Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Festival de Sabor...food festival

This weekend the first ever Fiesta de Sabor (Food Festival) took place in San Miguel, sponsored by Sabor magazine, the Mexican Gourmet magazine. Of course we went. Upon entry, we were issued wrist bands for identification, bags (recyclable!) to carry all the literature and samples, a Sabor magazine, a tasting tray and a wine glass with our name written on it. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people were present, probably 75% Mexican, many from Mexico City, Monterrey and other cities within a days' drive of San Miguel.

We went with our friends Irene Pagan (Texan through and through) and Debe Moscowitz, formerly of Washington, D.C.

Over 70 exhibitors were present - restaurants, wineries, Viking appliances, real estate companies. Plenty of wine samples and food to try. And, as at all such festivals, plenty of lovely girls to ogle (not by me, of course). Mexican men prefer a substantial booty!

We attended a wine tasting, sponsored by a Spanish wine company (Torres) and learned how our taste buds work! An added benefit was the Spanish lesson - I learned lots of new words from the presenter, who had a very clear accent.

Linda was particularly impressed with the presentation of some of the samples, as shown below. Salad on a skewer, no less!

We spent about 5 hours at the Festival, filling our bellies and our eyes. There was also entertainment, including Gil & Cartas (our favorite musicians) and a belly dancer! Dinner was strictly optional that night, as you may imagine.

From the sublime to the ridiculous! That's Mexico for you. The next day we went to Costco in Celaya, a nearby town (famous for its goat milk caramel sauce, by the way). A hot dog and soft drink were 19 pesos, about $1.75.

But note the difference in condiments! The Mexicans love their hot peppers with everything, including hot dogs!

Not much else to say about Costco. It's about as successful in Mexico as it is in the US. A few other differences include: guards on bicycles in the parking lot, people to wash your car while you shop, people to wheel your cart to your car and unload it for you (for a small tip).
Bella and Gigi were not at the food festival, but they want to say
goodbye to you!

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