Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sabores San Miguel

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My timing for coming to San Miguel was perfect, don’t you think? The May/June celebration San Miguel Gourmet was a feast.

This past weekend, Sabores San Miguel, a “Taste of Chicago” style food show was held for the first time and measure up it did with a wide variety of restaurants, hotels and both wine and spirit vendors showing off the best of what San Miguel has to offer.
I was impressed with the wide-range of restaurants including my menu favorite, El Tomato (Mesones 62), which served a mini-beef sandwich topped with a light mushroom sauce. The beef was so delicious I returned on Sunday for a second bite and also had lunch at the restaurant this week.

Churrasco with Chimichurri
Recipe from the new issue of Food and Wine

2 bunches curly parsley (8 ounces), thick stems discarded
1/3 cup garlic cloves, crushed
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 pounds trimmed center-cut beef tenderloin
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

In a food processor, combine the parsley and garlic with the 3/4 cup of olive oil and the vinegar and pulse until smooth. Refrigerate the chimichurri for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

Using a sharp chef’s knife, make a 1/4-inch, lengthwise cut in the top of the tenderloin. Turning the tenderloin and rolling it out as you go, spiral-cut the meat until you have a long, rectangular piece about 1/4 inch thick.

Light a grill. Season both sides of the tenderloin with salt and pepper. Rub all but one-third of the chimichurri over the meat and grill over moderately high heat, turning once, about 4 minutes for medium-rare meat; let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the remaining chimichurri and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the steak.

On Saturday, the theme “Gourmet Food” let the restaurants showcase what they typically serve to their customers. 
Sunday’s theme was Street Food. Here, restaurants were allowed to play around with their menu in order to pay tribute to Mexico’s markets...a fundamental part of the city’s gastronomic scene. Mexico is known for its great street eats.

The bonus? All food and drink was 20 pesos or $1.50 US. I’m certain what the restaurants shelled out to be there was made up by an increase in their customer base. Honestly, there wasn’t a restaurant there I would not support.

I can think of so many reasons to celebrate food every day. This was one of them and now I’m excited that there is a whole new food scene here for me to explore.

Buen Apetito!