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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.

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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.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

When it comes to international happiness rankings, Mexico has long done well in many measurements. In fact, in 2019, Mexico placed number 23 beating out every other Latin American country except for Costa Rica. But in 2020, things looks a lot different as the country slipped 23 spots on the list. What does this mean for Mexico and its residents? 

Mexico slips 23 spots on the World Happiness Report thanks to a variety of compelling factors.

Mexico plummeted 23 places to the 46th happiest nation in the world, according to the 2020 happiness rankings in the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on Mexicans’ happiness in 2020, the new report indicates.

“Covid-19 has shaken, taken, and reshaped lives everywhere,” the report noted, and that is especially true in Mexico, where almost 200,000 people have lost their lives to the disease and millions lost their jobs last year as the economy recorded its worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Based on results of the Gallup World Poll as well as an analysis of data related to the happiness impacts of Covid-19, Mexico’s score on the World Happiness Report index was 5.96, an 8% slump compared to its average score between 2017 and 2019 when its average ranking was 23rd.

The only nations that dropped more than Mexico – the worst country to be in during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg news agency – were El Salvador, the Philippines and Benin.

Mexico has struggled especially hard against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since the pandemic started, Mexico has fared far worse than many other countries across Latin America. Today, there are reports that Mexico has been undercounting and underreporting both the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths. Given this reality, the country is 2nd worst in the world when it comes to number of suspected deaths, with more than 200,000 people dead. 

Could the happiness level have an impact on this year’s elections?

Given that Mexico’s decline in the rankings appears related to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic here, one might assume that the popularity of the federal government – which has been widely condemned for its management of the crisis from both a health and economic perspective – would take a hit.

But a poll published earlier this month found that 55.9% of respondents approved of President López Obrador’s management of the pandemic and 44% indicated that they would vote for the ruling Morena party if the election for federal deputies were held the day they were polled.

Support for Morena, which apparently got a shot in the arm from the national vaccination program even as it proceeded slowly, was more than four times higher than that for the two main opposition parties, the PAN and the PRI.

Still, Mexico’s slide in the happiness rankings could give López Obrador – who has claimed that ordinary Mexicans are happier with him in office – pause for thought.

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