Monday, December 14, 2009
Some of the best meals I've had have been breakfast. My hostess Layla feeds me a three course meal every morning before I leave for school and I have to pack it in because I often don't eat again until about 4. We begin with coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice, a mountain of papaya and sweet breads. Then a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, followed by the main course which is always interesting. I've had eggs or huevos in many ways, rancheros, in tomato sauce, and with frijoles negroes. Queso in tomato sauce, a tortilla of potatoes with eggs, and a lasagne kind of dish with tortillas layered with vegetables, sauce and cheese. We have even had tamales with mole for breakfast and memelas, tortillas topped with refried beans, cheese and salsa.
In the evenings I've tried various tostadas, enchiladas, tacos, chiles rellenos and a tlayuda, which is a huge tostada, browned on the outside over a fire. The soups are also amazing and my favorite so far was a cream of zucchini flowers served with bits of chewy queso and toasted pumpkin seeds. I'm hungry for vegetables and salads and have had a few though you have to be careful eating raw veggies here, I only try them in better restaurants.
I've got two more weeks to sample some more variations on these themes and hope to try a little more seafood. I'd like to eat more street food but it makes me too nervous I do not want to get sick.