Feb 1, 2012

Mexican, Por Favor?

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One thing is for certain: I'm not a professional photographer but I can eat Mexican food. When I lived in Arkansas, I was in a desperate hunt for Mexican cuisine. I found a few, but for some reason it wasn't the same.  Was it the humidity? Do tacos taste better in a dry climate?  Was it because each time I looked out the restaurant window, I saw no cacti, no blazing sun, no dusty trails or hot desert highways? I'm sure this was all in my head.


When I visit mom in southern France, I always start to crave a burrito. I'm in France, the epicenter of gourmet cuisine...how can I crave a burrito? On many of my overseas visits, I would daydream of a huge plater of veggie enchiladas with endless mounds of cheese and tortillas, lettuce, beans and cheese...oyy! I'm pretty sure it's because the Southwest has been home for most of my life...Mexican food is part of my DNA. However, I miss eating a flavorful paella when I'm in Nevada. You can't have everything!


You can be rest assured that good Mexican food exists almost everywhere in the Southwest. I would probably rate Arizona as having the number one. But here in Nevada, I found an excellent Mexican grocery store with food as good as it gets. It's easy to forget you're in Las Vegas when going to Cardenas.  


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When shooting this series of photos, I was reminded of Olga's blog here. Her version is gourmet and beautifully shot. 

19 comments:

  1. How I wish we had a Cardenas food store in my town. Mexican food is a large part of our meals! The kitchen magically changes to Carlotta's Cocina at least twice a week for some muy sabrosa cooking!
    From your great pics one can see that this is a very popular market. And one can also see that they serve some very appetizing fare. Is that a corn shuck wrapped tamale? Nice pic of the hands!
    Thanks for the song. That Chica can sing, and about Mole'!
    I am so Hungry all of a sudden?!

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    1. Thanks Parker. You have a good eye - it is corn shuck wrapped tamales! =) You know your Mexican Parker. I bet your kitchen turns into a yummy one. I have no doubt! I'm glad you liked the song...haha chica can sing and also studied Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, has acted in small roles, and tries to help Mexico with clean water. Have a terrific day!

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  2. I do not know Mexican cuisine very well. My suburban town only has Mexican family chain restaurants that (I am guessing) are not that representative of Mexican food. I must say though, that they are the nicest people I have met around here-- and the margaritas, ah, the margaritas... ;-) Dang. Why did you have to mention paella? Now I am craving it too. I think I crave paella always, even in France. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Hi Veronique. Mexican food has become diverse but I bet you get some decent ones. And if all fells, a margarita always makes everything more enjoyable. ;) My southern french mama loves herself some Mexican food and loves margaritas too. It's quite amusing to see her indulge in this way. Dang-you saying "crave paella" in the same sentence is not fair...j'aime paella!! =)

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    2. oops I'm not sure which is worse, my english or my french...Je voulais dire" fails" pas fells.lol

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  3. Would LOVE to share burritos with you two-


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    1. We would LOVE to share one with you Cloudia! =) Have a nice day!

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  4. It looks like a great place. I do have say though, Arizona has nothing New Mexico, ha ha.

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    1. haha Randy I had a feeling you would say New Mexican is best. To your credit...I have not eaten enough Mexican food in New Mexico. So what do I know! LOL There is a super good New Mexican joint here in Las Vegas called Carlito's Burritos. The Burritos are to die for and the sopaipillas are the ticket! I have to be careful- I will get fat fast! =)

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  5. I agree with the fact that mexican food doesn't taste the same unless there is a saguaro nearby--am I biased?

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    1. hee hee Teresa! That's what I'm saying. I knew it had to have been the lack of saguaros. Too bad it takes a 100 years for a saguaro to grow or I would plant one in my back patio. Then I could eat my Mexican meal and I look outside and think...dang this food is good.LOL

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  6. I love the shot with the hands. And the food is making me hungry!

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    1. haha Ron I hope you get some food quick. Thanks for liking it. Have a fab day! =)

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  7. Somehow I have a craving for Mexican food! I have heard that Chicago has great Mexican food and no cacti near there that's for sure!

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    1. Hi RedPat! =) You better make yourself a taco..that's the easiest way to get your fix...and you don't even have to be by a cactus or in Chicago.lol I hear Chicago has good Mex food too...I've only tried their airport food. =( have a nice day.

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  8. The last two shots are cool, the colours are amazing! Love the way you composed the dishes with the hands!!! The yellow table makes everything looks yummy!
    Sandy, am I wrong or once I read here that you had burritos for breakfast? :D
    Well, anything is better for breakfast than the "thing" I ate during my flight... :(

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  9. haha! Lúcia you are a funny lady. That "thing" on the plane sounds scary! I have snuck in a burrito into a movie theater a couple of times too. You're right Lúcia, you have a good memory - I love breakfast burritos! I hope you're having a blast in Lima chica! =)

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  10. Thank you for mentioning my blog in such a flattering context. I feel so busy and important :)
    The food from this part of America is still a mystery to me. What I tried in Toronto didn't seem very authentic.

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  11. You're welcome Olga. =) I really love those photos you took. You and your family will have to try some Mexican food in the Southwest! You will have to bring some back for Denis. I can see you enjoying a burrito with black beans and rice, cheese, guac., Pico de gallo, sour cream, ....and some hot sauce. That might not even sound good to you but I'm assuming it does. If not, chase it with a Patron shot. ;)

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