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(a) Herramienta

(a) Herramienta

At long last, the tools left the kitchen on their debut day of carne asada.


(b) The Real Thing

(b) The Real Thing

Our bag of charcoal brought down from Cahuacan--it's real wood charcoal, not those little, black nuggets.


(c) Ready

(c) Ready

Once filled with charcoal, the anafre is ready for lighting, and ready for the grill to cover the coals on top.


(d) Pedro's Trick of the Trade

(d) Pedro's Trick of the Trade

The man with the method was Pedro, who taught Patricio to shape balls of oil-soaked, multi-layered newspapers for the kindling.


(e) Let There Be Light

(e) Let There Be Light

We had no idea how hot it would actually get: Really, wavy air, turn my cheeks pink hot.


(f) Oh, yes

(f) Oh, yes

Chiles rellenos with Oaxaca cheese. Onions working their way toward divinity.


(g) Next Come Nopales

(g) Next Come Nopales

Grilled nopal cactus=delicious.


(h) Five Seconds to the Plate

(h) Five Seconds to the Plate

Patricio sizzles the skirt steak to fatty perfection.


(i) Taco #1

(i) Taco #1

The inaugural taco, only lacking a squeeze of lime juice.


(j) Reap

(j) Reap

A bit of chorizo along with the steak spells better taco in a second.


(k) Mess

(k) Mess

In a matter of minutes, the table was crowded with knives and boards and bowl of salsa, limes and marinades and bits of delicious bites.


(l) Wield

(l) Wield

Standing guard over my slowly-toasting tostada.