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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. . . Ten on Tuesday Style!

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Tom and I love Mexican food!

(And . . . the hotter, the better!)

Over the years, we've been incredibly fortunate to live in a couple of places with excellent, EXCELLENT Mexican food . . . Fort Collins, Colorado (El Burrito anyone?) . . . Austin, Texas (with Fonda San Miguel being one of the highlights) . . . and we've visited many other places, including several locations in Mexico (and Belize -- just south of Mexico; similar cuisine).  (You'll note Michigan is NOT one of the best places for excellent Mexican food.*  At all.  We've had to become really good at cooking it on our own.)

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Our favorites?

  1. Thick, chunky guacamole.  (Pretty much . . . with everything.)
  2. Pico de gallo.  With fresh, crisp, slightly warm tortilla chips.
  3. Fish tacos.  (Preferably served with #1 and #2.)
  4. Sopa seca.  (With tortilla chips smashed in for a bit of crunch.  And plenty of sour cream.)
  5. Chicken enchiladas.  (With plenty of sauce, spicy - of course!)
  6. Huevos rancheros.  (No better way to start the day.)
  7. Snapper Veracruz.  (Jalapeños AND green olives.  BOTH make it best!)
  8. Chili Verde.  (Poured over beans and rice and maybe rolled in a fresh tortilla with a bit of cheese.)
  9. Quesadillas.  (With peppers and black beans and corn and a bit of fire.)
  10. Flan.  (Cool.  Creamy.  Rich.)

And, of course, it's all made even tastier with a nice, cold beer!

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How about YOU?  What are your favorite Mexican foods?

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  

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* When we first moved to Michigan (direct from Austin), we discovered that something called a "wet burrito" was a staple on menus here.  While it might be tasty, it ain't no burrito!  (We've always been too appalled to actually order them, but they're a sort of . . . casserole wrapped inside a GIANT tortilla, and smothered with a lake of mild salsa and cheese.  See someone's fond memory here.  Not really Mexican food, though.)

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