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Exotic Mexican Foods

Exotic Mexican Foods - sopa de mariscos - tacos del trompo 

tacos arabe restaurant"
shrimp cocktail

With "Mexico" Mike as our partner, we felt safe & enjoyed our trip. He delivered more than promised.

Just as COVID restrictions have been relaxed in other countries, so have they been in Mexico. Some restaurants still require masks, but they are few. In small villages locals can be adamant about masking in general so it is best to have one just in case.

Is it safe to eat out in Mexico? It is as safe as anywhere else. Place settings are not delivered until you are ready. But, as before, use common sense, look around and get a feel for the precautions before ordering.

Typical Mexican foods are typically rewarding. Mexican food is so surprising and varied that you don't have to be a foodie to appreciate it. Ask anyone about their trips to Mexico and he will wistfully recall some great meals, from 5 star restaurants serving alta cocina to humble open air restaurants with limited menus. Whether it is guacamole, mole poblano, tacos, cabrito or the amazing soups of Mexico, we all have our favorite Mexican foods.

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  • A study found that no Mexican is more than 20 minutes from somewhere that serves tacos. Frankly, a good authentic Mexican taco from a street vendor or an open air restaurant specializing in tacos is one of the best foods of Mexico in my opinion. Tacos del trompo and al pastor are the same thing.

    Very thin slices of meat (pork shoulder usually) are cut from a kids-toy top-shaped cone of small bits of meat, cooking over coals. The meat is marinated in chiles and gets its distinctive red color from achiote. But the meat is not spicey hot, so fear not. This delight was introduced to Mexico by Lebanese immigrants and is similar to shawarma or a kebab.

    Sopa de mariscos is deceiving. First of all, if you think a soup is merely an appetizer, disabuse yourself of that notion. Secondly, while seafood soup sounds unappetizing, this is excellent and very hearty fare. A bowl is a meal. It is almost universally good - providing you like octopus, squid, fish, shrimp, oysters and probably other things that swim. Camarones al mojo de ajo are shrimp in garlic sauce are my other favorite. Mole I can take or leave, but my wife would rather take a good mole and leave me, so I'd best be careful what I saw about that complex dish. She feels about cabrito like I feel about mole. There is no accounting for taste (even if mine is right).

    Oh, and if you order a shrimp cocktail, order one for two people. Unlike the dinky shrimp cocktails you are used to, these come in a big beer mug with several shrimp, lots of cocktail sauce, cilantro, avocado, onions and probably some other stuff. One is a meal, not an appetizer for most people.

    Several very thin slices of this meat is served on a corn tortilla with chopped onions, cilantro and some sauce served on the side. If they are served on a flour tortilla, they are called gringas. A trompo is the rotisserie the meat is cooked on. Al pastor means "shepherd style." Essentially the same setup is called tacos arabe in central Mexico.

    Sopa de mariscos is deceiving. First of all, if you think a soup is merely an appetizer, disabuse yourself of that notion. Secondly, while seafood soup sounds disgusting, this is excellent and very hearty fare. A bowl is a meal. It is almost universally good - providing you like octopus, squid, fish, shrimp, oysters and probably other things that swim. Camarones al mojo de ajo are shrimp in garlic sauce are my other favorite. Mole I can take or leave, but my wife would rather take a good mole and leave me, so I'd best be careful what I saw about that complex dish. She feels about cabrito like I feel about mole. There is no accounting for taste (even if mine is right).

    Oh, and if you order a shrimp cocktail, order one for two people. Unlike the dinky shrimp cocktails you are used to, these come in a big beer mug with several shrimp, lots of cocktail sauce, cilantro, avocado, onions and probably some other stuff. One is a meal, not an appetizer for most people.