When I was ages 19 to 21 I spent two years living in the Houston, Texas area. It was a change from where I had just spent a year in college up in Idaho but the food definitely helped with the adjustment. I was doing missionary service there so I was offered more than my fair share of free meals. Most of these meals were homemade and straight from a Southern trained kitchen. One of the types of meals I best remember was the texas bar BQ brisket that some of our friends would make on a regular basis. Honestly, I had never even tasted brisket before that time and didn’t know that taste could even come from a cow. That was one of the first things that really peaked my interest in food. The fact I had been eating beef my entire life and was just experiencing for the first time a part of the cow I had never before eaten. That’s part of the beauty of traveling and trying different foods is the fact that there are so many different flavors and textures to try and you would normally think only exist in dreams.
One of the other great opportunities I had while living in Texas was the chance to experience Argentinian food for the first time. I know that sounds surprising to most of you but it just so happened that a family close to me were originally from Argentina and also would invite me over on a regular basis to try their specialty cuisine. We spent hours enjoying Argentinian milonesa, empanadas, and other assortments of meats. Most food in South America is not spicy like that found in Mexico. When people think of Latin food they mistakenly think of spicy food served with tortilla. This is not the case for most Latin food. Each country has their particular recipes and very few countries have food as spicy as that found in Mexico.
While brisket may be delicious it is a red meat and should be eaten sparingly. Red meat, even in small amounts, has shown to dramatically increase the chance to develop heart disease. Our ACLS and PALS certification trained healthcare providers have told us that fish and poultry are among the best options of meats for maintaining a healthy heart. Our ACLS and PALS certification trained healthcare providers have also told us that meat in general should not be our main source of calories and to limit the amount of protein in your diet.