Friday, February 4, 2011

Parents' visit: Food

One of the (many) joys of having my parents visit is getting to eat well! (aka - not my attempts at cooking, dining on a student budget, or dining with others who are on a student budget).

Our hotel offered a continental breakfast -- but please don't mistake it for just any continental breakfast. We enjoyed fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, coffee, a variety of sweet breads, and a beautiful arrangement of fresh fruits each morning.

sweet breads 


We called them "Spike" and "Turtle" 

enjoying breakfast 

You could also order of the menu. 
The prettiest presentation of chilaquiles I've seen.
Chilaquiles are a traditional dish-- corn tortillas
cut in quarters and fried with red and/or green
sauce poured over top. Chicken or eggs
can also be added (we had chicken)

omelette with spinach, Oaxaca cheese
and green salsa 

We tried a variety of other foods during the trip as well, such as:

-Huitlacoche*: an (edible) fungus that grows on corn (we ate it in an omlette)

-Various types of cheeses: Oaxaca, panela, requesón 

-Horchata: drink made with rice, vanilla and cinnamon

-Alegrías: made from amaranth seeds

-Lots of tacos: al pastor (marinated pork cooked on a spit with an onion and pineapple on top, possibly a tradition brought by Lebanese immigrants?), shrimp, salmon, etc 

-Some kind of Mexican cornbread with a spicy sauce on top?*

-Jamaica: hibiscus tea 

-Flor de calabaza: squash blossoms 

-A sweet tamal: made of masa (a starchy dough, often corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. It can be filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, chilies, etc. We had a sweet tamal with pineapple in it. 

-Atole: a hot drink made with masa, water, unrefined cane sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and optional chocolate or fruit. Chocolate atole is also called champurrado. 

-Churros: a fried pastry dipped in sugar, can also be filled (chocolate, caramel, strawberry, etc) 

-Mole: generic name for a variety of sauces in Mexico -- we had various kinds 

-Paletas: the popular popsicles made with real fruit. We had mamey (a fruit) + cream and passion fruit

-Chapulines: grasshoppers (though they were cooked into something and there were only 4 or 5 in the whole dish, so I'm not sure it counts...)

-Chips with lime and salt (we declined the chili powder) 

-Mango on a stick, with lime and salt 

-Lots of Mexican candies: chili covered pineapple*, coconut balls, tamarind balls*, "piglet" cookies*, chocolate covered marshmallow "lollipops,"*  etc

* = new to me

enchiladas with a mole "that stains the tablecloth"
(really it's name) 

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