During our travels we have found that one of the best ways to enjoy the country’s culture, is to immerse ourselves in the local cuisine. On a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico we took a food tour around the city center. Our guided walking tour included a number of landmarks around the city and stops at some of the city’s best taco stands and restaurants. We had the most delicious birria tacos, made with beef marinated in guajillo, ancho, and chipotle peppers along with spices, such as cumin, thyme, oregano, marjoram, and cloves. The cooked shredded beef is then placed atop a fried corn tortilla and topped with onions, cilantro, freshly made salsa, salt, and a squeeze of lime. Is your mouth watering yet? Our tour also took us to a restaurant where we had mole and tequila, and a candy store specializing in handmade Mexican chocolates. A stroll along the beach in Olde Town led to an encounter with the man in the white hat serving a magical drink called Tuba. Tuba is a fermented beverage made with coconut cream, apple vinegar and walnuts. Yum! Even if you can’t get to Puerto Vallarta, you can have a taste of Mexico at home. Experiment with your favorite beef taco recipe or find a new one to try. We like the stuffed poblano with mole at piquantpost. The secret is in the spices.