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
We love the Colonial City
and one of our favorite places to have a meal together or with friends is this
lovely Tapas Wine Bar.
We have visited many times
over the years, and now, with a newly painted front entrance and a lively mural
on the inside wall, it's even more fun and upbeat.
It has a cute, rather
European-style entrance with little flower boxes on the gated front
The newly painted entrance to Tastavins
The doorway to Tastavins has now been painted a cool blue and white.
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
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.
This drink often has a smoky flavor and is more
powerful on the tongue.
A lively mural on the wall
Tastavins is tiny, maybe 5 tables.
Here you see a young couple enjoying their evening meal with
a bottle of wine.
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 about $7USD, 100 grams sold for just under $13USD.
The strudel with ice cream was about $2USD.
Tastavins also offers pastas, plates of mixed
cheeses and cold meats, as well as full dinner plates of seafood, meats and
Two glasses of Spanish wine with
We got busy and ordered two glasses of
Spanish white wine which always comes with tapas. The glasses were 38 Pesos
each, about $1.90USD.
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 is a better shot of the mural behind us.
It is a centuries-old style of peasants sharing beer and wine together, and - if
you look closely - there is a tiny rabbit in the lower right hand corner.
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 certainly recommend that
Bacchus on one side, a list of mezcales on
Bacchus is the Roman god of agriculture and
theater. I don't know why those two categories go together, but often people
associate Bacchus as being the god of wine. In that case, wine and theater seem
to be a good match.
Over several evenings we met up with friends
here at Tastavins, and we savored a couple of different mezcales. The Convite
won, hands down. It was clean tasting and didn't blow you out of your seat,
which was nice.
As I mentioned previously, often mezcales
have a POW-erful flavor, emphasis on the POW!
Convite is a well-known local brand of mezcal,
100% made by hand using spring water. That may have been why it was so clean
This Puttanesca was delicious. Ingredients
typically include fresh tomatoes, olives, capers and garlic. Price was 90Pesos
or about $4.50USD.
Spicy Shrimp pasta
This rather mild-looking shrimp pasta belies
the spicy flavor that was dazzling.
Again, this tasty shrimp pasta was just
Waitress holding a Mexican Vino Blanco
Mexico is beginning to offer more locally
Mostly known for
and mezcal, wine in Mexico is a newer addition to the bar menu.
For dessert, we shared a chocolate truffle
with fresh whipped cream and drizzled chocolate sauce.
For 15 Pesos or $0.75USD, it was delicious!
Our bill came to $18USD before tip. As you
can see, the prices are very
modest. Tastavins offers delicious food at pricing the locals pay.
Plate of the day - Shrimp Croquetts
Since this is a tapas bar, Shrimp Croquettes
fit right in.
Originally made in France, Spain loved
this way of deep frying breaded bits of fish, cheese, chorizo, eggs or
The plate of the day, these croquettes were
135Pesos or just under $7USD.
In typical Mexican fashion, seafood is often
served whole. These shrimp had their tails and heads still attached, and believe
it or not, it is common to eat the whole shrimp.
I don't mind the shells so much, which can be
tender or a bit crunchy, but... the heads I pull off, thank you very much!
This dish could have used some rice or a
vegetable to accompany it.
Price was about $7USD.
If you are ever visiting
Oaxaca, be sure to
stop by Tastavins.
Offering craft beers, decent wine, local
mezcales and everything from pastas, salads, pizzas, seafood and pastries, we're
pretty sure you can find something that will please your palate.
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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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
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