I recently moved from Boston to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and I'm finding it tougher to maintain a paleo diet here. Grassfed meat seems to just puzzle people, and the standard beef quality isn't great. And regardless of what I order in restaurants, every meal seems to come with frijoles (beans), arroz (rice), and a stack of flour tortillas.
I guess I could just cook for myself with local eggs, poultry, and veggies, but it's boring to eat alone, and sampling the many inexpensive eateries here is a great way to meet new people. Any Mexican paleo-hackers out there with advice?
All meat burritos, ask for two or more meats. Lengua (tongue), buche (pig's esophagus), cabeza (head meat), etc. with salsa, onion, cilantro and lemon, that is a fast easy, and paleo-ish meat.
Also soups, mariscos (Mexican seafood) often have a caldo de siete mares on the menu. This contains a spicy broth, some veggies, and fish, shellfish.
Go for ceviche.
Mexican food is so much more than tortilla, beans, rice and cheese.
I'm not familiar with that area of Mexico, but one of my favorite restaurants to eat Paleo out is a Mexican buffet. I eat a bed of lettuce with tomato, ground beef, fresh pico de gallo and sour cream. They have a slow cooked carnitas with onion that is to die for. Chicken with onion and green peppers. Beef slow roasted in tomato sauce. Fruit for desert.. Muy bien!
So, my advice is to look for a little hole in the wall buffet so you can pick and choose. Or, a little family run place to get to know and then have them cook special dishes for you.
AHHH! I love San Miguel de Allende!!!!!! I lived in Mexico and Central America for a year and it was a great place to chill. You're lucky as the expat community is quite large so you should be able to meet people pretty easily.
I completely agree with the suggestions from @pablo. There are also days of the week that specialties are always made so you can get a bowl just full of beef, lamb, etc. I had more of a tendency to eat local from carts, always look for the busiest cart or you're doomed, as the food was fresh, cheap, always tasty and interesting. I also liked the ritual of hunkering down on a stool, if there was one, with the locals, or taking with me and finding a place to sit. Travel Spork, activate! That being said there was one restaurant that I did go to a few times, Rincon de Don Tomas, as they had this specialty of pork ribs with shaved chilis that was just dreamy. I'm pretty sure they had a wide-variety of options that would definitely be Paleo-friendly so it's worth a shot.
Here is a list from the Lonely Planet, my travel bible, that will be helpful for food and maybe friends to peruse: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/northern-central-highlands/san-miguel-de-allende/restaurants
And I have to add, if you haven't visited Benito Juarez park you should soon. It's really beautiful and El Chorro is right next to it. Wonderful people watching :) Enjoy and good luck!
The harder to find paleo items like quality organic grass fed beef can be easily found now in Mexico D.F. and some of the more expat active west coast (e.g. Puerto Vallarta).
In other areas of Mexico it is challenging to live with a clean diet, however there are now local national brands of grass fed meat, pastured eggs and organic veg and fruits.
I've nailed down a paleo diet with a list of which supermarkets stock brands of paleo-compliant foods. I'm more paleo upgraded, and have even been able to find some Weston Price and organic items to fill those gaps in.
Most towns/ cities have at least one organic store, and generally these stock some useful items - although organic in Mexico is tied more closely to the vegan / macrobiotic diet movements. I'm able to live with a pretty clean diet in most places in Mexico now.
Not Mexcian, but when I lived in D.F. I only bought kosher meats, it was literally the only way I could stomach it. Organic and grassfed are not terms well understood in 3rd world countries (I'm also living in one)
The staples of frijoles/refritos, arroz, will always be provided at meals (nothing like a real fresh corn tortilla) but just don't eat it is the best advice I can give you.
Definitely eat out, the culinary genious in Mexico is incredible (you lucky dog!!) Chili poblanos filled with chicken, tuna and/or mashed potatoes and cheese are incredible (my fav!).
The good thing is that they still cook the old fashioned ways in those area, so you should get some incredible treats (except maybe for the old oils).
I'm dying to make a good mole sauce, I've found some mexican chilies here but haven't yet ventured....I'm jealous now!!! :)
The paleo comunity here in Mexico is exponentially growing, I don´t know about San Miguel de Allende, but in the major cities such as Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara there´s a lot of grass fed meat. I´m a taco lover and learned that almost every single descent restaurant where they serve tacos, can also do it with a lettuce leave instead of tortillas. You should focus a lot on meat, which is not the specialty over there in Guanajuato, but still as far as I remember there are a few good restaurants, some in the hotels where you can eat some quality dishes. You should enjoy the natural agave nectar, as well as the coconut and its derived products, it´s not very far from Colima where coconuts are abundant. I´ve managed to do the whole30 complete here in Monterrey, even eating out on restaurants once or twice a week.
I am living in Mexico City and I started 2 months ago a paleo diet. Before I use to eat organic food and I new quite a lot organic restaurants here however eating paleo restrict a lot of dishes. If you have the opportunity to visit Mexico City I highly recommend you two restaurants: (1) Flor de Alcachofa and (2) Casa Kobe Ixcati. Both restaurants serve organic grassfed beef. In the first restaurant, beef meat came from the North of the USA and in the second one beef meat came from Tamaulipas (Mexico) and from Kobe meat (really delicius).
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