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5 Traditional Dishes to Discover Food in Mexico

The food in Mexico is as delicious as it is varied. It is the meeting of pre-Hispanic gastronomy with Spanish food. Traditional Mexican cuisine is famous all over the world. It is rare to go on a trip and not find a ‘Mexico dish’ in restaurants. Nevertheless, if it is abroad, the dishes will always be adapted a little to make them more appealing to the local public.

Such is the recognition that in 2010 UNESCO included Mexico’s traditional food in the list of intangible cultural heritage.

The main ingredients are corn, chili, piloncillo, tomato, prickly pear, beans and coriander. What would tacos in Mexico be without a good salsa to go with them?

Relax and whet your appetite with these delicious dishes typical of Mexican gastronomy. Our selection includes main courses, sauces and desserts.

1. Tacos in Mexico

Mexican tacos al pastor, tacos de canasta, Mexican tacos de suadero, tacos de cochinilla pibil, tacos gobernador, tacos de birria…

The variety is immense! The tacos need no introduction.

The base is a corn tortilla with different ingredients inside, depending on the taste of the person who eats them.

It comes from the Nahuatl word tlahco, which means “half” or “in the middle” and its origin dates back to pre-Hispanic times.

2. Menudo, Mondongo Soup or Pancita Soup

Menudo is a spicy soup typical of Coahuila. It is made of beef (belly, leg, and marrow bones) and corn.

The recipe varies depending on where you are. In the north of Mexico, it has a base of dried red chili, and in the states of Sonora and Sinaloa, it is made with a clear broth called menudo blanco.

No celebration in Mexico is complete without a menudo dish!

Rumour has it that a good menudo dish cures a hangover after a day of partying.

3. Mexican Mole Sauce

Mole sauce is one of the most famous Mexican food sauces. The earliest records of it date back to 1500. It is usually served with roast chicken or pork, but if you want to serve it with something else, no problem.

Some mole recipes take time, up to several days. It all depends on the recipe you follow and the ingredients. The secret is in the number of spices you add to the chocolate base, so whatever you do, don’t forget to add the dried chilies!

4. Fish Veracruz Style

The most typical fish to prepare this dish is huachinango, also called red snapper because of its red meat.

You can imagine how much fish there is in Veracruz thanks to the Gulf of Mexico, so you can cook more varieties of fish with the original recipe.

It is a very original and curious dish because it mixes indigenous food, for example, the number of spices, and Spanish food, with the olives and capers that are so Mediterranean. Tomatoes, onions, peppers, and other typical ingredients, fill the dish with joy and vitality.

Accompany it with rice and tortillas – you won’t regret this delicious dish!

5. Chongos Zamoranos

This dessert is made with milk, sugar, and cinnamon and is typical of Zamora de Hidalgo, in Michoacan.

The name comes from the Nahuatl language and means “hair”, due to the shape the milk takes when it is boiled.

The nuns of Zamora usually make them and sell them to people. If you travel there, don’t hesitate to buy and try them!

In any case, they are easy to prepare, so you can surprise your guests with a meal at home finished with delicious chongos!

Combine them with a Margarita and a Reposado

The food in Mexico is splendid and varied. Moreover, the many colours of its dishes remind us of the cheerful and vivid personality of the Mexicans.

Mexico also has famous drinks that have been exported to other parts of the world for years, such as tequila. Prepare cocktails or simply enjoy a few shots. The truth is that there is so much more to this topic, we’ll leave it for another time. Use iScribo’s spelling and grammar checker to ensure that your recipes are well written. You will see that iScribo corrects as you write and detects the variety of Spanish you are using.

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20+ Onomatopoeias in Spanish – Ran Rataplán!

Have you ever wondered what rain sounds like, or an object falling?

All languages use words that imitate or recreate the sound of the thing or action in question. They are an expressive resource that is both powerful and fun, bringing together an idea or situation in very little space.

This is what we call onomatopoeias and, as you will see, they apply to practically everything, including animal sounds.

We won’t keep you any longer, bla, bla, bla, bla. Below you will find a list of onomatopoeias for you to practise.

Animal sound onomatopoeias

1. ¡Beeee!: Sheep’s bleat.

2. ¡Quiquiriquí!: Cock crow.

3. ¡Co, co, co!: Cackle of the hen.

4. ¡Cucú!: Cuckoo’s song.

5. ¡On, on!: Squawk of the goose.

6. ¡Hiiii!: Horse’s neigh.

7. ¡Zzzzzz!: Buzzing of bees.

8. ¡Uuuu, uuuuu!: Hoot of the owl.

Some phrases with examples of onomatopoeia are:

¡Cri, cri! Nadie me contesta cuando hablo.

 (Chirp chirp! Nobody answers me when I talk.)

¡Los cerdos no paran de hacer ruido! ¡Oink, oink!

(The pigs won’t stop making noise! Oink, oink!)

Instrument onomatopoeias

9. ¡Ran rataplán!: Drum.

10. ¡Ria-pitá!: Castanets.

11. ¡Tururú!: Cornet.

12. ¡Tin, tin!: Triangle.

13. ¡Chin, chin!: Cymbals.

Note that some sounds can be expressed in different ways:

¡Se acercan los tambores por allí! ¿Los escuchas, tantarantán?

(The drums are coming that way, do you hear them, boom bang bang?)

Onomatopoeias of objects

14. ¡Rin, rin!: The sound of the doorbell.

15. ¡Ji, ji, ji!: Contained laughter.

16. ¡Plic, plic! Soft rain.

17. ¡Achís!: Sneeze.

18. ¡Buuuuum!: Gunshot.

19. ¡Puaj!: Disgust.

20. ¡Ra-ta-tá!; ¡ra-ta-tá!: Machine gun.

21. ¡Bua, bua!: Crying of a baby.

22. ¡Chap, chap!: Splashing.

23. ¡Paf!: Slap.

24. ¡Tachán!: Surprise.

25. ¡Ñam, ñam!: Eat.

¡Ejem, ejem! ¿Me prestáis atención?

(Ahem, ahem! May I have your attention?)

Practise, Invent and Laugh with Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeias give free rein to the imagination. Many of them are obvious, such as animal sounds. However, others are more elaborate, such as the sounds of instruments.

Don’t worry, if you ever make one up, I’m sure you’ll be understood. Onomatopoeias are still creative resources. And remember, when two words are repeated in the onomatopoeia in Spanish, use a comma to separate them. Use iScribo’s spelling and grammar checker to help you express yourself in Spanish, you’ll see how it corrects your mistakes in real-time. Brrrrum, brrrum, brrrum, what are you waiting for?

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8 Days in Mexico Visiting Cenotes and the Yucatan

Planning a trip to Cancun can be complicated if you overlook some of the wonders it has to offer. You cannot miss any natural reserve and without a doubt, you must visit the beautiful cenotes.

Cancun is much more than just one holiday in Mexico – it is a destination with immense potential that you will fall in love with.

If you decide to go on your own without the help of an agency, don’t miss the following tips.

Buy the plane tickets to Cancun, rent a car for the eight days, book the hotels for each day, pack your suitcase with hiking and beach clothes, and get ready to experience one of the best holidays in Mexico you could ever make.

Day 1: From Cancun to Chichen Itza and Merida

Let’s start the day full of energy! Chichen Itza is located a little more than two and a half hours from Cancun. It was one of the most important city-states of pre-Hispanic America. Recently declared a wonder of the ancient world, it is a site of Mayan culture.

Visit the temple of Kukulkan, the ball game, the observatory, the Temple of the Warriors, the Complex of the Nuns, and the sacred cenote.

Have lunch in the area and head to the Ik Kill cenote. Then drive about two hours to Merida.

Day 2: Round trip to Uxmal from Merida

We hope you slept tight last night!

Today it’s about an hour’s drive to the archaeological site of Uxmal. This is a city that is an example of the classical and post-classical Mayan period. Visit the Pyramid of the Magician and learn about its legend, the Palace of the Governors, and the Nunnery Quadrangle.

After lunch, we recommend that you return to Mérida and visit the city on foot or by car, as a panoramic tour. Don’t miss the chocolate museum, where they will explain the whole process from the harvesting of the cocoa.

Day 3: Ek Balam, Valladolid, Coba & Riviera Maya

After resting, drive about two hours to Ek Balam. This marvel means “black jaguar” in Mayan and shone from 700 to 1000 AD. Stroll around the grandiose Central Plaza and the Tower, an impressive monument due to its size.

The city of Valladolid is only half an hour away. Have lunch at some of its striking restaurants and drive about forty-five minutes to Coba, where you’ll see Mexico’s tallest pyramid.

An hour and a half separate you from the most relaxing part of your trip – the Riviera Maya.

Days 4 to 8: Riviera Maya

We assume that you have booked an all-inclusive hotel. If not, as you are going to read this article before you travel, we highly recommend it.

You can dive, snorkel, and do countless other water sports.

While you have the car, take the opportunity to visit Playa del Carmen and Xcaret. There is an entrance fee, but you can swim in the cenote, see shows and monuments.

Just forty minutes from the Riviera Maya, right there in Quintana Roo, you can find the ruins of Tulum. They are well worth a morning’s visit.

Your hotel will probably organise excursions to see sea turtles and other animals. Don’t miss the opportunity to see incredible animals that only live in that area of the world.

If you like marine fauna and flora, visit the Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park. You won’t see anything like it anywhere else in the world.

One of the Most Comprehensive Holidays in Mexico

Mexico City airport is one of the busiest in the world. We advise you, even if it’s a little cheaper than flying to Cancun, not to be tempted. You don’t want to miss a minute of this nature reserve visiting cenotes. Mexico has so much to offer! Use iScribo’s spell and grammar checker to help you plan your trip and avoid misunderstandings when booking. iScribo identifies the different variants of Spanish and helps you to use the one that suits you best in each case.

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Menorca – Spend an Unforgettable Holiday in Spain

Menorca is considered to be one of the ideal paradise destinations for a holiday in Spain.

This small island in the Balearic Islands offers a multitude of possibilities to enjoy, whether with family, friends, or on your own. It is a multi-purpose location where you can relax, go hiking, enjoy water sports, and much more.

Read this article and indulge yourself with this jewel of the Mediterranean.

Past, Present and Future of Menorca

What we know of Menorca dates to prehistoric times. Even today there are remnants of the typical constructions from before Christ. One example is the Naveta Des Tudons, which is the oldest known funereal monument.

Many civilisations have passed and conquered Menorca – The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Muslims, the Kingdom of Aragon, the Kingdom of Spain, the English, and the French.

All these cultures have made Menorca a unique and incomparable destination. We invite you to learn a little more about its history to understand its present.

Beaches in Menorca

The good thing about an island is that there are beaches galore. Menorca’s geography allows the landscapes to change from north to south, with white sand beaches, such as Cala en Porter; golden sand, such as Cala Mica; and reddish sand, such as Cala Pregonda, which is a true spectacle of nature.

The best coves on the island are in hidden places, so you will have to walk, sometimes up to an hour, to reach them. It is worth it! Most of them are not overcrowded and the purity of the water is hard to find nowadays, like in Cala Turqueta.

If you happen to be caught on a cloudy day, don’t hesitate, Cavalleria beach is the perfect place to spend a quiet day in an unrepeatable setting.

Places to Stroll

It’s not all beaches, Menorca also offers Mediterranean landscapes worthy of admiration.

Take a stroll through Binibeca, undoubtedly the jewel of the island. It is a fisher’s village full of labyrinthine streets and whitewashed houses. You will find small, authentic cafés and restaurants with the best products of the island.

While you’re in the area, head to the Olla de Binisafua, which has a cliff under very porous limestone rock, which over the centuries has allowed nature to build unbeatable “ollas”, or inlets in the rock, accessible from small concrete paths and where you can bathe.

Wander in the Bay of Fornells, the perfect place to delight your palate with the famous lobster stew, the island’s most emblematic dish. It has a cliff where you can relax while watching the waves break.

Don’t forget to stroll through the streets and harbour of both Mahon and Ciudadela. Romantic landscapes with many shops where you can buy handicrafts, abarcas, and other local products. Have a famous pomada, a drink based on gin and lemonade.

Other Activities

Enjoy water sports in every corner of the island, take a boat or sailing trip, admire the sunsets, and dive in one of the largest biosphere reserves in Spain.

Learn about the culture of the authentic Menorcan peasant at the popular festivals, very frequent in summer, where there are horse parades with the typical local jaleo – a real dressage class!

Take a tour of the island’s lighthouses, go horse riding, go hiking, visit the military fortress of La Mola, and much more.

As you can see, Menorca offers endless leisure opportunities.

Holidays in Spain for More Than a Week…

You’ll see that in just one visit you won’t have time to do everything you have in mind.

Remember that, if you’re going with your family, there are many all-inclusive hotel deals with children’s activities.

As you’ll want to see lots of beaches and coves, and we don’t blame you for that, you’ll need a hire car.

Finally, apart from eating that magnificent lobster stew, don’t leave the island without luring into the typical ensaimada or coca bread. Don’t forget that you can use iScribo’s spelling and grammar checker to help you make all the reservations that come up during your trip.

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