Carnitas vs. Chicharon
So on Sunday, I was running a few errands after church, when Jessie's asked me to pick up something from downtown to have for lunch. It wasn't a big deal to do that. When I was downtown, I saw that the meat markets were selling carnitas which is fried pork. We don't have it that often so I though I would buy some of that. So I asked some and returned home to eat. As Jessie started opening the bag, to discover that it was not carnitas but chicharon. For those of you who don't know what that is let me explain. It is fried pig skin aka pork loins. So we had a bag of fried pork skin to eat for lunch. We ended up ordering tortas hogadas which is a sandwich made with Mexican bread and carnitas (fried pork) served in a bowl of cold tomato soup. From what I have learned this type of meal is traditional to this part of Mexico. Needless to say we snacked on the chicharon for a little while but ended up bringing it to La Roca in the evening so our youth could consume the rest of it. It will not be a mistake I will make again. I am ok if we get a little bag of it but a kilo (2 pounds) of fried pork skin is an awful lot especially when they mix it up with various other organs of the body not to mention some of the skin still has hair on it. You live and you learn.
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