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Elote, Mexican Corn on the Cob

Project 365 Photography Challenge – #7

Today, a friend and I had lunch at Cala Vela, an empanada and tequila bar. Yes, we had empanadas. No we didn’t have tequila. :-) I’ll post a review of the restaurant soon, but here’s my pic of my entrada (starter) — elote (), Mexican corn on the cob typically served on a stick or with the corn husk pulled back to form a handle to help grasp the corn while eating.

cala vela elote

It’s a popular street food in Mexico, and I’ve seen it on television. Today I got my chance to taste it for myself.

Elote is usually covered with butter, lemon or lime juice, cotija cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, and salt. Cotija cheese is known as the parmesan of Mexico, so if you can’t find it locally, you can replace it with grated parmesan. Cala Vela’s elote is an ear of sweet yellow corn topped with mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, and cotija cheese. Yum!

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