7 Mexican Traditions for Celebrating the New Year

“Feliz Año Nuevo!" which in English means, "Happy New Year!" 2017 is almost over, and we are all looking forward to a prosperous and happy 2018. Here in the United States many of you will celebrate New Year's Eve with champagne toasts, feasts, parties, and watching the ball drop on TV in Times Square. Mexicali Blues took a look at how people celebrate the coming of a new year in Mexico, and here are some of the traditions we discovered. 

Eat a Dozen Grapes
A popular Hispanic New Year's Eve tradition is to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight and make a wish on each grape. There are 12 grapes to represent the 12 months of the year. We saw a couple of variations on this one. Some say you must eat all of the grapes in the 60 seconds before midnight strikes to get your wishes to come true. Others say you must eat a grape every time the clock strikes at midnight. (You'd have to be pretty fast to do it that way!) It is said that sweet grapes mean the month you ar…

The Delicious Desserts of Mexicali Blues

Even if you have dined at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant many times, there is a very good chance that you filled up on your delicious dinner and didn't have room for dessert. Big mistake! (Well, not necessarily a mistake, but you're really missing out on something special.) Mexicali Blues has two amazing desserts to choose from - sopapillas and fried ice cream.  

A sopapilla is a deep-fried pastry most often served as a dessert covered in powdered sugar and honey or syrup, and sometimes coated with cinnamon and sugar. They even taste wonderful with a scoop of ice cream on top!

The sopapilla has become a staple in Mexican restaurants worldwide, but while it is considered a Mexican dish, it was actually first created in the United States. It is believed that the first sopapilla was created over 200 years ago in New Mexico. This dish became extremely popular across South America too. Latin American sopapillas are generally more tortilla-like, while the New Mex…

4 Great Holiday Gift Ideas

It's that time of year again when you have to start looking for the perfect present for everyone on your "nice" list. It can be difficult finding something you know the recipient is going to love and actually get some use out of. To help you with that search for a great gift, Mexicali Blues has a few fun ideas for you. 

A Gift Basket
You know how much you love the taste of our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant's all natural salsa full of fresh ingredients. Why not share a jar of that savory sauce with everyone else? You can buy jars of our premium salsa here at the restaurant, and you can also find it on the shelves at many grocery stores in Missouri. It is available as Original Salsa, Salsa Verde, and XXX Salsa (XXX-tra hot!) Pick up a bottle (or 2 or 3,) add a bag of tortilla chips, and put that all in a basket or gift bag with a bow. Now you have a beautiful... and delicious... gift everyone would love to receive. 

A Night Out
Give the gift of a night out with inc…

7 Fun Facts About Our Favorite Cocktail- The Margarita!

When you are thirsty for the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks, your search is bound to lead you to Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach! Not only will you find the most amazing classic margarita you've ever tasted, but we've also got a big menu full of different versions of this delicious drink to tempt your taste buds with. 

Since everyone seems to have so much fun when they visit our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant and share a margarita or two with friends, today we've come up with 7 margarita fun facts for you to enjoy. The next time you join the gang for cocktails, you can impress them with your new knowledge! 

Stories vary when it comes to the creator of the first margarita, but two of those tales involve the cocktail being named after a girl; an American socialite, Margarita Sames, or a showgirl in Tijuana, Marjorie King. (Margarita is a Spanish version of the name Margaret, which Marjorie derives from.)In 1945 the first importer of Jose Cuervo to the United St…

Get Ready For Fiesta Fridays!

Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant has recently added another incredible reason to make your way over here every week - Fiesta Fridays! Mexicali Blues is changing the meaning of TGIF from "Thank Goodness It's Friday" to "Thank Goodness It's FAJITAS!!!" 

Chicken Fajitas
Every Friday night, from 4-10 pm, we are offering our mouthwatering Chicken Fajitas for ONLY $9! You'll enjoy savory grilled chicken on a bed of onions and peppers, and it is served with all the fixings so that you can build your own perfect fajita: rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and flour tortillas. Normally this delicious dish costs $13.50, so you've got more than enough left over to indulge in our next Fiesta Friday special.   

Marvelous Margaritas
We have a drink menu filled with the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks, but our House Margarita seems to be the most popular choice. This tasty cocktail makes our already-amazing Mexican food tas…

Where Did The Chimichanga Come From?

A very popular dish at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is the Chimichanga. We have two delicious versions of this tasty treat available for you to order at Mexicali Blues, but did you ever wonder how this yummy dish came to be? Well, wonder no longer, because we found out for you! (Kind of...) 

The Chimichanga's Possible Origins
Apparently, there are a couple of different stories about how the chimichanga became a beloved dish. The first possibility claims that the founder of Tucson, Arizona's El Charro restaurant, Monica Flin, dropped a burrito into the deep-fryer by accident back in 1922. This made her start to curse with a Spanish word that begins with "chi..." but she quickly censored herself and instead said, "chimichanga!" which is similar to the American word "thingamajig" in Spanish.  

Another tale goes that Woody Johnson claims to have created the first chimichanga in 1946 as an experiment for his restaurant, Woody's El Nido. T…

How Halloween is Celebrated in Mexico

Halloween is just around the corner, and many of the customers at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant have been telling us all about the fun things they have planned to celebrate. Halloween is also observed in Mexico on October 31, but they stretch it out into a 3-day celebration ending with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2. All of us here at Mexicali Blues thought you might be interested in learning a little more about that. 

Halloween in Mexico
People in Mexico generally combine All Hallows' Eve on October 31, All Saints Day on November 1, and the Day of the Dead on November 2 into one big celebration. Children in Mexico dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy on Halloween, much like kids in the United States, but instead of saying "Trick or Treat," they shout "Queremos Halloween!" ("We want Halloween!") 

The day is also referred to as All Hallows' Eve because it falls on the day before All Saints' Day,…