Last week Eusebio had Brent and I over for an authentic Mexican feast. We did a little porch sitting, cerveza drinking, and chit chatting while the beef roast slow-cooked in a ceramic dish in the oven. I started with a Dos Equis Lager. Famous from the "Most Interesting Man in the World" commercials, Dos Equis was one Hell of a beer before its new-found ad campaign glory. Dos Equis, or "Twenties" as I've heard them referred (referencing the Roman Numeral represented by XX), is a mexican-style lager beer that is crisp and refreshing and fairly gentle on the palate. It most certainly is not only one of my favorite Mexican beers, but one of my favorite macro-brewed beers out there.
On a personal note: like all other Mexican beers, I prefer to drink Dos Equis WITHOUT a lime. I know this is not normal in America, but when I drink Mexican beer, I prefer to drink it like a Mexican instead of like an American that is stereotyping Mexican beer drinkers. It has nothing to do with being macho and "not fruiting beer", but rather I try to make a cultural statement by drinking my Mexican beers without a lime because that is how Mexicans drink their beers. Limes were simply a method of using citric acid to disinfect the rim of a beer glass, clean the dusty lip of a beer can, or remove rust from the rim of a beer bottle back in the day, and now look what it turned into! Oh, and another thing, much like Australians don't drink Fosters, Mexicans don't drink Corona. Corona is about as American as pumpkin pie. Maybe not apple pie, but pumpkin pie is about right.
When dinner came around we also drank a little wine. Eusebio had two Zinfandels that we sipped on as we dined and then continued our consumption during our after-dinner story time. One was from Gnarly Head and the other was from the Dancing Bull vineyard. Both are California red wines with a little spice to go with the fantastic fermented fruit. I realized on this day that I've long had a negative thought towards Zinfandels in my mind due to my dislike of ultra-sweet White Zinfandels, but the real thing, Red Zins, are actually fantastic wines and I need to drink more of them.
Dinner was as delicious as always at Eusebio's house. The beef was better than fork-tender as it could be torn apart with just a little pressure of the fingers. It was not ground beef like typical Tex-Mex tacos, but rather a beef roast that simmered in Mexican-spiced juices until it could melt in your mouth. After being placed on a fresh tortilla, the succulent beef was topped with lettuce, cheese, a little pico de gallo, and some fresh cilantro to create an authentic soft taco that delivered mouth-watering flavor to my mouth. The beef tacos were accompanied by some refried beans and Mexican rice. The entire meal was phenomenal. The spice of the Zins complimented the Mexican seasonings very well as each delightful bite came with a swallow of divine wine. It was a great evening with some buddies, great food, and, of course, a little booze. Life is good today. O, en espanol, mi vida es buena hoy.
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