An Evening with GoodTaste with Tanji
Costa Pacifica was lucky enough to be featured on GoodTaste with Tanji for their 4th season! We are going to tell you all about our evening full of lights, camera, and action! If you are unfamiliar with the show or Tanji Patton, we’ll give you a little bit of background information first.
Who is Tanji Patton?
Tanji Patton has experience as an investigative reporter, news anchor, producer, and host. If you live in San Antonio, you may be a little more familiar with Tanji. She was the original host and executive producer of San Antonio Living from 1997 to 2002. She also made national television when she co-hosted Live with Regis twice in 2000 during the nationwide search for a co-host.
Tanji is an Emmy award winning journalist with a passion for food and wine – which is why she decided to create GoodTaste with Tanji.
What is GoodTaste?
Goodtaste with Tanji is a television series which showcases chefs and restaurants from all over the state of Texas. Tanji travels from city to city to bring all you foodies a reason to get out of the house. The show airs in 13 Texas markets and is also aired online at Goodtaste.tv.
On a Wednesday afternoon, Tanji and her crew arrived at Costa Pacifica to set up for the day of filming. The camera guys hauled in large boxes of equipment and made it look like a breeze. Meanwhile, we were working up a sweat just watching them.
Our first setup would be filmed in the kitchen. Chef Chuy would be demonstrating how to make one of our fan favorite dishes, La Matona Tostada. Not only did we demonstrate it, but we provided the recipe so you can try to recreate it for yourself at home: https://www.goodtaste.tv/recipe/tostada-matona/ Somehow we were able to fit an entire kitchen crew, film crew, and spectators in our kitchen. Now, that’s something!
The next stop was out on the patio for some casual chit-chat over cocktails, of course! Tanji asked Moris Saide, owner of Costa Pacifica, questions about his childhood, family life, passions, and his journey into the restaurant business. There is so much history behind the entire concept of Costa Pacifica, but you have to watch the video to find out all about it.
Once all the talking was over, it was time to do some taste testing! At Costa Pacifica, we are known for fresh seafood, so we had to showcase four types of our homemade ceviche. Tanji tried each and every one, and she even made her own taco!
Once all the talking was done, the cameramen went their separate ways. One guy focused on getting all the food and drink shots – from the process behind the bar and in the kitchen, all the way to the finished product. The other guy tackled the dining area, getting b-roll footage and clips of guests talking about what they thought of Costa Pacifica.
Before you knew it, they crew was packing up after a long day. They were ready to go home, and we were ready to have a drink at the restaurant.
Costa Pacifica Mexican Seafood Restaurant in San Antonio, TX
Click here to watch the episode, and let us know your thoughts! Tell us why you love Costa Pacifica and we might even feature you on our social media! Seafood isn’t just a summertime meal. Spend these colder days with coffee and shrimp soup from the best seafood restaurant in San Antonio, TX… Costa Pacifica!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
You’ve probably heard about Hispanic Heritage Month on the radio, TV, or social media. It is something that isn't just celebrated in San Antonio or Texas, but is celebrated all over the nation. However, people don’t tend to typically celebrate it like they do other large holidays and events. If we devote an entire month to our Hispanic heritage, shouldn’t we be celebrating? Let’s learn a little more about what goes on during this time.
About Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 – October 15, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
In 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was actually started as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to cover a 30-day period which would start on September 15 and end on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
They chose to start on September 15 because that day is important to various Latin American countries. On that day, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile celebrate their day of independence. Another important note is that Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, falling on October 12, is within this month-long period.
Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America. Many people have left their home countries to move to the Unites States to pursue the American Dream.
How You Can Celebrate at Costa Pacifica
Costa Pacifica is the perfect place to celebrate! Why? Our owners, chef, and even some of our employees moved to San Antonio from Mexico. If you are looking for an authentic and traditional taste and feel of Mexico, look no further!
Chef Chuy traveled all around Mexico perfecting the flavors of his home country. Owners of Costa Pacifica, Tommy and Moris, grew up working at their family restaurant in Mexico. It doesn’t get any more “puro Mexicano” than this.
From fried cheese tortillas to ceviche to chihuahueños, Costa Pacifica offers a variety of food and drink options that will transport you back to the Pacific Coast. If you’ve never been to Mexico, forget your passport and just come dine with us!
Costa Pacifica is a Mexican-style seafood restaurant in San Antonio, TX. For over eight years, the restaurant has been showcasing new cocktails and delicious plates. Although we are known for our presentation from kitchen to table, nothing compares to that first bite or that first sip. Costa Pacifica is located in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio, Texas, at 1604 and Blanco. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us!
Why We Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Many people who aren’t familiar with the history or traditions of Mexico are more likely to take part in more well-known Mexican holidays like Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to popular belief, Mexican Independence Day is not on May 5th. Those whose families came from Mexico to the follow the American Dream may be a little more familiar with Mexican Independence Day. We are here to fill you in! Keep on reading to learn more.
This History of Mexican Independence Day
We celebrate this day to remember the time Mexico won its independence from Spain. On September 16, 1810, Mexico's War of Independence officially started when the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the church bell and cried out to the townspeople to join together, take up arms, and rise up against the Spanish Crown. This historical event is known as El Grito de Dolores (the cry of Dolores) because it took place in Guanajuato. In no time, people gathered together to form a large mob and marched their way to Mexico City to rebel against Spanish rule.
For over a decade, the Mexicans and Spaniards were at war. On August 24, 1821, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Córdoba, and Mexico finally put an end to three centuries of Spanish rule.
In Mexico, they celebrate Mexican Independence Day over two days.
On the evening of September 15th, the celebrations begin with a reenactment of “El Grito de Dolores” by the current president of Mexico and people begin to shout "Viva México!" The next day, on the 16th, is a day full of festivities and full of parades, food, and parties.
Celebrate in San Antonio, TX with the Mexican Margarita
The Mexican Margarita at Costa Pacifica is back! We introduced you to this one of a kind ‘rita last year, and we had to bring it back once again. Inspired by the Mexican flag, this margarita boasts red, white, and green pride. We start with a layer of chamoy, add our signature frozen lime margarita, and top it off with fresh cucumber.
Even though Mexican Independence Day is on September 16th, we think this celebration deserves an entire month’s worth of celebrations. That’s why this special margarita will be running throughout September! Come visit Costa Pacifica in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio to try this limited-time margarita. You won’t be able to find it anywhere else!
Costa Pacifica in San Antonio, Texas
At Costa Pacifica Mexican Seafood Restaurant, we will transport you all the way back to the Pacific coastal towns in Mexico. Our Chef Chuy learned how to cook traditional seaside dishes from his hometown of Mazatlán and traveled around the country perfecting his flavors. There is no other place in San Antonio that can take you back like Costa Pacifica can. Come and visit us today!
Photo By Bob Owen / San Antonio Express-News Costa Pacifica's "Zarandeado" octopus, marinated in chilies and soy sauce, is something amazing.
If you're looking for fun and creative twists on Mexican seafood classics, Costa Pacifica proves an outstanding choice. The classics are in good hands, too.
For example, pescado a la veracruzana deftly blends a touch of brininess from capers and green olives with spice from pickled jalapeños in a long-simmered sauce with sliced onions, tomatoes and green bell pepper. The dish usually is served with tilapia, but snapper is available as an option. Snag it.
Another traditional dish, the shrimp aguachile, features butterflied raw shrimp in a spicy puree of lime juice and serrano chiles with slices of red onion and a few cucumber slices. This dish depends on a bright freshness, and the version here absolutely pops.
Throughout the menu, skillful execution balances flavors and textures to create dishes that consistently pleased over a pair of visits. Although much of the clientele consists of Mexican families who live nearby and many of the conversations among tables flow in Spanish, all the menu descriptions are in English and are not intimidating for those not familiar with these dishes.
The menu includes a couple of nonseafood items, but why go for those when there's something amazing like the “Zarandeado” Octopus? Literally, zarandeado means shaken, and the traditional dish is a grilled fish marinated in a mixture that includes soy sauce and chiles.
The grilled fish fillet with the fun marinade has a spot on the menu, but this octopus was absolutely stunning. Tender but still firm with a well-rounded slightly spicy marinade, it was brilliant. email@example.com
by EDMUND TIJERINA
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