Sunday, September 17, 2006

Fiesta, Mexican Independence Day

A Comida on a Holiday is a leisurely affair and certainly a Mexican Independence Day Comida with Rick and Deb in the country is just that....leisurely, relaxing and overflowing with wonderful food and interesting people.
There is no need to rush. Everyone just sank into the icpalli chairs and couches under a tent or on the portico, snacked on a wonderful selection of cheeses and fruit or guacamole and chips or chicharrones. There was time for conversations, not like sound bites at a cocktail party, but real discussions.
At some point in the afternoon, the hosts put the food on the buffet....chiles en nogada, perfectly done red, white and green rice arranged like a Mexican Flag, and coleslaw. Without a doubt, the best chiles en nogada I've ever had. The filling had just the right mix of meat, fruit and spice and the walnut delicioso. The tables were gorgeous with red Independence Day print table cloths and colored glassware. We all lingered at the table getting to know more about our companions sitting next to us. I think that our hosts must know everyone in San Miguel because we always meet someone new at their parties.

Eventually we all moved back out under the tent and later Deb served a wonderful rich creamy chocolate cake with a BIG dollop of Mexican whipped cream.

It was almost dark when we left. About six hours for a Mexican comida on a holiday....that is just about the right amount of time and certainly the perfect way to celebrate Mexican Independence and our opportunity to live here.

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