Big Ass Tamali in Xilitla

After a overnight bus trip involving 3 bus changes, including the change of not only bus but also bus company we made it to Xilitla (Ha-leet-la). We have travelled to this small out of the way town to see one thing, Las Pozas. This is a cement wonderland created by some rich british excentric in the rainforest in a lost part of Mexico.

We arrived just before dawn and had quite a wait till any hotel, of the two in town, showed any desire for business. Oh well, good chance to scout for the local breakfast food. What i found was a lady digging the following out of what can only be described as a big ass tamali. For those who dont get much of a picture from that; a large wrap of banana leaf(?) filled with steamed(?) corn, tomato and meat. This oe had cow and chicken in it. As it was breakfast i took the safer option of chicken.

It was pretty tasty. The best tamali i have ever eaten.

The next day when looking for the big ass tamali lady we couldnt find her (she had moved down the street)

we opted for the more standard style tamali and got:

It was nowhere near as exciting. And it strangly just had a bit of chicken bone in the center of each tamali rather than meat. Bit odd and unsatisfying.

Then we headed up to the cement pool and found they were indeed as odd as could be imagined. It was a cloudy rainy day which made it even more like some demented wonderland. And i got carrot cake!

After returning to the normal world i got me some Caldo. This is soup as you can see. Has a bit off a curry thing going on. This one has become the standard for chicken soup for me. Though maybe it was the burnt tortillas that i got with it. Burnt tortillas rule. Maybe they just remind me of the chipatis my mum used to make to go with the lentals (mung bean if i was lucky, or demanding).

One other item of note was a dish i got off the menu of the day in a city called San Luis Potosi. It was called Texas Chicken i think. It ended up being a hotdog wrapped in chicken in turn wrapped in bacon, then smothered in bbq sauce. As you may guess this is just my sort of “chicken”. Might have to try manufacture this one when i get home.

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Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

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