El Santo | 680 Columbia St. | 604-553-1849 | Open: Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hungry for fresh Mexican fare but don’t have the time to board a plane bound down south? Well, you may want to consider making a stop at El Santo, a contemporary New Westminster eatery that serves up authentic food at a fair price point. Located along the historic waterfront district, El Santo is an eatery fed by a mission. And that mission is to change the way people think about Mexican cuisine.
“For me, it’s really important to show people that Mexican food is more than just tacos and enchiladas,” El Santo owner Alejandro Diaz explains. Diaz says his goal is to make Mexican food synonymous with fresh. “It’s time to show people the contemporary side of Mexican food,” he says. Diners looking for the swimming-in-sauce-and-cheese appeal of some Mexican eateries may find themselves disappointed. While El Santo certainly serves up dishes featuring deliciously fresh and gooey cheeses (all sourced from Burnaby’s Scardillo Cheese), the first lesson diners learn upon glancing at the menu is that real Mexican cuisine uses cheese sparingly. “A lot of food, when you’re actually in Mexico, does not contain cheese” Chef Shane King, who has been with the establishment since it opened in December 2015, explains. “That is more of a Tex-Mex thing with burritos and nachos. So, there isn’t a lot of cheese in a lot of our items.”
El Santo’s few dishes that do feature cheese — such as the shareable Queso Fundido ($10), a bubbling mini skillet featuring poblano peppers, caramelized onions and tomato, served with a side of fresh tortillas — include traditional options such as Oaxaca and Cotija cheese. But while the El Santo menu is light on queso, it’s heavy on locally sourced ingredients. "All of our proteins are locally sourced,” King says. The menu boasts Farmcrest chicken in its Tinga de Pollo (petite tacos featuring slow-roasted chicken, house-made chorizo, cheese and pickled onion for $9), and King says most of their specialty meats are sourced from Two Rivers.
The local love doesn’t stop at the meats. “Throughout the spring, summer and into early autumn, we visit as many local farm markets as possible and all of our vegetables during that time come from local suppliers,” King explains. “And all of our micro-herbs come from local suppliers.” King says some traditional Mexican ingredients present a problem for sourcing locally. And for those, they head straight to the source.“ All of our dried chilis come directly from Mexico,” King says. “We have local suppliers that deal solely with Mexican ingredients of the highest quality.” The quality and attention to detail comes across in El Santo’s dishes, which are plated in an unfussy manner — and many come in a shareable size.
“Nothing here that is put on a plate comes from a bucket or a jar,” Kings says. “Everything is made in-house, as close to the traditional way as we can.”That includes the delectable salsas, which King says are all made the old-fashioned way: by dry roasting the ingredients. It’s also the most time-consuming way.
“I don’t believe in shortcuts,” King says. “I do believe in keeping to the more traditional way of cooking because that’s how I feel you find the true flavour of Mexican cuisine.”That attention to detail can be enjoyed in the shareable Trio of Salsas ($8), which features a heaping bowl of house-made tortilla chips with three salsas: roasted tomatillo and guajillo, salsa verde and salsa roja. The salsas were fresh and delicious, with mild, medium and hot options. The salsa roja was the table favourite, boasting a rich base of tomatoes that balanced the moderate spice and left our dinner party fighting for the final crispy tortilla chip to scoop up the red sauce.Passing on the popular Pescado a la Veracruzana ($28), a whole Westcoast rockfish served with Spanish-style olives and capers, our table opted for the Enchiladas Flor de Jamaica ($18), which offered the opportunity to taste an unexpected ingredient: Hibiscus flowers.
The vegetarian dish — El Santo offers 10 veg-friendly items on its regular menu and at least one on its ever-changing seasonal list — was mild and delicious, with a nice crunch thanks to slices of carrot and cabbage. As for dessert, we tried the churros, deep-fried sticks of dough coated with cinnamon and sugar and served with a small dollop of dulce de leche. Despite a shared sweet tooth, our table found the soft sticks of sweet dough lacked a satisfying crunch. Next time, we’ll skip the dessert in favour of ordering an extra helping of chips and fresh salsa.
On Wednesday November 23rd, the real estate industry came together at the Urban Development Institute Gala where the best new developments from across the province were showcased. Over 700 people were in attendance to witness the presentations of the coveted trophies.The UDI received a record number of project nominations this year, and a panel of expert judges were tasked with selecting the winners. The judges evaluated the projects by their innovative design, integration with the surrounding community, marketing success, and sustainability features.
We are pleased that Trapp+Holbrook won the "heritage" category as well as was runner up in the suburban high rise residential category! Click here for more information on this project.
Alejandro Diaz is so committed to creating a new vibe on Columbia Street, he hired a crane to help install a 1000-pound tortilla maker in his new restaurant, El Santo.He could have just imported tortillas or sourced them from a supplier, said Diaz, but it’s details like freshly-made tortillas that will set his new venture apart, and solidify New Westminster’s growing reputation in foodie circles.
Read more about El Santo here.
For the past 100 years, virtually all buildings over a few stories tall have been constructed out of concrete and steel. But some architects and builders are promoting an alternative they are positioning as environmentally friendlier: good old-fashioned wood. Read this article in Architect Magazine and Structurecraft to find out more about plans to build a seven-story, wooden office building in Minneapolis near one of the city’s light-rail lines in an increasingly popular district downtown.
Hines is calling the project T3, for timber, technology and transit.
We’re digging these beautifully imagined single pole, zero-waste, solar panel-clad “Primeval Symbiosis” homes designed by Danish architect Konrad Wójcik. While he was still a student, they were his vision for sustainable living outside urban areas. The tree-like design features accommodations for two on four levels with a bio-digester to deal with waste and a ground-connected heat pump to warm the entirety. Based on some of Wójcik’s visualisations, we can easily imagine one (or a series) of these structures recessed away on any wooded property pretty much anywhere in rural BC, particularly on slopes where they’d blend in with the coniferous canopy.
Have a stroll around the older parts of Vancouver – specifically in and around the periphery of the Downtown Eastside – and it likely won’t take long for you to spot the little 3″ purple glass squares embedded in the oldest sections of sidewalk. These are known as vault lights or sidewalk prisms.
The New New York Skyline!
Manhattan is in the midst of an unprecedented boom in tall buildings. Before 2004, Manhattan was home to 28 skyscrapers 700 feet and taller. Since then, an additional 13 have been built, 15 are under construction, and 19 are proposed—47 more in all. These additions are rapidly—and radically—changing the skyline.
See what REW had to say about Trapp+Holbrook in their NewHomes Real Estate Weekly: http://issuu.com/rew1/docs/ab-jul4
Visit our Sales Centre at 702 Columbia Street, New Westminster, for more information on these homes bringing you the best of old and new. We are open daily from 12-5pm, except Fridays. Or give us a call at 604.525.0223 and a member of our Sales Team will be happy to answer your questions.
The sun is setting later, which only means that Spring is just around the corner. With Spring approaching, New Westminster has many events to offer that are close to Trapp+Holbrook. We’d like to share with you some exciting ones that we are looking forward to!
Royal City Winter Farmer’s Market
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Winter Farmer’s Market, don’t miss out as they continue every 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. With an array of local vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables delicious baked goods, and local artisans. Spend a relaxing Saturday exploring the market and bringing home fresh local produce right to your home. The Summer Market starts at the end of May @ Tipperary Park.
River Market At Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive | Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month |11am – 3pm | Market ends April 2015.
A Walking tour of Twelfth Street
The City of New Westminster shares an incredible history, from its initial inception, to how it has evolved over the years. Join Mary Wilson, and New Westminster’s Museum curator, Oana Capota, as they take you through an exciting walking tour to learn about the historic secrets of New West. This is part of a global series of neighbourhood walking tours, in which this one will take a special look into New West’s hair salons and barbershops.
Meet at 12th & 6th Street, New Westminster | May 2, 2015, 10am – 11:30am
As we gear up for move-in’s soon, you could be one of the exciting new homeowners that calls Trapp+Holbrook your home this Spring! For a limited time, GST is included in all our remaining homes. Come visit us at 702 Columbia Street, between 12-5pm daily, except Fridays or call us at 604.525.0223, and learn how you can make New Westminster your new neighbourhood!
The countdown is on! With just 9 homes remaining at Trapp+Holbrook, now is the time to find your new home at Trapp+Holbrook before it’s too late! With GST included pricing from only $249,900, and 5% down on these final homes, you could own at New Westminster’s best-selling community with as little as $12,500 down and approximately $1,000 per month*.
From panoramic water views to the impressive heritage details of the quintessential Salient loft, there is no other community in New Westminster like Trapp+Holbrook…and with just 9 homes remaining, time is running out. Here is a closer look at some of our remaining homes:
With move-ins scheduled for this spring we are pleased to announce we have negotiated one year free Shaw, cable and HDPVR for our homeowners. And with the sun shining, it’s a good reminder to consider where you are going to store your motorcycle…for just $5,000 we have you covered with two motorcycle parking stalls remaining.
Visit us at 702 Columbia Street between noon and 5pm every day except Fridays, and ensure your place at Trapp+Holbrook.
*Ask sales staff for details, pricing, sizing and availability are subject to change, renderings and photography are approximate only. The developer reserves the right to make changes to the information contained herein without notice E.&O.E.