The other day, Husband and I met some friends at Las Ruinas which is a bar familar within walking distance of our house. When we arrived the table was stacked with all sorts of little dishes of food. Botanas or snacks. As long as you are drinking, the food keeps coming. The variety is amazing, there was pig's ear in adobo, chunks of liver, bulgar wheat, calabasa (a small green pumpkin similar to the a patty pan) in tomato sauce, elbow macaroni in tomato sauce, guacamole, ceviche, thick corn chips, ceviche and I don't remember what else. The elbow macaroni which was cooked in the sauce,sopa seca style was tasteless, the rest of the food was good. The pig's ear was spicy, and chewy, I tasted it, decided it was too picante, and then found myself eating more. Spicy food is like that, I think chiles are addicting. The guacamole was excellant and the liver was pretty good too. I never did get any ceviche but I heard that it was up to the same standards. The waiter also passed around a list of specialties, we each got to choose an entree for themselves. I ordered the queso relleno and Husband got kibis.
As the party slowed down the waiter started putting dishes of mango and jicama on the table, with the ever present chili and lime.
After two hours the party broke up, and we walked home, well satisfied.