May 4, 2017Read More
Williamsburg Virginia SignificanceÂ
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:Â 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
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.Â 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 itâ€™s 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 â€śfigureâ€ť 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
June 29, 2016Read More
Authentic Mexican Food in Williamsburg?
At El Sabroson, Williamsburg’s authentic Mexican and Latin food restaurant, we pride ourselves on authentic dishes. Yes, our customers are not all from Mexico or South America, so we do offer some Americanized dishes. Many of these dishes are called Tex-Mex. Regardless, the flavors of Spanish and Latino dishes can be seen in all types of food, not just that from South of the Texas border.
But What Is Authentic Mexican?
The United States, its culture, and food are all versions of foods from the homelands the population came from. Mexican food is no different. You have dishes that pull elements of native dishes but with a flare that will appeal to other cultures. Both are delicious, but it is always interesting to see the differences of a dish as it migrates across the border.
So what how do you know if it is authentic Mexican?
Glad you asked. To show you some real Mexican dishes, some of which we serve here in our Williamsburg restaurant, I need to show you its Americanized version. Now I am not in any way implying the Americanized versions are not delicious. Nor am I telling you that we don’t serve them here.
All I am doing is showing you the “origin” dish. Think of it as a family tree for Americanized Mexican food.
The Original Mexican Dishes and Their American Counterparts
The Great Williamsburg Taco: American Style
I do not know many people who have lived on Earth who have not heard of or tasted a taco. By Taco I mean the staple you will see at any Williamsburg or Newport News Mexican restaurant. You know, the hard yellow shell with the ground corn pieces showing as black specs in the shell. From there it is loaded with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and seasoning. Usually you have it with ground beef, sometimes shredded chicken.
The Original Mexican version
To enjoy the original Mexican style Taco you need to make some modifications. This includes
â€˘ a heated soft shell
â€˘ beef, chicken, pork or seafood
â€˘ home made salsa
â€˘ lime juice
â€˘ white cheese
What you get is a taco bursting and exploding with flavor. Both versions are good but it is interesting to see how much changed when the taco crossed the border.
The Big Bad Burrito
If you have been to any shopping area or strip mall you have seen them. Giant oversized mega burritos in foil stuffed to capacity with..anything that would fit. Places like Chipotle, Taco Bell and Moe’s offer burritos with a four course meal inside of them. They consist of:
â€˘ beef or chicken
â€˘ black or pinto beans
â€˘ pico de gallo
â€˘ soft flour tortilla
â€˘ sour cream
â€˘ nacho cheese
â€˘ Mexican cheese
To be blunt, these are tasty and you get a little bit of a wrist workout maneuvering that thing from your plate to your mouth. So what about the authentic or origin burrito…
The Traditional Mexican Burrito
This is a bit of a letdown after the description of the super burrito. The Mexican burrito is much smaller with very limited ingredients like
â€˘ wheat flour shells
â€˘ beef or chicken
â€˘ chiles and beans
â€˘ white cheese
This is just the start
I can’t go into every dish that has changed with American culture, but there are a lot of dishes that have been Americanized. There are also a lot more Latin style food dishes than just Mexican.
Taste Authentic Mexican And Authentic Latin Food for yourself
Come visit El Sabroson Mexican Restaurant at our Waller Mill location in Williamsburg. We serve up lots of authentic Latin and Mexican dishes as well as some Tex-Mex varieties. In the meantime check out our menu of great Mexican dishes.
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