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Mexican Food Meets Japanese Food In These Next Level Mexican Sushi Creations

Yes, Mexican sushi is real and it’s not only delicious and creative; it is popular af.

Mexican sushi has already made its way into the United States thanks to Culichi Town, a sushi and seafood restaurant in Bell Gardens outside of Los Angeles. It helped bring the trend stateside from Sinaloa.

But Mexican sushi in Mexico is still where it’s at.

You might be wondering what could make sushi Mexican.

Well, it is still sushi with nori seaweed and Japanese rice, but with a Mexican twist. It includes ingredients such as jalapeño, avocado, beef steak, cream cheese, breaded shrimp, and Tampico salad – a crab or surimi-based salad with jalapeño pepper, onion, and mayonnaise.

Japanese-Mexican fusion works perfectly, and you shouldn’t be surprised.

At its core, it employs a spicy, crunchy, tangy, and creamy flavor-bomb approach, not unlike Mexican food in general. It stands in stark opposition to the romantic, Japanese, “less is more” school of thought that makes sushi chefs look like fine-dining artists.

Mexican sushi is everything that traditional sushi is not.

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Mexican sushi is all about creative combinations that might not seem to make sense on the menu, but are truly delicious. Some of the options include grilled chicken and beef. My guess is that they are alternatives for those who wish to steer clear from raw seafood.

And in Mexico City, there are a ton of amazing Mexican sushi restaurants with some pretty insane options. Let’s start with Sushi Roll:

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Sushi Roll is one of the largest sushi chain restaurants in the city. They have more than 20 locations. It’s especially popular because they have amazing specials including a 2×1 sushi promotion on Monday-Wednesday and a 2×1 drink special on Thursday.

But their sushi is amazing too!

Check out their Monkey Roll…

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Wrapped in banana, topped with chipotle, crowned with fried chile, and stuffed with cream cheese.

And their tasty tropical-inspired Samba Roll.

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This roll comes wrapped in mango and is topped with a tropical flavored pico de gallo.

Then there’s also Teikit, another beloved Mexico City sushi chain.

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They offer 2×1 specials every night of the week and have a giant menu with some really good Mexican-Japanese fusion.

For example, take a look at these Mexican Sushi Pizzas…

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They even have a nori seaweed base and come topped with a mix of Italian, Mexican, and Japanese toppings. Like how extra is that?!

And you can’t miss the kushiage…

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These tasty fried skewer things are amazing and these ones come filled with manchego cheese, banana, and jalapeno! Sounds like a totally weird combination but trust, it works.

They even have a veggie roll with roots in pre-Hispanic foods!

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I mean quinoa dates back thousands of years, long before the arrival of the Spanish – so shout out to Teikit to offering some truly ‘back to your roots’ foods.

There’s even a brand new Mexican sushi restaurant on the scene and it’s taking Mexico City by storm with its wild inventions.

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I mean sushi de pastor, with beans, and esquites? Could this be legit?

First, they got some amazing looking cocktails.

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Like this one called the Mekishiko, which is a mezcal cocktail flavored with tamarindo.

And the tempuchepe roll is apparently one of the most popular sushi rolls in the city right now.

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This roll comes fried and filled with onions and grilled beef, crema, and salsa macha. Wow.

Many of their rolls are inspired by a Mexican state. Like this one from Hidalgo.

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Called the Atlantepu, this roll comes fried (I’m sensing a theme) and filled with potatoes and peppers, drizzled with crema, and topped with a cilantro salsa. Not bad.

Or do you prefer beans with your sushi?

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Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered with this roll. It also comes fried, filled with black beans, manchego cheese, grilled pork, and a pasilla chile dressing.

A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.

Conservationists At Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve Are Being Murdered And Investigators Aren’t Sure Why

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Conservationists At Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve Are Being Murdered And Investigators Aren’t Sure Why

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Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve is one of the world’s most famous wildlife hotspots. Hundreds of thousands come each year to view the annual migration of millions of beautiful butterflies that call Mexico’s Michoacan state home during the winter.

However, this iconic and majestic habitat for one of the world’s most endangered animals is now the backdrop for a dramatic murder mystery that is unfolding in international headlines. Two conservationists have been discovered dead just days apart and investigators still aren’t sure why.

A second victim has been pronounced killed by authorities in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly reserve.

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One of the world’s most beautiful wildlife spots is now the backdrop for a dramatic double murder after two nature activists are discovered dead at Mexico’s El Rosario monarch butterfly sanctuary.

The deaths of Homero Gomez Gonzalez, manager of the butterfly reserve, and Raul Hernandez Romero, a tour guide at the sanctuary, have sent shockwaves across the world of wildlife conservation.

Hernandez Romero’s body was discovered on Saturday near the highest point of the mountainous sanctuary, which sits 9,000 feet above sea level in the state of Michoacan, about 130 miles west of Mexico City, according to a statement from the Michoacan state prosecutor’s office. Hernandez Romero’s family reported him missing on Friday, officials said.

The new victim was found just days after the first victim’s body was found after being missing for 16 days.

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Authorities discovered his body about three days after the Hernandez Romero’s body was found in a pond near the Central Mexico town of El Soldado, prosecutors said.

An autopsy performed in the presence of State Human Rights Commission representatives determined Gomez Gonzalez died from “mechanical asphyxiation” after suffering head trauma and being submerged in water.

Gomez Gonzalez, whose family reported him missing two weeks ago, was one of the region’s most prominent conservation activists and a vocal defender of the monarch butterflies. He had launched a campaign against illegal logging that threatens the butterflies nesting grounds.

Although petty crime and theft is common in these parts of Mexico, authorities don’t believe this to be the case in Gonzalez’s death. He was found with about $9,000 pesos (or about $500 USD) on him when his body was discovered.

Mexico’s Monarch butterfly preserve is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

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Each winter, millions of monarch butterflies make their home at the El Rosario reserve in Mexico — one of the best places in the world to see them. Local guides lead tourists up the mountainside on foot and horseback to where the monarchs cluster in fir and pine trees. Their bright orange wings flit amid the mild weather of Michoacán, and signs ask for silence as visitors enter the nesting areas.

The El Rosario sanctuary is part of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, which was enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, calling the overwintering concentration of butterflies there “a superlative natural phenomenon.” It noted that more than half of overwintering colonies of the monarch butterfly’s eastern population are found in these specific areas of Mexico.

But the same forests that draw butterflies to migrate thousands of miles each winter are under threat from illegal logging and clandestine avocado farms.

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Officials in the state of Michoacán said they were unsure if the two deaths were linked – or related to the men’s work in the butterfly reserve. The state has seen a rising tide of violence in recent years, and the region around the monarch butterfly reserve has been rife with illegal logging, despite a ban imposed to protect the monarchs, which winter in the pine- and fir-covered hills.

Some illegal clearcutting is also carried out to allow for the planting of avocado orchards – one of Mexico’s most lucrative crops and an important part of Michoacán’s economy.

The deaths again called attention to the disturbing trend in Mexico of environmental defenders being killed as they come into conflict with developers or local crime groups, who often have political and police protection.