Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Adventures with Alex continued

While Alex was here, I tried to bring him to as many different places to eat as possible so he could try as much local cuisine as possible. One night, we were invited to my landlord's place where she had it catered by a local Mexican chef. She served Chiles en Nogada. This dish consists of poblano chiles stuffed with "picadillo" (a mixture containing ground meat, fruits, and spices) topped with a walnut-based cream sauce and pomegranate seeds, giving it the three colors of the Mexican flag (red, green, and white). The presentation was absoloutely beautiful and in retrospect, I wish I would have taken a picture. Here is a photo that I found on the internet so you can get a sense of what it looks like.

It was absolutely delicious and Alex said it was his favorite Mexican dish that has tried so far.

Another day, we met friends Kris and Renee for lunch at their favorite seafood place. It is a little seafood stand on the left side of the road right before you get to Hotel Playa de Santiago called El Aliviane (although I do not remember seeing the name anywhere).

Alex, Kris and Jade

Renee and Kris suggested that we get there early (noon) because if you wait until normal Mexican lunch time (3pm), they are typically sold out of most things. When we arrived at noon, it was full of local people already. They serve almost everything raw in a cocktail glass (small, medium or large) where you can add your own condiments like chile, worstershire, lime, ketchup, magi, etc. Alternatively, you can eat it directly on a tostada. They give you a list of all the fresh seafood that they have that day like shrimp, oysters, scallops, crab, clams,etc.

Here is a photo of my lunch selection which includes cooked shrimp, raw scallops and raw oysters. It was absolutely delicious and the freshest seafood I have ever tried.

Alex and I enjoying a cold beer with our lunch

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