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La Marquesa: A meal in the Pine Forest of Estado de México


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La Marquesa: A meal in the Pine Forest of Estado de México

kare_raisu | Jun 16, 2009 11:46 PM

Traveling the road in between the state capital of Toluca and Distrito Federal will surely destroy many Americans middle school Mexican geography education. Their tan sand, blinding sun in bright blue sky and scattered green cactus stereotype of this country is instead replaced by lush green fields, fragrant beautiful pine trees and the occasional trout farm.

Popular amongst weekending chilangos escaping their city's urbanity is La Marquesa - a collection of roadside restaurants situated in the foothills as you near Toluca.
The shining local roots food served here makes US highway diner 'cuisine' look like barely passable dog food.

When you stop you are flagged down by the multiple neighboring restaurants to stop at their place - each painted with the many options of dishes they are able to prepare for you [conejo, trucha, escamoles, sopa azteca, chammoro etc etc]. Once you find the most matronly cocineras you park in front of their resto-cabin and enter.

The food available is proudly displayed and made known to you verbally once you sit down. Your order is responded by the inextricable scents and sounds of the Mexican kitchen - hand patting of fresh blue corn masa, beans bubbling away, chorizo frying.

This was going to be my last meal in Mexico after an admirable 4 day meet DF trip and it left me with that exact strong impression I hoped for.

I ordered the Sopa Azteca - a tomato guajillo broth resplendent with smoky toasted tortilla and topped with generous crackling chicharron, melting quesillo and soft anisey avocado.The kind of dish that makes your soul just crumble with pleasure.

With this came my blue corn tacos of blood sausage, huitlacoche and flor de calabaza with requeson. The moranga was like tasting it for the first time; so impressive and so close to the charcuterie center of Mexico in Toluca. Only in Mexico.

La Marquesa for me was breathtaking food in and equally breathtaking environment. It gave me that extra hard last slap to get my self back to Mexico as soon as I can.

Cabana El Manatial
La Marquesa, Edo. de Mexico
Rte Toluca - DF

More of that 'breathtaking' environment: : o)

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