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trip report from Puebla, Mexico, July 2010

I haven't been there, but "zacate" is what Mexicans call grass so it must be quite grassy in green in those cities.

Oct 26, 2010
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Guatemalan road trip - Need suggestions for the Mexico segment

My grandfather was nicknamed "popo" and he absolutely loved this drink and used to nibble on axquiote picked from the tree in our garden while my grandmother was preparing the popo a mano. If I was lucky, I got to lick foam off the molinillo! We would often go net fishing in the streams near our cottage in Hidalgotitlan (just a stones throw away from your beloved Acayucan) and enjoy the delicate freshwater shrimp prepared a la malinchera...these shrimp are no bigger than a sweet pea and prepared in a style unique to this town and so mouthwateringly delicious. As well, we would often have our criada make tamales de pejelagarto from the fish we caught. A truly magnificent taste experience. We preferred our choschogo to be cooked mantecado rather than capeado. You should try it this way!

Apr 14, 2010
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Turkey in Mole [split from Chicago]

I believe mole encacahuatado Tlatlauquitepec de pajaro caripocapote is probably even more scrumptious. I've only been able to find this in a bodega in Ixcaquixtla.

Mar 30, 2010
hotmexi in General Topics

Turkey in Mole [split from Chicago]

Mole encacahuatado Tlatlauquitepec de pajaro caripocapote is probably even more scrumptious. I've only been able to find this in a bodega in Ixcaquixtla.

Mar 30, 2010
hotmexi in General Topics

Veracruz?

I know...the huachinango is overfished and, although elusive, one should definitely keep looking for it. I've heard one can find it in the esquina with the iron lamp just southeast of zocolo. I wouldn't bother going to that cafe anymore. Due to the popularity of the place now, the waiters have become quite annoyed by the perpetual clinking and give quite a stern glare when this occurs.

Mar 30, 2010
hotmexi in Mexico

Veracruz?

Unfortunately, there is no mention of food the Detectives Salvajes, but there is mention of prehispanic cuisine in La Historia Chichimeca by Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl which chronicles pre-Columbian life in Mexico. Some of the dishes mentioned resemble open-air roasted cabrito and mole de Xico although the almendras used in the modern day recipe arrived with the Spanish conquistadores.

Mar 23, 2010
hotmexi in Mexico

Guatemalan road trip - Need suggestions for the Mexico segment

My grandfather was nicknamed "popo" and he absolutely loved this drink and used to nibble on axquiote picked from the tree in our garden while my grandmother was preparing the popo a mano. If I was lucky, I got to lick foam off the molinillo! We would often go net fishing in the streams near our cottage in Hidalgotitlan (just a stones throw away from your beloved Acayucan) and enjoy the delicate freshwater shrimp prepared a la malinchera...these shrimp are no bigger than a sweet pea and prepared in a style unique to this town and so mouthwateringly delicious. As well, we would often have our criada make tamales de pejelagarto from the fish we caught. A truly magnificent taste experience. We preferred our choschogo to be cooked mantecado rather than capeado. You should try it this way.

Mar 22, 2010
hotmexi in Mexico

Valpolicella and a winemaker from Berwyn

Also, do you think that the superiore version would match well with mexican food? Specifically, I was thinking of pairing this wine with a selection of botanas featuring bite-size artisanal tamales at a select gathering celebrating "Dia de los Muertos" this year at a well-known gentleman's club here in central London.

Feb 17, 2010
hotmexi in Chicago Area

Valpolicella and a winemaker from Berwyn

Thanks for such an informative post! I had no idea Dr. Anthony Raimondi was from Berwyn or the higher alcoholic content of the Valpolicella superiore version.

Feb 17, 2010
hotmexi in Chicago Area

Potatoe Cheese Soup

did dan quayle give you this recipe??....potato and tomato (singular)

Feb 04, 2010
hotmexi in Recipes

Weird experience at pret a manger

Sure, tipping is voluntary, but it's customary (so its considered rude not to do so) in that part of the world (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabast...). The main issue is whether one should conform to a region's customs.

What if Americans refused to pay the cover charges or included service in Europe? That would be considered rude. It boils down to what is regionally expected.

I doubt that the server "made" someone pay double the tip. More likely the server voiced their displeasure (which may or may not be culturally acceptable) and the person, not wanting to be rude, left additional tip. Again, I point out that if the bill were paid together and not separately the outcome would have been different (total + % tip would have been collected and given to waiter).

Oct 20, 2009
hotmexi in Not About Food

Stockholm pre-Christmas

its called lättöl (light beer) and sometimes the people who are designated drivers will drink one of those.

Oct 19, 2009
hotmexi in Europe

Weird experience at pret a manger

They were probably having a bad day, but it isn't the server's fault that your group didn't leave an adequate tip. Also, it sounds like the server had to make separate bills and change/charges which can take up more time. If the group hadn't of asked for separate bills, then the inadequate tip would have come to light before everyone had left (each person would have been instructed to pay their share which would have included a tip). It sounds like the visitor from another country owes some one some money.

Oct 18, 2009
hotmexi in Not About Food

Stockholm pre-Christmas

Pretty much every hotel has a smorgasbord for breakfast. This hotel has a decent one included and is a 10min walk from central stockholm (http://www.rexhotel.se/).

This website has listing of bars and restaurants (http://www.alltomstockholm.se/restaurangbar/). Where it says "Sök restaurang och bar" under "Alla typer av kök" choose "Svenskt": this process will list all the swedish restaurants and their locations in the city. Click on "karta" to see the menus. The most crowded places to eat and drink are probably in Gamla Stan. There are also a lot of restaurants surrounding Kungsträdgården and bars near Stureplan. The Grand Hotel has a nice bar.

If you want to buy liquor/wine they have state run stores (Systembolaget) which close at 6 and are open for a short time on Sat. You have to take a number, decide what you want from the store's selection (menu), and then when your number is called, place your order.

This nice lady is swedish, lives in stockholm, and has a food blog in english (http://annesfood.blogspot.com/).

Have fun!

Oct 18, 2009
hotmexi in Europe

Baja Bruja Soup

yuk

Oct 18, 2009
hotmexi in Recipes

What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

Good suggestion! This is the first time I've seen cumin added to this recipe and I'm from Tx.

Sep 13, 2009
hotmexi in Home Cooking

How do you define trashy?

In my view "Trashy" food refers to a dish whose essence relies on processed foods: frito pie, green bean casserole, etc.

Aug 17, 2009
hotmexi in General Topics

Grilled Corn with Cayenne, Lime, and Cotija

no, no, no, no no, no, no...spread roasted corn with mayonnaise and cotija or queso fresco cheese with a sprinkling of crushed pequin pepper...that is the typical mexican way. yogurt.....WTF???

Aug 17, 2009
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King Taco: what's in that sauce?!!?! [moved from Los Angeles board]

dude...gringos don't know what manteca is. just say lard.

Aug 16, 2009
hotmexi in Home Cooking

Caldo Gallego

Glenda...portaje is a portal....you mean potaje.

Aug 15, 2009
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Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

i just found this thread...i love it! I remember "Fried Mush" from an old (1930's) series of children's movies called "The Little Rascals"...I believe it was made with cornmeal though.

Aug 06, 2009
hotmexi in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

They eat macaroni with butter and ketchup to accompany meatballs or sausages in Sweden!

Aug 03, 2009
hotmexi in Home Cooking

Mexican Salsa

Aug 02, 2009
hotmexi in Recipes

chicharron prensado- how do I make it?

Abuelita gringita...you should stop while you're ahead! You have to use some common sense when using GOOGLE translate. "PRENSADO" refers to "PRENSA" ="PRESS" in English so that correct translation is "PRESSED" chicharron NOT "LUSTERED". Also, this chicharron is masculine and is are described as "Chicharron PrensadO". The press separates some of the fat off the chicharron :)

http://www.hechos.tv/dinero-y-empleo/...

Jun 22, 2009
hotmexi in Home Cooking