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  1. I tried to make guisado de salchichas like you'd find in tacos de guisados places in Mexico City. Wasn't quite right, though. I've had the dish several times in Mexico City (and had it once in Morelia). It always seems to have a light, bright tomato sauce along with a good amount of spice and onions. Makes sense. The hot dogs are sweet and garlicky. They need that bright, spicy sauce to balance them. However, the sauce I made, which was basically just pureed roasted tomatoes with a little onion, garlic, and serranos, wasn't it. It was too sweet and red, even though I just heated it thr
  2. Scott at DallasFood.org had been joking that someday the iguana volume was going to be worth a lot of money. So on this last trip to DF I bought every volume I could find. On my return layover at DFW, I handed him a package with 20 copies. It has to be nearly every copy in Mexico City. Picked up A LOT of books on this last trip. Now have all but volumes 17 & 21 of the Indigena y Popular series, 54 of the 56 volumes. Still missing a good number of the Familiar series, though I picked up a copy of Sonora, which I really wanted. The northern states don't get much play in most Mexica
  3. Okay, here are all the ones I have: 01. nahua del norte de Veracruz 03. maya de Quintana roo 04. nahua de morelos 05. guanajuatense del xoconostle 06. indigenas de la sierra norte de puebla 07. comida de los tarahumaras 09. indigena de Sonora 10. del maiz 11. indigena del sur de Veracruz 13. veracruzano de cuaresma y navidad 14. popular de campeche 15. de tamales 18. tuxteco 19. nahua de milpa alta, df 20. chinateco de Oaxaca 22. las flores en la cocina mexicana 23. bebidas y dulces tradicionales de Tabasco 24. popular de chilpancingo y tixtla 25. colim
  4. No, I went through Xalapa late on a Sunday night. They were just finishing up a big event in front of the cathedral and there were tons of people in the plaza. I assume it was something political since political events were dominating plazas everywhere that weekend.
  5. Sorry Cristina! Next time. I'm back home now. It was just a short trip, unfortunately, but I got a lot of "research" done. btw, there should be a warning for gringos how damned expensive the toll roads are in Mexico. I think I spent about 400 pesos on the road from Puebla to Veracruz. I spent about half that coming back because I wasn't in a hurry and could jump the libre for a while. Due to aggressive driving techniques learned in a youth spent mostly on video games, I was able to get by most of the semi trucks even in the curves. I wish I had left Veracruz earlier, though, so I could
  6. Picked up some more in the Indigena y Popular series. I'll give an updated list of all the ones I own later. Also picked up some other books, though, mostly in Puebla from a book shop at 7 poniente and 3 sur (and Antojitos Tommy one block away makes some great items) that theobroma recommended. I may have gotten a couple of these elsewhere, such as the Gandhi in Coyoacan: From the Coleccion Recetarios Antigues series: * Recetario Novohispano, Anonimo, Mexico, Siglo XVIII * Recetario de Tepetitlan, Lucia Cabrera de Azcarate, Puebla, 1901 * Recetario de Mascota, Jalisco, Hildelisa
  7. Not sure mid-summer is a good time for Veracruz. Yesterday it was 95 with 80% humidity. Even the Mexicans' shirts were soaked in sweat.
  8. Another score. So after going to Tacos Gus and Tacos Hola in La Condesa, I was walking up Nuevo Leon and found this cool bookstore/cafe/music store, El Pendulo. Reminds me of Portland. And free wi-fi and World Cup. Didn't see anything on the shelves, but as I was walking out the door, I noticed a pile on the sale section with a series of books I instantly bought: Cocina Familiar for.... * Chiapas * Baja California * Baja California Sur * Nuevo Leon * Colima * Coahuila * Jalisco * Tabasco * Chihuahua * San Luis Potosi * Tamaulipas * Nayarit 25 pesos each.
  9. Yeah, probably another book of hers. I didn't look too carefully since I didn't want a softcover version. I think I had remembered wrong that it was out in paperback. Saw it today at Gandhi for about 1300 pesos. Didn't pull the trigger. I mean, $30 for the English version or $100 for the Spanish version. If the former is the same as the latter except the idioma, then I'll go with my native tongue at a third the price. Picked up some more books. Visited two different Gandhis. Decided against the Salsas book and several others in that series. There's just not enough unique about th
  10. The mistake was buying these books BEFORE I went on a 7 mile hike around town. This was about 1300 pesos, just over $100. The average price of the books was about 40 pesos, or under $4. That's 37 books purchased in total. Not sure where I'll fit them for the trip back. 1. nahua del norte de Veracruz 3. maya de Quintana roo 4. nahua de morelos 6. indigenas de la sierra norte de puebla 7. comida de los tarahumaras 9. (x2) indigena de Sonora 11. indigena del sur de Veracruz 13. veracruzano de cuaresma y navidad 18. tuxteco 19. nahua de milpa alta, df 20. chinateco de
  11. Awesome, thanks, Steve! You might just need to fly down and join me. Found out this AM Scott might have to bag out and eat the tickets for a project at work that just came up. Would love to get any and all recs.
  12. Hey, I'm going to be coming down to DF the 22nd. I'll be meeting Scott from DallasFood.org there a few days later and we'll probably drive to Veracruz via Puebla and loop back through Xalapa on the weekend. No real destination, just seeing what there is to see since neither of us has been to Veracruz or Xalapa. I'm sure plans could change. I may never return to the United States for all I know. However, the main point is that if anyone's down there and wants to meet up prior to Scott's arrival, I'd love to. I friended a couple of you on Facebook and may be contacting you through ther
  13. I'd like to get that El Pan Popular. Looks like Abe Books has one in Canada that's not too expensive. I ended up using Zurita to a large extent, although it's not that detailed for pan. I went in to a few stores and just diagrammed the pastries and asked them about it. Names vary so much. Bakemark's website was actually useful, too. See here: http://www.yourbakemark.com/assets/files/b...cocho%20Mix.pdf http://www.yourbakemark.com/bakery-custome...g-magazine.html Of course, what I wrote got the hell edited out of it, so I don't know why I bothered doing the research. Than
  14. I'm working on a little article for a weekly here in Portland on panaderias. Haven't been able to find a Spanish language book that's truly encyclopedic yet, though I have a couple requests into places like Libros Latinos. However, I did notice this book coming out in September: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/158008994...ASIN=1580089941 If anyone has Fany Gerson's contact info, please PM me.
  15. I think that was by design rather than a lack of organization. I think the original plan was just to have everything at the convention center. But the locals in charge decided to make it more about Portland, put it a couple blocks from the farmers market, amongst good restaurants rather than the dearth in the immediate vicinity of the convention center, and include lots of outings and less sterile venues.
  16. Bingo. And this does get a little at the the heart of the problem. There's tradition and then there's tradition. To extend the religious metaphors: there's the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Lately I've been on a quest here in Portland to find the best hamburger. I'm nearing 50 burgers in the last 3 weeks. Over on Serious Eats recently, they showed a tongue-in-cheek cheeseburger flowchart. In the end, the flowchart did little more than uphold a certain version of cheeseburgers that really were born with the drive-in and fast food burger joint. What's thi
  17. We never said we were here to save the deli or to reform it. Don't confuse what others say about us with what we say about ourselves. We just say we're trying to make really good food. We just wanted to create these foods in Portland because no one else was doing them well, we thought. And we made them from scratch because we had high standards for what "good food" means. We couldn't find rye locally that was good enough, so we made it ourselves. Same with bagels. And we thought that the house-smoked pastrami was much better than commercial pastrami, to our tastes. But it doesn't taste
  18. Here's another along with a knish. They're no puffier than the ones at Kossar's.
  19. Ah, you mis-interpreted and missed the point. You think that "saving the deli" is a fundamentalist movement -- that it's getting back to the simple, core whatsit of the delicatessen and trying to do things exactly as the whoevers did whenever you think things were done right. Kenny & Zuke's certainly isn't that. We've never called ourself a "New York delicatessen", eg. There are no pictures of old New York or subway cars or the Brooklyn Bridge in our restaurant. We just engaged the tradition we loved and renewed it in the sense of putting the concern of quality above all others.
  20. 1) Very few delis even pretend to be Kosher. Katz's not only has a reuben, but cheeseburgers and cheesesteaks, plus other items that would traditionally be sold down the street at Russ & Daughters, but not at a delicatessen. Langer's -- like most of the L.A. delis -- have even broader menus than ours with both bacon and ham. (And yet, like David Sax, Ed Levine, and Jonathan Gold, I tend to agree that L.A. delis trump N.Y. delis on overall quality -- not to restart THAT debate ;-) .) Is there a Kosher deli in Manhattan besides 2nd Ave? I love Kosher delis. I think my pastrami sandwich
  21. I know about Cool Moon here in Portland, but are there any old school or artisan ice cream shops in the PNW that I should be aware of? Places making their own stuff. No gelato. Frozen custard maybe, if it's not just some chain and they're not just using some standard commercial mix. TIA
  22. btw, Le Pigeon stopped doing brunch when they switched to doing dinner 7 days a week. So that's not available anymore.
  23. I'm actually not a huge fan of their foie profiteroles. Their apricot cornbread with bacon and maple ice cream, though....
  24. I'd highly recommend for anyone wanting to get together in Portland to head over to PortlandFood.org and post in the "events" or "other" sections. We started that site to organize get-togethers and its a friendly bunch. I don't know how many Portlanders regularly check here, but PF.org is more active than eGullet or Chowhound by a ways for Portland. I'm busier than normal but generally available. Glad to show anyone around the food attractions in town. Get a hold of me through here or email me via the feedback/contact page on extramsg.com.
  25. Note that Carlyle will be closed Friday through next Thursday. Lots of other restaurants will be using this weekend as an opportunity to take a vacation, too.
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