Mexican Independence Day

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.

GritoQuick 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 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.

What is a Pupusa?

December 9, 2016Read More

In every culture there seems to be a starch dish that accompanies a lot of the different meals. In America bread is the staple. In Italy you see pasta accompanying the main dish. In Japan a side of rice is even offered at their McDonald’s, in place of the fries. The Pupusa, of course, is the staple of the Salvadoran diet, being the go to starchy accompaniment to many dishes. Oh, and it is mighty tasty!

What Is A Pupusa?pupusas-stuffed-in-williamsburg-virginia-buffet

A pupusa is a thick soft cornmeal tortilla. It is cooked on a griddle. The corn meal used has gone through a process that has made it less grainy and more pliable than a typical corn tortilla you might get from a dish in another Latin country. It is stuffed with a number of fillings before cooking as well. Pupusas come in a number of varieties based upon this filling.

Fillings and Types of the Pupusapupusas-colonial-williamsburg

Some of the types of Pupusas, with their corresponding fillings you might see are:

  • Pupusa de Queso: stuffed with soft cheese
  • Frijoles Refritos: stuffed with refried beans
  • Papas y Queso: Potatoes and cheese
  • Pollo y Queso: Chicken and cheese
  • Ayote con Queso: Zucchini with cheese
  • Pupusa de chicharrĂłn: Stuffed with cooked seasoned pork paste
  • Pupusa Revuelta: Stuffed with cheese, refried beans and pork paste (chicharrĂłn)

What Might Be Served With Your Pupusa

A Pupusa is often served with a relish that is very similar to sauerkraut. It is called Curtido is made from pickled cabbage.

Relatives Of The Pupusa

The South Americans have a dish called Arepa, which is similar to the Pupusa. Mexicans have a similar dish called the Gordita.

Pupusas in Williamsburg

Where to get great Pupusas in Williamsburg, Virginia

Naturally a place to get authentic Pupusas is at El Sabroson Latin and Mexican Restaurant. We specialize in Latino or Salvadoran dishes your Abuelita (Grandmother) would make if you were enjoying a big family meal in San Salvador.

A Great Latin and Mexican Buffet…that many times has had Pupusas on them.

Our buffet is like a passport to South and Central America, gastronomically speaking. On the buffet there have been many days that the Latino food assortment has included Pupusas. Even when they are not on the buffet, they are part of our regular menu here on Wallers Mill Road.

Try this at home…Maybe?

If you are feeling adventurous, or just want to know more about how Pupusas are made, check out this recipe.

Pupusa Recipe

Here is a video clip on how to make this iconic Salvadorian dish