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FRIDA Gives Back…

6 Jan

Happy 2013 FRIDA fans! We hope you all had a safe and happy new year. As you can imagine, we had a very busy holiday season, with catering jobs, private parties and tons of Christmas tamale orders! But in between the long hours, we had the chance to do something that truly touched our hearts. Three days before Christmas, we handed out over 2,000 tacos to needy families at the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.

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Our founder, Vicente Del Rio, was there in his trademark FRIDA apron, cooking up yummy chicken and carne dishes (and posing for photo opps with happy fans). The CASA AZUL chefs made sure to drop by too and added their signature spices to every taco handed out.

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Of course, this special day wasn’t just about food. Hope of the Valley takes the charitable experience to a whole other level, with gift giving, live entertainment and big hugs from top L.A. celebs. And one of the biggest stars to drop by was the one-and-only Don Cheto! That’s right, El Hombre del Vozarrón stopped in and got the crowd roaring.

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He also had a great time with the FRIDA chefs, smiling for pictures and teaching them a few of his “Ganga Style” moves. And what would a holiday handout be without the one-and-only Santa Claus? Yup, Old St. Nick made an appearance too and even sampled a few of our Tacos.

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As you can imagine, this experience was the highlight of our holiday season and we hope to organize many more charitable events like this in the months to come. In the meantime, we highly recommend visiting the Hope of the Valley website to find out how you can help this wonderful organization.

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The FRIDA Holidays Are Almost Here!

18 Dec

Believe it or not, we’ve got less than a week to go until Santa arrives and you know he’ll be craving some horchata and churros before he climbs back up that chimney! So, why not prepare yourself for a festive Feliz Navidad with a little help from FRIDA?

Actually, we’ll get to our Christmas tidings later. The first order of business is for all of you Hanukkah celebrators. The festival of lights starts on Tuesday, so you get first dibs on all the holiday goodies FRIDA has to offer. It’s easy to build up an appetite on those “Eight Crazy Nights,” so may we recommend a few tasty Mexican options?

Night 1
– Sopa de Tortilla: Because let’s face it, it’s been FREEZING lately.
Night 2 – Tacos Combo: Chicken by candlelight, delicious!
Night 3 – Resplandor de Mango: Balance the diet with our fruit-filled salad.
Night 4 – Enchiladas Suizas: Piping hot and covered in tomatillo sauce!
Night 5 – Camarones al Ajillo: Sauteed prawns for noche cinco.
Night 6Mole Tasting: Menorah Mole!
Night 7 – Arrachera Nortna: One big hearty meal before the celebration’s over
Night 8 – Pastel de Chocolate: A festival of lights finale that’s perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!

Now back to Christmas. Next weekend our little holiday elves are going to be working extra hard in the kitchen. While most businesses close down on the Dec 25, FRIDA Glendale’s Sunday brunch will be in full swing and you can bet we’ll be singing live versions of “Feliz Navidad!” But make sure to get there early, because we’ll be shutting down in the afternoon.

For those looking to spend the holiday at home, we highly recommend picking up a bag of signature FRIDA tamales. We’ve serving up both Green and Red tamales to help you coordinate with your festive sweaters. Plus, anyone going to 12am Saturday mass knows they make a great after-midnight snack!

All of you who celebrate the feast of Kwanzaa, don’t worry. We haven’t forgotten about you either. We’ll most certainly be open on Dec 26 and serving up yummy vegetable dishes (you MUST try our Al Tequila ensalada), Chicken Pozole (which is basically like a Mexican stew), and Pastel de Tres Leches for dessert.

And don’t get us started on New Year’s…We’ll have more exciting news on that holiday in our next post (Stay Tuned!). Happy Christmahanukkwanzaa FRIDA friends, we hope to see you in the restaurant this week!