From the ridiculous to the sublime

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El Vez

Recently I’ve ventured out with my fellow members of Team Mexico to a few “Mexican” cultural events to get in the spirit. I have to put “Mexican” in quotes because the first of these events was a concert featuring El Vez y Los Straightjackets. El Vez is the self-styled Elvis of Mexico. I think in reality he is the Mexican Elvis of L.A. It was a hysterically funny concert of holiday themed music.  Tragically I didn’t think to bring my camera, but I think this picture I found with the assistance of google helps capture the mood of the event.

Tonight I went to a cooking demonstration hosted by the Mexican Cultural Institute. The theme of the event was the cuisine of the Yucatan Peninsula

Avocado Soup with Tortilla Chips and Queso Fresco

Avocado Soup with Tortilla Chips and Queso Fresco

and the food was absolutely amazing.  As an unapologetic foodie, this was right up my alley.  We sampled 8 dishes and 2 different drinks which were representative of Yucatan cuisine.  The presenter kept emphasizing how different the food on the Yucatan was from the rest of the country; I’d have to agree. While it had a lot of the spice that we typically associate with Mexican food, there was a lot more sweetness in the food as a whole as well. I don’t think there was a dish I didn’t like but perhaps my favorites were the Sopa de Aguacate and the Arroz Amarillo which was a rice dish with saffron, onion, and tomatoes.

Pollo Pibil, Cebollas Encurtidas, Tzaabi Buul, y Arroz Amarillo

Pollo Pibil, Cebollas Encurtidas, Tzaabi Buul, y Arroz Amarillo

The Sopa de Aguacate tasted a lot like very creamy guacamole which is perfect for me because me encanta guacamole! Since I like spicy food I also accepted the demonstrator’s challenge to try the habanero salsa. It was phenomenal. It certainly was hot but it had a lot of flavor to it and the heat faded quickly. They finished the meal with a flan style desert. If I have one complaint about the experience, it would be that it increased my fears that I’m going to gain a hundred pounds being constantly exposed to tasty Mexican food. At the end of the evening we had all pretty much committed to returning for the next cooking demonstration at the Cultural Institute.  And now back to studying Spanish.

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