magallane's tortas

sayulita torta

In many ways, the experience of eating a Mexican torta is quite similar to having great sex. Both induce all consuming, toe curling pleasure, are deeply satiating, yet one is often surprised by how quickly they are ready for, longing for more....

You can find these tasty sandwiches everywhere in Mexico, made with fresh baked, lightly toasted bollos (bread rolls) and filled with your choice of hot eggs, ham, pork, beef, sausage, chicken etc. The fixins include sliced tomato, avocado, onions, lettuce and juicy, spicy pickled chilies. Finally, the bollo is smeared with gobbs of mayonnaise. My description may not sound all that thrilling, but trust me, you haven't lived until you've sampled what I suspect Elvis would have enjoyed daily, had he only made the effort to travel a little further south.

The torta pictured above was, by far, the yummiest one I ate during my recent culinary mardi gras (and they were all really good). Located in Sayulita (about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta), Magallane's is a typical example of a tiny little restaurant serving delicious, fresh food with big taste. By the way, this torta cost me a whopping 15 pesos (about $1.35 canadian).

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