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Horchata!

17 Nov

I was feeling very creative this week and decided to make horchata. Warning: this project can be extremely messy.

Horchata is a mainstay of Mexican cuisine, it’s a refreshing drink that is a great compliment to spicy food. It is not exactly a Mexican drink since it originated in Spain. Horchata is prepared many different ways. It is generally a rice based drink with cinnamon and milk (but you can make it without milk). “Everyone has a different recipe. Some people use one type of milk, some people use three different kinds of milk,” Juan Diaz, owner of Taquiera La Raza, said.

I chose to experiment and blend a few different recipes together until I got the best tasting combination:

Coarsely blend 1 cup of rice with 4 cups of water and 2 sticks Mexican cinnamon, or 2 tsp of regular cinnamon.

Close up shot of Mexican cinnamon

Let the rice, water and cinnamon mixture sit for at least 3 hours. I let mine soak for about 8 hours.

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Then, strain the mixture. I did it several times, you don’t want little grains of rice in your drink.

After that, blend the mixture with 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk, 2 tsp of vanilla (you can add more cinnamon if you want)

Finally pour into a pitcher and serve over ice.

The final product was not the milky white I am used to drinking at restaurants, but it was delicious. In the future I’ll leave it to the professionals and grab a cup at La Esperanza or Hammonton’s Taco Truck which I will be writing about in the near future.

 

Taqueria La Raza: Homestyle Mexican Eats in North Philadelphia

27 Oct

Taqueria La Raza's spicy chicken burrito

So far I’ve focused on Mexican places in New Jersey, but Philadelphia is just over the bridge and has its fair share of excellent restaurants. I’d like to highlight a little place that’s off the beaten trail.

Taqueria La Raza is a small unpretentious restaurant on the corner of Allegheny Ave. and American St. in Philadelphia. The food is incredibly affordable, the most expensive item on the menu is $11. The people at the eatery set it apart from other taco joints. The staff is awesome, and the owner, Juan, is a sociable alligator hunter who said, “It tastes like chicken.”

The largest glass of horchata I have ever seen.

I got the spicy chicken burrito and my companion ordered tacos pobres. I washed down my food with the largest glass of horchata I have ever consumed.

If you’re looking for a good meal with a lot of personality I suggest you head on over.