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.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
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 to La Bocha
We took a taxi from
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
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.
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.
Menu at La Bocha - the other side of the
Menu selections run from carpaccios to pizza,
chicken to seafood. Of course there are the finest cuts of beef as well.
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.
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 baked bread
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
Our bill for 2
With tip, our bill came to 950Pesos, about $48USD.
It was most certainly worth it.
Would we return?
There is a La Bocha in Guadalajara, near our
sweet town of
Chapala, so we'll probably go there soon.
La Bocha Queretaro
Hacienda El Jacal 716
Gardeens of the Hacienda
Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico
Tele: 442. 543. 7346
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