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Archive for August, 2010

Mexico in the Mall

My comadre Juanita and I went to the mall for brunch the other morning, and wound up with a truly wonderful plate of chicken flautas, accompanied by hand made salsas and frijolitos.

Taco Inn is a chain, but they take obvious pride in making diners feel at home, and in presenting fresh, traditional Mexican dishes made at the time you place your order.  This means a longer wait, but it’s always worth waiting for the real deal. 

And talk about homey touches, someone has tiled the entire interior wall at this Taco Inn with broken talavera plates, a real feast for the eyes!  I do quite a bit of tiling myself, and can really appreciate the work that went into this surprising piece of Mexican handcrafted art. 

If you live in Cabo, or are just here on a visit, I highly recommend that you drop into our spanking new Sendero Mall/Soriana on the boulevard to Todos Santos just down from the old CCC supermarket.  Sendero is a chain of malls throughout Mexico, and ours has really given our community a place to meet and greet — check out my entry on the famous Chef Oropeza’s visit, below, which shows a long shot of our fabulous food court where Taco Inn is located, along with several other great eateries in the Mexican spirit.

Juanita and I really dug into these — what a way to start your day!

¡BUEN PROVECHO!

Donna

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TRADITIONAL MEXICAN CUISINE GRANTED UNESCO STATUS

July 24, 2010 – Mexican cuisine is so interwoven with the country’s centuries-old cultural traditions that it has just received UNESCO status as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.


Mexico’s application to UNESCO stressed that the ingredients, the recipes and food-related customs of Mexico embody “a complex cultural system of agricultural practices, traditions and symbolism imbued with religious meaning and steeped in ritual.”  Corn, a Mexican native and diet staple, is inexorably linked to Mesoamerica’s creation myths as well as the harmonious management of the environment and ancient social expressions via festivals, the planting and harvesting of crops, funerary and other indigenous customs that provide for nutritional balance and a wonderful variety of profoundly original traditional dishes which have been lovingly preserved over the centuries.

With plenty of enthusiastic endorsement from cultural authorities, food experts, social activists and tourism representatives, Mexico has continued over the past ten years to submit the country’s traditional cuisine for consideration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  Mexico was the first country to nominate its national cuisine as an example of intangible cultural heritage, a special designation also granted to the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca and the Carnivals of Oruru, Bolivia and Barranquilla, Colombia.

The Casa de Colores is proud to support Mexico’s effort to preserve and share its unique cultural traditions as we approach our centennial and bicentennial celebrations!