Mexican Street Food – Weekend Travel Inspiration
If there’s one common denominator that inspires us to travel, it has to be the local cuisine. Exploring different food is one of our favorite ways to get to know another culture – each plate tells a story and invites you to share these cultural expressions through a unique combination of textures, aromas and flavors.
When Francisco and I are on a budget, places like Mexico are perfect because they have a vibrant street food side to their delicious cuisine. Throughout Mexico, we tried their antojitos (snacks) everywhere we went, and many times they were at places like this:
We had tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, tamales, cuernitos, chilaquiles, flautas, and the list goes on. They might not have been the most nutritious meals, but they were so good and cheap!
As much as I love eating at restaurants, in Mexico City’s Historic Center we literally feasted on street food one afternoon, in the park right in between the Palace of Fine Arts and the Benito Juárez Hemicycle. It was lined with carts making alambres, gorditas, tortas, etc., freshly squeezed juices and aguas, and fresh fruit. For dessert, I introduced one of my childhood favorites to Francisco – mango with lime and chili powder… He wasn’t a big fan of this.
Have you ever tasted, smelled, or heard something that took you back to a particular moment in time? A country’s cuisine is a window into that culture, an introduction to the more complicated history and people behind it. Mexican food will always have a special spot in my heart because it reminds me of my mother and our family get-togethers. It’s a celebration of our culture in one plate, and when I took a bite into those familiar Mexican dishes, images of my family and memories of living in California rapidly flashed through my mind.
Do you like to try street food when you’re travelling? What has been your favorite so far?