Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

My Mexican Kitchen: Birdsongs In April Mornings

My Mexican Kitchen: Birdsongs In April Mornings

The Birds Twitter on April Mornings.

Imagine a place set in lush green hills, with a semi-tropical climate and bountiful fruited orchards. Bless it with plentiful waters where families may frolic in pools of fresh water. Then, develop a lovely, park like area near the spa, and build a beautiful, casual restaurant that takes full advantage of the hillside setting. Enhance it with stone paths and pools and cascades and colorful birds. Decorate it tastefully in a way that harmonizes with the regional cuisine. Offer a short menu of choice foods, made in house when possible: breads, conserves, fresh fruit waters ; Uchepos, tortillas and more. Provide excellent yet unobtrusive service.

This is the story of The Birds Twitter In The Mornings of April, now in its third year of operations. The parents of this concept in beautiful breakfast are also the parents of La Mesa de Blanca, situated a few blocks away. They are Mr. Rodrigo Lemus Lemus and Mrs. Blanca Vidales Vega de Lemus. While Blanca's Mesa has achieved some fame in its 11 year history, The Birds Twitter On April Mornings, (hereon referred to as "The Twitter"), is best known to a local clientele.

The White Mesa is a full menu restaurant for food, but the Twitter is for breakfasting and brunching. It is a different and delightful experience.

On Sunday, May 23, 2010, we had the privilege of enjoying The Twitter. It is located on a secondary street in Ziracuarétiro. The parking area, to one side of the Ziracua Spa, gives little hint of what awaits the visitor.

We were greeted by Mr. Rodrigo Lemus, who led us to our reserved area. Table. (Really, the reservation was not necessary, but we were reassured to have it.)

The Cafe de Olla was enriched with dark, molass-ey piloncillo and lightly spiced. I am usually satisfied with most of the coffee I've had elsewhere, but this one was sweetly memorable.

I asked one of our waiters if they served alcoholic beverages, such as the Tequila with the unique House made sangrita as at Mesa de Blanca, and although it was not on the menu, they procured some for me. I had a Tequila Centenario Reposado. I'm imagining that someone was sent to Blanca's table to get it, although I do not really know that for a fact.

The list of plates is short. (Click image to enlarge.)

Ron ordered the Aporeadillo in Avocado Sauce; Doña Cuevas the Huevos Peacock (an intriguing name, but actually made with chicken eggs, as our waiter explained the dish.)

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I decide on Uchepos with Ribs (One of the most expensive items on the menu at $ 85.)

While we waited, we sipped and ate the breads (note well: there is a charge of $ 35 MXN for the breads and the marmalades together) with superb Orange jam and mandarin and mango jam. Oddly, butter was not served.

We sat, appreciating the surroundings and the setting. Unlike La Mesa de Blanca and the nearby Hacienda Los Arcos, El Twitter does not offer a distant view. It's more of a luxuriant, secret, garden where you may breakfast in tranquility. The only minor ripple in the tranquility was the amusing, motion sensitive singing birds on the table. A slight movement was enough to set the bird to-twittering. It was more surprising than disturbing. Thus, "The Twitter".

1. Chirp n. 2. trill n. 3. warble n. 4. tweet n. 5. twitter n.
twitter v.
1. Chirp v. (Of birds) 2. tweet v. 3. twitter v. 4. warble v. 5. trill v.)
From Ultralingua Spanish-English Dictionary

Ron decided that he was not a big fan of dried beef in eggs, after all, but I think he was satisfied with the sauce. Perhaps I should have ordered the Chicharrón in Salsa, (a dish whose texture I dislike).

Doña Cuevas enjoyed the Peacock Eggs, a sort of variant on Huevos Rancheros, with the frijoles underneath the eggs rather on the side. The sauce was spicy but not extreme.

My plate of Uchepos with Rib was initially unimpressive; Just a few large cubes of pork a pool of similar red sauce and two uchepos lightly covered in cream. But the uchepos were unusually good. They were made from a coarsely ground, sweetened masa.

I'm not the fan of sweet foods for breakfast, but what really sparked the dish to life was the addition of some of the remarkable table sauce. This, with the addition of finely chopped nopalitos, was one of the best sauces I've had anywhere.

There were a few misses: Ron, who admits to being a demanding customer, ordered a espresso and Was dismayed to receive a large mug full of muddy, inferior coffee. We have found the waiter that it was unsatisfactory, and he took it back, and returned with one marginally better. About this time, Chef White came to our table and greeted us. Ron discussed the coffee with here, and she was a member of staff to bring her personal espresso machine. The third try was closer, but not quite. This speaks well of the coffee, but the desire and efforts made to please the customer.

We left on amiable terms with Chef Blanca, and some photos were taken together. (See slideshow).

Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. I would like to have a larger cup of coffee. Stick with the Coffee of Olla, if you like that style, or the fresh juices, most of which we did not try, and you should be content.

My Ratings (Five stars is the top mark):

Ambiance: ***** plus!

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