Shrimp, It’s what for dinner

I pity the poor souls who are allergic to shellfish.

Shrimp cocktail San Jose del Cabo

Shrimp mojo de ajo Mininos, Isla Mujeres

Tempura shrimp, OM , Isla Mujeres

Butterfly shrimp, Asia Caribe, Isla mujeres

What’s left of my shrimp and scallops at Rooster  Cafe, Isla Mujeres

Shrimp Diablo, Brisas Grill, Isla Mujeres

Sunday: Free Chilpachole at Chuuk Kay, Isla Mujeres

Shrimp burger at Chuuk Kay, Isla Mujeres

Shrimp cocktail, Mininos, Isla Mujeres

Oh yummy! Green chili enchilada casserole.

I bought all of the ingredients for this enchilada casserole dish. However, my low back has been giving real grief and it is hard to stand at the kitchen counter and chop or prep meals.  My intent was to make two casseroles, one for me and one for my daughter and SIL. I asked my daughter last week what they were doing for dinner on Saturday. The plan was for me to bring everything for the enchilada casserole to their house and she could put it all together with my instructions. Tara went home sick from work on Friday and didn’t feel much better the next two days. So yesterday I went over their house and together Tara and I made the casseroles. Some people call this dish Mexican Lasagna. It may not be a true Mexican dish but it was very good.

Lightly grease (butter or oil spray) baking dish. I use foil cake pans so I don’t have to scrub them afterwards.

  • Spray or brush oil on some tortillas for the bottom layer and bake for about 5 minutes just to lightly crisp.

Layer:

  • Canned corn browned in light oil. You can brown the diced onion and chilies too if you like.
  • Chicken (this time I used a prepared SW style chicken breast strips by Tyson. I do prefer fresh grilled chicken but didn’t feel like doing that)
  • Diced green chilies
  • Diced yellow or green onions
  • Chopped garlic
  • Sliced or diced black olives
  • Sour cream
  • Black beans
  • Shredded Mexican cheese mix and some pepper jack
  • I like to add thinly sliced zucchini but my daughter and her husband don’t like that so we made three separate casseroles. Tara’s was pretty mild, no onions and only a few chilies, mine had the zucs, onions and more chilies and Kelly’s was HOT with onions, chilies and green hot sauce.
  • A layer of tortillas
  • More shredded cheese and olives

Bake foil covered for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.

Serve with slices of avocado and add sour cream if you like. Lots of leftovers for the next couple of night’s dinners.

For a special dessert treat I had some Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado to cap off the meal.

Pozole – Yum O!

I told you I might just take a photo didn’t I? 😉 Simply delicious! 😛

There are many recipes on the internet. Just Google Pozole recipe.

“Don’t you ever get tired of eating Mexican food?”

This is a question that I get asked often by people who have never been to Mexico. Or they are just naive and can’t imagine any other food options in Mexico besides tacos or burritos. They might just be familiar with USA chain restaurants that serve refried beans topped with melted cheddar cheese and a big glop of sour cream.

Years ago I began to take photos of food when I traveled so that I could show others what they were missing and that there are all kinds of foods and cuisines available in Mexico.

When my daughter got on Facebook she asked me what my obsession was with taking photos of food and posting them on the internet. So I explained to her that I wasn’t obsessed and that there were many people who take photos of their meals and post them on FB or message boards. I suggested she add my friend Alex as a FB friend. Now she sees that there are other people who post all kinds of food photos and it is just not me.

So here is a slide show of food photos from my latest Isla trip. As you can see there are many dishes that are not Mexican. Lamb chops, a big salad with pasta, asparagus, artichokes with huge grilled shrimp, chicken spring rolls and pizza to name a few.

Now I am getting hungry. I think I may go get some pozole and I might just take a photo of it.

To see captions mouse over photo. Speed up slideshow with the + sign.

Saturday in the neighborhood

I have written posts before about my part of town. Milwaukie is a suburb of Portland with a population of about 17,000. There are still pockets of agriculture around. Like this large nursery about 1 mile from my home.

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I have no concept really of how big this nursery is because it goes beyond what you can see from the road. That is on both sides of the street. I do know that the nursery employs many Mexicans. Because this nursery’s large Mexican employee base there are several good authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.

I decided to have a late lunch at one of them today. Mi Pueblo is a small restaurant featuring all of your favorite Mexican dishes. There are lots of pork, shrimp, carne asasda, combo plates, burritos, tamales, etc to chose from. Today I had the Chili Verde which is delicious and a huge amount of food. I have leftovers to take to work Monday for lunch. Mi Pueblo does not open until 11:00 AM so I go there occasionally for a late breakfast, my favorite is probably the Enchilads Revueltas (chicken enchildas topped with fried eggs) or the Huevos Rancheros.

Connected to the restaurant is a Mexican tienda. They sell everything from pinatas to pastries (that you pick up with tongs and place on a round metal tray just like in Mexico). To me walking through this tienda is like a visit to Mexico. I wanted to take photos but felt kind of awkward about doing that especially since I wasn’t going to purchase anything today.

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This photo was taken looking toward the front windows so there was too much light. The table tops have the same sun/moon design covered with a sheet of glass.

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Lotería cards

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Chilaquiles – Yum oh!

Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican dish. Typically, corn tortillas cut in quarters and fried are the basis of the dish. Green or red salsa or mole, is poured over the crispy tortilla triangles, called “totopos.” The mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening. Eggs (scrambled or fried) and pulled chicken are sometimes added to the mix. The dish is topped with cheese (typically queso fresco) and/or sour cream (crema), and it is served with refried beans. Like many dishes, regional and familial variation are quite common.
Usually, chilaquiles are eaten at breakfast or brunch. This makes them a popular recipe to use leftover tortillas and salsas.

Moreover, chilaquiles are often lauded as a cure for the common hangover; this is because in Mexico it is believed that spicy foods help in the recovery process from a hangover. However, this remedy is subject to debate since a stomach after a night of drinking usually gets very irritated. Adding spicy chilaquiles might only worsen the stomach irritation.

Chilaquiles are frequently confused with the Tex-Mex Migas, as each is a dish that uses tortilla chips/strips served primarily in the morning. In Guadalajara, cazuelas are kept simmering filled with chilaquiles that become thick in texture similar to polenta

Chilaquiles -loncheria San Martin, Isla Mujeres $40 pesos or less than $3.00 US

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Chilaquiles with chicken and a fried egg in a red sauce at Bucanneros, Isla Mujeres $80 pesos or less than $6.00 US

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Chilaquiles with scrambled egg and chorizo – Casa de Tamales, Milwaukie, OR $8.00 US .and enough leftover for breakfast again today

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My favorite local burrito vendor was shut down. Bummer!

Bummer! My favorite burrito food vendor across the street from my office was shut down last night after mamacita got busted for selling stolen goods from the bus. The two food vendors shown in this video, King Burrito and Loco Loco are two of my favorite places to get fast, good authentic Mexican food close to my office. There is a surface level parking lot that rents space to about 15 food vendors. It’s like an international food court. There are 4 or 5 Mexican, a Thai, a Vietnamese, Indian, Polish, pulled pork, soups and salad, hamburger and I can’t even remember what else vendors. Out of the 15 or so places I will eat from about 5 or 6 off them based on quality and cleanliness. At every one of them you can get a good size lunch for $5 or less. At the Vietnamese trailer if you order a shrimp dish the women will ask you if you can wait 3 minutes. Well sure I can for the price and the amount of shrimp and veggies you get.

Watch the video. The policeman states that they had to wait in line behind several other customers who were purchasing stolen goods. We had quite a few laughs over this story in the office today. But still it is a bummer that my burrito options have been downsized.
But on a more serious note I am glad that the heroin addict was busted and his financial support  structure was shut down.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police investigating a stolen goods buying ring arrested six people Wednesday in what they said was a busy crime ring that sometimes stole specific goods by request. Police say the ring was centered on four downtown Portland food vendors. Certain employees were buying the goods and the theft suspects were using the money to support drug habits, according to the investigators.Some of the transactions were captured on video by police stationed who shot the footage from windows in skyscrapers adjacent to the parking lot the food vendors are located. Employees at two food vendors, King Burrito and Loco Locos Burrito, which are situated next to each other at Southwest 5th Avenue and Southwest Oak Street, were among those arrested>Employees at a nearby Pizza Schmizza and another mobile food vendor, El Original Chile Rellano, were also brought in for questioning. Police said they learned of the arrangement between the thieves and buyers after they arrested James Younce, 29, on drug possession and shoplifting charges. Younce said he stole items and sold them to support his heroin habit. An undercover officer then developed a relationship with the suspected buyers, who police said would sometimes give him lists of items they wanted him to steal.Police said the suspects bought the goods even though it was made clear they were stolen. The employees bought over three dozen items over the course of the investigation, which began in September. Those items were actually donated by businesses cooperating in the investigation, according to a police press release. Police said they suspect the illegal activity was well established and had been going on for years.They said that their undercover officer had to stand in line to make the bust while other people tried to sell stolen goods to the food vendor employees.
Those arrested in the investigation include:
Anna Maria Saucedo, 37
Adrian Saldana-Galvez, 35
Nohemi Mendez-Rivera, 34
Octavio Hernandez, 22
Maria Baltierra, 33
Enriqueta Quezada, 68

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