Passport for Your Palate-Tostadas and a Mule
One of the great things about traveling is tasting. No trip should be taken without making a dive into the local cuisine and trying out the restaurants. January had me in a new destination with new yet familiar flavors. I am a spice girl. I love foods with a lot of flavor and a bit of heat. I got just that with my visit to Frida's in La Antigua Guatemala this past month.
Frida's is a Mexican restaurant located close to the heart of La Antigua on 5a. Ave. Norte 29. It is open 10am to 1am and has two floors with bars and dining. My visit had our group seated on the second floor as a stop for appetizers before heading to our dinner meeting. The place has a very upbeat vibe serving both locals and travelers. Reservations recommended. The cuisine is traditional Mexican with a flare. For our appetizers we had mini tostadas served with very fun and tasty cocktails. Frida's was gracious enough to share with us the ingredients of our delicious bites that I'd like to pass on to you. They would be great party pleasers.
The recipes for the drinks we had are:
1.5 oz of white tequila mixed with lime, triple sec and chile de árbol infussion. Served in a margarita glass with salt and chile on the rim!
1.5 oz of young mezcal mixed with macerated ginger, lime, sugar and cucumber topped with tonic water. Served with ice and a piece of fresh grapefruit.
Tostadas de pulpo:
Cover a black corn tostada with an avocado mouse, top it with grilled octopus with garlic and coriander and put a bit of chile de árbol oil on top!
Fresh tuna marinated in lime and orange juice with cilantro, pepper and pickled onion. Add sweet corn kernels, put in a corn tostada and top with chipotle mayo.
Note the corn tostadas were about the size you would find in a corn chip bag. I would use a circle cutter to cut out from real corn tostada for these small bites. My personal favorites were the Oax Mule and the Tostadas Atún. Enjoy!
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, SC, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.