Mexican food is the greatest. I may be biased because I am Mexican but I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like Mexican food. There are so many flavors and different dishes in this cuisine, many dating way back. We make great of every meal of the day: breakfast, lunch/dinner, drink and dessert. More often than not, Mexican food is made with love. There is a passion that comes with it, and it brings people together.
Have you heard of the sobremesa?
While sobremesa literally means “over the table,” the more meaningful translation is a bit more complex. It’s that time spent after a meal, hanging out with family or friends, chatting, digesting (often with a drink) and enjoying each other’s company. It can be applied to either lunch or dinner, and even a business lunch. It can go for hours, the longest being during the weekends. You will never be rushed to leave a restaurant, and at house gatherings these can go till after midnight. Even with kids involved who may have brought their pijamas with them for this reason.
Mexican food is not just a matter of amazing taste, it’s a culture.
Below are captured moments of Mexican food across my travels:
This man is roasting poblano peppers at the farmer’s market in Portland, OR.
And these ladies are making fresh corn tortillas, at the same place.
This delicious breakfast of chorizo, scrambled eggs and tortillas was eaten at “Cactus” in Kirkland, Washington.
An authentic taco lunch in Mexico City. Tacos al pastor, guacamole (complimentary!) and chicharron de queso. Yum!
Homemade salmon and black bean tostadas.
One of my pleasures are aguas frescas (Mexican fruit drinks). This one is agua de guayaba (guava). At a market in Mexico.
When I visit my hometown, I get breakfast in bed. Quesadillas, homemade salsa verde and mango.
Cute straws and limonadas at “La Lorena” Restaurant in Mexico City. Limonadas (fresh limeades) are in every Mexican menu, you can order it with still or sparkling water and with or without sweetener.
Above is some of the best Mexican food I’ve had outside of Mexico. You’ll never guess where. Budapest, Hungary!
These cheesy tacos are actually called “gringas“. Not kidding.
Homemade agua de jamaica. A refreshing agua fresca made with hibiscus flowers.
This is a torta de milanesa enjoyed in Mossyrock, Washington. Torta is the Mexican sandwich and milanesa is breaded chicken (de pollo) or steak (de carne).
Mexican candy! Check out my post: A Guide To Traditional Mexican Sweets
At the beach in Acapulco you can enjoy fresh mango with chili powder, and fresh coconut water.
As well as the best ever fresh coconut sorbet.
Above I am ordering some Mexican food at the rodeo in The Dalles, Oregon.
This was a delicious Mexican paleo meal of carne asada (grilled steak) and veggies. after a long hike. At Verde Cocina in Portland, Oregon.
Grilled elote (corn) at an amazing Mexican market, in Mexico City.
Another famous agua fresca: horchata made with rice, next to delicious fish tacos. At Porque No? in Portland, OR.
Churros and campechanas (flaky pastries) at a Mexican market.
And homemade corn tortillas! The humble corn tortilla is the main and very important staple in Mexican cuisine.
As it the lime which we put on everything! 🙂
Now I am hungry, and probably you are too. Which is your favorite Mexican dish/food?