Turquoise Blog’s #ExperienceLaCantina Insta Foodies Dinner & 28th Birthday Party!

Restaurant: La Cantina
Event: Turquoise Blog’s #ExperienceLaCantina Insta Foodies Dinner & 28th Birthday Party! 
Restaurant type: Mexican, Latino
Prices: $4-$16 entrées, $14-$25 mains, $5-$8 desserts

Date: Sunday January 12th 2020
Group of: 43
My favorite dishes: aguachile shrimps + quesadilla + beef brisket tacos 

Last month, I had the pleasure of hosting my first Insta Foodies dinner of the year, which was also a celebration of my 28th birthday! The event took place at La Cantina, one of Montreal’s few higher end Mexican restaurants, located in the heart of downtown Montreal. La Cantina opened its doors last August and offers an authentic Mexican menu with an extensive selection of tacos, as well as more uncommon dishes and ingredients like aguachile shrimps, nopales (cactus), crickets and more!

Present this time around to #ExperienceLaCantina, there was: myself @elisebgravel,  my husband Alex @chilaps, Sabrina @hangryinmtl, Stephane @smarkfoodie, Alex @alexfoodi, Patrick @mtlfoodfrenzy, Victor @randomcuisine, Louise @ruisa27,  Jenny @jlennyx Annie @kawaiimyobu , Evan @evanvanya, Kristel @queenkissy, Lyne @mission.cuisine.urbaine, Charles @mtlcharles, Alessia & Bianca @travelling_foodies_, Joelle @joelle_alexia, Sian @global_yumyums, Sylvie @s2_vii, Priyanka @pri_mtlfoodie, Gigi @gigi.in.mtl, Hue-Linh @blindedbyfood, Tiffany @tiffanyinmtl, Thomas @wigglemypanda, Ines @inesroulet, Yu @yuqii___eats, Nina @ninaeljamal, Emily @emilylylingtsai, Marlon @lagunz99, Norine @drfoodiemtl, Kity @dearkity, Michelle @mich_lavish, Sheryl @sherbites, Tram @tramieskitchen, Cynthia @cl_blog, Ellie @lilytee1, Dini @dini_the_foodie_mtl, JiaYin @food_diary.jyc,  Shankeetha @mtlfoodjourney, Genny @gennyly, Tyffany @tyfftastetest and Gia @spoonfulof.chic !

First Course: chapulines (crickets)

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chapulines (crickets) (2020)

Who hasn’t ever dreamed of eating crickets at the restaurant?! Well, now you can. Personally, they’re not my cup of the tea, I don’t particularly enjoy the taste nor the final texture (they taste like rust to me and they get quite granular in your mouth) but its something you gotta try once in your life, right?

Second Course: quesadilla + aguachile + tostada

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quesadilla (2020)
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aguachile (2020)
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tostada (2020)

The second course featured some of my favorite entrées I’ve eaten the last two times at La Cantina! If you like chorizo (who doesn’t?!) La Cantina’s chorizo quesadillas are heavenly; I’m always left wanting more. The aguachile shrimps, which are basically a very spicy ceviche, are super nice too. Last time though I found them much spicier, so this time, they were relatively tame in terms of heat. If you like it hot, make sure to specify that to your waitress and I’m sure they can sort you out 😉 Besides the heat, there’s just a really nice balance between the different ingredients and flavours; spice, heat and acidity. The salmon tartare tostada is another dish I very much enjoy, as I love salmon tartare.

Third Course: tacofest!!!

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Beef brisket tacos (2020)
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Fried fish tacos (2020)
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Golden chicken tacos (2020)
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Octopus and bacon tacos (2020)
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Fried nopales (cactus) tacos (2020)
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Rib-eye tacos (2020)
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Pastor (pork) tacos (2020)
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Shrimp tacos (2020)
  • Beef brisket tacos
  • Fried fish tacos
  • Golden chicken tacos
  • Octopus and bacon tacos
  • Fried nopales (cactus) tacos
  • Rib-eye tacos
  • Pastor (pork) tacos
  • Shrimp tacos

How many tacos is too many tacos?! Wow, we really got to sample so many!! They were all good, but my favorite was definitely the beef brisket tacos. I have a thing for beef brisket, so that might be why, but the beef was super tender, perfectly seasoned, juicy and just delicious. Of course, the rib-eye tacos are one of my favorites that I always eat when I go to La Cantina, so they were a must have for my birthday dinner. The pastor pork tacos were also excellent – very flavourful and juicy – and surprisingly, I really liked the fried nopales (cactus) tacos. I’ve had nopales a few times before (once in Mexico City) and I did not like it; perhaps it was because they were fried. The octopus and bacon tacos looked good as always (I skipped out this time as they are served with a bean purée and I don’t eat beans) and the golden chicken tacos were nice and crispy. I liked the fried fish tacos, but they were under-seasoned, as were the shrimp tacos. Overall, an excellent meal full of tacos!!

Fourth Course: churros

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churros (2020)

According to my Mexican friend Galo, churros originate from Mexico and not Spain. We enjoyed some nice churros with chocolate and dulce de leche sauces for our FIRST dessert of the night!

Overall, we had an amazing time at La Cantina, where we got to try a lot of dishes from their menu! Thanks again to everyone who contributed to making this evening special, to my guests for attending and to La Cantina for the wonderful meal!

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Turquoise Événements & Turquoise Blog goodie bags (2020)
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@deliceslafrenaie taco cookies (2020)
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@artkombucha (oozy hibiscus and mint kombuchas (2020)
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My stunning turquoise ombré birthday cake was provided by Joseph and his team from @deliceslafrenaie (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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special Valentine’s Day collab cake by @smashcakesmtl and @l_amourdesfleurs (2020)
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special Valentine’s Day collab cake by @smashcakesmtl and @l_amourdesfleurs (2020)
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@kreate.photobooth fun! (2020)
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@kreate.photobooth fun! (2020)
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@kreate.photobooth fun! (2020)
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@kreate.photobooth fun! (2020)
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@kreate.photobooth fun! (2020)
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@kreate.photobooth fun! (2020)
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@kreate.photobooth fun! (2020)
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dried floral arrangements were provided by Ashley from @asherfleurs (2020)

Part of the planning for this dinner also included the table decor and gift bags for my attendees, as per usual, as well as some special birthday surprises and gifts!

A big thank you to everyone for your generous contributions!!! 🙂

La Cantina is the perfect place to enjoy a nicer Mexican dinner, but also, for their private dining room. So, how will you #ExperiencelaCantina ?

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Pastor (pork) tacos (2020)

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Pastor (pork) tacos (2020)
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Fried nopales (cactus) tacos (2020)
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Golden chicken tacos (2020)
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Golden chicken tacos (2020)
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Rib-eye tacos (2020)
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Rib-eye tacos (2020)
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Rib-eye tacos (2020)
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Shrimp tacos (2020)
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Beef brisket tacos (2020)
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Fried fish tacos (2020)
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Fried fish tacos (2020)
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Octopus and bacon tacos (2020)
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tostada (2020)
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quesadilla (2020)
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chapulines (crickets) (2020)
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La Cantina (2020)
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La Cantina (2020)
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La Cantina (2020)
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La Cantina (2020)
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Turquoise Événements & Turquoise Blog goodie bags (2020)
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Turquoise Événements & Turquoise Blog goodie bags (2020)
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My stunning turquoise ombré birthday cake was provided by Joseph and his team from @deliceslafrenaie (2020)
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dried floral arrangements were provided by Ashley from @asherfleurs (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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My birthday smash cakes were provided by @smashcakesmtl (2020)
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@artkombucha (oozy hibiscus and mint kombuchas & @deliceslafrenaie taco cookie (2020)
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@artkombucha (oozy hibiscus and mint kombuchas & @deliceslafrenaie taco cookie (2020)

*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.

*All photos and comments are mine

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