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Mexican Gastronomy Embraces Hispanic Heritage

Mexican Gastronomy Embraces Hispanic Heritage

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Each year from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and pay tribute to the histories, cultures and contribution of Americans and immigrants whose ancestors came to the United States from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The celebration started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and then in 1988 was expanded to cover a 30-day period. It begins in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16th, 18th and 21st respectively.

Hispanic Heritage Month honors the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched American society. It particularly celebrates arts and culture, and of course, Hispanic gastronomy.

With Hispanics making up more than a quarter of the U.S. population today—and growing fast—experts say this change is dramatically flavoring the American culinary experience. Traditional Hispanic foods have been making their way into American diets for years, and it is now common for Americans to include nachos, enchiladas, chorizos or queso fresco in their day-to-day meals.

Most Hispanic cuisine has blended into mainstream American culture creating many variations of Hispanic-inspired dishes as the well-known Tex-Mex: a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine primarily as a result of Tejano culture. The most notable difference between Tex-Mex and original Mexican cuisine lies in cooking methods and ingredients used.

On this matter, Homestead’s restaurant La Cruzada offers what is known as authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine. La Cruzada has thrived in our community thanks to its original dishes, providing a unique experience for those who want to try true Mexican food. The restaurant opened 13 years ago as owner Alba Rosi wanted to make a difference, because “the other restaurants in the area were Tex-Mex food only,” she says.

“We are 100% authentic. Our Chefs are Mexicans who learned culinary art in Mexico before emigrating to the United States, and also the servers, all Mexican women, wear traditional Mexican clothing. In addition, our dishes are cooked with original and handmade ingredients, never processed or packaged. They are fresh and ready to serve and come out hot from the kitchen soon after the diner orders,” says Alba.

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Although La Cruzada offers an extensive menu of typical Mexican food, the main dishes are posole, menudo, birria de chivo (spicy goat stew), huaraches (not the sandals, but oblong-shaped dough stuffed with meat and vegetables), soups, gorditas, and an extensive selection of tortes, enchiladas and tacos, with a unique flavor from home.

La Cruzada tops rankings and 5-star comments on sites like TripAdvisor. Additionally, it has been listed as the best Mexican restaurant in the Miami area by USA TODAY. Its success, says Alba Rosi, lies in three factors: authenticity, service and cleanliness.

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