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].
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
October 12, 2016Read More
For some getting good Pollo A Brasa in Newport News, Hampton or Williamsburg might be difficult to do. That is unless you go to Latin Food Gourmet El Sabroson Restaurant in Williamsburg. Peruvian Chicken, which is very similar to American Rotisserie Chicken, is available in authentic style at this Latino eatery.
The Daily Press And Pollo A Brasa
The Daily Press reviewed this Peruvian pollo specialty and seemed very pleased describing it as:
Juicy and the spices on it added a good, savory flavor. A green sauce with hints of cilantro and a little bit of kick complemented the chicken well(Castillo and Press, 2016).
Naturally many are curious as to the origin of the dish and you are in for a pleasant surprise. It is an authentic staple of the Peruvian diet. Unlike many dishes from other countries, it is very close, if not exact in continental preparation as it would be in Lima or other parts of South America.
What is Pollo A Brasa
If you are not familiar with Latin or Peruvian Cooking the closest thing to it would be the American Rotisserie chicken. The Peruvian chicken, Pollo A Brasa, is a blackened version of this. It also traditionally is lightly salted and “is almost always served with creamy (mayonnaise-based) sauces, especially spicy chili cream sauce called aji(Pollo a la Brasa, 2016).‚ÄĚ As always the flavor is seasoned more to the Latin American palette compared to its North American Rotisserie cousin.
A more common modern variation of this Peru export is one where the ‚Äúchicken’s skin is seared and salty like a bacon-wrapped hot dog and the tender meat is juicy, reminiscent of fried chicken, but flavored with salty soy sauce, fresh cilantro, savory oregano, peppery ginger, and sweet, buttery roasted garlic flavors.‚ÄĚ As far as texture, this combination also can be described as creating an almost caramelized texture (Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck, 2012).‚ÄĚ
A Staple Of The Peruvian Diet
According to an article I read the Pollo A Brasa Chicken dish is THE favorite food in Peru. It has it‚Äôs own special holiday and is a measure of buying power (like the Big Mac Index). With those credentials you can see why it is invading the hearts and stomachs of food aficionados in North America, Latino or not.
How To Get The Best Authentic Pollo A Brasa in Williamsburg Virginia
Back to that Daily Press article. Now you can see how popular the dish is.
Now where can you get it?
Here are a couple of ways you can enjoy this dish in all its glory.
- Go to Peru
- Go to El Sabroson Restaurant in Williamsburg
Let us look at those options more carefully
Option 1: Holiday to Peru In South America
An all out 16 day blowout trip to Peru including junkets in places like Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Titicaca, and more will run you a little over a cool $3000. Not to mention you need a passport and money for incidentals. And then of course you have to find a Pollo A Braso place in Lima. This would be easy to find in the United States but how well do you really know the City of Lima and how good is your Spanish?
Option 2: Visit To El Sabroson Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia
Definitely a lot cheaper. You still get the great Peruvian Rotisserie. You don‚Äôt need to catch a plane, get a passport, fight through customs, search maps in a language and city you do not know well, or stuff giant stereotypical souvenirs into your suitcase.
To read the original write up by the Daily Press click here
Also check out more information on more Peruvian dishes like Huancaina Sauce
Check out our menu
See you at El Sabroson!
Citations, Quotes & Annotations
https://www. peruforless. com/packages/lima-nazca-arequipa-machu-picchu-puno-amazon-16-day-tour/ (no date) Available at: https://www.peruforless.com/packages/lima-nazca-arequipa-machu-picchu-puno-amazon-16-day-tour/ (Accessed: 12 October 2016).
Castillo, A. and Press, D. (2016) El Sabroson serves up tasty Latin American fare | food find. Available at: http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/food/dp-fea-food-find-0330-20160329-story.html (Accessed: 12 October 2016).
(Castillo and Press, 2016)
“Juicy and the spices on it added a good, savory flavor. A green sauce with hints of cilantro and a little bit of kick complemented the chicken well.” (Castillo and Press, 2016)
Pollo a la Brasa (2016) in Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollo_a_la_Brasa (Accessed: 12 October 2016).
(Pollo a la Brasa, 2016)
“is almost always served with creamy (mayonnaise-based) sauces, especially spicy chili cream sauce called aj√≠” (Pollo a la Brasa, 2016)
Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck (2012) Available at: http://www.foodbeast.com/news/pollo-a-la-brasa-why-you-should-give-a-cluck/ (Accessed: 12 October 2016).
(Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck, 2012)
“The chicken’s skin is seared and salty like a bacon-wrapped hot dog and the tender meat is juicy, reminiscent of fried chicken, but flavored with salty soy sauce, fresh cilantro, savory oregano, peppery ginger, and sweet, buttery roasted garlic flavors.” (Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck, 2012)
August 22, 2016Read More
It has been a long day of shopping, sightseeing, or just screaming your head off at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and you realize you need a margarita. When someone thinks of margarita, they usually imagine a giant flower shaped glass opening up to a foggy mixture of tequila, triple sec, and lime. To crown it, a ring of salt sits on the outer edge of the glass. The bigger the glass the better. This is at least, what I think of.
A Great Williamsburg Margarita
There are no bad margaritas. They are kind of like pizza. When they are bad they are good. But when they are good THEY ARE GREAT. But I am interested in the most authentic knock your socks off margarita when I am in Williamsburg, tourist, local, or otherwise. Before we talk about where to get this great Mexican concoction here is a little background
The Proud Beginning(s) Of The Margarita
Like all great inventions this one is contested. I pulled the multiple rundown of cocktail creation theories from Wikipedia. Here is a small taste of some of the origin stories
- 1938 Carlos Herrera creates a drink at this restaurant for a dancer who was allergic to many types of alcohol but not tequila.
- 1941 Don Carlos Orozco offers an experimental drink to the daughter of the German Ambassador. Her name was Margarita Henkel. The drink was named for her.
- 1942 Francisco Morales mixed the miracle drink in Tommy‚Äôs Place Bar.
- 1945 Jose Cuervo claims the drink was invented for showgirl Rita De La Rosa
- 1948 A Dallas woman named Margarita Sames created the drink for her guests in Acapulco
- 1948 Santos Cruz created the margarita for Peggy Margaret Lee. The Spanish version of Margaret is Margarita
And it goes on and on..
So here is what I think. Thank you to all the great margarita experimenters and margarita makers. All of you knew there was a magical connection between Agave Tequila, triple sec, and lime. It played out in many different ways but in the end they are all in the family of margaritas. In fact I think we should honor these cocktail pioneers with a statue, no better yet a memorial bar somewhere between Texas and Mexico. Maybe a border memorial bar. A somber yet fun place where you can pay homage to these early drink inventors.
I am thinking there could be a 300 foot high giant margarita statue next to this bar. The bar should be by the highway so drivers passing by can be reminded of the toil that went in to making this drink…and they may be thirsty and you won‚Äôt miss a 300 foot mega margarita glass.
The Great Williamsburg Margarita Today
Naturally no one has realized the genius of these plans. But you can enjoy an authentic Mexican margarita at El Sabroson Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg.
See You There