Oh, the food! Having been an exchange student in South America when I was 18, I’ve always had a love of the food, from this part of the world. While back in Australia, I couldn’t always get my hands on true South American food, so I spent my 20’s and 30’s making do with Mexican food (well, Aussie style Mexican). So to arrive in Mexico and be able to eat Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner has been incredible!
From the first mouth-watering burrito I tasted in Playa del Carmen, to the myriad of dishes we’ve tried since, there really isn’t anything like TRUE Mexican food!
And how can you argue with a 10 peso ($USD0.50/$AUD0.70) taco, with mouth-watering Pastor topped with onion, coriander,and pineapple? Oh, I’m hungry just thinking about it. Guess what I’m having for dinner tonight!!!
An interesting point to make is that Mexicans eat their meals very differently to what we might know as normal! Breakfast is often later (10am-11am), lunch is the biggest meal of the day (4 pm-5 pm) and dinner is usually not much more than a very light meal, like sweet bread with a cup of Nescafe!
Another interesting point is that Mexican food seems to fill you up so much more! As yummy as the food is here, we all find ourselves eating far less than normal!
Tacos with Pastor and Pineapple
Oh, and then there is the Roasted Chickens. The city is dotted with little stores that roast chickens, marinated with the most delicious flavors, and served with salad, tortillas, and salsa. I’m desperate to get the recipe because I am sure I’ll be craving it when I go home.
Another favorite has been the green chorizo! Yes, green! BRIGHT GREEN!! It took us a good 3 months to get up the courage to try them, but boy oh boy… they are so good. Green in color because it is filled with green ingredients. Pork based, but with coriander, green tomatoes, oregano, parsley and sometimes green chile, the color is crazy bright, but sliced thinly and pan-fried, they are soooo good!