Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fiesta Mexicana this Friday

Do you have dinner plans yet for Friday Night?

Fiesta Mexicana Taco Night
Friday, May 17 - 5-8pm
Heritage Church
2262 Rochester Road, Franklin Park PA 15237
Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at the door

Our daughter, Grace (I can't believe she's a teen now!), is actively involved in a youth group. Tomorrow the youth group is holding an all-you can-eat taco night in Heritage Church's Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  The proceeds benefit the kids' local mission trip via the Pittsburgh Project to repair the homes of our vulnerable neighbors.

The tacos for this delicious event are donated by the Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant (Of Course!). You will also have an opportunity to participate in a cake raffle and maybe win a delicious cake or pie donated by local bakeries/bakers.  My sister, Robin, won this awesome Sombrero Cake by The Mike McAleer Bakery. Unfortunately, she did not share it with me! She took it home and shared it with other family members! She did tell me that it tasted as great as it looked. Thanks Robin!!!

Come on out and help the kids help those who lack the resources or the physical ability to make home repairs on their own. Fill your belly with good food, help our kids to experience the thrills of serving others, and make a difference for people in need.  How great is that?
See the flyer below for more details.  We hope you can join us.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

It's Here!

Our kitchen crew is busy roasting chiles, dicing and slicing for some great special features as well as your Inn Favorites.  John has agreed to open the bar an hour early to accommodate our Penguin's fans. We have all those fun tattoos and such while supplies last.  Our friends at Pretzel Crazy dropped off samples of their Chipotle Loco pretzels for you to sample (also while supplies last).  If you get to taste one, stop by their fan page and let them know about it.  
Make sure you fill out our customer survey.  We crave your feedback!  We will choose from among the surveys for prizes including a free sopaipillas every week from now until Fiestas Patrias
Other cool prizes too. (Fiestas Patrias is the actual Mexican Independence Day in September.)
Featured Drinks:

Chris’s 7 Fruit Fiesta Sangria
Chocolate, Pineapple or Fiery Pepper Margarita
Strawberry or Mango Mojitos

“El” Tequila Flight:
 El Jimador (Blanco), El Mayor (Reposado), El Tesoro (Anejo)
Appetizers & Soups 
Hand-rolled tamales: Chicken or Pork
Hand-made Empanadas: Chicken or Pork
Tortilla Soup • Gazpacho

 Entree Features

Entrees served with two sides (except Diablo Rellenos). We have Stir fry green beans today!

Carne Asada
Flat Iron Steak marinaded in our homemade seasoning blend and grilled to your liking. Served with chopped onion, fresh cilantro and pico de gallo.  15.95

Diablo Rellenos
Fresh roasted poblano peppers stuffed with chorizo & potato. Topped with melted Jack and salsa. Served with rice. 14.95 

Wahoo Fish Tacos
Wahoo fish pan seared in cilantro butter and topped with Napa cabbage slaw. 13.95

Taquitos Dinner
Spiced chicken & cheese rolled in a corn tortilla, deep-fried crispy with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce. 13.95

Dessert Features
• John’s Homemade Ice Cream Chocolate Chile or Butter Pecan
• Chocolate or Caramel Flan
Other yummy desserts.  Ask your server for a suggestion.

Friday, May 3, 2013

How we made our Seven Fruit Fiesta Sangria

Or,  Adventures in Sangria Making

Our general manager, Chris Ribarchak (CCR1) decided to create a new sangria recipe in celebration of Cinco De Mayo this weekend.  With the help of his apprentice (CCR2), Chris produced a delicious Seven Fruit Fiesta Sangria.  Here's a peak behind the scenes.

1. A shopping trip to the Strip was planned a few days in advance on a beautiful morning. 

2.  Each piece of fruit was carefully inspected for quality.

3. Once the fruit passed quality control and the CCRs were satisfied, the fruit purchases were finalized.

4. Picking fruit and walking around the Strip was hard work. A donut break was in order.

5.  CCR1 got his work space ready...

6. Alas, CCR2 isn't allowed to play with knives, he had to visit Aunt Wendy for the next step.

7. While CCR1 did a lot of chopping...

8. CCR2 had some important work of his own to do along with cousin, Julia. Franklin Inn kids are "cheap" labor.

9. Then, it was time to return to the Inn to finish paper work and check on CCR1's progress

10. The Sangria was looking good! Now it needs to rest until Friday.

Yahoo! It is Friday! Come and enjoy the fruits of their labor. It is tasty!