Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What I ate in Mexico

In a post a long time ago, I talked about all the wonderful cocktails I had in Mexico. 

Lately I've been dreaming of all the wonderful and delicious food I got to eat in Mexico. Even though I live in foodie town with some world-class restaurants, Portland is surprising lacking in the realm of authentic Mexican  food.

When preparing for a trip abroad, I always always make a list of the food I want to eat while I am there. For me, this is the only way I can make sure to consume everything I want. Here was my list for Mexico (I crossed off the things I ate there):

Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Chips and Salsa, Guacamole, Huevos Rancheros, Tacos, Sopapillas, Churros, Tamales, Licuados, Tostadas, Empanadas, Tortilla Soup, Ceviche, Horchata, Tres Leches cake, Sopes

Looking back on the list, I have a few reflections:
  1. Food I wished I had but didn't:  Ceviche, I am crazy about it now!
  2. Food I had but wished I didn't:  Tacos from the street. Sorry I just wasn't expecting a mouth full of ligaments and bone matter.
  3. What should have been on the list: Pizza and hamburgers from the street, they are delicious in Mexico!
  4. Biggest surprise: Tamales filled with cactus in Guanajuato
  5. Most delicious meal: Huevos Rancheros, which I ate in a hurry one morning because I had a bus to catch. I still dream about them...
Here are some pictures of my meals.

Amazing chips and Guacamole, which Cotija cheese,  from a a resort hotel  in Puerto Vallarta. (I didn't see this offered in many other restaurants).

My friend ordered this dish for us from a street cart in Puerto Vallarta. I loved the french fries on top. 

The best Tortilla Soup I have ever had, with fresh slices of cheese and avocado, from a restaurant in Guanajuato. 

The best pizza ever! Pizza places are all over Guanajuato, and there is no such thing as regular cheese pizza in Mexico. This pizza has onions, peppers, mushrooms, and chorizo. I topped it off with a spicy mayonnaise.

Also from the resort, we had a Mexican platter of food. mini quesadillas, rice, beans, guacamole. Basically a tourist's dream platter.

Street food: a cup of grilled corn with mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. I grew up eating this as a child, because I loved near a Fiesta store in Texas. Ah nostalgic :)

My favorite enchiladas from the train station in Puerto Vallarta, right before we boarded a bus to Guadalajara.

On my second-to-last day in Mexico I was craving a salad. I had been eating so much bread, meat, and cheese that all I wanted was some delicious veggies. This salad from a nightclub on the Malecon was excellent!

My last meal in Mexico. This is from a very western-style cafe in the tourist section of Puerto Vallarta. I had fresh orange juice, a spinach and tomato omelet, with fruit and a muffin.

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