Adventurous Food in Puerto Vallarta

Feb 20th, 2009, 01:26 PM
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Adventurous Food in Puerto Vallarta

So, this time I want to try some different things, Mexican things. Not just Al Pastor tacos, great as they are. Who knows where I can get these?

1. Sopas -- like corn tortillas but very thick, piled high with goodies

2. Tejuino -- sour corn drink

3. Pulque -- fermented maguey cactus, sort of like cactus beer, only milky

4. Escamoles -- ant larva

5. Huitlacoche -- corn fungus, like a black mold, "food of the gods"

6. Sesos (brain) tacos -- not cabeza (cheek), but brain!

7. Birria -- goat stew meat, something of a Jalisco specialty I gather?

8. Mexican cigars -- NOT overpriced and often fake Cubanos

Any other adventurous suggestions are welcome. I'm not interested in "fine dining", but in real Mexican delicacies. What foods are typical to Huichols and Cora indians?

We will also be in Tepic, Nayarit, where some of this may be easier to find.
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Feb 20th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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I love the sopas at Cafe de Olla on B. Badillo.
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Feb 20th, 2009, 02:15 PM
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Good to know. I'll check it out. I may have to eat nine meals a day to get everything in, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

How about raicilla, Jalisco moonshine?
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Feb 20th, 2009, 03:20 PM
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bleck, i had a VERY bad experience w/ raicilla... once is enough & that's nothing i'd seek out to do again

sorry i've never even seen any of the other things you are asking about (except cigars!) in Puerto Vallarta. hop on over to the PV forum at Trip Advisor, there's lots more people there who might be able to help you out. only a couple of us PV-lovers here at Fodor's.
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Suze probably got some inferior Raicilla, inferior Tequila is just as bad. There are some legal Raicillas now, albeit at reduced alcohol levels compared to the moonshine version, which I prefer.
8 - The Cigar Factory, Two Locations.
I. Vallarta #252 at 5 de Febrero and at Libertad #100 at the Fisherman statue.
222-0300
7 - This stand usually has Birria de Chivo, but ask, sometimes it's pork. Birria Robles. Birria Tacos only, open at 8AM till they run out, usually about 1PM, very busy. here's a map for location : http://vallartainfo.com/streetfood.html
6 - check that same page for the good taco stands, some will have sesos.
5 - Huitlacoche is on the menu at El Arrayan, Allende #344 closed Tuesday.
4 - not here, you need to go south to Oaxaca
3 - haven't seen here but there are several vendors around the main plaza selling Tuba
2 - I've seen this at the La Fuente del Puente, that restaurant by the bridge with the horrible statue of Liz & Dick, also street vendors with a bicycle cart.
1 - Sopes (not sopas) also at some taco stands and El Arrayan again. Look for Huaraches, like a sope but longer, shaped like the sole of a sandal.

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Feb 23rd, 2009, 10:09 AM
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OK cabron, sopes, and better racilla. Got it.
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i love tejuino! with hot powder hehehe
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Mar 16th, 2009, 03:54 PM
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I was able to try tejuino, but I didn't have it with chile. Next time!
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u should do, when i was kid after school all kids always bought tejuino with lemon ice cream (no cream/milk) with hot powder (chile) hehehe
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