I worked in downtown Santa Fe so often lunch was a great meal from one of the many great restaurants there. Even the fajita cart and hot dog stands that popped up on the plaza during summer were fabulous. Me and my friend Kathryn would celebrate summer by having a hot dog the first day the vendor showed up and then we would always have one to mark the end of summer. There was a French bakery shop off the plaza and one day we decided that we would try all the desserts they had before I moved to North Carolina. We almost succeeded but ran out of time especially when I got really sick and was out of commision for a few weeks. Some of the best New Mexican food was found at The Shed in downtown. For my going away party, my co-workers got tacos from this tiny dive called EL Parasol. OMG the best damn tacos I had ever tasted.
But again I digress. I am supposed to be talking about Cinco de Mayo. Now in this sense, I am a gringa when it comes to Cinco de Mayo. I celebrate it because it is celebrated here in the U.S. and it is just another excuse to stuff my face with Mexican food! And anytime I can stuff my face with Mexican food is a good day.
In reality Cinco de Mayo is actually a regional holiday celebrated in the state of Puebla in Mexico. And no I am not a brainiac, I am sort of paraphrasing Wikipedia. It commemorates the Mexican's army ass kicking of the French. Those poor French. They always seem to get their butt kicked. And I hope I don't offend any French person out there because I actually like the French myself. But what people don't know (I actually knew this because one of my majors was Latin American Studies) is that the real Independence Day is September 16. But hell, somehow someone picked Cinco de Mayo and now we get to live la vida loca on this day.
Well, I had planned a meal of enchiladas or something like that but then while watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, we saw this Santa Fe restaurant making pupusas. Pupusas (the name cracks me up) are actually from El Salvador. They are sort of like two big thick corn meal tortillas with yummy stuff inside like beans, meat, cheese etc. They are fantastic!! Anyhow, Tom sees this and says "I want pupusas tomorrow." And I am WTH because pupusas aren't Mexican food. But he says he wants that. Well I check out the recipe and I think I can make them with a little help from the Food Network database of recipes. I have to go get the ingredients and figure it all out but last week I made green chile corn cakes and they were pretty damn good so I might be able to fake a pupusa. Tom has never had them so what will he know, right? If they suck, he wont know. Well does read my blog now so he will be reading this but probably not until tomorrow.
So there you have it, I am a Tica (nickname for Costa Ricans) making El Salvadoran food on Cinco de Mayo. How weird is that? If all turns out well, I will post a picture of my pupusas and update you if the dinner was a bust or not.