Here is a sign of good things to come on Calle Allende
next to La Puerta Roja.
Teresita’s Panadería y Bistro is a culinary oasis off
well-worn tourist trails. Teresita’s sits on the tip
of a peninsula at the confluence of three cobblestone
streets: Galeana, Niños Heroes, and Calle Allende, and
barrios with both modest homes and elegant mansions.
It should be noted that nothing is far from another
place in Álamos except the new developments that
march up the surrounding hills. It is a healthy ten
to twenty minute walk, depending on the walker, from
the Plaza to Teresita’s.
Through this portal fine food and calming ambiance awaits.
Teri Arnold is the heart, soul, owner and chef of
Teresita Panaderia and Bistro. She is a
business woman who understands bottom lines, a
purveyor of good taste who lives an expressive life
and a host who knows how to throw, or cater, a party.
Anders first met Teri in 1992 when he was separated from
his holiday film crew with Mexican car permit
issues. He was fortunate to catch a ride to Álamos in a
diesel Mercedes-Benz with Teri and her then husband Rudy
Hale. Laughs flowed freely as the Sonoran desert passed by
and Anders’ many Álamos questions were answered.
Teresita’s believes in advertising that benefits Álamos.
Teri first visited Álamos in 1979, like many who have come
to consider Álamos part of their souls, as a guest of the
gracious Nuzums: Pember, Elizabeth and Kit Nuzum. Starting
with the Casa Puerta Roja and its five charming guest rooms,
beautiful gardens, pool,libraries, art everywhere and Teri’s
gourmet cooking, Teri has contributed to Álamos for over 30
years. She followed this with the already legendary
Teresita’s Panadería y Bistro which was once an art studio
that adjoined the Inn’s courtyard. La Puerta Roja is
scheduled to reopen its red doors to the public
in December 2017.
The Red Doors that open into a tranquil yet vibrant world.
Teresita’s is a hip establishment with a cool owner and
“suave” staff. Teresita’s menu is loaded with modern
and classic dishes presented with style and grace. Great
meals are enhanced with quality Teresitas’ beverages
including cocktails, handcrafted beers, licores, tequilas
and wines. Teresita’s is a gathering place for coworkers,
families, old as well as new friends and tourists seeking
comfort and delectable servings.
It is easy to become involved with whom and what one is within this environment.
La Puerta Roja’s and Teresita’s Panadería y Bistro’s unique triangular property
was originally owned by the Almada family, followed by Levant Alcorn, who
sold it to the Pulis family from Des Moines, IA. Jo Yelton was the owner before
it was purchased by Teri in partnership with her mother in 1987.
Indoor and outdoor living merge as one throughout Álamos.
Álamos, Sonora, México is a town that appreciates its food, be it in humble
or grand home kitchens, street food carts, cozy cafes or first class restaurants.
Teresita’s Panadería y Bistro is a gastronomic treasure: a delicious cornucopia
of flavors, textures, cultures, seasons, colors, nourishments and atmosphere.
Large north facing windows broadcast a painter’s soft natural light.
It is easy to become involved with who and what one is with in this
environment that is both formal and casual. Here are Teri Arnold’s
thoughts about Teresita’s:
” Welcome to Teresita Panadería and Bistro in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico …
my little invention that got out of control, with the restlessness that
characterizes a child. We have evolved from selling a few baguettes a day,
a few days a week, to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We added a
special wine menu, full cocktail bar and craft beers. We love to make
specialty desserts such as chocolate almond torte, carrot cake with cream
cheese frosting and the classic French tarte tatin…”
Here is where the culinary magic is created.
“…Our breakfast pastries range from warm almond croissants to
morning glory muffins, scones and sticky buns. Our house-made breads
include, of course, baguettes, but the list has grown to include Italian,
Whole-wheat walnut, Rosemary, Gluten-free and Organic Sonoran White
wheat. We are always experimenting with new ingredients that we can find
locally, or harvest, but we still work to be as local, sustainable
and organic as we can.” – Teri Arnold.
Teresita’s is known for its pastries and cake, have a slice of heaven.
Teresita’s has two special areas and menus for events: Rincon Frida-
full service for 20 people maximum and The Ramada- full service for
20 to 50 people. It is easy to picture an open-air event under a
starry Sonoran sky with scrumptious cuisine, tantalizing aromas and
sophisticated drinks. Behind the animated conversations there is a
bubbling fountain and maybe live guitars with singing. There is a
special feeling in Álamos, Sonora, México that embraces one within
arms of contentment and good times: it comes on the wind,
a singing bird, children laughing, a friendly nod, romantic music,
caring concern, cordial acceptance and…
Teresita’s celebrated its 6th anniversary in 2017.
During the six years that Teresita’s has been open, how often and
in how many languages has it been said “meet me at Teresita’s?”
Teri Arnold in her element: fun with people and Álamos.
The 1984 and 1995 photos were taken by Anders Tomlinson at La Puerta Roja.
The 2017 photo was taken by Claudia Karafotos at her New Year’s party
in Álamos. Partying with Teri are Philip Karafotas and Ray Auckerman.
Teri has know hardship: she has survived two airplane crashes including
one deep in the Sierra Madre Tarahuamara country enroute to Copper
Canyon that Teri survived with serious injuries. Her zest for life
and sharing quality moments with others may have been enhanced by
misfortunes she has experienced. Teri loves to laugh and smile.
Teresita’s Panadería y Bistro Serving offers dining in a 18th century
comfortable salon or out on the patio next to the fountain and rock
water wall. Teresita’s love dogs so don’t leave yours at home.
Free Wifi is available and all you can drink coffee. Enjoy!
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