meals came with a salad.

Dessert menu, La Bocha, Queretaro City, Mexico

Dessert menu

After this meal (and I took some tuna home for later!) we were much too full for dessert. But our waiter suggested we take a look anyway.

So he pulls a small cart over to our table and rocks this engraved bowl-shaped wooden piece back and forth over an ink pad. Then he prints the dessert menu right onto our brown paper place mat.

Definitely unique and unusual!

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Our bill for 2 people, La Bocha, Queretaro, Mexico

Our bill for 2

With tip, our bill came to 950Pesos, about $48USD.

It was most certainly worth it.

Would we return?

Absolutely!

There is a La Bocha in Guadalajara, near our sweet town of Chapala, so we'll probably go there soon.

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La Bocha Queretaro

Hacienda El Jacal 716

Gardeens of the Hacienda

Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Tele: 442. 543. 7346

https://www.labocha.mx/

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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