Food & Drink
Did you leave room for the Rosca de Reyes?Christmas season not over yet...
For those of you who live in Mexico, it’s that time of year again. For those of you just visiting or if you’re new to Mexican traditions, welcome to another quite enjoyable festivity. You may have noticed the large round, colorful cakes appearing in supermarket aisles and bakery windows. These are the Rosca de Reyes and they are part of a beautiful, Christian holiday in many Hispanic countries. It really depends who you talk to and who you end up sharing your Rosca with as to the story that you’ll be told. But here is everything that we think you need to know before embarking on your Rosca journey this weekend. Rosca de Reyes, which literally translates as The Kings' Ring is a donut-shaped, sweet bread, topped with dried fig strips, chopped cherries, lemon peel slices, jelly pieces and sugar. It looks somewhat like a colorful crown and it is almost always accompanied by a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
Holiday Treats at L'Amour du PainThe Newest French Bakery in Town
Mid City Beat has been to visit one of the newest bakery in town and we are here to tell you that it’s most definitely worth a visit. L’Amour du Pain is tucked away in Aleman and is quickly becoming a hit with locals and foreigners alike. If you're like me and you love the smell of fresh bread in the morning then you will not be able to resist popping in and filling your basket with freshly baked goods, from savoury baguettes and loaves of crusty bread to sweet pastries filled with delicious jam.
Chef Spotlight: Christian Bravo Restaurant Sanbravo brings Surf and Turf with the Essence of the Yucatecan Kitchen
One of the things that continues to amaze me about this town is the talented chefs and the up and coming culinary scene. Mexico is famous for its almost infinite variety of authentic dishes, ingredients, and colorful, spicy dishes. It’s been a treasure trove for the likes of chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri, and Mario Batali. Yucatan’s gastronomic history is excessively rich boasting one of Mexico’s most diverse kitchens with hundreds of indigenous spices making for droves of original and traditional dishes. It is truly is foodie heaven. As my curious mind ventures into the culinary world of Merida I have been lucky enough to meet many like-minded people and some fantastic chefs. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by my friend Marilia to Sanbravo Seafood and Steakhouse opened up on Prologacion Montejo in the north end of town. It has been open for less than a year and, because of its strategic location and stylish facade it draws the attention of the passersby. I have been to Sanbravo now four times. My latest visit was for a wine tasting and pairing which was a super fun night with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic sommelier and a food pairing that incredible. It is a large restaurant, modern and fashionable. Walking in you will see a glass wall decorated with bottles of the house wine: a cabernet sauvignon, merlot and tempranillo mix made especially for the restaurant by El Cielo Valle de Guadalupe. The bottles are stacked from the floor to the ceiling. The restaurant has two modern elegant dining rooms. The bar lining the back wall blends into the grey hues and candlelit ambiance of the main room. The other room, which can also be used for private events, has a huge screen which covers the whole wall. This was actually quite cool when used for the wine tasting event I attended. We were able to see a video of the vineyard as we were tasting the wine – very high tech.
Five Great Spots to Eat Asian Food inMerida, Yucatan
The MID CityBeat team has ventured into the city to find five great spots for Asian food. As Merida grows, so does the culinary choices and we are trying to keep our readers and followers up to date.