It must’ve been those food and travel TV shows that made street food popular in America. It became attractive and adventurous to eat in the open markets in cities of Thailand, China, or Latin America.
Before the generalized use of food additives in processed junk food, a good after school snack would come from the subsoil covered with dirt. Jícama was one of my favorite “all natural” snacks—along with cucumbers and coconut.
Someone once said, “There are as many recipes for salsas as households in Mexico.” I submit the same goes for moles. They can be sweet, spicy, salty, and more.
Few dishes are as delicious and easier to make than Aguachiles. I was introduced to them by my daughter Natalia while on a winter vacation in Nayarit.
Imagine a place where you can drive for more than 40 miles between a lagoon and the Gulf of Mexico, where humble houses on the side of the road sell crab meat by the kilo and on the road’s speed bumps you can buy fresh prawns, bags full of green habaneros, or the largest shrimp you’ve ever seen.
After long months of confinement and very limited social life due to the pandemic, I decided to run away from Mexico City’s source of contagion and the “cold” weather of its west surrounding mountains.
The menu of la botana is Mexican in principle with clear influence by Spanish cuisine, in the line of Tapas bar food but on the fiery side—so you drink more. Caldo de camarón is the quintessential first course in a cantina.