Posts tagged Mexican
Posts tagged Mexican
When I graduated from my university in San Francisco, my tía Ney flew to LA and took the road trip up with my parents. My dad took us all out to a place I picked in an area with a particularly high amount of hipsters. My tía being from Mexico, she had never really seen people who looked that way.
As I was playing tour guide, we crossed paths with a blonde guy with a huge mustache. My tía says in Spanish: “Who the fuck is that guy trying to be? I’m gonna rip that mustache right off his face!”
Mexican relatives. They’re not having any of your shit.
OH SNAP! That’s a loaded question.
Let me break this down and weigh my options:
Torta de milanesa: A fried steak on a bolillo served with beans, lettuce, tomato, salsa, avocado and sour cream. This is good comfort food, especially when served fresh out of the oven. When made properly, it’s easily one of the better types of sandwiches in the whole world. The downside being, like most sandwiches, it’s not nutritiously balanced.
Chile relleno: A chile stuffed with cheese and lightly pan fried whipped egg on the outside. My mom serves it with broth, but most places serve it dry. This is also quite comforting and not as unhealthy as it sounds since the “fried” part is eggs and not batter. The bad part is that it takes FOREVER to make one batch.
Mole poblano: Shredded chicken in the original red, chiles/spices/chocolate version of the mole recipe. This is a great, balanced dish in every way. The nutrition is sound and the flavors play delightfully on each other. It is masterful demonstration in complimentary ingredients. One famous chef even call it “the food of the gods.” Thanks to the Doña Maria company, the sauce comes in a handy jar—and it’s surprisingly good. The bad part is, even though you can make the ready-to-serve version at home (making it from scratch is a looooooong process), it is easy for restaurants to fuck up. You really can’t get good mole in the United States unless it’s at a pricey restaurant (and even still, it’s doubtful).
Cochinita pibil: A heavenly sauce, thinner than a mole sauce, but thicker than a salsa on top of pulled pork that is wrapped for cooking. This is an excellent way to serve pork and I could probably sit and eat the stuff all day. Plus, it’s high in protein and I like that. The bad part is, like mole poblano, not many folk make it well. Worse still, it’s considerably hard to find in the U.S. It is also only semi-common to find in the parts of Mexico I typically frequent (central) as it is mostly served in the Yucatan (it’s a Mayan dish, actually).
Gorditas: A piece of dough that is flattened stuffed with meat, cheese or beans, then cooked on a lightly-oiled griddle. Probably the most comforting food of all, especially if you add sour cream to the inside. They’re usually quite large and I will eat the whole thing if you let me. Bad part is, I can only ever seem to find them in Mexico made by little old ladies en el mercado.
Chorizo con huevo: A spicy Mexican sausage (can also be Spanish, but Mexican in vastly superior) with eggs. Probably the greasiest piece of meat ever, but it’s spiced so well and it should be illegal how beautifully it mixes with scrambled eggs. Really no downsides here except that NYC doesn’t have Mexican chorizo and that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
Pozole: Shredded pork and hominy soup served either red or white. Topped with shredded lettuce, oregano, red chili flake, onion and avocado. Probably the most filling soup on the planet. You probably will feel like you can’t walk after this. Traditionally served on NYE as a symbol of prosperity. No real downside to this except that my mom serves it white and most other places serve it red. But it’s not that huge of a deal, I just prefer white.
Ok, I’ll stop here and I’m sure I forgot tons of shit that I like, but I will implode on myself from thinking about it if I allow myself to continue. So there’s my options and I hope you enjoyed my culinary tour of Mexico.
I’m gonna say the big winner is chorizo and eggs because I absolutely love breakfast food, and it’s easy to find/make so I’ll never go long periods without eating Mexican food. It’s also high in protein and reminds me of home. Nothing says “good morning” quite like a hefty plate of chorizo and eggs. Just let me have a side of tortillas with it as part of the dish and we’re golden.
P.S.- And of course my list of Mexican food is all the shit no one’s heard of or hardly any non-Mexican in the U.S. eats. The Mexicana in me is STRONG.
P.P.S- I hope your question didn’t also concern desserts because I would probably just end my life if I had to give up Mexican desserts, too.
People who think the funniest Latin@-American comedy duo is Cheech and Chong. Even though Chong is white/Chinese. And Canadian.
Also if anyone can please point me in the direction of any good Mexican culture blogs run by Mexicans, that would be awesome.
You know, as opposed to how *~illegals*~ (read: Mexicans/Latin@s) are ruining this country?
Eating quesadillas instead of sandwiches when you’re broke. #Mexicanproblems
Guys. Why did a skinhead like my post about my annoying dream where an annoying person told me I was “alienating white people” when talking about my experiences with racism?
That wasn’t for you, güerito.
I had a dream that someone told me I was alienating white people.
Good thing that shit doesn’t happen in real life, right? Oh…wait…
Do you know how mad white people get at me for saying “watch it, cracker” to a white person who purposely shoved my mom for absolutely no reason other than the fact that she maybe got impatient that my mom was looking at the same rack of clothes she wanted to look at (side note: she never said excuse me or made any indication that she was also interested in the clothes)? And I’m talking random bystanders also “standing up for her,” not just her “standing up for herself.”
Do you know how not mad white people get when someone on a separate occasion shouts “go back to your country” very loudly in front of a crowded mall and embarrasses the hell out of us? Never mind the fact that my mom is legal and my dad is white and I was born here?
Yeah. That shit happened. So glad we live in a post-racial society, guize. Lyke srsly.
it’s that white people are fucking insane. Especially around Christmas.
Good thing I got the brown skin from my mama so I can casually put my head down when the gringos are acting up and not be noticed.