Restaurants, businesses to celebrate Hispanic Latin American Heritage Month in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — TaRhonda Thomas and Alicia Vitarelli host FYI Philly’s Celebration of Hispanic and Latino Philly Heritage Month.

Sor Ynez offers upscale Mexican cuisine and elusive Mezcal service

In an industrial area of ​​Kensington where the neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance, the ‘1800 North American’ building is like a creators’ community – anchored in a Nextfab maker space.

You’ll also find a bike shop, architectural salvage and more.

But the foodie attraction in the building is a restaurant that serves Mexican cuisine, fresh and fresh.

At Sor Ynez, Executive Chef Alexis Tellez uses classic techniques and influences from his family in Mexico.

He was raised there but grew up here in New Hope where his mother was also a chef.

In addition to traditional Mexican dishes prepared with the chef’s farm-to-table approach, the full bar offers traditional mezcal service.

Mezcal is a spirit similar in taste and origin to tequila.

Sor Ynez’s service includes citrus slices and three salts—each with different levels of salt to complement the mezcal’s smoky flavor.

They say that this traditional presentation is a bit hard to find on the local restaurant scene and is completely authentic at this place.

Sor Ynez | Facebook | Instagram

1800 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

215-309-2582

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Blue Corn brings the best of Mexico to the Italian market

Head into Blue Corn for football on TV and authentic Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos, sopecitos and huaraches on the menu.

The place is run by four siblings. The family worked in restaurants in their home state of Puebla, Mexico. All recipes come from an uncle and brother who are chefs and represent not only Puebla cuisine but also dishes from Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, Mexico City and Yucatan.

Manager Agustin Sandoval Hernandez says there is no signature dish on the menu, but there is is a characteristic ingredient.

There’s blue corn Caesar salad, blue corn tacos, blue corn tortillas, blue corn chips with salsa, and cheesecake quill for dessert.

Pinole is a blend of roasted ground corn derived from blue corn grown in Mexico according to ancient Aztec cultural practices.

The family comes from the small town of San Mateo Ozolco, where the quill is made.

By using the product here, you are supporting the farmers in your hometown.

Each September, they decorate the site to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and add Mexico’s national dish to the menu.

Called Chiles en Nogada, it’s a giant poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef, beef, fruit and spices, topped with a walnut sauce and topped with ruby ​​red pomegranate.

The dish’s red, white, and green colors match Mexico’s flag, and legend has it that the recipe was invented by nuns in Puebla in 1821 to celebrate Mexicos independence over Spain.

At Blue Corn, the dish is prepared only from mid-August to September.

There are plenty of other dishes to enjoy year-round, and there’s an entire menu page dedicated to margaritas. If you want a cocktail with a spicy kick, try the Margarita Macho, made with Chile Relleno-infused tequila, homemade sour mix, and coriander, then garnished with Serrano pepper.

“Some people drink like 4 or 5,” says Hernandez.

Mexican restaurant Blue Corn & bar | website |Facebook |Instagram

940 S 9th St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

215-925-1010

La Michoacana serves authentic recipes from Mexico

La Michoacana is a family-run taqueria that has been a Norristown staple for nearly 25 years.

The recipes come from the family’s grandmother from Michoacán, the Mexican state after which the restaurant is named.

Before the restaurant opened in 1998, she came to Norristown from Mexico to bring her recipes in person.

“We’ve been following the instructions for years and people love it,” says server David Páez.

What began as a six-table taqueria now seats up to 80 guests and has more than 90 items on the menu, including many popular margaritas and desserts.

The walls of the dining room are filled with artwork that reminds you of home.

You see many regular customers, including David, who used to be a regular customer before the family offered him a job as a waiter.

“I’m the only one in the family, but I’m kind of family because I’ve been here for 16 years,” says David.

La Michoacana | Instagram

301 E. Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401

(610) 292-1971

Centro Musical has been the “heartbeat of the barrio” for 65 years.

Centro Musical is a place where Latin music lovers can find everything from old school salsa to the hottest reggaeton hits sold on CDs, albums and cassettes.

It’s a place for those who want to play too, with all manner of Caribbean percussion instruments – from shekere, bongos and congas to the Puerto Rican guiro and Dominican guira.

The store also stocks guitars—everything from kid-size to the Cuatro Puertorriqueño, considered Puerto Rico’s national instrument.

The store opened 65 years ago. When the original owner was looking to retire in 2014, he sold it to his longtime friend Reinaldo Melendez, who also owns a music store in New York City.

Despite its name, Centro Musical is much more than just a music store.

There is a wide range of Puerto Rican souvenirs that will give a dose of nostalgia to locals who grew up on the island. The dominoes, we are told, always sell out.

Singer Rosa Benitez and musician Johnny Cruz say they’ve been coming to Centro Musical for decades. Almost every day they organize impromptu concerts that attract the neighborhood to listen.

Cruz says the store is “the heart of the barrio.”

Centro Musical | Facebook

464 W Lehigh Avenue (5th & Lehigh), Philadelphia, Pa. 19133

215-425-7050

The film “La Guagua 47” explores the local Hispanic and Latino culture

Septa, Al Dia News and Ritmo Lab have collaborated to create a new film that celebrates the spirit of Hispanic culture in Philadelphia.

Alba Martinez was the creative force behind the song from the film called Guagua 47based on the Septa 47 bus line.

The route runs from South Philadelphia to North Philadelphia and Alba wrote the song based on her experiences discovering the Hispanic community in Philadelphia when she first arrived here in 1985.

More than 30 years later, the film shows a cultural explorer’s journey with various stops along the bus route.

La Guagua 47 | Facebook | Instagram

FYI Philadelphia’s Best Margaritas

We’ve rounded up some of the best margaritas in town, from South Philly to Northern Liberties and more.

Our journey stops at five local venues known for their cocktails and we have more than 15 agave spirit drinks on our menu.

Cantina Dos Segundos | Facebook | Instagram

931 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

La Llorana Cantina Mexicana | Facebook | Instagram

1551 West Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Las Bugambilias | Facebook | Instagram

15 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Los Sarapes | Facebook | Instagram

1101 Horsham Road, Ambler PA 19002

La Calaca Feliz | Facebook | Instagram

2321 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

People’s Light Theater Stages First Bilingual Production ‘MUSHROOM’

The People’s Light Theater in Malvern is staging ‘MUSHROOM’, the theatre’s first ever bilingual production.

The play takes place in Kennett Square, known as the mushroom capital of the world.

It sheds light on the city’s mushroom industry workers, many of whom hail from Mexico and Central America.

Playwright Eisa Davis spent nine years researching and interviewing people around Kennett Square to develop her story.

“It’s a story of unexpected romance and a mysterious fight at work. There’s also this looming presence of immigration officials,” says Davis.

English and Spanish surtitles are displayed throughout the show while the narration moves between both languages.

“Mushrooms are fascinating,” says Davis. “There’s this mycelial, underground fungal network that allows us as humans to survive.”

It’s a metaphor representing the unseen world of the Kennett Square mushroom workers.

MUSHROOM runs through October 16th.

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39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355

610-644-3500

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