This is, for me at least, one of the burning questions of our time. It is a question that has nagged me since the summer of 1996, when I spent three months as a student intern in suburban Brussels in a state of constant awe over the quality of pastries, chocolates, mussels, beer, sausages, and so forth. Why did Belgians eat so well? I wondered. Why, for that matter, do Italians? And the Japanese? (And, if you ask me, the Koreans.) Why do Germans, who are better organized and wealthier than Italians, visit Italy by the busload just to eat? Shouldn’t the food be better in Germany? … [Read more...] about A Culinary Tour to Answer the Age-Old Question: Why Is Mexican Food So Good?
Savory meat loaf
As for modern herbivores, just about every vegan in Mexico City will tell you that they’ve eaten at Gatorta, a street food stall in Roma Norte specializing in tortas, Mexico’s humble and tasty sandwiches. The addictive sandwiches attract a mostly local crowd, willing to stand in long lines for fluffy baguettes piled high with milanesa (seitan steak) and soyita pibil, a vegan take on the traditional Yucatan dish cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish marinated with orange juice and achiote (annatto). Grab a seat at the stall and watch seitan and soy be flipped, chopped, and fried the same way that meat is at thousands of street stalls across the city. The sandwiches are phenomenal and filling but save room for the vegan tiramisu and donuts! … [Read more...] about Mexico City Is a Vegan Dream, From Gold Taco to Por Siempre Vegano