Blog a la Pibil

"Blog a la Pibil" was born in Mexico, and was originally based on the adventures of Josue and Lupita, who were traveling in Mexico for two months. This blog is now a continuation of the life of Lupita, who has been restored to her life as a mere mortal in Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Today is our last day in Guadalajara. Tomorrow, we begin our journey to Oaxaca, in the south of Mexico, where we will stay for two weeks. We are getting to Oaxaca via Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City and Puebla, in that order. After Oaxaca, we will travel to San Cristobal de las Casas, a colonial city in the southern state of Chiapas, right next to Guatemala. I don't know whether we'll be able to post pictures, but, assuming we can scrounge up a computer, the blogging will continue.

Of the cities we are hitting in the next week, I'm currently most excited about Puebla, which is the birthplace of mole ("mo-lay"). According to the Lonely Planet's "World Food: Mexico," mole is a "chile-based sauce . . . made using a variety of chiles, herbs, spices and chocolate." Mole is typically served in the form of a thick turkey or chicken stew. Moles vary widely from one another - some are green, some are red, some are brown - and recipes vary from city to city, and from family to family. Some mole recipes involve 20 ingredients, others involved 100 (e.g. cloves, cinnamon, pepper, cilantro, sesame seeds, chocolate, etc.).

In addition to mole, Puebla is also famous for chiles en nogada, in which green chiles poblana are stuffed with a stew of beef and fruits and "topped with nogada, a white almond-chestnut cream sauce and adorned with red semillas de granada (pomegranate seeds)."

We will, of course, keep you updated on everything we eat. Oh, and if we happen to go to some museums, we'll tell you about those as well.

Adios Guadalajara!


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