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Things I’ve eaten…

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In the last 48 hrs I’ve eaten (among other things)

  • Coconut water straight from the coconut
  • Goat meat tacos
  • Corn smut
  • A beautiful fresh mango
  • Cappuccino
  • Hibiscus flower tea

Gosh, I love Mexico!

TGIF #15

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Don't you just love Ann Taintor?

So, another Friday is upon us. I’ve spent it so far in the traditional SMA single-woman-of-a-certain-age style.

Wake up, walk downtown, yoga, followed by brunch w/the ladies, buying Atencion & poring thru Que Pasa, highlighting events for the coming week. Commiserating, sharing survival tips, skirting political issues. A little shopping & back home to the casita. I’m working on my tan & resting up before a Vagabundo Badgrrl reunion tonight.

Yesterday was the birthday of Ignacio Allende, one of the fathers of Mexico (think Geo Washington, for you in the US.) So lots of fireworks, parades, etc yesterday & more tomorrow. And we’re all gearing up for an influx of new tourists in Feb. Prices are going up, casitas are all rented. There’s no room at the inn.

Here are some Friday links for you (somewhat heavy on food):

Happy New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Credit: "I'll Never Grow Up"

Well, I’m going to spend a fairly quiet evening in the casita. Fairly quiet, b/c I’m already playing Matt Darey podcasts, as my contribution to the neighborhood celebration. I’m certain they’ll enjoy that.

I made a tour of the market today, gathering supplies… Stopped & got some gorditas @ the tortilla stand. They are about 5″ round & nearly 1/2″ thick, and you slit them like a little pita bread, fill them w/good things & then grill them.

Then stopped at Pollo d’Daniel (Daniel’s Chicken) to get rotisserie chicken that is out of this world. There is a lot of salt & garlic involved, and it’s crispy as all get out.

Let’s see, also got some chopped nopales (cactus pads) now that I know how to make salad. I am really really missing lettuce salads, but I’m not that foolhardy.

Stopped @ Senora’s no-name tiendita for Oaxacan melty cheese, tamarinds & other stuff.

Oh, and mashed up the black sapotes & mixed w/oj, honey & cinnamon for a kind of raw chocolate pudding.

So I will be eating well, at the very least.

I’ve cleaned & boiled the tamarinds, & tomorrow will try my hand at my first agua fresca.

Oh, hey, that’s the neighbors now, coming to tell me how much they appreciate the music! See ya!

Sazon Market Tour & Cooking Class

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Sazon Cooking School- Chef Fernando Padilla

Well, as many of you know, part of my goal in San Miguel is not just to eat the food, but learn to create it. So today was my first cooking class.

My landlord is a chef in the Bay Area- Agustin Gaytan– and he actually helped found the Sazon school. The class I took  was a market tour and then bringing back our finds & watching chef make several recipes, and then eating them.

The regular chef was on vaca, so they tapped Chef Padilla, of Hotel Atotnilco el Viejo, a very upscale resort just out of town. Chef Padilla has training from the Culinary Institute (the other CIA, in NY), great patience, and (thank goodness) a sense of humor.

He led us thru the whole market, introducing us to all kinds of unfamiliar foods, waiting for me to take photos & buy coconut meat (yum!) and answering all kinds of bizarre questions (where can I buy agave nectar?) (more…)