Fish from the Pacific Coast of Mexico

Many Americans associate Mexican cuisine exclusively with tacos, enchiladas, refried beans and tequila. However, fish is also prominent in Mexican cooking, especially along the Pacific coast. In fact, the region near Mazatlan has long been recognized as an ideal spot for fishing for both food and sport. Many of the dishes served at 210 Ceviche feature fish and seafood from the Pacific coast region, including our signature dish, ceviche.

Pacific Coast Fishing and Cuisine

Whether fishing for food or sport, the Pacific coast region is an ideal location. Among the fish that can be found in this region are tuna, marlin, sailfish, wahoo and bonito, a fish similar to tuna. Dishes popular in the Mazatlan region naturally feature locally-caught fish and seafood. Among the regional favorites are grilled fish, fish tacos and ceviche.

Ceviche features raw fish and seafood marinated and cured in citrus juices like lemon or lime. This process “cooks” the fish much like preparing it with heat, giving it a firm texture. Other ingredients include fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, onions and corn, seasoned with cilantro, chile or other bold spices. This tasty dish is both filling and pleasing to the palate.

Pacific Coast Cuisine at 210 Ceviche

Even if you can’t make it to the Pacific coast, you can still enjoy delicious seafood dishes inspired by the cuisine of the region right here at 210 Ceviche. Our menu features tasty dishes like grilled fish or shrimp tacos stuffed with seafood and served with cabbage, pico and chipotle sauce and Tres Islas, a delicious ceviche served with citrus-cured fish or shrimp matched with diced tomatoes, onion, cucumber, jalapeno and fresh cilantro.

At 210 Ceviche, you can enjoy a bit of the Mexico’s Pacific coast right here in San Antonio. Stop by our friendly, casual restaurant today. Your taste buds and your stomach will thank you!

The History of Banda Music

Mexican music is often associated with Mariachi bands. However, there is another type of music associated with brass instruments and percussion that is also authentically Mexican. This music is called Banda, and it represents a blending of traditional Mexican music with polka, brought to the Pacific coast region by immigrant Germans during the 19th century.

Banda Defined

Banda is typically played with three groups of instruments: brass, woodwind and percussion. The most prominent Banda instrument is the tambora, a bass drum with an animal hide head. Also prominent in Banda is the tarola, a snare drum with timbales that closely resembles a conventional tom-tom drum. Cowbells and cymbals create the rhythm, which is a driving force in Banda music, if not a constant presence. A majority of Banda melodies feature 3-part harmony.

Banda ensembles typically include between 10 and 20 musicians, including at least one singer. Some Banda ensembles feature as many as three singers. Banda music can accommodate a number of styles: waltzes, marches, rock ballads, and of course, polka music.

The Origins and Spread of Banda

Banda was created during the late 1800s when German immigrants to the State of Sinaloa in Mexico combined traditional polka music with traditional Mexican music to create something entirely new. The result was Banda, which spread throughout southern and central Mexico during the 1880s and 1890s. Immigrants from northern Mexico brought Banda music with them to the Southwestern United States, primarily Texas, Arizona and California.

Since then, Banda music has spread across the United States with the immigration of Mexicans into the Midwest and across rest of the country. Banda music has even been credited with the rise in popularity of the tuba across southern California during the 2010s.

Today’s Banda Music

Banda el Recodo is among the most famous modern-day Banda artists. This ensemble is made up of three trumpets, three trombones, two alto horns and a sousaphone. Other prominent Banda artists include Banda Machos and solo artists Julio Preciado and Roberto Tapia.

Like hip-hop and rap, Banda music is heavily male dominated. However, female artists such as Graciela Beltran and Carmen Jara have made their mark on Banda. The highest selling Banda soloist of all time was Jenni Rivera, a female singer with a big voice. Rivera was beginning to achieve crossover success before she died in a plane crash in 2012. She was only 43 years old.