Sabrina's Tortillas

This week Diego talks about Cancun, Mexico which is in the Yucatan peninsula. Here's a wonderful recipe from that area.

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Last winter, Christmas time to be precise, I'm in Merida, the Yucatan, Mexico. And I say to my friend of mine, David Sterling, who runs a cooking school down there - great place, great guy, expat New Yorker - "Take me somewhere good." That's what you always say, right? So we barter, we negotiate. He says, "Wait until Sunday morning. I'm going to take you to have tacos made by Sabrina."

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Sunday morning, beautiful day, we go down to the square, and people of all ages are dancing. And off to the side, in the midst of this kind of chaotic, loud, wonderful scene, is Sabrina. She runs up to David, "Oh David!" and proceeds to make us these unbelievable tacos.

So this one is poblano chiles, chiles poblano, corn, potatoes, onions, that's pretty much it. We start by roasting the chiles. So these have had the skin removed. These two haven't. You can use a knife for this but evidently I'm not going to. Pull the cap off, brush out as many of the seeds as is practical. Again, if you leave a few behind, it's not a big deal. Cut these into strips and the strips are now known as rajas, which I believe means rags and they go into our onions. Since we are running a little behind since our onions are doing so well and my rajas are taking awhile I'm going to add the potatoes which are ordinary baking potatoes, boiled, you could bake them if you wanted to until pretty soft and then cubed. Those go in here. We going to now put in a couple of cups of corn. In the summer you can use fresh corn, this is frozen. Now this is done. Sabrina brings this to the market pretty much in this state and keeps it warm. What she does when you come up to her and you say, "I'd like a taco with poblanos and potatoes," is spreads a little lard on a tortilla - corn tortilla of course which is all they use in the Yucatan. Spread a little lard on the tortilla and heat it until it blisters. We eschewed the lard...we don't have any lard so we're using vegetable oil. She said that was ok. She probably did not say that was ok. I was told she said it was ok. Anyway, it's ok. You want to heat the tortilla until it browns lightly on both sides and then I'll show you how to serve. Like crepes, like pancakes, like almost anything you cook on a grill, the first one is usually not perfect - you've got to get the temperature right. That's a little too hot. Not bad though. So then just a scoop of the filling - maybe a scoop and a half, a little bit of crema, you can use salsa rojo (red salsa), green salsa, some crumbled cojita cheese. A little bit of sour cream (or crema), some cilantro.

So it was a great trip. Thanks to David who really knew what was going on. Thanks to Sabrina who was running one of the best places in town. As usual, you have to ask a local and you have to be willing to go anywhere to find the best stuff, which this is.

I'm making these tonight.

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Good News for Hard Core Gamers

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Welcome back gamers and investors, getting a first look at tomorrow's must have video games today. Innovation is the name of the game at the industry's biggest show of the year. First, check out the share of the big gamers higher across the board today. CNBC's Jim Golman is at the conference today in San Francisco.

Hey Maria, good afternoon to you. Last year, with the painful upgrade cycle for consoles, you would think this industry was all about "game over" but the message here is clear: it's more like "game on".

Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, forcing a 28 million dollar a year electronic gaming business into its most wrenching upgrade cycle ever but volatility, well, that could mean opportunity.

"We're seeing more interest in the investment side of the world. We're seeing more casual games on handhelds, the PC, on the console."

Intel, AMP, HP, Motorola, Nokia, all the big boys are here with 15,000 attendees trying to get a sneak peak at what's coming next in gaming.

"The headset works by detecting your brain waves." Yeah! Brain waves like this -- a new generation of games controlled by your brain. Emotiv systems using electoencephalography to turn brain waves into commands that control the action on the screen three years in development. "Being able to interact with a game by using your thoughts or the game understanding how you feel is a way for those experiences to be more personal and more enjoyable as a result."

A fast growing trend this year: consumer created online video games played on special new websites, using new software from Microsoft building on XBox Live and Sony and its new little big planet online game service, YouTube and MySpace meet the gamers.

"We saw it with music. We saw it in movies. But the key is you have to enable people with easy to use tools and we provide the very best tools for people to use. If you don't have those tools, you really can't spur that creativity."

The push toward mobile and casual gaming is also gaining steam. Mobile gaming is a rapidly growing part of the market. Electronic Arts, Activision, all the major publishers, well, they are looking a different publishing platforms, while the console wars continue to rage. When we look at the cell phone side, we are really excited about casual gaming as opposed to immersive gaming on the cell phones -- games that you can pick up and play, play with other people for the more social, casual side.

Generating big time interest in Glu Mobile. Going public any day now, trying to become the Electronic Arts of the mobile gaming world. Quality, accessibility, and price. So the games have really improved in quality since I've been in the industry. For three years, the games have improved exponentially.

...which might be the rallying cry for the entire electronic gaming industry.

Yeah, the kind of good news for game developers, game players, game sellers, and investors looking for a bright spot in tech. Maria, back to you.

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