It’s back!

Hello friends! After a (very) long hiatus, I have decided to bring back my blog! Though I’m no longer living outside the United States ( :/ ), I still have my fair share of adventures in both the U.S. and abroad, though mostly in the U.S at this time. My newly revived blog will likely feature a lot of hiking, it being one of my favorite pastimes and all, but I have plenty of fun non-hiking moments to share with you all as well, especially food related ones. Plus, after such a long hiatus, I still have so many past experiences that I have yet to blog about!

In my still newish (though not really, it just seems that way), non-expat life, I reside in Denver, Colorado . I’m based out of El Paso, Texas for the summer though, so expect a few semi-abroad Juarez related posts! 😉

For my first post back, I’d like to introduce you all one of my newly found favorite foods (or  I guess condiments?) – chamoy. For those of you who are already aware of this deliciousness, congrats!

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Jamaica (hibiscus flower) flavored chamoy

Chamoy is a condiment hailing from Mexico and is an amazing concoction of fruit, chili, and lime. It’s sweet and fruity, but not overwhelmingly so, and it’s a bit sour, a bit salty, and has an every so slight hint of chile spiciness to finish it off. There are so many flavors going on that your taste buds don’t really know where to begin. So far I’ve mostly seen it drizzled over fruit, but I’ve also had it in popsicle and candy form!

My first introduction to chamoy is also by far my favorite way to eat it-drizzled over frutas locas. Frutas locas consists of a hollowed out fruit, that is then stuffed with pieces of different kinds of fruit, maybe has peanuts in it, maybe some sour gummy candy straws that I don’t know the name of, a chamoy straw, which is covered in tamarind paste and dipped in chili powder, and of course chamoy on top! Yummmmm.

The first one I tried was a frutas locas de piña (pineapple) that I got it at a baseball game. (El Paso has superior baseball stadium food). The one above is de sandia (watermelon) and was brought to a work party (El Paso also has superior work parties apparently-unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of all the other amazing food). I will be sad to go back to Denver where these aren’t a thing. Or at least not that I know of.

Anyway, that’s chamoy! If you ever see it somewhere I highly recommend checking it out. You will not be disappointed! And if you are, well, that’s a bummer.

Bye for now friends! I will be regularly updating my blog now so keep your eyes out for the next one!

-Ali