Rice, beans, plantain, tortillas, quesadilla, guacamole, salsa, tequila…need we go on? Food in Central America is one (very prominent!) reason we love this part of the world so much.
Here, we share some cuisine which may have gone under the radar in the past. Move over Mexico, your neighbours have some pretty sensational tastebud pleasers of their own.
At first glance, the Day of the Dead in Mexico City sounds like it would be a solemn, quiet affair, but don’t be fooled.
In fact, it’s filled with brightly coloured altars, delicious celebration food and spirits of all kinds – from visiting ancestors to a cool mezcal cocktail! So what do you need to know to survive the deathly trip of a lifetime?
Thomasina Miers is passionate about all things Mexican and a devoted chilli lover, so who better to ask for a spicy Mexcian-inspired dish than this famous Intrepid Foodie who helped design Intrepid’s Real Food Adventure Mexico…
“Most people think about chillies in terms of heat and their capacity to blow one’s head off. I think about how they can delicately pep up a pile of silky aubergines, how tobacco-flavoured chillies can add deep mysterious tones to molten chocolate, how smoky chillies can add body to slow cooked stews and how smoked, sweet peppers can add a note of earthiness to eggs, grilled flatbreads and sautéed greens,” Tommi explains.
The cuisine and culture of Mexico had obsessed MasterChef Australia 2012 winner Andy Allen and finalist Ben Milbourne for years before they met and became friends during the show’s fourth series.
In October 2013, the boys travelled on Intrepid’s Real Food Adventure Mexico through the country’s tastiest foodie hot spots, including Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca and Chiapas, to explore the tastes, sights, smells and culture that Mexico has to offer.
From Panama and Belize to Guatemala and Nicaragua, the warm waters and colourful traditions of Central America are brimming with celebration.
Whether you’re after a raucous street party, holy vigil or flamboyant parade, there is a destination, and a festival, to explore every month of the year. We’ve handpicked our six must-see festivals in Central America and Mexico – the promised lands of party:
Mexican-mad Masterchefs Andy Allen (2012 Australia winner) and Ben Milbourne have recently returned from their Intrepid Real Food Adventure Mexico.
This food trip debunked a lot of myths about Mexican food for Ben and Andy, so we sat down with them to find out what they think now about travelling in Mexico, authentic Mexican cuisine and what tips they brought home…
You know that restaurant in your neighborhood that you always pass by, meaning to go there some other time?
Then when you finally do go, you realize it is the best! The best drinks, the most fun staff and delicious food. Soon you’re kicking yourself for passing by this gem for so long. Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I first went to Mexico!
It’s only in the last five or so years that mezcal has become well known outside of Mexico. And within this fiery nation it was seen as the drink of miners and Mexican cowboys (charros) for many years, so not considered very hip.
Mexican food was the first to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Cuisine. And as the birthplace of many now traditional dishes, including mole poblano, chalupas, cemitas, and chiles en nogada, Puebla is a good place to get to know the local treats.
If you’re visiting, here are 10 locations that MatadorU student Jessica Festa recommends for tasting authentic Mexican food…