Gastronomic Galavant: Querétaro Tacos, Tequila and More

Back in September, I decided that it was time to get more into the local food scene here in Santiago de Querétaro. There seem to be so many great eateries that choosing which ones to explore can be a challenge.  Particularly along the narrow streets of the historic downtown, the choices are as varied as your imagination.  Every block has countless cafes and restaurants, each with its own charm and tempting menu.

Besides the number of options making decisions difficult, the potential risk of food-borne bacteria in less than tidy kitchens makes just ‘guessing’ as to the cleanliness of a restaurant a high risk decision.  The high daytime temperatures in the city mean that food prep surfaces need to be kept sterile, with food turnaround times kept very short.  How, exactly, should a newcomer to the city figure out which places are clean and safe?

I do not subscribe to the ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ philosophy.  As far as I am concerned, what doesn’t necessarily kill you CAN still leave you weak, nauseated and diarrhetic.  Better to know the place is safe before throwing caution to the wind.

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Groceries in Querétaro

One of the many ‘unknowns’ for us in relocating to Mexico was the type of food available in grocery stores.  We weren’t sure what to expect as far as the varieties of foods available, the quality of them, or the cost.  We knew food in Mexico was ‘cheaper’, but didn’t have much information to validate that.  It was the kind of knowledge best gained by personal experience.

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Mexican Dining – Traditional to Tremendous

In Canada, it was always fun to try and find ‘authentic’ Mexican food. Everyone generally acknowledged that ‘Taco Bell’ just doesn’t cut it when it comes to the true taste of Mexico.  ‘Authentic’ choices were few and far between.  Let’s be honest: The so-called ‘nacho cheese’ sold in glass jars in Canada is completely misleading as being representative of Mexican food. (Ironically, here in Mexico, grocery stores market processed cheese slices as ‘queso Americano’.  I guess they had to blame SOMEBODY for that terrible fake plastic cheese.)

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