We have reached the point of our month long Mexican vacation when we can’t think of tacos being the next meal, are super lazy to drive anywhere or even lift a finger to unload a dishwasher. Boys are dreaming of getting back to school and sports, I’m dreaming of being by myself at least a few hours a day, and Alex would stay here for another month. So yes, it is possible to get tired of doing nothing and I feel finally rested.
While sitting by the pool and killing hours before the flight (I know this sounds ridiculous) I am forcing myself to share our Mexican street food discoveries last Saturday in San Jose Del Cabo. As much as I can’t even look at this food anymore, I know I will appreciate this post for memories. San Jose is a small town so its street food is not even close to all of the assortment bigger cities offer, and many pictures are dark because street food in Mexico is sold primarily at night. But nonetheless, let me introduce you to mostly unhealthy food you can eat on the streets when in Mexico. It is very interesting though!
Hot dogs in Mexico are wrapped in bacon, yeaaaaaah boys were thrilled. Then you get regular toppings like tomatoes, onions, mustard and ketchup. Me and Alex didn’t try any but kids loved theirs.
Mexican ice cream is the best, my favourite part of Mexican street food! Most popsicles taste more or less real, with real fruit, although we tried grape and it was very artificial tasting. It depends.
I had a frozen banana covered in dark chocolate, Alex had mango and pineapple fusion coated in dark chocolate, Kyle had kiwi and Adam had grape. My favourite was Alex’s and the one kids had the other night in Cabo – yogurt with a fruit smiley face, it tasted so real!
I have no idea what these ice cream places are called but this is what one of them looked like. You will know once you look inside and see deep freezers.
More Ice Cream
I have to admit that this lady doesn’t look super happy or neither she is an accurate representation of Mexican people, but who knows what weighs heavy on her heart. Somehow, I felt bad for her and we decided to eat more ice cream. She gave us to try every single one and the only one we loved was maracuya. Kids ate most of it, me and Alex just don’t have such a big of a sweet tooth.
I want to clarity that while all ice creams claim to be natural, they still all contain white sugar, and quite a bit of it. Honestly, not much of Mexican traditional food is healthy except tacos and tamales.
Tacos and Tostadas
After eating ice cream of all kinds we proceeded to tacos. It was just the way our evening and Saturday night dinner was unfolding. The other side of the board was in English, which finally put an end to a mystery what is “chicken barbacoa” and “carne asada” I see on so many blogs. It is simply “BBQ chicken” and “grilled beef”, that simple, and I was so scared to post my own recipes of these fancy sounding dishes.
Nothing fancy, my friends, in fact I will admit one thing about real tacos in Mexico. I have tried tacos in 5 different places by now, all authentic. Honestly, nothing super “WOW”. They are good and tasty but I think “my problem” is that I can cook.
I bet a type of taco you will have a hard time to find in the US is the one with pork feet. Eating less superior parts of animals and organs is very common in 3rd world countries. I grew up eating beef tongue/liver, chicken hearts/gizzards/feet and pork feet in Ukraine. Alex had some pork feet tacos and said they were good. It is all tasty.
Traditional toppings like lettuce, pickled onions and pico de gallo, which was very green and spicy unlike pico de gallo we know in Canada.
I got carne asada and chicken barcaboa to put an end to “a mystery”. Tacos came with 2 corn tortillas per taco, which I didn’t have time or enough Spanish to object to, and offered to Alex because I hate waste and it was just too many tortillas for me after ice cream etc. But immediately problem was solved when I saw 5 homeless dogs near the park’s bench where we sat down to eat. If I could only teleport all these puppies to America where so much food is thrown away. I guess in Mexico this problem is non-existent – this 3 legged guy got my tortillas.
The funniest part feeding the dog was…my kids. They were very shocked to see me approaching a homeless dog (re: safety 1st) and that in fact a dog eats real food. OMG, how detached are these Canadian kids from reality?! It was funny for me and Alex and very educational for the boys.
Churros are Mexican doughnuts. I first heard about them from Karina who posted a recipe on her blog. I had to try.
This churro stand was quite elaborate, it offered way more than churros. There were these puffy crispy things that people ate with very artificially coloured sauce. Sorry, that didn’t look good, even my kids didn’t want to try any. I have to say this food cart was unhealthiest.
Kids had simply churros – deep fried long doughnuts coated in sugar and cinnamon. Very very sweet, if you ask me. Me and Alex wanted to try a fried plantain which we ended up having with a churro and some sweet milk sauce. I managed to avoid dulche de leech on top and too much white sauce. It was OK, I mean I tried it.
I think this corn was for making a mix of corn, cheese, lime and sauce in a cup, kinda thick soup. I don’t know the name, it is hard not to know the language LOL.
The last stand was tamales. Since we were already so full and are not the biggest tamales fans, we skipped tamales. It is basically a mixture of beans, corn flour and meat cooked in a corn husk.
Mexican street food was an awesome experience, although you can tell we didn’t love it all. I just think we have been eating clean for so many years now, our tastebuds are completely different. It was a great cultural experience, cool to try, kids had their fair share of junk food, everyone happy. Me and Alex threw out the window our adopted in North America sterility fears (not that we ever spray countertops or kitchen sink after handling chicken with Lysol), and ate completely unregulated and non-existent health authorities missed food in Mexico. Nobody got sick, we are still alive, it’s all good. You have to just let it go sometimes, all these fears and rules. Just get hepatitis shots LOL, kidding (I think it was my “magic pill”). So, if ever in Mexico – try at least once to have a street food dinner.