One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Mexico.
- Au Pied de Cochon
- China Grill
- El Cardenal
- Izote de Patricia Quintana
- Le Cirque
- Thai Gardens
- The Palm
6-8 lb turkey 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 10 tbsp lard 4 each dried ancho, pasilla and mulato chilies 2 onions, chopped 3 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 tortilla 1/3 cup raisins 1 cup ground almonds 3 tbsp ground sesame seeds ½ tsp ground anise ½ tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground peppercorn 1.5oz dark chocolate 1 tbsp sugar
In a large saucepan, add turkey (cut in pieces), onion, garlic and cold water to just cover. Simmer, then cook covered for 1 hour. Roast the chilies, then remove stems and seeds and chop. Soak for 30 minutes in a bowl with enough warm water to just cover. Add chilies and remaining ingredients except chocolate and sugar to a food processor and puree. Remove turkey pieces and pat dry. Reserve turkey stock. Brown turkey in 6 tbsp lard, set aside. Add remaining lard to fat in pan, then add chili mixture and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large saucepan and add 2 cups turkey stock. Add chocolate and cook over low heat until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar and add turkey. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Serves 6-8.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.