Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Saturday in Monterrey

Last Saturday, after a successful day in Linares - the local professor here shared with us the seed from 72 different populations of wild chile from Nuevo Leon and Tamulipas - Jose and I took the day off to see what Monterrey had to offer.

We ate the local speciality, cabrito. It is a young goat, taken at 40 days or younger. It is then slowly roasted over indirect heat on angled spits for up to 6 hours. When you order, you specify which part of the kid you would like - shoulder, leg, rib/chest, or the lower back, which has all the kidney fat attached to it. We tried the shoulder and the lower back. Here is a gratuitous close up of our platter. The fatty back piece is closest to you here, with the kidney hidden in the bulge of fat.

While the meat was really quite tasty and tender, there was a definite lack of vegetables available. We walked off the meal and headed to another cultural event, un partido de futbol. Los Tigres de Monterrey v. Los Jaguares de Chiapas. The game ended 1 - 1 with the tying goal for the Jaguares coming in the last minutes of the second half.

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