Review: Cantina Louie in Daytona Beach

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Yesterday was my husband's birthday, and his favorite kind of food is Mexican. So we usually go to a Mexican restaurant on his birthday. He wanted to try somewhere we hadn't been before. His first option was a place in Port Orange that we had to scrap after they said they put lard in their beans. The second option, Cantina Louie in Daytona Beach on ISB, said they don't put lard in their beans, so that's where we went.

I really like the way Cantina Louie is decorated. It's very colorful and nice with sugar skulls. It has a nice vibe. The service was very good from the time we walked in until we left. The place was very clean and inviting, and I loved the extra large booths they had. The menu was kind of neat, because they have Mexican street food, so I like how you can order some single options, such as one taco, or one avocado cheese enchilada. They have a large menu, so it was easy for everyone to find something they wanted.

Three of us wanted to try to avocado enchilada, and we had some veggie tacos (it was Taco Tuesday!), and my son had a quesadilla. We also, of course, had plenty of chips and salsa. I ordered my standard unsweet iced tea, but I made a big mistake. I forgot to ask if the tea is fresh brewed, which I usually do. I took one sip and could tell it was the fountain garbage, so that drink was pushed aside. My husband loves jalapeƱos, so he ordered a jalapeƱo margarita, which really liked. The chips and salsa were great! The food arrived and everything looked good, very fresh. 

My daughter wasn't a big fan of the food. My son liked it, and I thought it was pretty good.  My husband liked it a lot. He said he'd go back again, and when he does, I'm sure he will be ordering another one of those margaritas! 

You can check out the Cantina Louie menu here.

Jacqueline

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Hard work and passion pays off at the right time #fysasoccer

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Tristan with Coach Ric Hernandez

My son, who will be 15 next month, started officially playing soccer when he was four. He was playing around the house since he could walk, but age four was when he was finally able to join a program and play officially. Over the years, he has played through various local programs and then moved into playing club/travel soccer, and he played last season for Spruce Creek High School (and hopefully will in the fall as well). For the last three years, he has played for the '06 Port Orange Soccer Club.

He had his heart set on getting onto the Orlando City ECNL teams, and he recently tried out for the fall season. They had a record number of people boys tryout this year, but he made it. He was offered a spot on the Orlando City ECNL-R team and he accepted and will be playing with them for the fall season. Therefore, this past weekend was his last games playing with the team he has been with for the last year and has grown with. They played in the Ormond Beach Spring Cup Tournament. They won the tournament! They won two games and tied one in order to get to the championship game, and then they won the championship game, winning the tournament in their age group.

Here's the sweetest part... They have played numerous tournaments over the last three years, but they have never won one. They usually come in second place. Not only did they win this tournament, but they did so by winning the championship game with a penalty kick goal that my son took, with only 20 seconds left in regulation time. The game was tied 1-1, with 20 seconds left in the game. He made an amazing shot with the penalty kick, winning the game and tournament. What a way to end his three year stint with that team! In this tournament he scored five goals and had two assists.

It was a sweet soccer weekend, that's for sure. My son lives and breathes soccer, so this was huge for him. He practices every day, rain or shine, 50 degrees or 100 degrees. He's that dedicated and the hard work paid off! The whole team played great and this tournament win was well deserved for the players and coach. It was awesome to see them play so well together and win a tournament.

 -Jacqueline

Check out the video below of his game-winning goal just 20 seconds before the game ended:

My son in the tournament.
The '06 Port Orange Soccer Club team
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