Saturday night, my family took me out to eat tacos al pastor. It was quite possibly the most delicious food I have eaten so far in Mexico, which is saying something given the sheer amount of delicious food I have eaten in the past two months.
This adventure started out the way most adventures here do: my family told me to get in the car. In other words, I usually have no idea of what I'm getting myself into, but I try to just go with the flow. As we spend 25 minutes driving through downtown Cuernavaca at 8:30 Saturday night, I wonder why we aren't stopping at any of the numerous taquerías we're driving past. After all, this is Mexico, there are delicious tacos on almost every street corner! Well, this long-ish drive was totally worth it.
We eventually pull up to a brightly lit taquería a couple of blocks down a dark street. Immediately, I notice the man carving meat from the spit into small corn tortillas before lopping off a chunk of pineapple. No matter where that pinapple flew, he managed to gracefully catch it in the taco. Over and over and over again like a piece of choreography. As we sit down my family greets one of the workers that they know. My mom asks me what I want. When I turn to her with a confused expression on my face, she orders me three tacos al pastor with everything. Waiting for the food, the atmosphere of this little taquería overwhelms me. The fuzzy little tv in the corner with a soccer game. The sizzle of meat as it's cooked behind me. Smelling the overall goodness of Mexican food.
And then the food comes. My tacos, loaded up with meat, pineapple, cilantro, and onion. I try the different salsas on the table, and then wish I hadn't as my mouth starts to burn, my face turns bright red, and I start sweating from the spice. But it is some of the most delicious food I've ever eaten. The sweet tang of the pineapple as I take a bite, cilantro and onion falling in my lap. Needing to finish every last bite. Washing it all down with the ever present Coca (aka Coca Cola).
I am in heaven.
I hope to return some day soon.