I was recently in Mexico to attend cooking classes at La Villa Bonita (see my post on Poblanos con Crema) in Tepotzlan, one of the “pueblos magicos” or magic villages. It’s a mere 1.5 hours from the Mexico City airport reached via smooth, well-maintained and safe highways. The year-round temperature is in the upper 70s/low 80s Farenheit. Located in the mountains at an elevation of around 5,000 feet, it truly is a magic village. As luck would have it, my culinary adventure fell during Carnival. While some of the local residents grumble, many villagers and tourists from other countries and Mexico City find it to be a charming way to see how it’s celebrated. The photos I’ve included show men in very elaborate caped and masked attire. The theme is making fun of the Spanish invaders and celebrating the strength of the native peoples. The Delicious Dish I’m featuring is mole (mo-lay). A traditional Mexican sauce made from around 17 — yes– 17 ingredients, is prepared for celebrations, large family gatherings and other special events. It’s not an everyday food, as it takes a fair amount of time and patience to create.
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