Silvana Salcido Esparza Dishes About Eating Iguana and Whether She Is or Isn't a Badass

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Nikki Buchanan
Silvana in front of family pictures at Barrio Queen
See also: Silvana Salcido Esparza: Tastemaker #92

This is part two of my interview with Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef-owner of Barrio Cafe and Barrio Queen. If you missed part one, read it here.

Do you read cookbooks?: NEVER, but I like to own them. All those pretty photos of food are like food porn for me. They get my creative juices flowing. 
Name an ingredient you love to cook with: Garlic. This needs no explaining. It's God's gift to all cuisines. 

Most overrated ingredient: In the kitchen, it's a matter of personal taste. There are no overrated ingredients.

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Nikki Buchanan
Vasito de elote
What really annoys you about "foodies" is: Foodies were fun 10 years ago. They were like hairdressers. They knew everything about anything and they always knew where to go. Unfortunately, in the age of Yelp, foodies are not foodies anymore. Now, they're usually just assholes and posers. Food is such a personal experience. I say, "Eat and let eat." 

At Barrio Cafe, you have "comida chingona" written everywhere. What does it mean?: It means "fucking badass food."

And at Barrio Queen, you have Mexican sayings etched in glass. Which saying is your favorite?: "No le sueltes la cola, aunque te cage la mano," which means "Don't let go of the tail, even if it shits in your hand." 

Favorite thing to eat growing up: My mother's signature meal -- chile de arbol shrimp soup, enchiladas verdes and flan. Makes me cry every time!
Favorite thing to eat now: Pizza and anything Italian. My heart thinks Mexican, but my stomach wants Italian.
Weirdest thing you ever ate: Iguana and iguana roe. I had the honor to live with a Zapoteca family that are vendors in the Mercado of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. But it wasn't really weird. It was delicious. 

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rossannadawson 1 Like

Holy hell Sylvia is a badass! Her food is as awesome as her personality! Can't wait to go back to Barrio :)

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