Buffet-style at Mexican Posada
This past Christmas, while most Jamaicans indulged in our traditional Christmas cake and ham, Mexicans indulged in a different fare. Mexican ambassador to Jamaica Cecilia Jaber held a traditional Christmas fiesta – La Posada – at her Cherry Gardens residence recently.
Guests were greeted with Margarita cocktails - tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice - which is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up).
The traditional Mexican drink is said to have been invented in 1938 by Carlos 'Danny' Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, in Mexico. It was created for customers who were allergic to many spirits, but not to tequila.
The scrumptious Mexican dishes were spread buffet style and included Mexican yellow seasoned rice, pico de Gallo (tomato in tortilla chips), guacamole, tortilla chips with avocado empanadas - a stuffed bread shaped similar to a mini patty with tomato sauce. A tamale is a chicken wrap with hot sauce, refried beans, pork, and cabbage salad.
After guests participated in the re-enactment of the Nativity story of Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter to give birth to baby Jesus, it was time for some excitement - the breaking of the piÒata.
What would a Christmas fiesta be without sweet treats? Children and adults alike dug in to partake of the variety of peanuts and sweets.