I recently returned from a ten day vacation in the Yucatan region of Mexico. The sunny and hot weather was a welcome reprieve from the steady cold and snow of central Maine. One place I hoped to visit was a restaurant named The Kinich in the town of Izamal, about forty-five minutes from Mérida where I was staying. I had been to this restaurant before and really wanted my two travel companions to see the place and to experience the wonderful food. Mayan women make corn tortillas by hand and cook them over a hot griddle so the mouth-watering aroma of roasted corn fills the restaurant. The tables are set up underneath a giant palm-thatched roof and beautiful flower beds surround the area, giving one the sensation that you are dining outside in the jungle, instead of just off a busy street.
The last time I had been to Kinich, I had ordered their chicken panuchos while my dad had ordered their chicken salad. When the salad arrived, I almost changed my order as his plate was so beautiful and tempting. He did let me take a picture of it and generously shared some of his many tomato slices with me. So, I was really looking forward to hiking around the town of Izamal, examining the pyramids and little shops, and then ending the day with a yummy dinner.
Unfortunately, illness struck one of my friends and we weren't able to make it to Kinich or Izamal. So, I never got to have the salad or show the town to my friends.What a disappointment! So, on this rainy spring day, I'm going to try and recreate this salad in my own house. I just wish I had some of those hand-made tortillas to go with it.
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