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Mexican Fanfare and the World Cup

Roasted Corn Vender in Mexico City
On Tuesday Mexico surprised futbol fans with its 0-0 tie against World Cup host Brazil. When I think of Mexican food and fanfare I think of corn. The history and culture surrounding how and why we prepare and consume corn is an interesting one. It's one of those handy finger foods that can be produced cheaply, cooked quickly with little effort or equipment, and enjoyed on the go. Such vendors have existed in urban centers throughout Mexico dating back to the Aztec empire. The Aztec empire covered most of the region of the contemporary republic of Mexico to parts of Guatemala. The Aztec had been the most powerful political force in Mesoamerica before the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Today street vendors near futbol stadiums Mexico and many parts of the world roast corn on portable grills like the one pictured above and sell it to fans plain or topped with creama (a buttery cream), salt, and or a spicy chili powder. 

Mexican Foodways and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Mexico

Corn Series: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Corn+Series

World Cup Through The Lens of Food With Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=World+Cup

BBC World Cup Coverage 2014: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01yy9bc

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