Wednesday, December 7, 2011

El Rodeo, El Serrano.... Move Over! Mexican Cuisine has a New Boss in Town

La Borimex.... The New Heavyweight!

Chili Rellenos
So, I am challenged each year here at the Harvest Moon when it comes to our October Cooking Demo. You see, there is this group of ladies that come. Each year I put together a new and exciting demo just for them. One year it was Italian, then German...another year it was French and now this past year it was Mexican.

Mexican, I thought... hmmmm. I can get really creative with this one. The Mole sauce alone is enough to bring anyone out to learn. However the Chili Rellenos were the winner of the day. The different sauces both green and red were just the right accompaniment for many of the dishes we prepared.

Move over El Serrano and El Rodeo
Restaurants, there were plenty! El Serrano, El Rodeo, downtown Mexican restaurants and so on... But in my backyard.... not much going on. Or wait; was there?

Preparing Mole
You bet there was... we ate at La Borimex in Hinkletown on RT 322. This place rocks! It's kinda a little grocer/restaurant.... (I saw it some where called a "GROCERANT"...I think I will use it). And the atmosphere was like eating in a small little Mexican Grocery Store... sort of in the rough, however made you feel like you were in the middle of Mexico picking up your groceries and stopping for a quick bite.

I spoke with the owner earlier in the day, preparing a meal for the 9 of us... Asking for some unusual things on the menu and then some of the more familiar things as well. Of course the Nachos and Salsa came out first...the salsa was pretty darn good, with fresh ingredients and a wonderful rounded out flavor with plenty of cilantro, (I lover my cilantro). Then came what seemed to be about twenty thousand courses of food, each with it's own name, style, flavor, sauce, color and appearance. And each was just as flavorful as the last.

Mexican Soda Bar
Peppers are ready for Mole

Tomatillos, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, chocolate.....
My two personal favorites of the evening were the Guacamole, and the Chili Rellenos. The guacamole was bright green and filled with just the right kick of lemon, cilantro and seasoning. Not overwhelming, but right on the money. The chips were the perfect match. Then came the Rellenos; filled with either meat or cheese, I chose the cheese. perfectly fried with the egg whites with a perfect tomato sauce that would not stop delivering.

Chef Carl prepares the Chili Rellenos

Am I going back... you bet'cha! Probably soon with the family to enjoy once again this "glimpse" into Mexico.... Put it on your list of restaurants to visit, you wont be sorry! And as for next year with the Ladies... I've been instructed to do research for an Hawaiian/Polynesian cooking demo.... Where the heck is that restaurant at in Lancaster? 

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