Ready for Brunch!
Happy family, ready to eat!
A splendid adventure Sunday! Marc has a lovely student named Meliza who asked us to join her family for brunch in
. It’s an old city with an amazing church that’s probably 500 years old. For me, the best features were the great Villa de Pozos, a suburb of San Luis Potosi barbacoa and Meliza’s lovely weekend home.
I can’t believe how good Meliza’s English is! She’s only starting level 15, but she’s already fluent. Her entire family speaks English, but other languages as well. They are world travelers and even spent 3 years in Russia. We had lots to talk about.
This was our brunch spot–and it’s a popular place. We had trouble finding a table.
The restaurant makes their own tortillas here and uses them for sopes and gorditas.
The must have been good, because he didn’t speak a word, just inhaled them. How I miss having that kind of metabolism. Chilaquiles
A big smile for (divorced eggs)! Notice the eggs are divided by Huevos Divorciados frijoles and red and green sauces ( salsas rojos y verdes).
I had , a traditional spicy soup made with beef stomach (tripe). The broth was amazing, but the stomach was… well… just ok. If you have trouble with odd textures, this isn’t for you. I learned later that I could have just gotten the broth. menudo I also had two barbacoa tacos. So tasty! I added onion, guacamole and a squeeze of lime.
(BTW, oddly enough,
Menudo is also the name of a traditional soup from the Philippines. It’s made with liver, not stomach.)
This is consume con carne–a meat soup with broth. Marc said it was excellent. Now that it’s gotten chilly, we are both missing soup! Unusually, this was lamb, not beef or pork. The coffee is , a traditional way to prepare coffee in Mexico. The distinct flavor of Cafe de Olla Café de Olla is derived from cinnamon and . To prepare, it is essential to use a traditional earthen clay pot. piloncillo
A car decorated for a –a girl’s 15th birthday, a big celebration in all of Latin American. It marks the age when she goes from being a child to a woman. I hope to attend one of these parties while I’m here. Quinceañera
Meliza took us to see their weekend home. The house is finished, but the garden area is still under construction.
The roses are in bloom.
The garden is still under construction, but already has many lovely features.
This niche in the kitchen is all tile. I only wish I could have shown off the ceilings–large domes, made of brick, and topped with a windowed “chimney” to let in natural light. It’s a beautiful home and decorated so well.
I love the decorative details of their house. Today it’s decorated for –the Day of the Dead. Dia de Los Muertos
This is my favorite feature–their altar, almost ready for the Day of the Dead celebrations. November 1 is for children who died young. November 2 is for adults. Photos of those who have passed are displayed along with sugar skulls, decorative skeletons and offerings of the things they liked in life: cigarettes, tequila and favorite foods. Here, Meliza adds photos of her grandparents. Also notice the candles on the floor, arranged into a cross.
This is a “cookie” composed of two thin wafers (similar to church communion wafers) with some extra tasty caramel ( cajeta) between. There was a bowl of these on the altar, but I gobbled this one down. Hope that’s not sacrilegious.
The living room with bar.
Amazing kitchen with some of the best tile work I’ve seen. I’m envious! In my shared kitchen, it’s just too much trouble to cook. I’d live in this one.
Their weekend house is decorated with Mexican art, including these dolls.
It was a great day and we also visited a greenhouse and drove through a park. More photos to follow!