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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!

We were watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives last night and I realized that today was going to be Cinco de Mayo and that maybe I should cook up a tasty Mexican meal for us. Now if you have never ever watched Diners, Drive-in and Dives on the Food Network, you should. We are huge Guy Fieri fans. Even Tom likes watching his show. I think it's probably because Guy is a little crazy and totally cracks us up. Plus, he finds the best places to eat. Last night , he actually highlighted a Santa Fe restaurant and the other day I saw an episode where he had gone to eat at one of our favorite restaurants when we lived in Santa Fe: Harry's Roadhouse. It also got me to thinking how wonderful Santa Fe was for food. They had all types of great restaurants from fine dining to dives. It wasn't hard to find a good meal there.

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.

**UPDATE**

Well dinner was actually quite good. I realized I need a tortilla press though because I think I made mine a little thick. But I served them with tomatillo salsa and guacamole and Tom liked them. The filling was wonderful. I used flank steak and cooked it with garlic, onions and spices and it actually turned out a little like ropa vieja (a traditional Cuban dish). I think I might make these again.


6 comments:

  1. for diversity day at work, they made pupsasas, they were really small and cute though!

    I like that show, but I cant stand how that guy wears his sunglasses on the back of his head. It is like my #3 pet peeve i dont know why!

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  2. The hot dog stand is open!

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  3. And I didn't get the first hot dog of the year with you! :(

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  4. Yeah, missing you for the annual start of summer weiner dog! I'll have two on Friday, one in your honor : )

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  5. Aye I really do love your food LOL Apparently I got my Moms DNA and not my fathers because I can't cook at all. I try but my sons says my best meal is cornbeef hahahaha and I didnt know how to make that till about 7 yrs ago Aye ve!

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