going off of dommys! tips i checked out the flavors of the yucatan this week.
thursday night on the way to a dinner party i stopped off at La Flor de Yucatan (on hoover just north of the ten) to pick up some pastries.
got one of each of the top shelf of pastries (the stuff from yucatan i was told)
guava and cheese
jalapeno and cheese (but sweet!)
one with a meat filling
and two others that i cant remember.
also got half a Hojadra. its basically like a ham and cheese sandwhich but made flat in the shape of a pizza (about a foot in diameter) with the same pastry dough as the other pastries in the shop with a sweet sugary outside. its only 6.50 for a whole thing.
got another thing that is like a bready slightly gelatinous honeyed cake. that was the most popular thing with my friends. sold in 3"x1"x1" blocks.
i found the pastries to be all a bit heavy but fun to try everything and cheap. i think i walked out of there having spent about 7 dollars.
Saturday i had lunch with my sister at Chichen Itza in the cute Mercado la Paloma
we got sopa de lima: a light clear clean tasting soup that had turkey shreds, crispy tortilla shreds, with a light tomato citric flavor (a slice of lime floating in the soup.
we got the cochinita pibil entree which was nice. (my sisters favorite) its marinated pork with beans, rice and tortillas
got a salbute which is a fluffy corn tortilla with shredded turkey, cucumbers, tomatoes, pickled red onions and avocado.
tasted Kibi: three small ground beef patties (about 2" diameter) fried with cracked wheat. has a similar bite to falafel. hard fried exterior with a soft but still firm interior. served on shredded pickled cabbage and pickled red onions.
got brazo de reina: steamed tamale in banana leaf with spinach, ground roasted pumpkin seed, hard boiled eggs. its presented on a plate, tamale sliced into about 7 sections, radiating around a bed of rice with a light tomato sauce
we got the papadzul which is yucatan style enchilada. its four corn tortillas stuffed with hard boiled egg, roasted pumpkin seed and a very gentle epazote sauce.
with a guanabana agua fresca it all came to 28 bucks before tip.
i thought everything was clean tasting, freash, and very subtley flavored. maybe a little to mild for my own taste. i was hoping for something a little more bold.
they did have a nice hot sauce and some pretty spicy small red chilis that they gave me.
if you go you should check the daily specials (which i didnt see and wasnt told about) but they had a deep red soup called something like mondongo and a venison dish. (didnt ask how it was prepared)
for more detailed descriptions of dishes served at chichin itza see the website at:
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