Celebrating Mexico City’s Annual Mole Festival at Maya in NYC

Maya, a lively authentic Mexican restaurant and tequila bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, serves up top rated modern classics and is most famous for their bottomless brunch margarita brunch. Recently, Chef Richard Sandoval unveiled a new, limited-time menu at Maya (and his other NYC concept restaurant, Zengo), that will be available through March 31st.

In honor of Mexico City’s annual Mole Festival, Maya has introduced four moles, the national dish of Mexico. Mole is a colorful, sweet or spicy sauce with blends of spices, herbs and sometimes up to twenty traditional ingredients. Mole Festival dishes include Red Mole Cazuela with Guajillo and casacabel chiles, beef shank, cured cactus leaves, avocado leaves, pickled red onions, and soft corn tortillas; Mole Pipian; Mole Negro Enchiladas; and White Mole Chicken.

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Sabrosa Mexican Grill

Sabrosa Mexican Grill is a healthy take on quick-service, build-your-own tacos, burritos, salads and burrito bowls! Opening in Water Mill in 2014, Sabrosa offers dine-in and take out Mexican cuisine with great sustenance. Nutritionist and Wellness Expert, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, did a nutritional analysis of the menu, incorporating very healthy and satisfying meal choices for all ages. For example, she created two drinks: The first is good old H2O, spruced up with fresh grated ginger, along with refreshing basil and sliced oranges; and the second is iced green tea with fresh lime, pineapple and a chopped chili pepper kick.

During my visit, I had the opportunity to try the soup special of the day, Spicy Corn Chowder with chicken. I loved this soup; it was very wholesome, hearty, and was made with a generous amount of chicken. I also tried their Vegetable Barley that was very appetizing, and two chicken tacos with fajitas with red pepper and onion. You can taste the fresh ingredients in each bite of their dishes and each was served at the perfect temperature. Lastly, I was able to try a small serving of their vegan carrot habañero gelato ($4.25). I also had a taste of their vanilla bean gelato. The other two flavors available were hazelnut and dark chocolate. The carrot gelato had a gentle hint of the spicy habañero and the vanilla gelato was creamy; neither had that heavy, thick taste you may notice when having traditional ice cream or gelato. There are many excellent vegan and vegetarian options on the menu!

 

 

Julia, the manager on duty, was very friendly, and helpful when recommending combinations and options. Below is an interview with the owner, J Andreassi, his daughter Hannah, who chose the name Sabrosa for the restaurant, and manager Brittney Epley. Sabrosa means delicious in Spanish and the name for the restaurant was chosen by Hannah. Be on the lookout for their second location in Riverhead! Their goal is to have a total of four Sabrosa Mexican Grills by the end of the year.

How did Sabrosa get started and why is The Hamptons its perfect location?

Five years ago I took the Foundation Wellness course at Southampton Hospital and it taught me how important good natural nutritious food was for a person. I knew I could eat healthy cooking at home but where would I eat for lunch and when out?  After months of evaluating eateries I realized that choices were limited and if we could develop Sabrosa into an eatery that would meet our high level of nutrition and good quality food in a clean environment with friendly service it would be a hit. The charity factor was important to me because I have always maintained that the business community needs to do more for local groups helping others so that was added to round out our culture.

The Hamptons is a great location for Sabrosa because many people living, working, and visiting here need good healthy food at a reasonable price served in record time.

 

How do you incorporate your logo, the Habañero Pepper, into the menu? Could anyone, regardless of one’s heat preference, enjoy this pepper?

Our habañero pepper logo was a special introduction to our culture because of its size and order on the Scoville Heat Chart. There is significance between that pepper and our Uncle John’s xxxsauce! -J Andreassi

I love that you support local charities. Which ones will you be working with in the coming months? Please describe your ongoing support with the charities.

Sabrosa is so proud of its philanthropic business approach. Each month we give back to a local charity by raising money daily in our restaurant. This month is Autism Awareness Month so we have paired up with the Flying Point Foundation for Autism. In the months coming up we are working with Paquatuck Camp and the Parrish Art Museum. -Brittney Epley

What are some of your customer’s favorite menu items and creations?

I would say that our most popular menu items are our burrito bowls and burritos with marinated grilled chicken.

My favorite at Sabrosa is a bowl with quinoa! My friends and I love the bowls and we love to share chips and guacamole. I also love quesadillas with cheese, chicken and veggies! My favorite soup is definitely the spicy chicken corn chowder but I never forget to finish the meal with a cup of gelato. -Hannah Andreassi

Sabrosa Mexican Grill is open seven days a week from 11am to 9pm. For more information, please visit http://www.sabrosamexicangrill.com

Homemade Guacamole Recipe

While we were snowed in, my husband made a wonderful, homemade Guacamole dip that we chowed down on during an afternoon. Since that day just two weeks ago, he has replicated the recipe at least four times. The only ingredient that is missing? Those ubiquitous powdered spices that come in pouch bags. There is nothing like a medley of fresh spices mixed in with perfectly ripened avocados with their creamy texture that is perfect for dipping and scooping.

Try my husband’s guacamole recipe below. It is very easy, lots of fun, and perfect for a quick, healthy snack for the whole family. Pair with lightly salted organic blue or yellow tortilla chips.

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The Blue Parrot

This is the second summer we have been coming to the Blue Parrot in East Hampton. We never ate here during the busy summer season. We actually try to avoid all restaurants in town during the peak lunch and dinner hours during the summer. The crowds and wait can really ruin your lunch or dinner time. The location for this restaurant is so great because it is centrally located in the village of East Hampton, and it is hidden away off of a side alley, close to the two hour parking lot.

We like that we when come here for lunch (we have never eaten here for dinner), there is always great background music and it is rarely crowded. On average, about three tables are occupied and there are about two to three guests seated at the bar. We also like how this restaurant is very accommodating and allows strollers inside. The restaurant is also wheelchair friendly, with a ramp located in the outdoor seating area.

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La Brisa and Yoga Class at Montauk Beach House

After I took an incredible yoga class (pictures below) sponsored by Lululemon at The Montauk Beach House, my husband and I were looking for a great spot to have lunch that was nearby. It has been a little while since we walked around the center of town in Montauk, and as we were driving through, we noticed quite a few restaurants that we have not really heard of that seem that they are worth trying. Everything from an Irish pub and a waffle house to a German restaurant and a seemingly popular pizzeria with a line out the door.

My husband choose to dine at a cheerful Mexican eatery with outdoor bench seating called La Brisa. La Brisa calls itself an authentic Mexican taqueria, which I would certainly agree with. The tacos are very similar to those that you would find at similar restaurants on the west coast and in Texas. You could not miss this location; it is a white building with a Caribbean blue trim with cafeteria style bench tables inside. On a day like last Saturday, we definitely wanted to eat outside.

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