notes from the mexican kitchen

Winter Vacation 2015

WINTER VACATION FOR FRONTERA, TOPOLO & XOCO RIVER NORTH Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Xoco River North will be closed from January 1st–8th for our annual winter break. On those days, please visit us at Xoco Wicker Park! Have a happy, healthy holiday season!  

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New Years Eve and Tuna Tartare – The perfect way to ring in 2015

When I want something to start off a party for foodie friends—a dish that’s both up-to-the-minute and very traditionally Mexican tasting—I often gravitate to this rustic red chile-infused tuna tartare.   This dish is the perfect special occasion appetizer to serve at your New Years Eve Party. Many of the well-stocked supermarkets now carry sashimi-quality [...]
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A Gorgeous Appetizer for Your Holiday Party

Looking for the perfect appetizer to serve this Christmas or bring to that holiday party? Look no further! This appetizer can be made as a plated dish or simply served in a bowl with toasted canapes for the perfect dip. The beet creates a dramatic color, the ricotta adds a luxurious creaminess, and the ancho adds a slight [...]
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The perfect winter margarita

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  We think of margaritas as warm-weather tipples, a cocktail to be consumed poolside, or on the beach, or (if we’re really in a pinch) sipped from a discreet thermos on the tennis court. But what happens when winter comes? What becomes of our margarita habit then? The answer is two delicious words: blood oranges. This wintertime […]

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5 ingredients, endless compliments


Very few people go through the holidays without entertaining at least once. Probably twice. Three times? It’s not unheard of. It’s enough to make a normally composed person lose their, well, composure. But don’t start biting your nails just yet: This recipe for salsa-baked goat cheese is your salvation. It’s got a total of just […]