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Rosa Mexicano Gets Local + Rustic

Rosa Mexicano is one of my favorite places for ultra-fresh guacamole and a zingy cocktail after work.  I was particularly excited to try their spicy, rich flavors this fall, curated by Jonathan Waxman of New York’s Barbuto and Top Chef Masters.  I was fully enamored with the setting once I caught a glimpse of the stunning fall tablescape.

I am no Sandra Lee (Shudders! I heart you Andrew Cuomo, but your girlfriend? Notsomuch), but a festive and seasonally appropriate table can really set the tone of the meal, and tells me that I will soon be tasting delicious, local bounty!

To me, there is nothing better than tableside guacamole, house-made chips and a smooth tequila-based cocktail. This season, I got my guac with a twist!  Pomegranate seeds bursted with tangy sweetness and earthly hazelnuts added the right amount of cold weather crunch, and still the changes did not compromise the rich, creamy guacamole flavor.

Though I generally pass on sweets, my favorite part of the meal came in the form of a pumpkin cheesecake à la mode, topped with a caramel apple lollipop. This playful rendition of the candy apple brought me back to my youth, visiting the apple orchards, bringing a caramel apple home to devour. Sigh. Nostalgic, playful, delicious–I could not dock the dessert any points.

Photo: Travis Rubury

Rosa Mexicano
5225 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20015

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Amanda Jane Cooney

Amanda Jane is a quarter-life legal eagle whose cooking will put a smile on your face. This native Upstate New Yorker started her food adventures in college, drinking amber ale and watching Sunday football, because "crab cakes, football [and beer], that's what Maryland does." She's tried Caribbean, Ethiopian and Vietnamese fare, even churned her own butter (!), prosecuting Washington's dining scene with Champagne taste and a beer budget.

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