Friday, August 28, 2015
If your only exposure to Mexican cuisine is from Taco Bell or Chipotle, then you definitely need to get out more and explore. Chances are you aren’t eating an actual and authentic Mexican dish, but rather an Americanized version, popularly known as Tex-Mex food. The term was coined when Anglo-American settlers encountered Mexican cultures and cuisines as they marched towards Texas. Confusing as it may be at first, you don’t need to fly to Mexico to know the difference, for there are nearby establishments that prove to be as authentic as any real Mexican restaurant can be, offering an authentic culinary experience. These should help you better discern between Tex-Mex food and actual Mexican cuisine next time.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
You might be thinking that a chicken dish topped with a sauce made of chilies and chocolates already spells a recipe for disaster, but this is not the case for the mole poblano. This is perhaps among the most complicated Mexican dish to prepare, with its long list of ingredients and its equally long and numerous steps, but what will emerge from this seemingly onerous task is a delightful dish that perfectly encapsulates everything about Mexico. Most food enthusiasts even say that mole poblano is one type of food that legends are made of, despite its complicated and time-consuming procedures. In the wrong hands, mole poblano might turn out a disastrous concoction, but fortunately there are expert Mexican food chefs close to home that can achieve the perfect blend of the dish’s trademark blend of spices and Mexican chocolate bitter sweetness.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
When people dine in Mexican restaurants, people often go and order the regular stars of the show: burritos, tacos, chimichangas, and other Mexican treats. However, all of these dishes taste a lot better when one of the ingredients is top-notch. The item in question is the main meat component of many Mexican foods: carne asada. The most basic translation of the name is “grilled meat” and that’s exactly what it is—meat grilled over an open flame, often seared to have a slightly smoky and charred flavor. The traditional carne asada was preferably a skirt steak, but nowadays, Mexican restaurants in Visalia, CA like Alejandra's Restaurant are free to use any quality meat.
When you’re hoping to relax after a long stressful week, there’s nothing better than having a drink while hanging out with friends, such as the world famous margarita. Often associated with Cinco de Mayo celebrations, you don’t need a Mexican holiday to chug down a few of these tasty drinks. The History Margaritas may seem like an intrinsic part of Mexican culture, but the cocktail is actually a modern invention. Carlos “Danny” Herrera owned a hotel in Baja, California which was a popular spot for locals to drop by on the way to Rosarito Beach. In 1935, after Prohibition, people were enjoying a lot of alcohol except for an interesting exemption: Marjorie King, a pretty starlet, was allergic to alcohol except for tequila. The problem was she hated the taste of tequila.