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Anepalco’s Cafe

I met up with Christian for breakfast one last time before he had to go back to the east coast. We met up at Anepalco’s Cafe in Orange which is only a few minutes away from Mainplace Mall. We met up pretty early because I was afraid of the crowd. It seemed like a busy and popular place according to Yelp. Luckily, there wasn’t a crowd at 9AM so we got seated pretty quickly. It’s a small restaurant so it’s probably best to not come in with a big group. Max of going in a group of 4 is probably best.

Front of Anepalco's Cafe

Front of Anepalco’s Cafe

FYI. Parking is a little weird. There’s only one row of parking which is right in front of the restaurant.There’s not a lot of space to park unless you get there early. You can park in the back of the building but it only has a few spots or you can park across the street.

Christian and I both ordered Anepalco’s Chilaquiles. It’s the most popular item on the menu. I was really excited to try the chilaquiles because it’s one of my favorite kind of Mexican food. My best friend, Chelsea, introduced me to chilaquiles for the first time in 2007 when we went to Manzanillo in Mexico. That was when I fell in love with chilaquiles for the rest of my life. But ever since then, I wasn’t able to find anything exactly like the chilaquiles from Manzanillo here in California. I have to say that the Anepalco’s Chilaquiles was pretty close to that from Mexico.

When the waiter brought our food, it was love at first sight. I was amazed by the beauty of its presentation when the food was right in front of me.

Top view of Anepalco's Chilaquiles

Top view of Anepalco’s Chilaquiles

After one immediate bite of it, I felt like I was in love with chilaquiles once again just like back in 2007. The tortilla chips had the perfect texture of not being too crispy or too soft. The chilaquiles was surrounded by this sauce which was a flavorful addition to it, but even without the sauce, the chilaquiles was still so good. It was so good that Christian and I had a moment of silence to embrace the goodness of it.

This was worth my 9 bucks. If you ever crave for chilaquiles, this is the place to go to. If you’ve never tried chilaquiles before, then make sure you try it at Anepalco’s Cafe first, please. Pretty please. By the time we were done eating within an hour, the restaurant was starting to get busy as there was a wait to get seated.

Christian, when you’re back we’ll check this place out again! I’m glad we got to hang out one last time before you leave!

Mis Tres Leches

The church that I attend to is pretty big that majority of the members have to park off site in this structure near a business area. So from there, we take the school bus that the church provides and then they take us to and from church in less than 5 minutes.

Last Sunday, I ended up being the only one on the bus to go back to the parking structure. During the bus ride, I decided to strike up a conversation with the bus driver, Luis, about how his new year celebration was since it was the first Sunday of 2013. He shared with me how he spent time with his family and ate good food.

From there, I told him how I liked tres leches which is a Mexican sponge cake soaked in three different kinds of milk. When you see the cake, you think that you’re about to bite into a normal cake because you barely see a drip of the milk. But. Once you bite into it, you experience the tres leches. It’s amazing.

He told me that there’s something better than tres leches called rosca. He was telling me that it’s a pastry that you pull the bread apart with your hands. I can’t remember how he described it to me but I remember thinking, “I must find rosca!” I asked him where I could find some rosca and he suggested some places in Santa Ana because that’s where all the authentic Mexican food is at.

He said that he could bring some rosca the next Sunday. So today was the next Sunday! And guess what. Luis remembered! Well, the thing is. He didn’t bring rosca because bakeries only make them for the holidays and up until January 6th. Basically, I have to wait until next year to get some rosca.

So instead of rosca, he brought tres leches! He gave me a big slice of it! I was really surprised that he still brought something. I told him that in return, I’ll bring him some kind of Korean pastry. Not sure sure what kind of pastry I’ll bring next week or maybe I’ll give him some kim-bop. Suggestions?

Luis was so kind that I just had to take a picture with him for memories!

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I’m definitely writing a thank you card to Luis next week not just because of the cake but also for working on Sundays. People should rest on Sundays but instead he works so that I could have a ride to and from church. Thank you, Luis! (I know he won’t see this post but still want to say thank you!)

Also, thank you to Dasom for coming with me to meet Luis.

Lastly, thank you to Jessica Paz! I remember you invited me to your mom’s birthday slash Mother’s Day celebration at your house in high school. It was my first time trying tres leches then and there.