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Alamos, Sonora - for Sonorense

Sorry yes, encurtido is what I meant be pickled vegetables. A caramelo is a corn half folded quesadilla with meat, and vampiros are tostadas that are not fried but toasted on the grill and topped with meat.

We also had a wonderful dinner at a beautiful restaurant called Teresitas, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teresi... Its worthwhile and the kitchen is gorgeous with tiles. Feels like a big city level restaurant in colonial Alamos.

Apr 04, 2015
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Alamos, Sonora - for Sonorense

In order to give and not just to take, I just wanted to submit a short summary of my Alamos experience for future visitors to the beautiful colonial town.

If you are going for street food, on the Plaza de Armas, the smaller trapezoidal plaza connected to the main plaza via the Kissing Alley. In the nighttime is a stand called "Los Hermanos" but there is no sign it is in the Northwest corner where you enter into Alamos and across the street from the town Beer/licores store. Despite the name it was manned by all women and very very good. If you are looking for classic simple grilled Sonoran carne asada with few options this is the place. Sopes, tacos, caramelos, and vampiros are the order of the day. They are all delicious but I would recommend the sopes and caramelos. There are a variety of delicious salsas and a great curtido on the table. I'd reccomend buying some beers to bring to eat as well.

Apr 02, 2015
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Alamos, Sonora - for Sonorense

No, I will be there more for the historic preservation. Are you living there? Could you explain what the guayparin is? Or the Barrio Volantin? What would you recommend I order from these two locations?

Mis Agradecimientos y Saludos desde Nuevo Mexico.
- Alex

Mar 12, 2015
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The holy Trinity of Tijuana tacos.

Tacos El Poblano for old guard TJ charcoal grilled carne asada.

Mar 10, 2015
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Alamos, Sonora - for Sonorense

Hello,

I will be in Alamos for 3 days and was looking for recommendations for what not to miss? Fondas, comida corrida, callera etc. Mercado reccs. Any specific regional specialities from Southern Sonora to bring home? Gratitude for the help

Mar 10, 2015
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Mexican Markets -Tubac to Nogales, AZ and/or Tucson

Haha no, I work for the National Park Service and its seasonal work. Saw an opportunity to help restore a Mission with the NPS south of Tucson and went for it. I love Santa Fe and have always been a fan of your enlightening posts even prior to living here. I'll be back again soon.

Mar 02, 2015
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Mexican Markets -Tubac to Nogales, AZ and/or Tucson

Hello,

I will be relocating to Tubac, I was wondering if there are any Mexican supermercados, panaderias, carnecerias south of Tucson. I am also seeking out recommendations for Mexican markets in Tucson.

Thanks!

Mar 01, 2015
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Awesome spring rolls in ABQ/SF?

Are you talking fresh rice paper spring/summer rolls or fried/crispy egg rolls?

Feb 11, 2015
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Mexican Food Generally and in Tucson, Question for Hounds at the End.

Extremely well put, missvenuz. People do fall for the trap generated by the newsmedia and sweet moles are far off from Sonoran staples like you mention.

On that subject, where would you advise visitors to go for Sonoran in Tucson. Is cazuela, caldo de queso, chiltepines offered anywhere you know?

Feb 10, 2015
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Menudo and Tortillas in Santa Fe

Menudo Report

I went to the Dinosaur Trail location of El Parasol to try their menudo. Its 6.95 for a pint, a little under double that for the quart. Overall, it's a real solid, good menudo. They actually use the honeycomb tripe, the red chile aroma and flavor was great, the tripe cooked to a perfect al dente. The only negatives to El Parasol's version is that they only serve it in the Styrofoam container, which detracts than to have it in a nice bowl. And that they charge you for tortillas, which I feel should be included at 7 dollars. On another note, their crispy beef tacos are wonderful and grease less but the horchata kind of paled. It wasn't super sweet, but tasted overwhelmingly of vanilla, with only a faint cinnamon tinge. Any reccomendations for better horchata facsimiles?? Parasol is goin on the rotation.

Next up in Posa's on the Menudo Trail. So stay tuned.

Jan 27, 2015
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Pinon Green Chile Brittle Santa Fe

http://www.amazon.com/Pinon-Green-Chi...

Saw this on amazon, was wondering if anyone had seen it for sale locally? Thank you.

Jan 26, 2015
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Vietnamese in Santa Fe

I went to Pho Kim the other night and the pho was very good, not incredible but definitely hit the spot and liked that they were generous with the herbs on the side.

Jan 13, 2015
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Blue Corn Pinon Pancakes Santa Fe

Right on, thanks guys. Picked some up at La Montanita.

Jan 13, 2015
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Blue Corn Pinon Pancakes Santa Fe

Hi, I was wondering where I might be able to enjoy some of these pancakes while we are awaiting the reopening of the Tecolote Cafe.

I've also been looking to buy the blue corn meal to make atole at home if you could steer me to the right place. Thank you.

Jan 10, 2015
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Vietnamese in Santa Fe

Where would you reccomend for Japanese?
I am also interested in the best place to buy local/rocky mtn trout in town

Dec 29, 2014
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Vietnamese in Santa Fe

I was wondering about the state of Vietnamese restaurants in Santa Fe. Any recommendations and which dishes are advised?

Dec 24, 2014
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Santa Fe Talin Market's Crazily Awesome Monday-only "Pop-up Dumpling Bar"

Any update on Monday Dumpling Bar....still good as ever a year later?

Dec 24, 2014
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Menudo and Tortillas in Santa Fe

Thanks nirn. I definitely will. Thanks for the tips. Are the corn tortillas white or yellow out of curiosity?

Just had my first Blake's Lotaburger last night off of St. Micheals and was really impressed by how fresh it tasted and the prices. They were using that great late harvest chile that has some red ripened chile along with the green. Thought I would go through In N Out withdrawals coming from Califas but no, not with Blakes around.

Did a little web query and came up with some results, that I thought I would share here re. Menudo:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/life...
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRe...

Dec 17, 2014
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Menudo and Tortillas in Santa Fe

Hi, recently relocated to town and I am looking for advice on where to find the best menudo and fresh corn tortillas to buy in bulk for home use. Thanks!

Dec 17, 2014
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Fukujinzuke (Japanese pickled stuff)

I'd agree with ipsedixit, though it has been awhile since I bought it but the fukujinzuke at the pickle room is more brown then red and seems more 'homemade' than the canned version. I like the canned version too it comes in a neat looking can.

Oct 27, 2014
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San Diego Hamantaschen?

Feb 27, 2014
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Asadero Los Corrales - La Quinta/Indio, CA - Superb Sinaloan/Exquisite Tamales

That's so great Stamfoodie. Super glad you liked it and felt similar in experience. Chowhound is all about highlighting these often overlooked places where you can taste the care and pride in the food. Be on the lookout!

Dec 10, 2013
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Asadero Los Corrales - La Quinta/Indio, CA - Superb Sinaloan/Exquisite Tamales

Cool that you got to sneak in a visit before you left and happy you agree with my assessment. Almost want to try and make it to the tamale festival in indio and see how they fare.

Nov 25, 2013
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Asadero Los Corrales - La Quinta/Indio, CA - Superb Sinaloan/Exquisite Tamales

wow that sounds really good!

Nov 25, 2013
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Asadero Los Corrales - La Quinta/Indio, CA - Superb Sinaloan/Exquisite Tamales

Thanks RWCFoodie! Those were the days! I was wondering if Pho Vu was good, I had seen it advertised.

Nov 25, 2013
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Santa Fe Restaurants, Dish by Dish

so where is the best menudo in Santa Fe for those of us who crave it in the morning

Nov 20, 2013
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Asadero Los Corrales - La Quinta/Indio, CA - Superb Sinaloan/Exquisite Tamales

Asadero Los Corrales
79710 California 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 863-0690

This place is a real gem. I returned here after almost one year and they are still on the top of their game, that is if you are interested in the Mexican sub cuisine of the Pacific-bordered Sinaloan state. Most people associate Sinaloan food with mariscos or seafood due to its extensive coastline -which is also offered here- but since I haven't tried this part of the menu, I'll explain the side I do order from.

To me and based on what I've had, this place is a representation of what homestyle non-seafood based or "comida corrida" food in Sinaloa. A little background on Sinaloa, historically it was one of the area that genocide occurred on a widespread scale largely due to the weight of resistance the invading Spaniards encountered during the Conquista. It's because of this that you'll find a much simpler regional Mexican style of cuisine when you compare Sinaloa to states like Tabasco or Oaxaca where the large and consistent indigenous presence is seen all over the food (complex sauces, rare ingredients etc.).

In Sinaloa, the presence of the simple/straight-forward and (euro-introduced) meat-centric Spanish techniques prevail with the ever present masa taking the base. This is not vegetarian food for historical reasons of practicality. It can be considered a food of the rancho in Northern Mexico where livestock raising became the cash 'crop' and was less labor intensive than agriculture for entrepreneurial Spaniards and their waves of Mexican ancestors feeding the bellies of miners of the famous silver mines near by.

That being said this place has a finesse with their way of preparing delicious food that doesn't go unnoticed. I really like the minor flourishes like the condiment tray promptly brought to the table containing a classic smokey salsa de molcajete of roasted tomatoes and just the right amount of heat, a thin zippy avocado based sauce, pico de gallo, and essential garnish of sliced cucumber, radish and lime alongside the chips.

This is one of the few places that offers the Sinaloan couisin of Horchata, called Cebada. Its a refreshing slightly malty and sweet barley based aguafresca. All beers can come prepared in the michelada manner and even straight Mexican beers are accompanied by an ice chilled mug.

The fresh made sopes are wonderful topped with pickled red onion, a sprinkling of delightfully strong Mexican aged cheese, and crisp lettuce and are interestingly served with hot broth that is poured over the garnished corn cake. The tacos can be made with homemade tortillas, so when they ask make sure to get them. The lengua is a perfectly cooked al dente and not a smothered mess.

The tamales are what really stole the show here for me. The sweet corn are fantastic but its the pork that are as delicately made as if they were coming from your long lost Mexican grandma. They are perfumed by what I know is hand ground cumin giving a distinct almost Indian scent when they are unraveled from their corn husks. These are Sinaloan tamales, unique in that they mix the red chile sauce into the corn masa dough as well as coating the wispy shredded pork. I asked and they will be participating in the upcoming Indio Tamale Fest. I am almost certain they will win.

I really wish this place was closer to me in San Diego. Give it a try.

http://www.asaderocorrales.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/asadero-los-c...

Santa Fe Restaurants, Dish by Dish

Cool Idea

It's in Taos but when I visit, has to be Taos Diner's Huevos Rancheros. I always get it Christmas style, even though it's the red chile that makes it so special which is made from chiles grown in Chimayo.

Oct 18, 2013
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Northern New Mexico Trip Report

Taos

I went to the Taos Diner for breakfast and had the Huevos Rancheros. The red Chimayo chile was still superb.

For lunch we went to La Cueva, a small Mexican restaurant on my friend's recommendation. The Corn Chowder with rajas of Chile Poblano was delicous and the other food was all good.

We then headed to Eske's Pub next door and had the Green Chile Beer which was suprisingly spot on in their extraction of that fresh chile essence into the beer.

Santa Fe

Cowgirl BBQ was tasty and had great live music for dinner. Only complaint was that the BBQ was served lukewarm.

For breakfast we went to the Pantry and back to Tecolote. I think I prefer the Pantry. The breakfast potatoes and green and red chile were much more memorable to that of Tecolote. My last breakfast was at Tia Sophia's which was just ok.

Had a quick dinner one evening at the Plaza Cafe of a Chile Bowl with Calabacitas and sopapilla. The chile sauces here were both very good and the squash was cooked perfectly.

My favorite Meal was at Tomasitas. The red and green stood out among the rest of the places I tried and it tasted like care was put into the food. Great sopapillas and a fantastic all female Mariachi band too.

Mar 30, 2013
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My Northern New Mexico Itinerary

Thanks for your recommendations so far. I hope I will get to try them. I ll let you know!

Mar 20, 2013
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