Jarritos Tour Part 1

Jarritos sodas all have a fresh taste to them, probably because of the bottle packaging of them. Each flavor has a slightly similar taste, but differs to actually taste like the fruit on the package. The soda has been around since 1950. Jarrito means jug and refers to the Mexican tradition of drinking from clay pottery jugs. What really makes the sweet taste better is the use of sugar cane instead of high fructose corn syrup (the main ingredient in most American soft drinks). It has been said that sugar is better for you than high fructose corn syrup.

The tamarind flavor was a little disappointing. It actually had a slightly bitter taste and I preferred many of the other sodas that I was sent. The mango flavor was superior in flavor, but the best flavor by far of any of the Jarritos sodas that I tried was their Pineapple (piña) flavor. The pineapple flavor was simply refreshing and truly was enjoyable down to the last sip.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! This food blogger is finally on summer vacation so look for lots of updates to be coming soon. I thought that Cinco de Mayo would be the perfect day to blog about Jarritos sodas. I received a package from one of their social media consultants some time ago and had the privelege of trying every Jarritos flavor. I’ll be blogging about my impression of each soda. I also received a CD filled with music and a Jarritos t-shirt that I am wearing today in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

It was hard to decide which ones to drink with so many flavors to choose from. I have barely seen Jarritos sodas in Tampa, but in California you will find them just about everywhere, so naturally I was very excited to try these samples.

The design of the bottles themselves are pretty neat. They stay nice and cold and when you open the bottle cap the soda tastes fresh and crisp.

Here is the awesome t-shirt they sent me.

I’ll be blogging about my impressions of the flavors soon. I hope everyone has a fun and festive Cinco de Mayo! 🙂

Mema’s Alaskan Tacos

Note: Mema’s Alaskan Tacos has closed down.

I have long heard about Mema’s Alaskan Tacos from plenty of food websites. Walking inside it certainly feels like Ybor City, very artsy and unique. They have free wi-fi so I was able to access websites, such as Yelp and Urbanspoon, while I was inside and checkout all the reviews and tips from past visitors. There really are a wide-range of reviews; some people love Mema’s and some people think starving kids in Africa wouldn’t touch it.

They have a wide variety of choices on their menu. Tacos, Enchiladas, Chimichangas, Burritos, Tostadas, Nachos, Tamales, and Quesadillas. They even have Jarritos Mexican sodas. I took the food as a different experience than regular Mexican because they claim to be Alaskan Tacos not Mexican Tacos and it’s clear that many of their meats (gator meat for example) are not normal choices for tacos or Mexican entrees and that Mema’s has a unique way of making these dishes.

I decided to try their Chorizo Taco ($3) and Steak Burrito all the way ($6.50) and I actually passed $10 although I didn’t think I would. We were given free chips and salsa because we passed $10. Mema’s is a little pricey like the Taco Bus and California Tacos. Mexican or Mexican-inspired food isn’t cheap in Florida just like Korean food, the lack of places providing the food drives the price up (competition is a good thing for consumers!). (Note: Don’t lose your receipt or they won’t give you your food when it comes out).

The Chorizo Taco was great! They weren’t cheap with the ingredients and the chorizo was made just right. I liked the taco shell, they fry the taco with the meat so it tastes crunchier and it has a unique and good taste. I doubt it’s healthy, but hey if I wanted healthy food I would go to Algusto’s on Kennedy for Mexican.

The Steak Burrito was huge and about the size of a Burrito Prenado at the Taco Bus. The meat was good, but clearly regular steak and not anything like having Carne Asada. I’d say California Tacos on Bearss Ave. has a similar style in burritos. Mema’s has their own black refried beans recipe that I liked. They put all the toppings inside and at first the burrito tasted cold because the lettuce, salsa, and sour cream are cold, but once you get some meat and refried beans it’s great. The salsa water was dripping out of the burrito so I turned it upside to drain it out, you might want to do this and avoid staining your t-shirt or pants.

Overall, I thought Mema’s had pretty good food. It wasn’t the best I have had, but something different and pretty tasteful. I want to try their gator meat and other items sometime in the future. It’s located close by GameTime (formerly Gameworks) too so I’m sure I’ll be nearby in the future.

Mema's Alaskan Tacos on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Name: Mema’s Alaskan Tacos

Cuisine: Mexican

Address: 1724 E 8th Ave. Tampa, FL 33689

Phone Number: (813) 242-8226

Neighborhood: Ybor City

Website: http://www.memasalaskantacos.com/