snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative

So you want to eat Mexican food
January 29, 2011, 3:36 pm
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So you want to eat Mexican food, do you?  Some advice:

–  Salsa verde >> salsa roja, unless it’s chipotle in which case it’s a closer match

–   Never eat at VIPS or Sanborns if you can help it; you’ll get charged twice as much for food that’s half the quality of the mom-and-pop restaurant across the street

–   Longaniza is good.  Suadero is good.  Campechanos—a mixing of the two—is excellent.  Don’t settle, go for the campechanos.

–  Café con leche is not evenly defined—some places it’s a latte, some places it’s a café au lait, some places it’s an Americano with milk, some places it depends on the barista who happens to serve you.   Specify if you have a strong preference.

–  Pack Tums (and perhaps a PPI), you will get heartburn


October 19, 2010, 6:54 pm
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One magazine’s taste on Chicago’s best Mexican food

Didn’t buy the entire premium article, but looks like it has some excellent extras, including a rundown of the food at the Maxwell Street Market–some of my favorite in the city.

Semi-related, pan de muerto is back in the panaderias.  Delicious.

Travel Mexico
September 11, 2010, 11:40 am
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A couple of articles about how great Mexico is for travel:

Mole, Mexico’s Ultimate Secret Sauce – BBC/Lonely Planet

Christmas in Mexico For Two – NYT In Transit Blog
Nice to see media outlets still recommending Mexico as a tourist destination, especially given how much of the wrong kind of news is coming out of Mexico these days.

A short return
February 16, 2010, 1:18 pm
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I recently spent a little over a week in Mexico as the first leg of a “visit as many friends as possible in a short period of time” trip.

The week in numbers:

1 – number of Pumas games attended; number of Japanese novels printed in Spanish purchased

2 – number of consecutive Super Bowls watched south of the border; number of bacon wrapped hot dogs consumed at 5 am

3 – number of days spent lamenting the rain in Guanajuato; number of Pumas jerseys I now own

5 – number of nights spent in DF; approximate AM arrival time to Garibaldi one of those nights

10 – number of songs requested of the mariachi at Plaza Garibaldi; number of times making tea while avoiding the rain in Guanajuato for lack of anything else to do.

many – number of tacos consumed; number of times I asked myself why I’m not still living in Mexico

All in all, a good but far too short trip in which I largely forgot to take any photos (will retroactively post the few I took).  Not sure when the next return trip will be, but given the number of times I promised people that I’d be back, it should probably be soon.

La Ofrenda
November 1, 2009, 3:27 pm
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Ofrenda 2009

*Descansa en Paz*

Keeping a promise (or two) for Dia de los Muertos.

The Return Of Tacos
August 20, 2009, 3:47 pm
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Mexico has worked its way back into my life a few times in the past several weeks.  First, the infamous mikesnotes swung by Chicago for a night of reminiscing and alcohol (though surprisingly, no Tequila).  Then, an invitation from KDG to a Son Jarocho concert here, though unfortunately I couldn’t make it.  Finally, a fantastic piece of mail arrived from Miss Kinder with–what else–tacos!  And not just any tacos;  these were delicious gummi tacos, the most authentic type!

One type of taco I didn't have during Taco Week

One type of taco I didn't have during Taco Week

Of course, I have also had actual tacos (and quite solid ones at that) in various taquerias and street stalls around the city over the past few weeks, but they didn’t have nearly as flashy packaging…

4 weeks later
June 29, 2009, 6:05 pm
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I’ve been home almost a month, and while I still don’t know that I can really write a truly full reflection of my time in Mexico, I think I can summarize it pretty well…

I’m looking forward to returning ASAP!

On the homefront, while most of my life is focused on becoming Dr. Caley, I had the opportunity to spend a little time re-living Mexico last week as Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan performed in Millennium Park.  Throw in the tamales (rajas y queso oaxaca) I made to bring along and the micheladas we had while there, and it was a great night, despite being a far different setting than good ol’ Plaza Garibaldi.

Annie and Aislinn with one of the Mariachi after the show

Annie and Aislinn with one of the Mariachi after the show