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comida sana

July 7, 2011

comida sana

A more substantial eating area with bar is upstairs. The restaurant is adorned with artwork by Oaxacan artists who exhibit on a rotating foundation.

On this pay a visit to, my spouse and our daughter Sarah chose from la carta, even though I, daring the kitchen to even try out to lower my cholesterol stage, opted for the 70 peso comprehensive comida. Almost promptly upon remaining seated, a compact loaf of new, hand-sliced whole grain bread, alongside tortilla chips, arrived in a basket, accompanied by butter, salsa and marinated greens. Predictably, Arlene gravitated in direction of the un-husked when I munched on the fried masa (corn).

I hadn’t drank anything green due to the fact listening to Deep Purple, Moby Grape and the early decades of Pink Floyd, so when tall soda-fountain eyeglasses of what appeared to be murky algae arrived, I was aghast — pineapple celery juice. I had no option. I wasn’t even asked if I would opt for Red Bull, or something else with 1st component dextrose, fructose or caffeine. It was properly-chilled, with just the perfect blend of fruit and vegetable so as to present a refreshing naturally sweet nectar, neither component masking the taste of the other.

My coming of age as an instructor demanded a lot of research and travel, in the nature of sociological and anthropological investigation, some chemistry and physics, and even botany. And I usually tried using to get my palms on as many old publications as doable about Latin American foodstuffs, and wherever probable concerning Mexican and Oaxacan plants and herbs and pre-Hispanic recipes. There is just one guide in distinct I nonetheless have to have, termed ‘Conquista y Comida’ … it’s possible you are going to arrive across it at a regional e-book fare and permit me know.”

The lesson day begins at 9:thirty, with pupils meeting and chatting briefly with one a different and Nora, in a peaceful casual setting at her B &amp B, La Casa de Mis Recuerdos. At about 10, taxis arrive to just take all to Mercado de La Merced, one particular of, if not the most well-liked of the day by day markets in downtown Oaxaca … for Oaxacans. About an hour is expended in the market, strolling from stall to stall, where by you learn, variously, about indigenous origins and background, and present-day works by using, of dried and new chiles, nuts, tomatoes, cheeses, breads, an abundance of herbs, and considerably more. You come away with an appreciation of how Oaxacan cuisine has arrived in the 21st century, as a consequence of a melding of the use of pre-Hispanic produce and meats, with imports very first brought about from Spain all through the conquest period.

Nora imparts an knowledge of the big difference involving produce found in the long lasting market stalls (most usually obtained by the vendors from growers or wholesalers with significant operations), and that marketed by largely females sitting on the ground who have grown the fruits, veggies and herbs in their own cities and villages: “We now use the term natural and organic, for what we have traditionally referred to as criollo, which is what these ladies provide. But some of the massive stalls also have criollo make, so view for it.”


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