Your Mexican Party Shopping List for the Holiday Season

Mexican Themed Christmas Party Shopping List

It’s hard to believe that the end of November is near. Pretty soon the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air as even local Vancouverites gather around the tube to take in the official/unofficial launch of the holiday season. Decorations will go up soon and plans will be made for all sorts of seasonal festivities in the Lower Mainland, your home included.

As the latin-american cultural influence continues to spill over into local area affairs (for those of all walks of life) many of you are considering a Mexican theme for one or more of your seasonal gatherings. In order to help you prepare for the days/weeks to come we have put together a simple yet useful shopping list so that you stay ahead of the “game” and deliver your guests the ultimate holiday experience.

10 Essential Items for a Successful Mexican Themed Christmas / Holiday Season Party

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3 Authentic Mexican Appetizers

Authentic Mexican Appetizers

Whether you call them appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, or el aperitivo, starters are essential to any diner party. In many affairs they are the main event themselves. The keys to a successful appetizer menu are convenience, presentation, and flavor, of course. One of the most popular regional twists on a more traditional diner party appetizer offering is Mexican. We’re not talking about the Tex-Mex variety you find frozen and pre-packaged at your local big box retail grocer. Instead, we are pointing you in the right direction, towards authentic Mexican bites that serve as a perfect introduction to your entree or potluck gathering.

3 Popular and Easy to Make Mexican Appetizers

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3 Other Uses for Chili Peppers

Other Uses for Chili Peppers

Chilis play an integral part in authentic Mexican recipes and cuisine. That’s not exactly a family secret. However, part of the fun we have here at our Mexican food store and deli in Greater Vancouver is spent talking to our customers and readers about alternative ways to look at popular ingredients used in traditional dishes. Food should not be constrained by geography or by history.

In the past we have written about other ways to eat guacamole and other foods to eat with salsa and have received some very positive feedback. Today, we look at yet another famous Mexican ingredient, and apply a few twists.

3 Alternative Ways to Cook with and Eat Chilies

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Celebrating Mexican Food in Vancouver – Latin American Week’s Carnaval del Sol 2015 Recap

Mexican Food in Vancouver at Carnaval del Sol

A cloudy day didn’t prevent this event from becoming a big success

Just over a week ago Greater Vancouver rang in Latin American Week with Carnival del Sol 2015, along the False Creek waterfront near Telus World of Science. For those that don’t know about Carnival del Sol, the festival’s aim is to recreate the Latin American fiesta experience for those residing within and visiting the Lower Mainland of BC. Practically all Latin American cultures are represented at the festival, blending a cultural mix of music, dance, arts & crafts, and the highlight – food! The annual event intends to ensure that all citizens and visitors experience authentic Hispanic culture at its best.

El Comal has been so busy at our shop and deli, taking care of patrons and filling customer orders that we were not able to set up an official tent at the event, but we did send a representative out in the field to explore (and enjoy!) the festival firsthand and to note the Mexican influence on the affair. Tough gig, right? Below are a few fun photos, complete with captions, of the 2015 Carnaval del Sol.

Visual Highlights from Latin American Week’s Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver

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5 Other Ways to Eat Guacamole

Other Ways to Eat Guacamole

Good ol’ guacamole. This avocado based concoction has been around since its inception during the Aztec era in Mexico, finding its way onto the tables of practically every restaurant in North America today, sidling orders of nachos and other handheld Mexican or Tex-Mex bites. Noted for its creamy texture, rich taste, and health benefits this dip is surprisingly underestimated in its capacity to complement so many other dishes. Last month we delivered an article on alternative ways to eat salsa so to follow up today we take a look at unanticipated uses for one of North America’s other favorite condiments.

5 Ways to Eat Guacamole that You May Not Have Anticipated

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5 Other Foods to Eat with Salsa

Other Foods to Eat with Salsa

Salsa is one of the most commonly found “pantry condiments” in North America. This of course is because the popularity of Mexican cuisine (in all of its forms, Tex-Mex hybrid or otherwise) continues to be on the rise, especially here in the Greater Vancouver area. That being said, too often that glass jar of salsa is regulated to the back corner cupboard, not seeing the light of day until your dining room table has called for the family’s favorite Mexican dish. We’re here to tell you that you need not wait until Taco-Tuesday (and the like) to take out and enjoy your salsas. There are many ways to use salsa with everyday foods that you may not have anticipated. Read further to forever alter the taste of common household dishes with an added kick of authentic Mexican salsa!

Five Ways to Use Salsa with Everyday Food Found Around Your Household’s Kitchen

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