Queretaro, Guanajuato and San Miguel
This is a brief summary that my friend wrote up about our trip. I've added a few of my own comments.
San Miguel de Allende
late lunch at a place touting churros and chocolate. We found out from a Maine couple next to us that the owner was a mexican actress and former Playboy centerfold who had her picture all over the walls there. food was empanada and serrano ham and cantaloupe -- i'd never seen that kind of ham cut in such thick slices before. the churros were wonderful -- crunchy and sweet and so very fried but coated in a lot of sugar. the hot chocolate was ok.
chuchos and rotas -- expensive and not really good. in any event had the huitlacoche and nopales tacos, chicken stuffed with goat cheese and doused with tamarind sauce. for breakfast we went to karla's taqueria for gorditas which were inexpensive and great!
la llave had a nice little courtyard and wonderful enchiladas queretaras, which had an abundance of cotija cheese and cooked potato and carrots. really good comfort food. we're continually suprised at how flavorful the carrots are here. and the butter is soooo good.
la Antigua? We had their fish dish. They had a name for the fish that I don't recall. I like that they served a papaya drink with the meal. We wandered the historic center for a while and ended up in a crepe shop. We each had a version of the frutas frescas crepe (strawberries, bananas, applesauce, sugar, and cinnamon). i was reminded once again that there's no real tea in this place.
candy store there called katrina. membrillo w/o sugar, they have cocada, and various liqueurs from unusual flavors.
El Abue was one of our favorite restaurants in guanajuato.
chiles en nogada
jamaica agua frescas (tasted almost tea like, really great)
enchiladas abue (beef with dried fruit in a mole with chocolate)
We went back later to talk to Graham Gori, the owner and chef. The recipes are from his Sicilian grandma (which explains the pasta dishes), his wife's Oaxacan grandma, and some of his own inventions.
Los Rosales, a little mom and pop joint off the jardin. the flautas were good and the enchiladas were amazing!
mercado hidalgo -- lots of stands with home cooking kind of stuff, like beans, rice, their version of spaghetti alfredo, etc. licquado guyabana and papaya.