A new shipment of cookbooks arrived from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. One of the new books I was eagerly awaiting was Fonda San Miguel: Thirty Years of Food and Art. The first time I went to Fonda San Miguel restaurant was back in 1981 (I think) when I was a flower girl in a wedding. The rehearsal dinner was held there and I remember thinking the food was really good, but I don’t remember much else. Several years later, I went back as an adult and this time I took in the vibrant surroundings, the art on the walls, the intricately cut papel picado (or cut paper banners) hanging from the ceiling, the peaceful entry courtyard area, and of course, the food.
The food at FSM is not typical TexMex, but rather interior Mexican food full of flavor and texture. There is a variety of seafood selections such as ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice) and enchiladas suizas de jaiba (crab enchiladas) as well as regional delicacies such as quesadillas de huitlacoche (corn fungus – which is just starting to gain following as Mexican truffles), which has a nutty, earthy flavor. The queso is not a liquid mixture to be scooped up with tortilla chips, but rather a thick, gooey serving of melted cheese served with warm tortillas. Mmmm, delicioso y sabroso (delicious and flavorful)! (more…)