|I love Mexican food in general, with very few exceptions. I always eaten spicy (onions and peppers, not garlic)... so I felt right at home in Mexico, as if I had been a Mexican in a previous life! Of course, the real food Mexican eats has little to do with what people North of the Rio Grande know of Mexican cuisine. Most of what we think is Mexican food is actually Tex-Mex, a mix of Mexican original recipes but adapted to the American taste buds and often tailor-made for fast-food service. The best example of that is that the restaurants KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell all belong to the same holding and you'll find plenty of the fried chicken and pizza outlets all over Mexico... but I never saw the other one!|
I'm curious by nature and
I always like to try new things. That's why I tried about everything
in Mexico. Due to budget limitations, I rarely go into restaurants
and usually eat street food or buy things at the grocery stores. In
the grocery stores, I was intrigued by many differences I've noticed.
The most surprising for me is the milk,
which is almost exclusively available only in UHT containers, not
An aisle of UHT milk in a grocery store.
I've explored many staples
of the Mexican cuisine in more details, beginning with the
I've compared tortas
and lonches in a delicious sandwich contest. The tacos and the
complete what the Mexicans refer to their vitamin T (Tacos, Tortas,
Tamales). While I was in the town of Puebla, I had to try out the
Another regional product I discovered with another angle is the
while I was in Papantla, learning it's a Mexican plant.
Mexicans also love street
snacks, that are not really a meal but a nice hole filler between
meals. One of the most common found is the Dori-lokos
(the spelling varies from one region to the other). Corn is still
very important in all aspects of Mexican cuisine, including the
snacks... with the elotes
and esquites as well as their Morelia cousin... the gaspacho.
There are only a handful
of non-Mexican food you'll find in Mexico (except in very large
cities or in American colonized small towns). The one that is
present everywhere is Chinese. It's fascinating to see how many
Chinese restaurants there are in Mexico. The other main foreign food
you'll encounter is the pizza, more liberal in the North and much
more conservative in the South in terms of toppings. Sometimes, they
also prepare a common North-American dish like BBQ
chicken with a new twist, preparing it almost like done in
To wash all this down, I
explored all the Mexican
icy waters (aguas frescas). I must have tried a dozen variety or
so... and there are only two I really don't like... while about 6 I
can't never get enough of. I also had to try the drink Mexico is
known for: the tequila.
But what better place to try it than in the city of Tequila,
visiting a distillery in the middle of blue agave fields?
Chicken with the famous mole poblano (from Puebla).