Sunday, December 28, 2008
We are collecting your Franklin Inn memories from these past 30 years: Photographs, anecdotes of good times at the Inn, birthday celebrations, engagement surprises, etc. Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or enter them in this blog in the comments section below. You can also drop off your story during your next visit to the Inn. Submit your Franklin Inn Memory by January 31, 2009 and your name will be entered to win a $30 Franklin Inn Gift Card.
Thanks for the memories!
Friday, December 26, 2008
- Making Merry in Mexico
- Christmas in Mexico
- Feliz Navidad in Mexico
- Celebrating Christmas in Mexico
- Traditional Mexican Christmas Recipes
- Recipe for Rosca de Reyes
- A Christmas Kitchen in Mexico
- The Legend of the Poinsettia
Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant
Friday, December 19, 2008
Festival of Lights in Spanish is Fiesta de las Luminarias
In Mexico they call the Dreidel game Toma Todo
Recipe for Bunuelos de Hanuka (Hanukkah Fritters)
You have to scroll pretty far. Last I counted, it was the 11th recipe down.
Bimuelo, instead of latkes?
Neat little history and recipe from a man whose grandfather was a Sephardic Jew.
The first verse and chorus of the dreidel song in Spanish:
Yo tengo un dreidel. Lo hice de barro.
Cuando se seca, Juego al dreidel mucho.
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, lo hice de barro.
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, lo jugaré.
(In English: I have a little dreidel. I made it out of clay.
When it’s dry and ready, then dreidel I shall play.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, then dreidel I shall play.)
Cibula Family and Staff of the Franklin Inn
Don Wolfkill, Rick Morton, and Dean Romagnoli enjoying their favorite Friday night Haunt on Halloween. The photographer, Mark Albright, is not pictured. Thanks for the photos Dean!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Half Way = Half Off Sauza Hornitos Margaritas
Friday, October 10, 2008
October 14th & 18th: Pilates for Pink - A Stronger Core to Find a Cure.
The Up Stretch Pilates Studio is conducting "Pilates for Pink" classes benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. No experience necessary for women to take part in classes on October 14 and 18 in a "Pilates for Pink - A Stronger Core to Find a Cure" class at Up Stretch Pilates Studio in Bodies R Us Women's Gym on Rt. 19 in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Register with your advance donation of $10 or more for each class with a check or money order to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or bring in your printed email donation receipt from www.bcrfcure.org. A Chinese auction drawing to raise additional awareness and fund research for a cure will be held on October 14th. Tickets are 3 for $5 or 8 for $10. Call 412-983-7818 or email email@example.com to register and learn more. More info is available on her blog at for a list of the auction prizes including the Franklin Inn Gift Card.
October 29th: Trunk or Treat at Heritage Church Parking Lot 6pm-7:30.
Bring your family to Heritage Church (at 2262 Rochester Road in Franklin Park - a block south of the Franklin Inn) for a safe and fun evening of trunk or treating. Refreshments will be served at this free event. Prizes for best trunk and costume. You could win cool prizes including a Franklin Inn Gift Card and a Mihelic Shop 'n Save Gift Card. For more info on this event, check out the flyer here for more details or call the church at 412-366-1338.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Join us at the Franklin Inn as we celebrate Fiestas Patrias on Tuesday!
Visit our website to see how you can get one of these cool and festive margarita cups.
Similar to our 4th of July, Independence day is celebrated in Mexico on September 15th and 16th. They call it the Fiestas Patrias (Patria means Country) and it is their biggest national holiday even more so than Cinco de Mayo. The history of this day goes back to September 16th in 1810, when Father Hidalgo rang the church bells in his church in Dolores and called on the people to take up arms to gain independence from Spain. That same bell is now rung each year. On the night of the 15th, the President of Mexico comes out on the balcony of the National Palace and rings Father Hidalgo's bell. He repeats some of Hidalgo's words, starting with: "Mexicans, Long Live Mexico!" (¡Mexicanos, que Viva México!). The crowds gather in the Main Square, and answer; "¡Viva!", as he waves the flag from the balcony. At the end of the third ¡Viva Mexico! the crowd goes wild waving flags, ringing noisemakers and spraying foam. Then fireworks light up the sky as the crowd cheers. After this, there are fireworks, music and a great fiesta that lasts into the night. This ceremony is repeated in cities and towns all over Mexico. The Governor, or the Municipal President gives the Cry of Dolores. In foreign lands, the Ambassador or Consul does it. Houses are decorated and flags are placed in windows and on cars. The next morning, on September 16th, most cities in Mexico have a big parade.
You can find more information regarding this holiday at the following links:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Let me know if you use them in a recipe.
Here are some links about them.
Gourmetsleuth - more about them
www.turbana.com - recipes
Yucatan Breakfast recipe
Plantain and Lentil Stew (you have to scroll towards bottom of page to view recipe)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
10 ounces Onion - Spanish
2 cloves Garlic - Fresh Peeled
8 ounces Poblano Peppers
10 ounces Tomatoes
1 1/4 lbs Potatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons Base-Chicken
1/2 tablespoon Salt - Classic
1/2 Bunch Cilantro
2 quarts chicken stock
(we use Franklin Inn stock, but you could buy cans of prepared stock. Good stock is essential.)
- Heat 2 quarts chicken broth with 1.5 Tbsp chicken base
- Dice Spanish onion, Tomatoes and potatoes in 1/4" size
- Fine chop garlic cloves
- Dice Fresh poblano peppers
- Add above ingredients to chicken broth and simmer for 1 hour
- Add fresh cilantro about 10 minutes before soup is done.
- Add salt to taste.
- Serve garnished with shredded Monterrey Jack & Colby cheese and a sprig of fresh cilantro
Friday, July 25, 2008
A special thank you to Charlie Cherico, our Sauza rep, from Southern Wines. He presented a great educational talk on tequila. We appreciate his time spent at the Franklin Inn and the awesome goodie bags and t-shirts he gave to our customers at the Tasting.
The Tequila Tasting was part of our weekend long celebration of National Tequila Day. Our staff and patrons have already been giving us ideas for the next event. Thank you to Charlie and Denise for sharing the pictures below. I still can't find my camera!
Photos above: Charlie presenting information on tequila; Patty, John and Franklin Inn Patrons "tasting." Photos Below: Wait, I think that one is staged...Denise is that a Diet Pepsi on the table that you forgot to crop out?;Wendy and John having a rare moment out late together with out the children.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
There are two categories of Tequila:
100% Blue Agava Tequila
- 100% of the sugars come from the Blue Agave Plant
- Bottled only in designated regions of Mexico
- At least 51% of the sugars must come from Blue Agave
- May be shipped in bulk and bottled in other countries
There are four types of Tequila:
- Joven: (or Gold): Unaged Tequilas that get their color from added caramel colorings.
- Blanco (or Silver): Unaged clear tequila.
- Reposado (or Rested): Aged for at least two months in wooden barrels.
- Añejo (or Aged): Aged 12 months or more in wooden barrels.
Franklin Inn on Thursday, July 24th at 9pm.
Interesting links about Tequila:Agava Facts
The Mexican Tequila Academy
Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
Drink Recipes Using Tequila
Cooking with Tequila
More Cooking with Tequila
Friday, July 18, 2008
Key Lime, Ocean Blue, Pink Hibiscus, Banana & Mango. These colors of our new t-shirts have inspired our Tropical Escape Weekend at the Franklin Inn. Enjoy fruity sangria, John's homemade mango ice cream, Karen's homemade banana blast, our fresh crab tostada and other seafood as well as your regular Mexican favorites. And, as always the best Margaritas in town. Sunday is also National Lollipop day, so bring the kids for a lollipop. Don't cook. Grab a couple friends and enjoy a few hours of a Tropical Escape.
The Franklin Inn will be celebrating by giving suckers to the kids this week and on Sunday we will have the coveted ring pops while supplies last (Grace and Joey's pick!). I bet you are wondering what lollipops have to do with Mexican food. (Well...nothing, but I've discovered a website that lists all the holidays. I'm just having too much fun thinking of the possibilities. Did you know that August 8th is National Sneak Zucchini on to Your Neighbor's Porch Night? Next week is National Tequila Day.) Lollipops are so fun and festively colored just like our little Mexican Restaurant, so why not celebrate it. I looked lollipop up in the English to Spanish translator. It came up with Piruleta. If someone out there is fluent in Mexican Spanish, let us all know if this is correct.
Here are some links regarding Lollipops. I have not made any of these recipes, but they sound good so please let me know if you attempt it (you could always leave a sample at the Inn). ¡Día feliz de Piruleta!
History of Lollipops
Recipe for making your own flavored suckers.
When Suckers Were Good...How to Make a Delicious Lollipop
Recipe for Dipped Oreo Chocolate Suckers
The Science of Candy Recipes
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
You can pick up your t-shirt at the Franklin Inn while supplies last.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Did you know that July 7th was the official Chocolate Day? We couldn't pass up the opportunity to celebrate chocolate. It's our duty as a Mexican Restaurant. After all, chocolate can be traced back to the Mayans and the Aztecs. Check our website later for details on the yummy food items that will be featured this weekend at the Franklin Inn. In the interim, here are a few sources of information on the history of chocolate and chocolate recipes. And, don't forget to try our Chicken Enchiladas Poblano Mole. It's one of our house specialties.
Savory Chocolate...add chocolate to your recipes
Chocolate: The Exhibition...everything you want to know about chocolate
Health Benefits of Chocolate...interesting
Chocolate Glossary of Terms
The Chocolate Challenge...Do you think you know your chocolate?
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Have a happy and safe 4th of July.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Salad Season...Our kitchen uses the best produce in our salads and the finest ingredients in our homemade dressings. We've created some exceptional salads for you. Let us know your favorite in this week's poll. I know my favorite.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Franklin Inn Guacamole
Below is the Franklin Inn's recipe for Guacamole that you've been requesting. Here's some neat info: According to GourmetSleuth.com guacamole dates back to the Aztecs. They made a mixture of it similar to today's guacamole. Avocado has the highest fat content of any fruit. So, for the Aztecs who had a very low fat diet compared to ours, this fruit contained life sustaining fats and protein. This made it highly regarded. I found this out also when I was researching to make homemade baby food for my three children. I made all three of my babies what I called "baby guacamole." It was so healthy and a great first food for them. If you want to know how I made it drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Aztecs also believed the avocado be an aphrodisiac. Hmmm....
Here's the recipe for the guacamole. Let me know if you try to make it yourself or how you've adapted it to suit your tastes. It's so popular at the Inn that John's been afraid to alter it. So, it will be fun to hear about your alternations.
Franklin Inn's Homemade Guacamole
Combine the following ingredients in a food processor:
4 tbsp sour cream
1 lemon juiced
2 ounces Spanish onion
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1 tbsp Hotter Than Red Hot Sauce
1 glove of garlic
4 avocados seeded and peeled
Makes 3 cups
Saturday, May 31, 2008