Been There – México

Mexican BT mugs are finally making their appearance here. There are 26 in total and I would like to start with, Starbucks Been There – Mexico mug. It is designed using shades of green and yellow. Green, white and red are the colors of the National Flag. There is no official meaning of the colors, however, through the years they had the following symbolism:
– Green: independence (from Spain); Hope;
– White: religion (the Roman Catholic); Unity;
– Red: union (Europe and America); Blood of the national heroes;

Here are some symbols and points of interest from Mexico that can be seen on the mug:
– El Castillo (Temple of Kukulcan) a must-visit part of Chichen Itza, a pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people. This temple represents a step-pyramid which is 100ft high. It is hard to believe but it sits on top of the cenote, which in its turn were used by the ancient Maya as a place to worship to Chaac, the god of rain. What makes this structure even more interesting, is that two other pyramids were found inside the El Castillo just like Russian dolls they form somewhat a Russian doll and seem to represent different periods the Mayan civilization was going through. This archaeological site includes other historical treasures worth visiting, including Temple of the Warriors, the Great Ballcourt, El Caracol (observatory) and many more.
– Monumento a la Independencia (“Monument to Independence”) a.k.a. El Ángel, is a victory column in Mexico City, right on Paseo de la Reforma – a wide avenue that runs diagonally across the heart of the city. This monument was built in 1910 to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence. Four bronze sculptures symbolizing law, war, justice, and peace are placed at the bottom of the column. The statue of Nike (the Greek goddess of Victory) is crowning the top of the column. This 15000 pound statue is made of bronze and covered with 24k gold. El Ángel holds a laurel crown in her right hand, symbolizing Victory, and a broken chain, symbolizing Freedom, in the left hand.

And here’s my favorite part – local food. The real Mexican food is much more diverse than people outside of the country are used to think. Just by looking through the pictures of it one can start salivating. I bet Starbucks designers faced a difficult choice of what food to display on the mug. In the end, they came up with these two options:
– Chiles en nogada is a traditional Mexican dish that is believed to have been created by Pueblan nuns back in the 1820s. There was a banquet to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba, where all the dishes were expected to be composed of ingredients of the color of the Mexican flag. This particular dish has the green chilies, the white sauce, and the red pomegranate seeds. The classic recipe uses pork picadillo (ground pork) with dried fruits stuffed inside chile peppers, however, you are free to experiment with other fillings.
– Pan de muerto (a.k.a. pan de los muertos, “bread of the dead”), is made for the November 2 celebration known as the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is a light and eggy sweet round bread decorated with bone-shaped strips of dough.

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