Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Guanajuato food during La Cuaresma (Lent)

Last Friday when I went by Lauri's restaurant, located at the beginning of Paseo de la Presa just past where the buses come out, I was surprised to see that no one was eating pozole, the usual Friday offering.Why?

Because we are now in the Lenten season and every Friday Lauri offers a Lenten menu (maybe the other days too, I'll check today). Shrimp-tomato soup (big shrimp in this restaurant), nopales and fish; capirotada, the sweet bread pudding of the season for dessert. Comes with tortillas and agua fresca. Informal seating below where you can watch the action, more formal above. 55 pesos.

To read more about Mexican food during Lent, see the photos and explanations at Mexico Cooks! Look for capirotada in other restaurants too. Each cook makes it differently but the basic ingredients are dry bread, eggs, piloncillo, raisins, cloves and a sprinkling of cheese.

The viernes de dolores,  when students party and everyone eats ice cream, is March 27, two days before Palm Sunday. The holiday is especially meaningful to the mining community. If you go to to ex-hacienda in Cata, you will see the seed painting there and take your turn in line for your ice cream cone.

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