Mmm…Gazpacho on the Menu

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 2:32 pm

If you love great Mexican food and recipes then you will want to try some Gazpacho. This great menu item is something special for the palate and has been enjoyed for hundreds of years in Mexico.

As most of you probably already know, Gazpacho is a special type of Spanish soup. Often served cold, it not only takes inspiration from Spanish people but also from Greeks, Romans and Arabs across the world.

Originally, Gazpacho was a simple mixture containing stale bread, garlic, olive oil and a liquid such as water or vinegar. Sometimes, vegetables and almonds were added to the crushed and blended ingredients.

Popularized in Spain’s Andalucia, Gazpacho is believed to have been adopted by Christopher Columbus. The explorer is even thought to have been the one to introduce ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to the mix.

A number of versions of Gazpacho still exist but the cold tomato option is often the one found in modern restaurants today. Occasionally, you’ll find fruits such as watermelon added to the bowl, giving the soup a sweet twist.

If you’ve never tried Gazpacho or are looking for an alternative to the traditional tomato flavor, look no further than El Portal. The Mexican restaurant currently serves Gazpacho as part of the weekly special menu.

Their version is of course cold and contains shrimp, avocado, cucumber and a little dash of tequila. Available at lunchtimes between Tuesday and Friday, it’s a dish that you’ll want to try again and again.

El Portal is located at 695 E. Green St., in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 795-8553 or visit https://www.elportalrestaurant.com.

 

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