I’ve been slow to post because of a few upcoming life changes…like getting married! My fiance, Billy, is British and the plan is to move to London later this year (visa clearance permitting!) I can’t wait to start a new life across the pond with my-husband-to-be, but after 12 years in Los Angeles, it’s hard to imagine leaving. I think about all the little things I’ll miss…like Mexican food! Believe it or not, it’s one of the things that is truly hard to imagine being without. Being Mexican-American and growing up exclusively in the Southwest, it’s always been a part of my life.
Luckily for me, Mexican food is taking off in London. When I first visited two years ago for work, I was pleasantly surprised to learn my co-workers had “Burrito Fridays.” Of course I had to try it, and while it wasn’t as authentic as the food you would find in LA, it was pretty good. I’m more of a taco person though and found out that some Brits had never even heard of them.
However, the taco’s popularity may soon be catching up to the burrito’s. Billy went to a new restaurant called La Bodega Negra and having become well-versed in Mexican cuisine during our relationship, has given it his stamp of approval. The restaurant is being hailed one of London’s “taco top three” and serve my favorite…Taco Al Pastor!
I’ve also been trying to master my favorite dishes at home. My favorite Al Pastor recipe is here and a good Carne Asada marinade to work off of is here (but I adjust the spices to my liking and prefer skirt steak over flank.) However, I’m not sure how accessible ingredients will be in England…but that’s when I turn to the internet. A few days ago, David Lebovitz blogged about Europe’s first online tortilla shop. And Billy has enjoyed tamales from Tamales Kitchen.
So although it will be the first time I will live in a place without a strong Mexican cultural presence and the food won’t be as readily available as it is here, it seems I will definitely be able to get a taste of home.
As much as I will miss some stuff here, I look forward to experiencing London’s food scene more. Sometimes English food gets a bad rap, but I’ve been to many good (and diverse) restaurants. But actually I’ve found that the best English meals are home cooked. More on that later though….