Tuesday, February 24, 2009

El Torito

In many cultures where there is a strong Catholic presence, today is Fat Tuesday, is the last day for "living it up" before the lenten season begins. The day before Ash Wednesday "El Torito" or the bull can be seen in plazas, streets and schools. El torito is done by a group of people who dance with a band (drum, trumpets, cimbals and horns) along with a person dressed as a devil or demon, a bull and various dancers. Here are some video clips of a torito at a local school.
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl 2009 a la mexicana: El Super Tazon


The Super Bowl in Mexico has become more and more popular over the years and this year for the first time, we had a Super Bowl "party". With the help of a wonderful recipe book written by the Junior League of Buffalo, B-Lo (Buffalo) style wings and fried cheese sticks were prepared. Of course, there was the Mexican touch with Pacifico beer and authentic hot salsa (made with roasted tomatoes, peppers, and onions). Frying Manchego cheese was a little bit of a challenge at first but finally by putting the cheese in extremely hot oil in a non-stick pan for about three seconds a similar effect was achieved. So as we say here in Mexico, ¡viva el super tazón!