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Old 03-13-2007, 06:07 PM   #1
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This thread isn't a recipe, but more of a relation of a Mexican culinary experience (the good kind). For lunch on Monday my SIL brought tortas ahogadas to the house. They're basically a chopped pork sandwich on a sourdough crusty roll and one of the famous foods of Guadalajara. Of course, chopped pork on a sourdough crusty roll by itself isn't sufficiently Mexican, so you add ladles of caldillo (similar to tomato sauce), hot sauce to taste, slightly pickled white onions, and a squeeze of lime. The sandwich is eaten with a spoon and if you're unable to spoon through the previously crusty sourdough roll you haven't added enough caldillo to soak it sufficiently. For this reason, it's eaten from a bowl, not a plate.

We (well, I) washed them down with an Indio which is a very basic Vienna-style lager. Nothing superb, but quite quaffable.

Here is my SIL demonstrating the proper technique for adding caldillo to a torta ahogada:


Here is my completed torta ready for consumption:


I'll add more updates if I get anymore interesting photos of food or anything else, for that matter.

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Old 03-13-2007, 06:21 PM   #2
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Man oh, Man I love Tortas.

Lunch today...

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Im thinking Los Betos
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MMm.. sounds good. Haven't had that one. Gosh so are you Latino as well? Reason I ask is I am milk toast European decent and SWMBO is half Puerto Rican, half Cuban. She talks with her hands and really loud when she is angry. Come to think of it she talks that way all the time

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Just calling it like I see it! OTOH, I have to survive in my in-law's house, so it ain't all a bed of roses.

zoebisch01, my heritage is questionable as I was adopted at birth, but I was raised a Southern gentleman (more or less) in NC and other than a brilliant bronze tan, I'm pretty caucasian. My wife is from Mexico so I spend a week or two a year down here. One day my Spanish will be passable.

And I've definitely been on the receiving end of an angry Latina.
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Just calling it like I see it! OTOH, I have to survive in my in-law's house, so it ain't all a bed of roses.

zoebisch01, my heritage is questionable as I was adopted at birth, but I was raised a Southern gentleman (more or less) in NC and other than a brilliant bronze tan, I'm pretty caucasian. My wife is from Mexico so I spend a week or two a year down here. One day my Spanish will be passable.

And I've definitely been on the receiving end of an angry Latina.

Well you like the food. I found early on that if you like the food and at least try the language (I'm pretty much fluent, the Mexican's laughed at me and asked me what Island I was from...I picked up the accent hehe) they are very cordial for the most part.
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Last night we went to an Argentine restaurant for a parrilla (basically a mixed grill). 1.2kg of various grilled meats and sausages for two with three different salsas (garlic aioli, chimichurri, and chile). Needless to say, I'm still stuffed.

However, it didn't prevent me from having a singular Mexican experience for breakfast this morning - a coffee and panini at Starbucks (my wife had to meat a colleague to discuss business).

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One of the best parts of living in So. California is that great mexican food is all around.

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Last night we went to an Argentine restaurant for a parrilla (basically a mixed grill). 1.2kg of various grilled meats and sausages for two with three different salsas (garlic aioli, chimichurri, and chile). Needless to say, I'm still stuffed.

However, it didn't prevent me from having a singular Mexican experience for breakfast this morning - a coffee and panini at Starbucks (my wife had to meat a colleague to discuss business).

¿Sátira, o Freudiano?

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