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Pati's Mexican Table

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Sunday in Merida is a day not to miss. It is a joyous weekly celebration of food, dancing, and culture. Pati starts her day like most Meridians, at the market. After touring around and tasting the best lechon torta (slow cooked pork sandwich) in town, she takes in the sights of the Vaqueria dance in the main square. Merida en Domingo is incomplete without a family meal. Luckily, friend and chef Robert Solis of Nectar restaurant in Merida, invites Pati into his home for a traditional Sunday meal with the whole family.

When most people think of the Yucatan Peninsula, they think of Cancun. A vacationer's paradise with the most beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches, hotels with every amenity possible and food from around the world. Pati explores this young city of only 30 years, tasting some of the most inventive dishes at Crab House, like their Alaskan wontons. She also experiences the fusion of traditional Mexican cuisine with an international twist, like tuna tartar Kibi and cold pork belly salad at Casa de Cristian Morales.

Pati's favorite way to experience a new place is on the arm of a local. Her good friend Pedro Evia, chef behind K'u'uk restaurant in Merida, accompanies Pati on one of his favorite day trips-to the coastal town of Celestun. Their adventure begins with a delicious breakfast complete with freshest seafood caught that morning. Then they take a boat ride to see the main attraction, the flamingos, hundreds of them. After that it's time to get to work. Pati and Pedro have a cookout right on the beach making a fresh ceviche and grilled fish with ingredients from the local market.

Join Pati as she explores Campeche, a bright beautiful colonial city defined by its history of piracy. The best place to gain an understanding of this vivacious fortified city is the market. Local gastronomic historian, Lolina Echeverria, unearths what makes Campeche so special, including tasting the best turkey panuchos in the Yucatan Peninsula. Pati also makes her way to the best restaurant in town, La Pigua to sample some of the regions treasures like pescado verde and grilled octopus.

An episode dedicated to one of the Jinich's favorite ingredients: cheese. In her kitchen, Pati cooks three mouthwatering cheesy recipes - one for each of her boys. In Oaxaca, Pati and her three sons visit a cheese producer to see how the famous Oaxacan cheese is made. Senor breakfast sandwich; Tres quesos chicken pasta; Bacon cheese dogs with avocado relish.

Jump into a Lucha Libre ring and experience the kind of fighting spirit that fuels a great love of Mexican food. These classic recipes provoke heated discussions in Mexico, but are perfectly tasty regardless of which twist on ingredients you prefer. Enchiladas in Red Tomato Sauce; Tampico-Style Steak Combo; Mexican Wedding Cookies (Polvorones).

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