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June 13th, 2017

Cheerful sounds and enticing scents whiz around you with frenetic energy. Crowds gather in front of one stall, before meandering on to the next. Street fairs and food festivals are not just where people come to gather and eat, but to enjoy an adventure through food. 

Recently, “street food” has taken on a whole new meaning, and in a way, has emerged as its own unique type of cuisine. The flavors are often bold. The plating is usually casual. And the food is often undeniably delicious. 

There’s so much to love about street food, but we particularly adore how easy it is to get a literal and metaphorical taste of that particular city. The casual nature of the cuisine and inviting ambience of food festivals encourage visitors and locals alike to sample some of that region’s best dishes. From city to city, the food may differ but the vibe is always the same: convivial, hospitable and full of vivacious energy. 

No matter where you are in the world, you can always count on finding some great street fare. And if your travels bring you south of the border, the options are as plentiful as they are delicious. One of our favorites? A meticulously prepared cemita, a Puebloan-style sandwich filled with all sorts of flavorful ingredients. The best ones start with a crusty, round roll, preferably still warm from a local oven and flecked with sesame seeds. Nestled between the roll are slices of creamy avocado, tender pieces of chipotle grilled chicken, a slather of mayo, a bit of Oaxaca cheese and a layer of refried beans. 

Savory, creamy, spicy and filling—this super sandwich hits all the right notes. But you’ll need the perfect drink to wash it all down. An Altos Margarita made with our Plata tequila is a great refreshing cocktail that pairs nicely with the flavors of Latin cuisine. 

P.S.—It’s easy to recreate these sandwiches at home any time you’re craving authentic street food. Use hearty round rolls or any sort of seeded bun, grill up some marinated chicken breasts, and sub in mozzarella if you can’t find Oaxaca cheese. Once the sandwiches are prepared, stir up a pitcher of Altos Margaritas, invite over some friends, and enjoy a taste of Mexico without ever leaving home. 

Altos Margarita

Ingredients:

  • Altos Tequila Plata 2 parts
  • Fresh lime juice 1 part
  • Agave syrup ½ part
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Directions:

Build up all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Shake, and strain into an ice-filled tin cup.

Garnish with a lime slice on top.

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