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Archives: November 2013

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Onilikan Mazatleco Shrimp

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Sinaloa has a long tradition of being the shrimp capital, and the birthplace of the delicious and refreshing Mexican dish known as Aguachile shrimp. In addition, Sinaloa is one of the largest producers of this delicious crustacean in Mexico. Mazatlan is the only place in the world where “Changeras”, merchants of fresh shrimp sold by the kilo in the street sell their product a short distance from the statue of the fisherman. Mazatlan also has the pride of holding the Guinness Record for making the largest shrimp cocktail in the world (538.5 kg), promoted by the initiative “The Coctelazo Mazatlan 2011”. This initiative was undertaken in support of positioning Mazatlan as the “Shrimp Capital of the World”, not a small feat…..

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Onilikan Blue Agave Spirit in the Kitchen

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In a prior blog, we mentioned the use of spirits in the kitchen and of certain techniques that can be employed to incorporate them into recipes. We had also made mention of the use of spirits in the preparation of marinades, enabling all aromatic ingredients to better penetrate the meat, thereby enhancing the process of seasoning. Since then, we have come up with the idea of testing Onilikan blue agave spirit with the traditional cochinita pibil recipe.

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Mayahuel, the tequila, or the maguey Goddess?

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According to Aztec mythology, the goddess Mayahuel gave origen to the maguey plants. It is said that when Quetzalcoatl and Mayahuel were fleeing from Tzitzimitl (stars demon ), they tried to hide by pretending to be branches of a tree. However, Tzitzimitl recognized Mayahuel and broke the branches into pieces. Quetzalcoatl, devastated, buried the pieces, and from those fragments of branches the first maguey plants began to sprout. This myth is a clear testimony of the admiration that the ancient inhabitants of Mesoamerica had for the agave. The goddess Mayahuel was also part of a group of maternal and fertility goddesses in Aztec mythology. Mayahuel is also associated with the concept of fertility and nutrition.

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Blue Agave Liqueur in the kitchen

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The Onilikan Blue Agave Liqueur (Mazatlan Artisan Spirits), is a product made with the heart of the blue agave pineapple using a method which….. we prefer to keep secret. To the palate, this delicious liqueur captures the natural flavor of the agave in perfect harmony, accounting for the bronze medal earned by this product at the renowned “San Francisco World Spirits Competition.”

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