Oh, ¡no seas tan dulce!

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Julio 3rd, 2010

En lo que respecta a dulces y golosinas, México tiene una gran variedad. Me refiero a los que se venden sin envoltura y cuyos ingredientes principales no son industrializados: leche, fruta, grandes cantidades de azúcar y quizá algo de colorante.

Una de las golosinas favoritas de mi papá es la fruta cristalizada: naranjas o higos completamente cubiertos de azúcar. Eso se ve como si la fruta se hubiese convertido en cristal. Una vez, cuando estaba en la escuela, me compre un chupirul gigante y lo lamí por horas hasta que me dolió la lengua, literalmente. Se me escaldó todita.

Hay otros dulces un poco menos salvajes: todos los de leche, cuyas variaciones dependen de la región de donde provengan. O las palanquetas, que no son otra cosa que cacahuates unidos mediante el pegajoso piloncillo. Esas barritas son muy energéticas y resultan perfectas para un bocadillo de media tarde… cómanse una de esas con un café y les apuesto que se mantendrán despiertos durante esas horas difíciles.

Esos dulces tradicionales son más exitosos entre los adultos pero sin duda alguna los que triunfan entre los niños son caramelos más bien salados y picosos. A los que les seguimos llamando “dulces” por puro hábito.

Los “dulces” industrializados son coloridos y llenos de sabores: paletas cubiertas con polvito de chile o, porqué no, polvito de chile empacado en una bolsita, para que lo puedas vaciar directamente en tu lengua. Pasta de tamarindo con chile. Todo eso.

Los dulces más comunes son muy baratos y en verdad estimulan las glándulas salivales. Esperen… ya estoy salivando… Mmmh, mil perdones, voy por un dulce.

 
 

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 Tacos, easy, tasty, cheap

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 12th, 2010

What is a taco? It’s a tortilla, folded or rolled, filled with… anythingIt’s that “anything” what allows their infinite variety: from those prepared for parties to those ones you eat at home any given day, escaping to the kitchen during a commercial break on television and taking a tortilla, adding just salt, rolling it and… that’s it, mouth at work. There is only one rule regarding the tacos: they must be eaten without cutlery, just with your hands. But apart from that, everything is allowed.

There are tacos usually served at night, like the tacos al pastor. They are prepared with pork meat – marinated in vinegar and with a variety of species – placed in a “trompo” (see picture below). Expert taqueros cut slices of the cooked meat and put it on the tortilla, then they throw coriander, onion and pineapple and a spicy sauce on top. Usually, people eat tacos al pastor with friends after a concert or after the disco and maybe that’s why many foreigners visitors associate the tacos al pastor with the party time in Mexico.

The secret of any taqueria is its spicy sauces. Served at the table are three or five sauces with different colors and flavors, but all spicy. The better the sauces, the greater the tacos.

There are other tacos served at lunch (in Mexico, at 2 or 3 pm) such as tacos de
guisados
, which are a simplified version of a real meal. Tacos de guisados are often served on places in the street where you can eat standing up and move on. While the logistics are easier than in a restaurant, the filling of those tacos can be anything you would eat on a plate and sitting at the table. It is common to find in those places people who work in banks or offices and are making a quickly lunch. You know, sauce is enemy number one of ties (because of the stains) so the office workers hide theirs into the shirt or thrown them to their
backs but they are never really safe from the stain-in-the-tie mark.

There are also the tacos most commonly eaten in college (or at least in the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM, where I studied): tacos de canasta. They’re filled with bean, potato or marinated meat, they’re prepared in hundreds and placed in huge baskets.
Because they are all stacked, they keep warm for a long time. Vendors place the basket on a bicycle and go through the whole university. These tacos are cheap and very tasty, so they’re really popular among students. I still love them.

Boticapop

 
 

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