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Chef de Cuisine Paulo Mendoza lands at Aqimero. Last Night I Tried A Few New Dishes

Good Friday. Hope you’re keeping warm. Last night I headed to the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia where I was Invited to experience a Taste of the Holiday Season at  Center City’s Unmatched Latin-Coastal Dining Destination. Opened a little less than a year ago, Aqimero by celebrity executive Chef Richard Sandoval  coined “the father of modern Mexican food”, the fabulously designed eatery has undergone a few growing pains and seems to be on the right track now with

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new Chef de Cuisine Paulo Mendoza who hails from San Diego and for the past two years was Chef de Cuisine at Sandoval ‘s Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar. He’s tweaked the menu that was in place, as well as brought some of his most popular dishes which he created over his tenure as a chef.

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Guajillo Braised Short Ribs

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What I really like about the new menu is the expanded appetizer selection. Sometimes I just want to go to a restaurant and nibble.
Smoked Swordfish Dip.

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Jetsetter, scenester Ian Michael Crumm with new on the scene, lifestyle bloggers Alex and Mike

 

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Spicey Shrimp Quesadilla – so good. I practically ate all the samples on this plate myself

 

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One of Sandoval’s signature dishes Hamachi Tiradito

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Sofia Pignitor, Cashman & Assocs. The PR for Aqimero with Jimmy Contreras, the new in house PR/Marketing Director of the Ritz Carlton hd1_5853-custom

The sample of Guajillo Braised Short Ribs was generous and plated well.

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There were about 15 social media stars on hand for the tasting including Visit Philly, UrPhillyPal – Al Lee
and I brought my friend Rahel Solomon. Thanks for coming I know it was passed your bedtime.
Watch her Sunday through Thursday’s at 6Am on CBS3Philly with Jim Donovan.

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I need this in my life – Seafood Cazuella $30

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They also have a new GM, John Christinzio.