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Happy Cinco de Mayo Central Ohio

Corona with limeI'd say "Happy Cinco de Mayo Columbus" but I like the sorta rhyme in "Happy Cinco de Mayo Central Ohio."   

Central Ohio's Channel 10's  "Commit To Be Fit"  website says: "Columbus was labeled the 5th fattest city in the United States in 2001, and that brought on a whole host of health concerns."  I receive the Commit To Be Fit eNewsletter.  I eat a lot of Mexican restaurant food and I am putting on weight.  The current commit to Be Fit newsletter has "5 Best, 5 Worst Mexican Meals" from  Susan Burke MS, RD, LD/N, CDE an eDiets Contributor because it's Cinco de Mayo. 

Burke wrote:

"What a shame that Mexican Americans have the fastest-growing rate of obesity. It's certainly not because of their traditional cuisine, which is "famous for its avocados, beans, corn, squash, jicama, tomatoes, chocolate, papaya, guava, vanilla, a variety of spices, and of course, chili peppers," according to Spanishaboard.com.

The native Mexican diet is plant-based, with lots of beans (high in protein), some rice and seasonal vegetables. In the USA, Mexican food means cheese, refried beans, fried chips and deep fried stuff.

Americans from Mexico are eating way more red meat than before, more refined carbs and sugar, and they're not as active as they were in their native cultures. This isn't unique to Mexican immigrants, it's common for all Americans, and the rate of obesity is soaring.

Mexican restaurant chains offer the worst of the worst in terms of grams of fat, cholesterol and just plain calories per serving. Some of the dishes are shockingly rich, serving more calories per entree than most people need for the entire day."

Burke is writing about Americans and American's from Mexico not Columbus people this info is not local but it is true... the food is smothered in cheese, sour cream, guacamole in Columbus Mexican Restaurants.  I find the madre y padre (mom and pop) restaurants pile on the cheese, sour cream and guacamole to please the fat loving American palate right along with the chains. Burke says 'just say no' tell the server to tell the kitchen to skip the shredded cheese, sour cream and guacamole.  Eat more beans!     

Ooops I did it again, the chile relleno... last night at my favorite Columbus Mexican restaurant, La Hacienda Real on Sinclair Rd. Cheese, eggs and more cheese.  mmm mmm good.

Visit ColumbusBestBlog.com for a list of the  5 Best Mexican Meals and the 5 Worst Mexican Meals from eDiets and Commit to Be Fit. Discover Columbus has a list of my favorite Central Ohio Mexican Restaurants if you need a recommendation.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsMaureen McCabe • May 05 2007 06:38AM

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Maureen.  You have a real talent for blogging about very interesing subjects - like Mexican food. 

I recall when Columbus was labeled the "fattest city" a few weeks ago.  You must have the same glut of fast food restaurants that line every business area in Maryland and Northern Virginia. 

I believe that the fast food industry and preparred food industry have conspired to make Americans the unhealthiest folk on the planet.  The enemy isn't Al Queada, it's McDonalds. 

I LOVE Mexican food. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Thanks Lenn. We have lots of chains here.

I love Mexican food and I eat a lot of it because I am gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye barley.)  I can eat corn tortillas!

Wendy's is based in Dublin Ohio.  White Castle is based in Columbus.  A lot of smaller chains are based in Columbus.  OSU has a business incubator and a lot of the businesses that have been incubated are restaurants.

I have to get back on the Baja Fresh beans and rice diet.  I love Baja Fresh.  It is not based in Columbus but was owned by Wendy's for a few years. It has not done well in Columbus.  

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 12 years ago

That does have a nice sound to it Maureen - I love Mexican food, we have a bunch of typical Mexican-American restaurants but one little hole in the wall authentic Mexican restaurant that makes my mouth water when I think of it, called Burrito Grill (owned and serviced by a Mexican gentleman).  I did not know about the obesity problem, but it makes sense.  

See what you did?  Now I have to go eat at Burrito Grill today!

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) about 12 years ago

What is Venezuelan food like Ines?  I ate at an Argentinian restaurant once in the Caribbean.  I ate at a Cuban restaurant once in Miami.  I have never eaten at a Puerto Rican restaurant but was excited when I saw a Puerto Rican restaurant in Columbus.  One of the Columbus food bloggers said she went there and never got served.  Hopefully they've got the kinks worked out.  I drive by it a lot on the way to one of my listings and I am tempted to stop to see what the food is like.   

I think I want to be a food blogger when I grow up.   : -)

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 12 years ago

Maureen - Typical Venezuelan food is very much like Cuban food....but.....because there is such an influx of Europeans in South America, we eat everything but the traditional dishes which are fried plantains, rice and black beans, shredded beef - But if you ever get a chance to eat an "empanada" or an "arepa", you will not be dissapointed (it's the bread of the working people stuffed with meat, ham, cheese or anything you can imagine).

Food blogging is fun!  I've done a couple of restaurant blogs and had fun with them!  Do you think we can make a living out of "food blog critiques"?

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) about 12 years ago

I made empanadas, long ago. 

I can't eat wheat so short of experimenting with gluten free flours, I have a very limited diet.  Most of the time, the time and money is not worth it for the final product. I'll never make it as a food critic.  

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 12 years ago
Yukk, I think Miami beat you out this year as Fattest City.  I hate the subject =)  But I love Mexican food!  I think you should try that Puerto Rican place Maureen.  Puerto Ricans have something called pasteles which are made from green bananas and lots of other yummies, including pork.  They are very work intensive and families usually make them only during the holidays because they're too much trouble.  But reastaurants have them all the time.  The closest thing we Cubans have to them is our tamales which use ground corn instead of bananas.  I would definitely recommend you try a Puerto Rican pastel!
Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) about 12 years ago
Maureen, Venezuelan empanadas are different than Colombian or Argertinian, but you will have to stay away from them because of the wheat thing.  I would make a great food critic........NOT!   (I have not tried Puerto Rican pasteles....sounds interesting)
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) about 12 years ago

Maggie I did not realize you are Cuban. I have a fascination with Cuba.  Are Cuban tamales like Mexican tamales?  I will go try the Puerto Rican place.  Miami you all need to be skinny to put on your bikinis. 

Ines I will have to look at my recipe and see if it says what country it is from. 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 12 years ago
It will probably be Argentina - they are the easiest to make. BTW - there are these Venezuelan pastries (they're more like sandwiches or a mixture of the 2, made with ham) called "cachitos" and people have come to expect them at our parties.  It's funny to hear Americans asking me where the "cachitos" are.
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) about 12 years ago

Maureen, yes, I was born in Cuba and moved to NY when I was 8.  Finally came full circle to the closest I could get to Cuba...Miami.  I think Cuban tamales are very similar to the Mexican ones.  I've only seen the canned Mexican ones so I cannot really say.  Goya makes pretty decent imitations and you can find them in the frozen foods section..in Miami at least.  Our cuisine is flavorful but not spicy like the Mexican.

I won't even touch that bikini comment.  Too many tamales eaten!

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) about 12 years ago
oh, I forgot to include this link for pasteles.  Too much work.  I can't imagine making them!
Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) about 12 years ago

Thanks for the link Maggie... that does look like a lot of work, I don't know if I could find yautia or  calabaza here... I have no idea what they are. Banana leaves? Wonder if Whole Foods carries them, I know Krogers doesn't.

And "Don't be tempted to do this in a food processor" alarms me.... she wants you to grate the old fashioned way? 

I will stop at the Puerto Rican restaurant and see if they have it on the menu, better they than me.

 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 12 years ago

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