MEXICOONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS
Episode 9: What is Hip?
Ricks spent a lifetime exploring the hallowed traditions that make Mexican culture and cooking so rich and varied. Today, though, hes on a mission to show us the other side of Mexicothe side thats deliciously and unashamedly hip. At Mexico Citys hottest new restaurant, Izote. he explores how chefs are turning traditional ingredients into cutting edge new dishesin much the same spirit as he does at his restaurant, Topolobampo. He takes a look at some of the hottest "new" Mexican ingredients, like huitlacoche, the "corn mushroom" thats been called the truffle of Mexico, and squash blossoms, which he shows us how to grow in your own gardenand how to turn into sophisticated Squash Blossom Crêpes
. We get a look at the trendy side of tequila, and learn how to make fresh, contemporary Grilled Fish with Heirloom Tomato Salsa
. And when it comes to Mexican hip, he shows us that food is just the beginning, as we join him on a search for the coolest treasures hidden in one of the country’s most famous artisan crafts markets and one of Mexico City’s favorite home décor stores. What is hip? For Rick, it’s all a question of context. And in the end, it turns out to be a very Mexican idea after all.