Pigeon party in the center park of Campeche.⠀
“Papadzules de Jaiba” This dish is said to go back to the days of the Mayans. For simplicity, think of these as enchiladas stuffed with Blue Crab. If you don’t know what enchiladas are then I can’t help you. What makes these special (papadzule) is the sauce that they dip the tortillas in during preparation. It is made from toasted then grounded pumpkin seeds. That is then blended with a broth of “epazote.” Epazote is a herb uniquely found in Mexico and other Latin American countries, kinda like oregano but not. The whole thing is absolutely delicious. If your asking yourself where can I get this plate Gosh Darn it! Hop on a plane to Campeche and La Palapa del Tio Fito can hook you up. ⠀
The butcher at the “mercado” of San Francisco. A carnivore's best friend.
“Chilpachole” Who likes shrimp? And what does this shot glass full of dark red/brown soup have to do with shrimp. Well, let me explain, as part of your “botanitas” (free snacks before your meal) at Tio Fitos, the server will come around with what looks like a diner thermus but instead of coffee coming out, a small glass of “Chilpachole” is poured. A thick bisque made from boiling mostly shrimp, arbol chili, tomatoes, epazote, guajillo peppers, garlic, onion, and lime. Also a common drink found in the cantinas, aka the true Mexican Bloody Mary - seafood style 🍤.
Deep in the Mexican state of Campeche you will find the mayan ruins of Edzna. One of my favorite Mayan ruins and shall I dare say I think it’s more impressive than Chichen Itza. It is extremely well preserved and gets only a trickle of visitors a day which makes for a tranquil walk through the ancient mayan past.
“Chilaquiles,” my favorite breakfast food by far! A bottom layer of lightly fried corn tortillas smothered in your choice of a red or green sauce or both if your feeling adventurous. Then on top goes a drizzle of fresh cream sauce (not sour cream) with crumbled Queso Fresco (cheese) and two fried eggs. BOOM SHAKA! Thanks "Los Abuelos Campeche" restaurant.