Tequila at Mija

Remember when Turtle was trying to do business with Avion?

Well, Avion tequila is REAL, and it is GOOD. I was able to try it for the first time at Mija last week.

Now for those of you who think I’m speaking in tongues (Turtle? Avion? Mija?) I assure you that I can explain, and that I not referring to a little reptile.

The Turtle I am referring to is actually a character in the HBO series Entourage. Last season, he and main character Vinny Chase were working with a premium tequila called Avion. And Mija is Boston’s latest cantina and tequila bar.

I predict that Mija is going to be one of the city’s most popular spots, especially for tequila fans like me. I mean, they only have 150 different tequilas, assembling the most extensive tequila selection in Massachusetts. No biggie. And Mija is beautiful. All leather seats and wooden high ceilings, it is the best sight for sore eyes in tourist-ridden Faneuil Hall.

chic decor and a crowded bar

look at that beautiful banquet and leather chairs

that's owner and co-founder Charlie at the second bar...

... where I had my first shot of Tequila Avion

And it was one smooth, straight up shot. We had the anejo variety, which is a tequila that is aged for at least one year to three years. Avion was rich and smoky, with vanilla flavors and hints of coconut. I loved it.

That night, I also discovered what may now be my favorite shooter:

do you know what a Baby Guinness is?

first you start with Patron Cafe, then you top it with Baileys

Yes, coffee flavored tequila, topped with Baileys. Delicious. A Baby Guinness can also be made with other coffee liqueurs (like Kahlua), but always topped with a layer of Irish cream, so that the little shot glasses look like mini glasses of Guinness. So cute. And did I mention delicious?

that's me with my friends Marcus and Eric holding their Baby Guinnesses (because I already downed mine as soon as the bartender finished making it)

Mija also serves Mexican cuisine, which I will certainly come back for in the future. I checked out the menu and saw that they offer seared Manchego cheese. And  lobster-jalapeno tacos. And a tres leches cake. Plus all that tequila! (Did the owners hack into the favorite foods section of my brain??) I’m glad to see a new upscale Mexican cantina in town, and I can’t wait to go back.

Do you like tequila? And tell me about your favorite shots/cocktails!

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21 Responses to “Tequila at Mija”

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    Emily @ A Cambridge posted June 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Hehe, I love Entourage! Have you seen Turtle lost a ton of weight?! I digress… this place looks fun and cozy! After much trial and tribulation, I’ve decided silver tequila is my thing. With fresh fruit juice. Can’t handle the shooters though!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

      Yeah he’s really skinny now! I like the old Turtle better. The new season’s starting soon!

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    Daisy posted June 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I have only walked by, which is such a shame since I am so close. I agree the interior is quite stunning! A baby Guinness is now at the top of my list of drinks to try!!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted June 28, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Haha, I totally knew what Turtle you were referring to. Now I need to try this tequila. Can’t wait for the next (last?) season of Entourage!!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Elina I just checked – I thought the new season was starting this weekend, but it’s actually on July 24th! So a few more weeks of waiting for me (and you!) :p

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    Elizabeth posted June 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Ahhh I miss Entourage!! That place looks like fun!

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    christina posted June 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

    love the looks of this place — and those babes! ha! i love tequila…just plain, no chasers or “training wheels.” mmmmmm

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Christina, I always knew you were my kinda gal…

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    Heather posted June 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Lol, Tequila and I are not friends and I’m actually a really big wimp when it comes to any kind of shot!

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    Michelle Collins posted June 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Those Baby Guinness shots look AWESOME. I’m not a huge shooter person, but I’d definitely be down for one (or two) of those!

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    Megan posted June 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I need to try the Baby Guinness shots! They sound delicious!

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    Alaina posted June 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Um, yes please to every single thing in this post. :-)

    Mija is definitely on my radar now!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted June 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    That looks like a blast! Love all the varieties of tequila that are out there!

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    Michelle posted June 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I didn’t start enjoy tequila until I tried some really good tequila while in Mexico. I have some crema tequila that I brought back with me and it makes the perfect nightcap!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted June 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I don’t know much about tequila at all, but I think I would like that shot!

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    Isabella posted June 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I had a layover in London last year, and they were sampling the coffee flavored Patron. (only in Europe would they just give out free shots of booze) It was deeelicious; I am definitely going to try the Baby Guinness now. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Hi Isabella, thank you for dropping by my blog! I would totally get in trouble if there were free samples of tequila in airports here! haha. When I was in Japan a couple of years ago they were also sampling some sake in the airport. Good, but not as great as coffee flavored tequila ;)
      PS – I love your name.

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    Linda posted June 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I now know what a Baby Guinness is! And it definitely looks like a drink I would love! I’ve never been a fan of tequila, quite like you, but flavor it with coffee and that’s a whole different thing!

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    Meesh posted July 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I love tequila, im obsessed.

    how was the food at Mija? Does it have a nice nightlife scene?

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Hey Meesh, I didn’t get to eat (just liquid calories for me that night haha) but the menu looks incredible. And yes, NICE nightlife, although I would suggest going on a weeknight :)

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted September 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    What a fun post! Thanks for the link :)

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