We were driving back to Merida when Angel, our driver, graciously offered to buy us a raspado, a slushy made by running a rasp over a block of ice; the shreds are then drenched in fruit syrup.I hesitated, as the last time we were in Yucatan, Carolyn bought a paleta (Popsicle) from a Yucatecan street vendor, got a stomach bug, and ended up passed out in Coba, in the middle of the jungle.
My point is simple: if you eat meat, you have scant room to criticize bullfighting, particularly Azorean bullfighting, which does not end in the death of an animal that is historically -- and currently -- revered.From the top of the food chain, we do much to other animals that may be considered inhumane, so it seems a sort of selective morality -- or willful blindness -- to inveigh against one of those acts of inhumanity while actively supporting another, perhaps even more significant, and undeniably horrendous, act of inhumanness.
1871 Dairy had been at Green City Market in Chicago for some time, but this is, to my recollection, the first time we've had a milk vendor at the Oak Park market. So now, during the summer, we can get almost all essential foods – fruit, vegetables, meat and now milk – in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot on Saturday morning.
There are some foods that have a truly unique flavor, such as truffles, chitterlings and durian. If you like these distinctive flavors, you have to eat these foods. I like earthy truffles, still working on enjoying the fecal tang of chitterlings, and durian…yes, in a smoothie, I like the dialed down though still fetid stand of the durian just fine, though I doubt a smoothie of chitterlings would be quite so inviting.
If you've seen the movie "Big Night," in which two Italian brothers attempt to save their dying restaurant by having singer Louis Prima to dinner, you know about timpano, an Italian culinary creation that in the movie got a dining room response only slightly less beatifically orgasmic than the ecstasy of St. Theresa.
Perhaps less known than even the Italian beef sandwich is gravy bread, simply a hunk of the white Italian bread used in the beef sandwich, drenched in the sauce, and which may contain a few shreds of the beef that once simmered in the gravy. Gravy bread is not unique to Chicagoland, but using Italian bread and Italian beef gravy seems to be the predictable by-product of serving Italian beef sandwiches.
Traveling through Oaxaca, I shot photos of mezcaleros: agaveros who tend the plants, palenqueros who roast, smash and ferment the pina, and the maestro, the master of this time-honored ceremony of taking a plant that flourishes in a hostile environment and then transmuting it into a spirit that reflects the land from which it came and the people who brought it forth. Here are some of the people who are making it possible for all of us to taste Mexico, the soon-to-be-walled-off republic that continues to fascinate with foods and spirits that make us very happy to be eating and drinking and alive.