February 1, 2018Read More
The United States is not the only country that has a Valentine‚Äôs Day holiday. While the United States version is heavily commercial, we are not exclusive in celebrating this holiday devoted to love. Latin American‚Äôs have Valentine‚Äôs traditions as well..albeit different. In fact I started reading about what it is like in Peru.
Valentines Day in Peru, Latin America, and Beyond
Valentine‚Äôs Day in Peru is a festive holiday. Keep in mind though, this is South America and the weather is completely opposite of North America. Thus February is like our July, adding heat to this romantic holiday. Another difference is the orchid replaces the rose as the flower of choice.
This got me to thinking about celebrating Valentine‚Äôs Day in Latin America. The cold weather restrictions of a cold North American winter are now lifted. This really opens up the possibilities. Valentine‚Äôs Day in American usually means eating at a restaurant, going dancing, watching a movie, or just enjoying the comforts of home. But doing things outside is somewhat sparse. Yes, there is ice skating, but this may not spell romance or love for many people.
If you go to Latin America or South America for Valentine‚Äôs Day you can turn it into a vacation…
Warm Weather Valentines Day Vacation
You can literally have the ultimate romantic holiday at the beach, by the pool, eating outdoors in short sleeves, or walking in the park. In fact, if Valentine‚Äôs Day were a warm weather holiday in America, it would probably inspire outdoor festivals, vacation packages, and more.
And We Would Go Overboard
Summertime is wild enough in America. You would probably see fifty bazillion ads for Valentines‚Äô swimwear. On top of that there would be endless commercial tie ins. Anything with summer, sun for fun would have a big red heart added to it.
But this is only hopeful speculation‚Ä¶.
Williamsburg Virginia Valentine‚Äôs Day‚Ä¶Latin American Style
But For Now, In Williamsburg Virginia, we offer Latin American food that will warm your heart and palette, but the weather outside is still cold and unforgiving. So enjoy our Latin lunch buffet and Latin American specialty dishes for Valentines Day, or just when you want a warm experience and great food.
VALENTINE‚ÄôS DAY TRADITIONS IN PERU
Your Bibliography:¬†Lacostanerarestaurant.com. (2018).¬†Valentine‚Äôs Day Traditions in Peru. [online] Available at: http://lacostanerarestaurant.com/blog/valentines-day-traditions-peru/ [Accessed 30 Jan. 2018].
September 1, 2017Read More
September 16th is Mexican Independence Day. Often mistaken for Cinco De Mayo, it marks the anniversary of the beginning of s revolution to free Mexico from the clutches of Spain.
This theme was very common as Spain had most of the Latin American world under it’s captivity. The 18th and 19th centuries are marked with the struggle of now independent Latin republics to free themselves from the oppression of their Spanish conquerers.
So in a way the battle for independence from Spain is a pretty universal struggle in the Latino world.
Mistaken for Cinco De Mayo
While a lot of fun, Cinco De Mayo has no connection or bearing on¬†Mexican Independence Day, which was fought against the French. It is still a triumph of the Mexican people but has its own holiday. In fact, here is a quick list of facts to help clarify some of the key points of Mexican Independence Day.
Quick Facts About Mexican Independence Day
Since we mentioned Cinco De Mayo let us add some facts and dispel some myths about this famed holiday
- It is not¬†Cinco De Mayo or even part of the same conflict
- It marked the beginning of the war not the end
- The war¬†lasted 11 years after it started
- A priest,not a soilder, started the revolt
- The symbolic founder of the revolution, priest Hidalgo is captured and killed by the Spanish before the end of the war.
- The war starts with a bell ringing which is reenacted every year
But make no mistake..it is about freedom and the Mexicans,like so many other Latino countries will tell you, freedom isn’t free.
Now the fun part..Let’s celebrate
Enough of this political stuff, how about the fun. I know of no Latin festivals or commemorative occasions that are not marked by festivals and great food…
Declare your own independence from boring food
Come enjoy your own Independence Day celebration at El Sabroson. Multiple flavors and seasonings await you with our authentic Latin restaurant menu, including fresh Mexican food.
July 25, 2017Read More
Latin Food Is NOT Mexican Food
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about a Latino Restaurant is that the food is going to be Mexican food. This is a huge misconception. Mexican food is it‚Äôs own style of cuisine. Yes, there may be Latin American influences but it is NOT the sole style of Latin American cooking. This is a big myth, but not the only myth permeating Latin American dishes.
In fact widen your gaze. Latin food incorporates everything from:
- Costa Rica
- Puerto Rico
- El Salvador
Yes, Mexico is on that list..but it is not the sole contributor to Latino food
The point I am making here is Mexican food is a very narrow view of all the flavors, tastes, culture, and history surrounding the rest of South America, Central America and The Caribbean. So the key is to pull out what Mexican creations are stereotypes, hybrids etc.
And while we explore stereotypes..what you think is Mexican, isn’t really Mexican?
Most of the Mexican food in America isn’t Mexican at all. It is a mixture of Mexican and American called Tex-Mex. Many people think this is Latin food but it is more of a caricature of Mexican food than Latin food.
Latin Cooking is Not a¬†Mexican Food Stereotype
Mexican food, which is really Tex Mex, contributes heavily to the stereotype that Latin food is just like Mexican food. This is again not true and some of the myths that go along with this thinking are:
- All Latin Food Is Fried
- Every meal has tortillas
- Every meal has beans and rice
Again this is a stereotype. There are many Latino dishes that do not¬†have any of this. Open a Latino cookbook and you will see dishes that have no resemblance at all to this caricature of Mexican, or Tex-Mex which involves frying some form of tortilla and then serving it with rice and beans.
An even bigger misnomer is that Latin food follows a few rigid culinary customs. But even in many of the Latin countries food will change by region, adding considerable variation to the taste. So many dishes that are actual authentic Latin dishes will have different variations.
No Country is a Vacuum
Another misnomer is that all Latin food is indigenous to South America or the Caribbean. Just like in United States, waves of immigrants have come to South America and have added new flavors into the food. Centuries before the settlement of North America by Europeons,¬† much of the South American food made its way into Europe which had a huge impact on Europeon food.
Even inside a country, there are regional tastes..
Taste the variety¬†for yourself at our Latin Lunch Buffet
But the proof is in the pudding. Check out our delicious and versatile Latin buffet in Williamsburg at El Sabroson. Yes you may find the occasional Mexican specialty on both our menu and our lunch buffet but it is one of many cultures contributing to the dishes that we offer.
Link To Our Latin Lunch Buffet in Williamsburg
10 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LATIN FOOD
¬†Your Bibliography:¬†Cosmopolitan. (2017).¬†10 Common Misconceptions About Latin Food. [online] Available at: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/news/a33062/10-misconceptions-about-latin-food-everyone-has/ [Accessed 25 Jul. 2017].
May 4, 2017Read More
Williamsburg Virginia Significance¬†
Very few people see Cinco de Mayo in a Williamsburg Mexican restaurant as having a significant relationship with Williamsburg Virginia’s colonial history. While you enjoy one of our ice cold margaritas at El Sabroson restaurant or some of our delicious Mexican dishes to celebrate Cinco de Mayo it might surprise you to know there is a deep meaning behind Cinco De Mayo.
Cinco De Mayo:¬† More Familiar than you think
Tell me if this does not sound familiar. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the trial of a young developing nation against a Tyrannical European power that was invading them. For Cinco De Mayo, the big European power was France and the developing nation in North America was Mexico. But you could just as easily replace these two countries with the British invading the American colonies and see the same pattern.
The War Origin of Cinco De Mayo
So Cinco De Mayo is really the study of freedom against oppression and tyrants, a burgeoning theme in Colonial Williamsburg. The Mexicans defeated a larger French army at El Pubela on May 5th 1862, which was a huge victory for the young nation.
The Battle of El Puebla
A little more background about what is going on that occurred on Cinco De Mayo. The French had invaded Mexico in the 1860s and were squaring off against a smaller weaker Mexican army at the battle of Puebla. The Mexicans overcame the French and defeated them. The defeat occurred on May 5th, 1862.
Many mistake Cinco de Mayo as Mexican Independence Day which is not true. Mexican Independence Day is September 16 but that doesn’t sound as good as Cinco de Mayo. I mean Septiember de diez y seis is a lot to get out in one breath. Just kidding.
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Us
Come visit our restaurant to celebrate Sinco Cinco De Mayo in Williamsburg Virginia and enjoy fantastic Latin American food, and incredible drinks. Also try our margaritas and celebrate in style.
See you there
April 12, 2017Read More
If you have ever been to a Mexican restaurant you have either heard of or tried the chimichanga. The chimichanga or chimi as I affectionately call it, is one of the most iconic Mexican dishes in the American palette.
The chimichanga is somewhat like an empanada or burrito, but fried to golden perfection. Filled with meat, cheese and beans it is a flavorful favorite for many a Mexican dining experience.
The chimichanga like so many dishes at a Mexican American restaurant are really Americanized versions of Mexican food also referred to as Tex Mex. ¬†Burritos, Tacos, enchiladas and more all have been texcised (similar to Americanized but with Texas flair).
Origin of this Mexican dish
Like many dishes and Mexican food or beverage creations, many claim to be the originator. Unfortunately it is hard to narrow down the Mexican inspired Chimichanga to one specific origin point, very much like the margarita. But there are some great claims.
Somewhere in Arizona
I saw one persistent claim on Wikipedia about a Tucson restaurant in the 1920s where the cook drops a burrito into the fryer. At first she wants to say a curse word beginning with Chi but changes it to chimichanga meaning an unclassified dish. But the story didn’t go into the best part, leaving¬†me to use my imagination for that….
The first bite of the Chimichanga
I am guessing the chef retrieved the now fried burrito out of the oil. Waiting a few moments¬†she let the oil drain and the burrito got cool enough to eat. Then that first bite. That moment of culinary greatness when you know you have something good and you can remember how you did it.
I too have experienced the first bite syndrome when I enjoy Mexican. That time from the moment the server brings the piping hot food to the time I get to taste it seems like an eternity. With a chimichanga, more so.
Having had a few chimichangas myself I have learned a few things
-They are good served piping hot
-They are always good
-The first few bites are magic
-I would bet this originator had that same feeling.
More Origins of the Chimi
This is not the only origin story. I had heard they were invented in Texas but many of the accounts point to Arizona. Even with this variance in accounts there are a few things I feel pretty confident about when pinpointing the Chimi’s origin.
-It originated or was officially named in the American Southwest
-It is a Mexican fusion dish
-It gained notoriety in the 20th century
Getting a great Chimichanga nearby
Now, you probably are thinking about Chimichanga‚Äôs. Come enjoy El Sabroson‚Äôs Chimichanga as well as one of our many authentic Mexican food favorites.
Mexican favorites at our¬†buffet
You can also enjoy many of our Mexican and Latin favorites at our daily lunch buffet. Bring your appetite, you are going to need it.
Getting Great Mexican food
El Sabroson offers Mexican food and other Latin food favorites. Most Mexican dishes you get in America are really Tex Mex. They still pull seasonings and methods from their authentic Mexican recipe cousins but are Americanized for the meat intensive flavor blasted mega sized American appetite.
Here is our location in Williamsburg, Virginia!
We are near everything like Busch Gardens, William and Mary, and Colonial Williamsburg
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March 9, 2017Read More
Springtime means warm weather and in Mexico it means it is time for the Mexican Food and Wine Festival in late April. The festival features gourmet Mexican food with top regional wines.
One thing that caught my eye was the fact that in the midst of this Springtime festival of fine wine and regional favorites, there is going to be a gourmet taco competition. I do not use the term gourmet lightly. The competition:
- Features a dozen gourmet Mexican chefs
- Costs a $100 to enter
- Will have a vote at the end
I put a clip on this article of the festival that shows the different events of the festival including a past taco competition. It looked incredible.¬† I would say it is a very serious competition for an authentic dish.
I am guessing there will be some wide variations due to the creative flair of the chefs and the variety of taco toppings. This could also be attributed as authenticity. While the taco started in one region of Mexico, it quickly found it‚Äôs way into the different regions of Mexico. Each region put there own spin on this iconic dish.
Another spin on this dish is it will served with gourmet wines. This idea intrigues me. I have never had to pair wine with tacos. I would imagine it would be a lot of fun to ‚Äúfigure‚ÄĚ out what works. I will go out on limb and guess richer meat like steak or beef would tend to go with light or dark reds. A chicken or fish taco might lean toward the white wine family. Personally I think the taco goes with anything. It is like what vanilla is to ice cream, mix it, merge and it always works.
In a way the taco was made to be adapted. The simple idea of the tortilla with meat and toppings could be adopted to just about anything…and has. In America we have everything from Tex-Mex to fast food tacos which are more of a caricature of Tex-Mex food than the real deal.
Come Enjoy Tacos At Our Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia
If you cannot make it to Mexico which I would imagine many of us will not be leaving The Burg to be at this Festival at the end of April, we offer authentic Mexican and Latin Food at El Sabroson Restaurant on Waller Mill Road. You can get tacos made with:
- Charcoal Chicken
- Pulled Pork
- Pork and Pineapple
- Chorizo(sausage) and Chicken
Take It A Step Further: Mix Other Latin Foods With Mexican
You can also take it a step further and take your own gourmet taco journey at our buffet. Paired with many Mexican food favorites you see in our restaurant, you also have dishes of other Latin American cultures, giving you the ability to customize your own unique taco creations with dishes you will not get anywhere else.
See you at El Sabroson
January 24, 2017Read More
El Sabroson Mexican and Latin Restaurant in Williamsburg is packed full of dishes from Mexico¬†and Latin America. Naturally they are authentic in the sense that they are prepared like they are in the home country. Many dishes, Latin or otherwise, come to the United States and get Americanized. Just look at Tex-Mex. It is kind of Mexican. It is kind of Texan. But it is all American and available everywhere in the form of fajitas and cafe style burrito bars.
Latin American And Mexican Restaurants Melting Pots On More Melting Pots
Most of our foods, like are culture, are mixtures of Americanized dishes with the foods of other countries. Usually because of immigration. This is one of the reasons we are a melting pot. But there was always an assumption made. The assumption is the United States is the only melting pot. But that is not true. Many countries, including Latin countries, are melting pots.
You probably guessed where I am going with this. Many Latin countries have dishes that have been influenced‚Ä¶.you guessed it, by other cultures whose people immigrated. This thought was inspired by a Peruvian dish called Lomo Saltado.
Lomo Saltado is Peruvian Beef Dish With A Special Influence
On first glance Lomo Saltado looks like a hearty South American dish. Strips of beef over rice with tomatoes,red onions,parsley,Amarillo chili and of course french fries(you can never really go wrong with those)mixed in. But the dish is so much more. It has soy sauce, a definite Asian staple for flavoring food. It is then stir fried in a large pan. Upon reading how it is made it is not a Peruvian native dish. It is a Chinese dish that has been Peruvanized with beef and seasonings. And french fries, which are a global sensation, are part of that Peruvanization.
Americanized Chinese Food
In North America we have our own Americanized versions of Chinese favorites that only distantly resemble their Sino cousins. But this is a Latin American style Chinese, via Peru. In fact the Chinese influence has had a culinary impact on the Peruvian diet.
Chifa: Peruvian Chinese Food
Chifa or Peruvian Chinese Dishes are the result of immigration from Asia to Peru. Very similar to Chinese immigrants in the United States, the dishes of the old world and the new Latin American world begin to mix. To appeal to the Latin palate some of the dishes have been modified with a Latin influence like chiles and potatoes.
Some of the dishes are very similar to the Americanized Chinese food cousins. The fried rice, called Arroz Chaufa is very similar fried rice you might find in New York City. Wonton soup is another dish where it is very close to American wonton soup (sopa wantan)
A Tasty Twist
But this is where it gets interesting. As the popularity of Latino and Mexican food grows in America, will the Peruvanized Chinese dishes get fused into Americanized Peruvian Chinese Dishes. Think about the possibilities with this list of fictional but potential entrees:
- Lomo Saltado Burritos
- The Saltado dish meets the burrito shell as it is filled with rice, french fries, meat, soy sauce, chiles and more.
- Chilies Papas Fritas Con Queso
- The classic American junk food with a spicy twist as we combine Nacho cheese and chilies, a dusting of onions and parsley over french fries
- Mongolian Saltado
- The Lomo Saltado dish with mongolian sauce adding a tasty twist to the beef
- Pupusas con Arroz Carne
- The Pupusa filled with beef fried rice and then fried
The Sky is the limit..
The future of Latin / Asian fusion is wide open for a host of new dishes never seen before. I can‚Äôt wait to taste them. In the meantime come visit us at El Sabroson for flavorful Latin American and Mexican food favorites.
November 17, 2016Read More
You know a tourist town like Williamsburg would not be complete without 1 or 2 great buffets. For visitors or locals, it seems almost essential to make the buffet style food extravaganza part of their meal plan. Whether you are a local or tourist, it is nice to sample a lot of different dishes with unlimited portions. Likewise, if you are looking for a great dinner buffet or lunch buffet in Colonial Williamsburg than I can tell you two you have to try.
If you are seafood person, you would go to the iconic Peninsula ocean food fest called Captain George‚Äôs. It is a mega buffet with seafood prepared about a gazillion ways (not a real number).¬†If you want a Mexican AND great Latin Buffet, the only choice is El Sabroson on Waller Mill Landing Road.
Williamsburg Latin Buffet
The buffet, prepared fresh daily includes authentic Mexican dishes like tortillas, tacos, and burritos that you can make yourself. It also includes authentic Latino favorites that for some are¬†a reminder of a taste of home thousands of miles away in South America.
Colonial Williamsburg Latin Buffet
Most Americans do not know the bounty of incredible delectable dishes offered throughout South and Central America. There are too many cultures in this region to sample every dish. Nevertheless, our buffet includes dishes featuring the recipes of South American And Central American cultures including:
- El Salvador
What makes a great Latin buffet you can enjoy in the ‚Äėthe Burg‚Äô
Two key things make a great Latin buffet you can enjoy in Williamsburg, Virginia. One is authenticity. The dishes cannot be caricatures of Latino cooking, but must be the actual dishes. The other key element for a smorgasbord is a huge variety of South American and Latino cooking from multiple countries. At El Sabroson we strive for both. Here are some of the dishes that allow us to bring true latino cooking North of the ‚Äúborder‚ÄĚ.
Some of the dishes you will find on our buffet are:
- Pollo a Brasa
- Spanish Rice
- Refried Beans
- And lots more
Check out our alacarte menu
More About Mexican and Latino Cooking as well as El Sabroson: