Thursday, February 21, 2013

National Margarita Day by the Beach

This Friday, February 22, is National Margarita Day. Did you know that margarita translates to "daisy" in espanol?

Over at Celia's by the Beach our margaritas have been called many things, daisy not being one of them . . . we've heard delicious (duh), the "baby-makers", dangerous, addictive, dreamy and down right fantastic! Margarita's have been a large part of our family's heritage and we look forward to celebrating this staple of the Mexican food experience with you. The margarita is the most widely known cocktail world wide and in celebration we will be having a "make your own" margarita bar:
  • Choose your tequila
  • Juices
  • Purees
  • Simple syrups
  • Floats
  • Fruits
That is the beauty of the the margarita - at it's most basic level it is delicious and lends itself to customization. Join us at Celia's by the Beach in celebration of National Margarita Day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Celia + Perfecto's Love Story

While Celia and Perfecto Lopez spent their last years together in San Francisco, they first met in a little town called La Questa, over 2,000 miles south of the Bay Area. . .

   'The dust kicked up as the horses trotted along a dry dirt road in Jalisco - Mexico. The sun hung high in            front of the local supermercado where Celia Rodriguez worked.The supermercado was a pit stop for weary travelers and locals alike. Celia was charismatic her whole life and very natural with people. Many suitors would visit Celia at the supermercado, but one had caught her eye especially. He was no more than 5 foot 5 but stood like a gigante. His name was Perfecto Lopez, and it was love at first sight. With much love and respect, Celia and Perfecto remained together for over 60 years. With their family on their backs, they were able to achieve and share the American dream here in the Sunset of San Francisco.'

Their story is one of true romance and perseverance and has always inspired me. Lately, I've been going through some old photos of my grandparents. Its charming how photos can reignite old memories and emotions that may of laid dormant for decades. The photos were a beautiful reminder of how strong Celia and Perfecto's bond was and still is. As I searched the piles of photos, I was reminded of times of joy and times of struggle. - Phil Havlicek


Join us in celebrating the ones you love, February 14 Valentines Day. Enjoy love inspired food and drink specials (along with our regular menu):
Chiles en Nogada
Grilled Pasilla Chiles stuffed with picadillo cooked with pears, apples, plantains and almonds fried in an egg batter and coated with a creamy Nogada sauce, all topped with crunchy pomegranate seeds. 
Hints of spice compliment a tender and sweet picadillo. The creamy Nogada sauce gives a sweet and nutty dynamic to the dish. Served with rice and beans.
Love Potions 
Sparkling wine and chilled pomegranate tequila served with an orange zest.
Besitos Red Wine
Sparkling Toast and Chocolate Strawberries

Celia's by the Beach - 4019 Judah Street, San Francisco CA
Walk-ins welcomed 
Make a reservation and receive a free sparkling toast with your dinner!
Call 415-759-8741 or e-mail