You love Mexican food, sure, but have you ever experienced the exotic flavors of the Aztec and Mayan cultures?
If not, here’s your chance.
Guests at Saturday’s Holistic Health and Wellness Fair at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, on Kanawha Boulevard, will have the opportunity to satisfy their hunger with traditional “huaraches” as they learn about other ways to nurture their bodies and soothe their souls.
Huaraches, you may ask, aren’t those shoes? They are.
But unlike the Mexican sandals they’re named after, these huaraches are flattened ovals of masa (a base of corn flour dough) that are cooked on a hot griddle and topped with any number of ingredients — meat, beans, veggies, fresh cheese, peppers, salsa, even nopales, the native word for “cactus.”
And they’ll be prepared on-site by a team from The Light of the World Church, led by Kassandra Soto, who comes from a Hispanic family and whose grandmother was a direct native of the Aztecs who actually spoke their native language.
“My grandmother is the one who taught these recipes to my mother, who then taught them to me,” she said, adding that Aztec-Mayan food is a perfect match for an event focusing on wellness.
“The Mayan were an agricultural society and were known for basic foods like corn, beans and squash, to which chiles and tomatoes were often added,” Soto said. “The huaraches we’re making will feature lots of vegetables like avocado, lettuce and tomatoes, along with lots of chile peppers.”
“Well, we Mexicans love a lot of spice,” she said with a laugh. “We do want to share some of our authentic flavors, but we’ll make sure it’s not too much.”
“We’re very excited to be able to share a healthy dish with the community here, and it’s a dish they may not have tried before,” she added. “That’s our main goal, just to introduce these new flavors to the local community.”
Saturday’s wellness fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 520 Kanawha Blvd. West and will also feature demonstrations and participation in various disciplines of yoga, meditation, massage, energy therapies, acupuncture, healing herbs, essential oils and natural methods for detoxing and cleansing the body.
The event is free and open to the public.
In a quest to raise enough money to purchase a roaming nontraditional egg roll food truck, Eggs Will Roll hosted its first pop-up shop this past Saturday at Kin Ship Goods on Charleston’s West Side.A conflict kept me from popping in, but I heard plenty of rave reviews about that day’s offerings — mac ’n’ cheese egg rolls, jambalaya egg rolls and much-talked-about West Virginia hot dog egg rolls.
Facebook photos of all three looked amazing, but I’ll admit it’s the wiener one that intrigued me most.
If you missed Saturday’s event, like me, you’ll get another chance to sample more Eggs Will Roll creations at next month’s Taste-of-ALL food sampling extravaganza at the Four Points by Sheraton on Kanawha Boulevard.
The soon-to-be food truck is one of 18 restaurants already committed to the May 26 event, along with newbie Gonzoburger and more to be announced in the coming days. Stay tuned to the Gazette-Mail for details, or check out the Taste-of-ALL Facebook page for event updates.
While Eggs Will Roll was trying to get up and running this past weekend, another local hot spot called it quits with the closing of B&D Gastropub in the old Murad’s location in Kanawha City.I really hated to see this one go.
Although I gave the place a mostly positive review when it first opened nearly five years ago, I came to enjoy it even more in the years that followed, especially when former chef Greg Bess came on board to elevate the bar’s dinner menu several nights a week.
In addition to decent pub grub, B&D boasted a nice craft beer lineup and was one of the few places in town to enjoy my beloved (and award-winning) Roedy’s Red amber from the North End Tavern & Brewery in Parkersburg.
Where, oh where, will I get my Roedy’s fix now?