One of the many things I often miss from my hometown is the cafeteria-style restaurants that we call “cafes”: A place where you can sit literally for hours and hours with your friends over a cup of coffee. A popular phrase in Latin America says: “todo se arregla con un café”, (everything can be fixed over a cup of coffee). You can spend a really good time with your friends, your family, or classmates, like I used to do in my old school days. I really enjoyed having “Molletes” with a cup of coffee for breakfast, or as a mid-afternoon snack with my friends while working on a school project
My hometown has a historic downtown where some of the old Café’s from my school days are still open after many years of serving the local community. Tampico, Tamaulipas used to have heavy maritime commerce trading with the City of New Orleans for many years, hence the influence in the Downtown Architecture. I used to go to undergraduate school just one block a way from the plaza in the picture above.
Now, to the recipe for this simple but fulfilling snack or light meal.
- 2 Crusty rolls or French bread cut in 6 inch length sections each.
- 2 Tablespoons of butter, softened
- 1/cup warm refried beans
- 3/4 cup shredded Oaxaca Cheese or grated Muenster cheese*
- 1/2 cup of Pico de Gallo Salsa**
- Optional: 1 Crumble cooked chorizo