Friday, November 8, 2013
OK, this article has nothing to do with trade, transportation, or manufacturing in Mexico, but the topic of the best fish taco in Baja California is often debated in the offices of Bill Hay International.
A pretty good article from the Wall Street Journal of all places.
Most of these newer taco styles are found in Tijuana, served from street carts, food trucks and restaurants everywhere from Centro, the tourist-friendly downtown center, to the Zona Río, where many tech companies are headquartered, and out into the hilly suburban neighborhoods.In recent years, other seafood-filled tacos have become popular in Baja. Chefs are using a wide range of ingredients, and the many migrants who have arrived from other parts of Mexico in the last few decades—particularly from the neighboring states of Sonora and Sinaloa—have brought their native variations to the table.
"I see [our new style] as a rebel kid who doesn't take orders from anybody and is just very free, very creative. Nobody's telling him what to do," says Javier Plascencia, a chef who serves a wide variety of seafood tacos at his 6-year-old Tijuana restaurant, Erizo Fish Market. "Baja California's very young. We're not Oaxaca or Puebla, which have all this history."The most recent additions to the city's taco menus emerged from the region's newest food movement, an upscale, post-colonial cuisine started by chefs in Tijuana and Ensenada. The cooks draw inspiration from local ingredients and Baja's long history of international influences, rather than from the Spanish flavors that inform food traditions in the rest of Mexico.
This stand in downtown Ensenada serves excellent fish and shrimp tacos, accompanied by a wide array of salsas and toppings. These include pickled onions, chipotle mayonnaise, whole pickled jalapeños and long slivers of fresh cucumber. The sauces are made daily by the members of an extended family who take turns running the stand. Corner of Calle Juárez and Avenida Floresta, Ensenada
3. The Myth Maker: Taqueria y Mariscos Adriana
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Mexico's military has taken control of one of the nation's biggest seaports as part of an effort to bring drug-cartel activity under control in the western state of Michoacan, officials said Monday.
Federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said soldiers are now responsible for policing duties in the city of Lazaro Cardenas as well as in the Pacific seaport of the same name. The port is a federal entity separate from the city.
"We have received anonymous tips that lead us to believe there has been corruption and collusion from people at the port," Sanchez said.
Sanchez said navy personnel will take over as heads of the administration and port captaincy of the seaport. He said about 156 customs and tax inspectors and officials at the seaport will be rotated out of their positions gradually.
All 113 police officers in the city of Lazaro Cardenas have been replaced by soldiers while they undergo drug testing and police training, Sanchez added.
The port of Lazaro Cardenas is the country's largest in terms of cargo volume and it has seen a number of huge seizures of precursor chemicals used to make methamphetamines.
The Sinaloa and Knights Templar drug cartels have been identified as gangs that engage in the production of methamphetamine. The Knights Templar cartel is based in Michoacan and is fighting vigilante "self-defense" groups for control of the state.
The Knights Templar, a pseudo-religious gang that takes its name from the ancient monastic order, has set fire to lumber yards, packing plants and passenger buses in a reign of terror in the state.
The cartel's extortion of "protection" payments from cattlemen, lime and avocado growers and other businesses prompted some communities in a lime-growing region to form armed vigilante patrols in February. That drew more attacks from the cartel, which sought to punish the area by hampering the lime business.
Michoacan is the home state of former President Felipe Calderon and it is where he launched the federal government offensive against drug trafficking upon taking office in late 2006.