The Top 5 Reasons To Learn Spanish

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5 Reasons To Learn Spanish

5 Reasons To Learn Spanish

The Top 5 Reasons To Learn Spanish

Want to finally learn a foreign language, but can’t decide which one? Besides the obvious benefits that learning any language brings, here are our top 5 reasons to learn Spanish.

Reason 1: It’s a global language

Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, and the most spoken language in the Americas. It’s the official (or co-official) language in Spain, most countries in Central and South America, and several Caribbean countries too. It’s a useful language to know when doing business with Spanish or Latin American firms, and a great way to strengthen your CV and improve your career prospects. In the United States alone there are over 50 million people who speak Spanish as their native or second language. So even if you don’t fancy yourself a globetrotter, Spanish is probably the most useful language to learn if you want to flex your language muscles on a daily basis.

Reason 2: In the USA, opportunities for immersion are all around you

There are more Spanish speakers in the United States than in any other Spanish-speaking country, except Mexico. That’s right, there are more people speaking Spanish in the US than in Spain! So if you want to learn a language through immersion, you can practice your Spanish without leaving your neighborhood!

Americans see and hear Spanish often (on signs, on the radio and TV, in eavesdropped bits of conversation…). Instead of tuning out this second language that surrounds you, why not tune in? Once you start learning a little Spanish, every encounter with the language is an opportunity to practice and improve. Order Mexican food in Spanish, put on Spanish-language radio or TV while you’re doing chores around the house, add some Spanish-language publishers to your news feed… And the best part is that none of this requires taking vacation time or booking expensive plane tickets.

Reason 3: It’s easy to learn and easy to start speaking quickly

Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn. The grammar and pronunciation are different from English, but simpler and more consistent. Because English acquired almost 30% of its vocabulary from Latin, you will immediately recognize and understand many Spanish words that share the same roots. You can communicate a lot with simple grammar, so even before you’ve reached a high level of comprehension you will be able to communicate and express yourself. Nothing motivates you to keep going quite like the little victories that come through speaking and being understood.

Reason 4: It might be in your blood

Over 50 million Americans claim some Hispanic heritage. Do you? There’s no better way to reconnect to your ancestors than by learning their language. Even without Hispanic heritage, you might find an affinity for a new language that allows you to express yourself in a different way and fosters aspects of your personality that might not come through in your native tongue.

Reason 5: Dive into Latino Culture

No matter how you choose to learn Spanish (online, classes, a tutor, apps, a home stay in a Spanish-speaking country), the best way to stay interested and motivated is through engagement with Spanish-speaking culture. Even if you live in a cabin in the woods with no one around with whom to speak Spanish, you can connect to the Spanish language through its art, music, cinema and literature.

Internalize Spanish pronunciation and the cadence of speech by listening to the news on Spanish-language radio, and by watching movies and telenovelas. Sing along to music sung in Spanish: Spanish flamenco, Cuban jazz, Mexican rock, Puerto Rican salsa, Argentinian tango… It’s just as fulfilling to explore the Spanish language through literature: from Miguel de Cervantes, the first modern novelist; to poets like Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda; to magical realists Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges; to more contemporary novelists like Isabel Allende, Reinaldo Arenas, Roberto Bolaño and Laura Esquivel.

So, can you think of one good reason not to learn Spanish?

CASTILLO DE CHAPULTEPEC

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Castillo de Chapultepec

Castillo de Chapultepec

El Castillo de Chapultepec es una construcción palaciega ubicada en lo alto del cerro del mismo nombre, en el centro del Bosque de Chapultepec, situado en la Ciudad de México, a una elevación de 2.325 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Fue construido por el virrey Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid sobre el cerro del Chapulín (Chapultepec es palabra de origen náhuatl «Chapulli, saltamontes, y tepe(tl), cerro, Chapultepetl», que significa “cerro del saltamontes” o “cerro del chapulín”).

Es el único Castillo Real en América, fue construido en la época del Virreinato como casa de verano para el virrey, se le dio diversos usos, desde almacén de pólvora hasta academia militar en 1841, también fue la residencia oficial del emperador Maximiliano I de México.

Ha sufrido ampliaciones, remodelaciones. Cuenta con diversos patios, escalinatas, jardines, vestíbulos, salas y amplios espacios característicos de los inmuebles del siglo XIX y principios del XX.

El castillo cuenta con un bulevar que conectaba directamente la residencia imperial con el centro de la ciudad, actualmente conocido como Paseo de la Reforma. Posteriormente el edificio se vio nuevamente en desuso, tras 10 años pasó a ser el primer observatorio astronómico de México por sólo 5 años, y después volvió a ser un Colegio Militar, para luego pasar a ser la residencia presidencial.

Desde el 27 de septiembre de 1944 es la sede del Museo Nacional de Historia “Castillo de Chapultepec” (del Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes y del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia). Su director, desde 2014, es el historiador Salvador Rueda Smithers.

Periodo Virreinal

Cuando Bambalina salió para La Habana, el capitán Manuel Agustín Mascaró se hizo cargo de la dirección del proyecto y durante su mandato las obras se realizaron a un ritmo acelerado. Sin embargo, Bernardo de Gálvez fue acusado de construir una fortaleza con la intención de rebelarse contra la corona española desde allí. Su repentina muerte se produjo el 8 de noviembre de 1786, con la suposición de que pudo haber sido envenenado, pero no se hallaron pruebas que apoyaran esta.

Sin un ingeniero a cargo, la Corona Española ordenó que la construcción se subastara a un precio equivalente a una quinta parte del total gastado en el proyecto. Después de no encontrar compradores, el virrey Juan Vicente Güemes Pacheco destinó el edificio para albergar el Archivo General del Reino de la Nueva España. Esta idea no prosperó, a pesar de que ya se tenían los planos adaptados para este propósito.

Alexander von Humboldt visitó el sitio en 1803 y condenó la venta de puertas, ventanas y cristales del palacio como una forma de recaudar fondos para la Corona. El edificio finalmente fue comprado en 1806 por el gobierno municipal de la Ciudad de México.

Independencia de México

El Castillo de Chapultepec fue abandonado durante la Independencia de México (1815-1821) hasta muchos años después, en 1833. En ese año el edificio fue elegido para ser la ubicación del Colegio Militar; como consecuencia, se hicieron varias modificaciones estructurales, incluida la adición de la torre de vigilancia.

Guerra mexicano-estadounidense

Durante la Guerra mexicano-estadounidense (1846-1848), el ejército estadounidense bombardeó el castillo desde el 12 hasta el 13 de septiembre de 1847, e izó en sus murallas la bandera estadounidense, en señal de victoria.

Ese mismo día, el 13 de septiembre de 1847, los Niños Héroes murieron defendiendo el palacio, cuando éste era tomado por los soldados norteamericanos durante la Batalla de Chapultepec. Actualmente los cadetes son honrados por un monumento a la entrada del Bosque de Chapultepec, y tanto el nombre colectivo “Niños Héroes” como los nombres individuales son sinónimo de entrega y valor.

Segundo Imperio Mexicano

Con el nombre de Castillo de Miravalle en esta etapa el palacio comenzó a adquirir una imagen moderna, cuando a la llegada del emperador Maximiliano de Habsburgo, Maximiliano I de México, y su esposa la emperatriz Carlota en 1864 decidieron establecer ahí su residencia oficial. El Emperador contrató a varios arquitectos europeos y mexicanos, entre ellos Julius Hofmann, Carl Gangolf Kayser, Carlos Schaffer, Eleuterio Méndez y Ramón Rodríguez Arangoity, para realizar varios proyectos que siguieron un estilo Ecléctico en la arquitectura (contrastando con el resto del castillo que tiene una arquitectura neoclásico) y convertir el palacio en un lugar más habitable.

El botánico Wilhelm Knechtel se encargó de crear el jardín situado en la azotea del edificio. Además, el Emperador trajo de Europa varias piezas de mobiliario, arte y muchos otros finos artículos que siguen exhibiéndose hasta el día de hoy. Debido a que el palacio estaba retirado de la Ciudad de México, el emperador Maximiliano ordenó la construcción de un bulevar que conectaba directamente la residencia imperial con el centro de la ciudad, y decidió nombrarlo Paseo de la Emperatriz (en honor a su esposa). El actual Paseo de la Reforma.

Edad moderna

Actualmente se continúa utilizando como museo, sus 19 salas contienen un vasto rango de artículos que rebasan los noventa mil donde se exhibe e ilustra la historia de México desde la conquista española, con diversos objetos tales como armaduras medievales, espadas y cañones entre muchos otros. Su colección de objetos los ha organizado en 6 curadurías:

  • Pintura, escultura, dibujo, grabado y estampa.
  • Numismática.
  • Documentos históricos y banderas.
  • Tecnología y armas.
  • Indumentaria y accesorios.
  • Mobiliario y enseres domésticos.

Además brinda servicios como biblioteca, videoteca, fototeca y visitas guiadas.

Vamos a AFRICAM

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This is Africam Safari

Africam Safari is a drive-thru zoological park about 30 minutes outside of the city of Puebla in the municipality of Tecali de Herrera. Africam is a fantastic zoo, and in fact the first to be accredited in Latin America by theAssociation of Zoos and Aquariums. It has very high standards of animal care, and protects numerous endangered species. Recently the park has welcomed 9 new elephants, which were rescued from Africa. Thousands of animals are able to roam freely without being confined to cages. The drive-thru enables you to get really close to the animals (with windows down depending on the area). If you don’t have a car, the park offers a guided bus tour around the park which leaves every 15 minutes or so. The bus company Estrella Roja, offers an all inclusive deal which includes bus tickets there and back and the entrance fee to the park (this only costs about 30 pesos more than the entrance ticket so is a very good deal). Check out costs at the bottom of the post!

Mr Camel

As you drive through the park, you enter different sections according to the animals and the danger they pose. There is only one section where you have to wait to be let in, which is for the white tigers that are absolutely stunning, if you are lucky you will get to see them moving around, but often they are snoozing (though still incredible to look at!).

About half way through, there is a rest area, where there is a souvenir store, and also places to buy refreshments (including beer) and snacks/fast food. This area also offers restrooms/toilets. In addition there are also boat tours available on the nearby lake. Once you continue on the safari, there are two subsequent walking areas, where you can park your car and walk around. The first is where the lions, monkeys, hyenas, turtles and hippos live, and the second is the ‘adventure zone’, which is more like a traditional zoo where you can get close to animals in more confined areas, these include reptiles like crocodiles and snakes, kangaroos and many more. This zone is also where you can pay for additional activities such as a zip-line, and also where they offer an animal show. The shows are free and start at 2.00pm and 4.00pm. This is the last stop before you leave the park, so if you want to buy any gifts or souvenirs this is the place to do it.

baby elephant

I suggest getting to the park nice and early when the park opens at 10 am, which gives you loads of time to really enjoy the whole place. The park stops entrances at 5pm, and closes completely at 6pm, so don’t leave it too late in the day to get there.

The list of animals in Africam Safari is very long, so don’t worry, all the ones you will be hoping to see will be there. Personally, this is the best safari/zoo I have ever been to, and exceeded my expectations completely (and they were pretty high given all the great stuff I had heard about it). Even if you aren’t a huge animal lover, you will still have a really fantastic day out, and its a great one for families and children.

Don’t miss out on visiting this fantastic place, and if you needed another reason to go to Puebla, this is most definitely it!

Hey Zebra!

Cost (all prices are in Mexican Pesos):

Entrance to the Park : Adults- $232 ; Children $225

Estrella Roja Bus Deal [to and from the park from CAPU (11.00am) or el Zocalo (11.30am)] with entrance included:

Adults- $290 ; Children-$260

Giraffes

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Mercado 5 de Mayo / Mercado de la 18

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This is El Mercado

Welcome to one of Puebla’s markets, officially known as Mercado 5 de Mayo but most commonly known as el mercado de la 18. Both names are due, I presume, to 5 de Mayo being historically important to Puebla and its location on Avenida 18 Poniente.

The market, which is located near el centro historico is vast inside, and also has numerous stores, fishmongers and butchers surrounding its perimeter. You know you are nearly there as you begin to smell fish as you approach the area.

Outside the market

On the outside wall of the market, it is written ‘Mercados Poblanos – Lo Mero Nuestro‘ which translated means ‘our very own’. Really the expressions means that it is a place of pride, and its what they excel at (in this case being the markets of Puebla). And from what I saw the statement can not be argued with. Inside the market, and outside it too, is filled with hundreds of stalls divided up into sections of meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruit, flowers and that’s not all…

It’s not completely in the mexican culture to go to a supermarket though it is more and more part of daily life because of its convenience (a bit like supermarkets in France and Belgium where people like to buy their groceries from individual shops). It’s not easy to go to a market like this one which is in the historical centre. Saying that, if a mexican is making an important meal, or has the time and the means to go to a market then they will. The produce you find in markets, like this one, is impeccable. And its not only of high quality but cheaper too. Inside you will also find a lot of puestos (stands) selling prepared food , using produce from the market. Theres a few quirky things in the market as well like alive chickens for sale and one place selling stuff which I can only describe as witchcraft products…but I’ll leave you to come to your own conclusions when you visit the place…

Pollos Hermanos

This is a mexican market, a poblano market. Don’t be fooled, if you expect to find a farmer’s market like the ones back home, that’s not what you’ll get. But what you get is something so much better; a place rich in character and personality which captivates the hustle and bustle of Mexico.

Be sure, you’ll be very hungry by the end of your visit.

¡Provecho!

frutas y frutas

Crabs and Crabs

Mexican Eggnog

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This is Rompope

Rompope is an alcoholic beverage which was created in Puebla at the Convento de Santa Clara. It is an eggnog-like drink made from, not surprisingly, eggs, milk, vanilla flavouring and aguardiente. Additional ingredients can be added to create different flavours such as strawberry, cinnamon or coffee. Weirdly, no matter what flavour it is, the colour always ends up fluorescent (as seen in the picture below). Like the subjects of many of my previous posts, Rompope is very poblano, and is sold across the city and state. You can buy it easily wherever you go; for example in Cholula (see post here) and cantinas like La Pasita (see post here).

¡Salud!

Rompope Stall in Cholula

Best Rompope in the world’ available at La Pasita

Vamos a Huatulco

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This is Huatulco, Oaxaca

Soy Poblana loves Puebla, BUT Mexico is a big place full of other great places to visit too. Recently I visited Huatulco which is in the state of Oaxaca. Huatulco is a beach town consisting of nine beautiful bays, located on the pacific coast. It is also home to a vibrant town centre that has many bars, restaurants and shops. Huatulco is a welcome change to the obvious choice of Cancún, and a much cheaper one too. Though Cancún has much to offer and is worth the visit, Huatulco is far moremexican, more authentic and offers a beach resort which has not been americanised. And of course it is in the great state of Oaxaca, which has so much character and charm. Huatulco remains a well kept secretly internationally with only 20% of its tourism coming from oversees. Its high seasons are in the months of June/ July and over the Christmas/ New Year period.

All roads leading to Huatulco

There is lots to do in Huatulco, the most popular being visiting the bays.  There are daily boat trips offered my numerous companies that take you around all the bays leaving from Bahía de Santa Cruz. One of these bays is Bahía Cacaluta (protected by the national park in which it is located) which is only accessible by boat and was the filming location of the beach in ‘Y tu mamá también‘. The bay is about 1 km long and has been untouched by tourism.  These boat trips allow you to get off and swim in a couple of the bays, and also grab lunch.  Alternatively (or additionally) you can access the bays by foot or taxi if you want to spend longer at individual ones. Bahía Chahué is the most easily accessible beach and in walking distance from many of the hotels. It is home to a couple of beach clubs, and a bar/restaurant which has two swimming pools available to the public.

Playa Entrega

Bahía Chahué

Aside from the magnificent bays, which offer great snorkelling opportunities (I recommend La playa Entrega which is accesible by Taxi), boat trips, speed boats and banana boats, there are also other activities available such as white water rafting, horseback riding, or relaxing at a local spa. This is a lively town by night, with the town centre (La Crucecita) located away from the beaches, offering its own unique atmosphere and a great night out. There are also night clubs and bars by the beaches such as La Papaya.

White Water Rafting at a nearby river in Huatulco

The prices in Huatulco are very reasonable for a beach resort, you should except to be paying around 20/25 pesos for a beer (the cost of a beer is always my measure of whether I am getting ripped off or not). However if you want to drink/eat right on the beach, the prices increase dramatically. For this reason I recommend eating out in La Crucecita, and if you want to drink on the beach (who doesn’t?) then bring a cooler full to the brim with ice cold cervezas.  One beach-side restaurant which offers good prices is ‘Ve el Mar‘ located in the bay of Santa Cruz. Like many restaurants in Huatulco they offer excellent fish and seafood dishes.  Within La Crucecita, along with restaurants and bars, there is also a market called ‘El Mercado 3 Mayo’ which is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch for great prices.

Sunshine is expected for about 330 days of the year in Huatulco with an average temperature of  28°C.

Temazcal Spa

Where to stay in Huatulco? It really depends on your budget, keeping in mind that you can get a lot more from your money if you are coming from abroad, you can get high standard hotels for cheaper than you would expect.  Also there are cheaper options too. I recommend usinghotel/travel websites using the budget you have, keeping in mind whether a swimming pool is important to your trip as not all hotels offer them. Many hotels also offer beach clubs (if they are not located on a beach) which often also have a swimming pool.

How to get to Huatulco?  Huatulco has an international airport which receives flights from the USA and also Mexico City (2 hour flight) and Oaxaca (the state capital).  You can get there by car which takes about 8.5 hours (from Puebla) or by bus which takes about 12 hours (from Puebla). The bus is a very good option if you don’t have a car, with the cheapest return fair costing only 1000 pesos. The bus leaves (from CAPU) in the evening so you arrive in the morning in Huatulco. Mexico offers different levels of buses, with added things included for the more you pay (for example movies / larger seats / wifi). Though the basic buses are very comfortable and an inexpensive way to get around Mexico.  ADO is the bus line which goes to Oaxaca and Huatulco.

Anything else?  Puerto Escondido, only an hour or two away from Huatulco, is a bohemian beach town which is also worth the visit and worth tagging on to your trip if you can.

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Visit Mexico this Winter

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Winter in the Sun

[Note: This is a guest post written in partnership with ‘Journey Latin America‘]

We all know how it is.  The winter blues. It’s cold, it’s rainy and it certainly is not sunny.  That is certainly not the case here in sunny sunny Mexico. I present to you two great destinations to visit this winter: firstly, Puebla,Mexico’s best kept secret, a colonial city on the foothills of the Sierra Madre and secondly, Huatulco, an untouched breath taking beach resort, located on the pacific coast. Each offer a vastly different holiday experience, neither of which should be missed out on.

Puebla’s Historical Center

Puebla, only two hours away from Mexico City, is the fourth biggest city in Mexico. Relatively unvisited, it is fantastically authentic and home to, in my opinion and to many others, the best street food in Mexico. Visiting Puebla will give you a great city experience, with so much culture and tradition to discover. For example, did you know that 5 de Mayo happened in Puebla, or that it is home to mole, tacos arabes, cemitas, and memelas? Puebla has a very agreeable climate year round.  In the winter it has temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius during the day, and 10 degrees in the evening. This is an alternative Mexican holiday that will show the realMexico whilst giving you the warm weather you are missing at home.

Fun in the Sun, Huatulco, Oaxaca

About 9 hours down the road is Huatulco (home of the beach in ‘Y tu mamá también’) in the state of Oaxaca. It is a worthy alternative to Cancún, not only in offering cheaper prices, but in that it offers a far more Mexicanexperience.  It is comprised of 9 bays, each with their unique charm. A boat trip of all the bays, snorkelling, beers on the beach, eating delicious seafood, sunbathing, and rafting are musts for your visit. The resort really is a well kept secret by Mexicans, with less than twenty percent of tourism coming from outside of the country.  However it is easily accessible as it has its own airport with daily flights from Mexico City. How about the weather? Temperatures go from 30/35 degrees Celsius during the day to 15/20 degrees in the evenings.

Now it might be that you sound the like of both and you have a couple of weeks to spare. ‘Journey Latin America‘ a London based travel agency with an excellent reputation, offers holidays to Mexico including a two week trip that visits Puebla, Huatulco, and the wonderful city of Oaxaca as well as Monte Alban, Teotihuacan, and Mexico City. Check out ‘Oaxaca and the Pacific Coast‘ for the full itinerary.

To read more about Puebla, including its wonderful food, check out the other posts on the blog, and the official facebook page. Also check out more in-depth post on Huatulco.

Chila Chilaquiles

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This is Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are one of the dishes that come to mind when I think of real authentic Mexican food.  If you are not in Mexico and you find a Mexican restaurant selling this dish, then you know it’s the real deal (not the type of place that sells HARD shelled tacos-what is that all about?!).  Chilaquiles are lightly fried strips of tortilla which have a red or green salsa poured on them. The dish is then topped with avocado, sliced onion, sour cream and cheese. It is most commonly also served with fried eggs or chicken, though a variety of toppings are often available (see picture above). The spiciness of the salsa depends place to place so always ask before whether the red or green is spicier. This is generally a breakfast dish, though delicious at any time of day and an excellent hangover cure!

Chilaquiles rojos con dos huevos estrellados

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LA CHALUPA : ORGULLO POBLANO

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This is Chalupas

A plate of chalupas

I haven’t said this in a while, but seriously, how amazing is Puebla! After living here for a while I think we all tend to forget what an amazing city and state this really is. My admiration really comes from the vast amount of dishes that are unique to Puebla. People think they know Mexican food, but really you don’t Mexico till you go to Puebla. Just thinking about uniquely poblana dishes, a huge list comes to mind, from Cemitas,Memelas, Mole, Chiles en Nogada, Tacos Árabes, etc. The list is endless. (More posts to follow on all of Puebla’s eclectic street food).

This post is about ‘chalupas’. It is true that a lot of Mexican dishes are very similar, many of them being variations of different tortilla combinations. But that doesn’t make any one of them any less delicious.  So what are chalupas? Well what they are not are those hard shelled things you get at Taco Bell. No, no, no.  Real chalupas are antojitos. Typically you eat them as an evening snack or as a starter, and always when celebrating Mexican Independence Day. They are lightly fried small corn tortillas (a little bit crispy but still soft), which have either red or green salsa, that are topped with onion, chicken and sometimes some cheese.

This is a dish for sharing. You don’t order one chalupa, you order a plate of chalupas. And you share them and you eat them with your hands. This is what Mexico, and Puebla is all about: food that is delicious and food that is for sharing. 

¡Provecho!

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El Flamingo – Tortas de Puebla

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This is Tortas

Okay, you got me! Tortas are not specifically from Puebla, but good ones are. Too controversial? If you disagree, then please comment below, and pictures provide good evidence. So what’s so special about Poblana tortas? Well I am just basing this on DF and Puebla tortas, but first of all they are crunchier, and most definitely a different shape. For my tasting DF’s tortas are a little too soft. Yes I am a crunchy roll kind of a gal.

A torta in my opinion should be about the size in the picture (maybe a little bigger) and either an oval or circular shape. Inside the Torta, there should be frijoles (beans), avocado, onion, tomato, rajas (if you like spicy), quesillo, and a meat of your choice, if you should desire. Also a bit of mayonnaise can make quite the difference. Personally I also like my Torta toasted.

If that sounds good to you, and you like the look of the picture, then check out ‘El Flamingo’ which is in ‘El Centro’. I recommend these tortas, as they make them just as I mentioned before, and a bonus is that the ‘Milanesa’ isn’t greasy. ‘Milanesa’ is either pork or chicken covered in bread crumbs that is fried (similar to Escalope Vienes/ Wiener Schnitzel), so sometimes if not done correctly can be a little greasy. That is certainly not the case at ‘El Flamingo’. They also serve delicious juices, licuados, and aguas. More on types of drinks to follow in another post!

¡Provecho!

El Flamingo is located on Av. 2 Poniente between 3 Sur and 5 de Mayo.