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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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Corvallis Mexican folklore 4-H club kids doing a dance from Veracruz

Corvallis Mexican folklore 4-H club kids doing a dance from Veracruz

We had to grab a quick dinner tonight. So why not head to La Rockita, the local chain of affordable, authentic Oaxacan-style Mexican restaurants, especially since it was Cinco de Mayo? I’m always craving their tacos de lengua (braised beef tongue).

Little did we know we were in for a special treat. Traditional Veracruz and Jalisco Mexican folklore dances by colorfully costumed kids from a local 4-H club. It was pretty precious. But I should have stuck with the tongue tacos. The camarones de crema was too fishy and rich. Consistency. Keep it simple. I’ve found a simple dish that can’t be improved upon. Succulent meat, its grease undercut by crisp radishes, diced onions, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Enfolded in a warm corn tortilla shell. Why should I order anything else?

Le le le lengua

Le le le lengua

Skip the camarones de crema

Skip the camarones de crema

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Written by baltimoregon

May 6, 2009 at 12:58 am

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  1. I’d have to agree that the camarones de crema does not look all that great, but I do love Mexican food. Great pictures. Thanks.

    forsythkid

    May 6, 2009 at 8:11 am

  2. Cinqo de Mayo is a powerful motivator. We had kosher mexican for dinner on saturday night; joint celebration of birthdays and mother’s day. The most popular item was the Sopa de Calabacitas (frorm September 2007 Gourmet magazine) which calls for epazote leaves (could not find those and had to substitute fresh dill). Still delicious though and thought of you, Laura, as I made it!

    Judy

    May 11, 2009 at 8:46 am

  3. Thanks Judy! Sounds delicious:) You could probably get dried epazote at any little Mexican market or grocery store with a big Mexican food section. I want to grow it!

    Laura

    May 11, 2009 at 10:34 am


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