In 1991, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince had us singing about Summertime while Michael “Mico” Rodriguez, and the three investors who backed him, opened a little 12-seat restaurant in Preston Forest called Mi Cocina. Did they know then that 30 years later Mi Cocina would have 20 locations in North Texas and become virtually synonymous with upscale Tex-Mex cuisine? I know the investors personally so, yeah, I think they knew. Confident guys, they are.
This month, Mi Cocina is celebrating its 30th birthday with a fun, family friendly event that benefits Klyde Warren Park where Mi Cocina will take up residence later this year in the former Savor restaurant space.
The Mi Cocina Mambo Miles Race will take place Sunday, July 11 at Klyde Warren Park. The race begins at 8 a.m. in the park and will cover a short two-mile course that will conclude there as well. After the race, Mi Cocina will host a fiesta until noon with live music, food trucks and fun activities for everyone.
The event requires registration, with all proceeds going to Klyde Warren Park, an emerald oasis in the middle of downtown that offers year-round free programming.
For more information and to register, visit Mi Cocina’s Mambo Miles web page here.
In other big Mi Cocina news, a refreshing new cocktail has hit the menu and I think we should all go Strait to our nearest Mi Cocina to taste it. Made with Código 1530 tequila, the sublime, smooth tequila co-founded by the equally sublime and smooth George Strait, the TX Agua Fresca cocktail is made with your choice of fresh fruit, agave nectar, lime juice, ice, and a little pop of pepper.
Código 1530 uses no chemicals, flavorings or added sugars – it’s the good stuff. Código 1530 Rosa is unusual in that it’s made with the brand’s Blanco tequila that’s been aged for one month in Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels, rendering a soft floral finish. It’s gorgeous.
UPDATE: Mi Cocina has requested the recipe remain private so we have deleted it.
Cheers to 30 years, Mi Cocina!