Ok 2 weeks ago one of my students wanted me to experience Mexican culture here in suburban Philadlephia. Kennett Square is about 45 mins away from Philadelphia and 30 minutes from where I live. My student is from Mexico and his mother works in the community in Kennett. He said that the food is outstanding and just like home. He mentioned that there is shop that makes a mean Tres Leches Cake. So after class I told him to call his mom and tell her I was going to find this Tres Leches cake.
It turned into an adventure that I'll never forget. We found the Mexican Bakery in Kennett Square Panaderia Lara. I saw the Tres Leches cake and nearly fell over. I haven't had Tres Leches dessert in over 20 years.
It was a dense cake with peaches in between the layers. The frosting was light and you would expect it to be overly sweet. That wasn't the case the cake was moist from all the tres leches being soaked in and the it was perfect not sweet at all. I asked my student how this compared to Mexico he said it was the real deal. I was like a kid in the candy store. Panaderia Lara serves Mexican Food also, tacos, burritos, and many more things. When I was in the store there were lots of people buying up the pastries. I didn't get to try the pastries but next time I will.
Having satisfied my sweet tooth, I asked my student Erik where the best tacos were. He mentioned La Pena Mexicana on Cypress street. I said lets go over and try these tacos. I had 3 tacos, chorizo, bistec, and Al Pastor.
The chorizo and bistec were ok nothing to cry home about. The Al Pastor taco was the best I have ever had. The salsa on it was insane and the pastor has so much flavor. I even got 1 more pastor taco to satisfy my taco craving.
After all of this eating Erik mentioned a mexican ice cream shop. I couldn't fathom eating anymore food. So we decided to head over to La Michoacano Ice Cream shop on the main drag in kennett. I sampled the cajete ice cream and just couldn't believe the flavors. I didn't try the other flavor combinations, but I heard from erik mom that the corn ice cream with cinammon sprinkled over it was out of this world.
I was so happy to have done this food journey. If you guys want to try true mexican cuisine come out to kennett square pa.
PS I have done many mexican place in philadelphia and Kennett really blows them away. My 2 cents, if anybody trys these place you'll be hooked like me. They are in a 5 minute drive away from each other.
Viva La Mexico