I left Torreón about a week ago and flew to the city of Veracruz and I have now visited several cities in this state, Veracruz, Córdoba, Yanga, Amatlán, La Patrona, and Xalapa. I visited a couple of them for research purposes and some of them for interest. I ate taco or taco adjacent food in Veracruz, Córdoba and Xalapa.
Veracruz, the first city I visited, is a port city, with weather roughly equivalent to South Carolina. Unlike South Carolina, people walk outside and don’t blast AC everywhere. I visited the city for two reasons: to look at the setting of a famous legend (La mulata de Córdoba) and to go to the beach. I did both. I did not eat any tacos. I did eat tostadas, which are toasted tortillas with some kind of something on top. I had some with shrimp, and some mixed shrimp and ceviche. Highly recommend.
After than, I moved on to the city of Córdoba, to see where this mysterious figure came from. It also turns out that Córdoba is famous for its coffee, so I went to a coffee museum and drank coffee at every possible turn. I did not eat tacos there, but the city is worth mentioning because in my hotel for breakfast I had empanadas that tasted exactly like verenicke, Mennonite perogies (which in parts of Northern Mexico are sold as empanadas menonitas, so I guess it wasn’t that much of a stretch). (They had cheese inside. I was expecting meat, and somehow, even though it was a tortilla shell, it tasted just like fried venericke). I sadly took no pictures of these empanadas.
In Xalapa I have had exceptional taco luck. Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet some people who work to promote human rights, as it pertains to women and girls, in the city of Xalapa. After meeting these people, I happened upon comida corrida (set menu) where tacos were the main.
Then today, I went to see a tomb dedicated originally to land rights activists (agraristas) and which has since been renamed for illustrious residents of the state of Veracruz. After seeing the park where this tomb is located, I had Pakistani tacos.
This has been a great trip so far for many reasons, but tacos, of course, remain # 1.