Fill Your Belly!

Latin America Special Issue



Words by

Rafael Flores McAlpine, age 9

Pictures by

Sam McGee, age 12

Translation by

Rocío Rodríguez

Narration by

Carlos Navarrete

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My full name is Rafael Flores McAlpine. My dad comes from Mexico and my mum comes from New Zealand. I have been to Mexico once. I loved it! Mexico is a wonderful place.

In my opinion, Mexico has the best street food. The most popular is tacos. A taco is a small corn tortilla. You have a choice of beef or pork, a salsa called pico de gallo (tomato, onion and coriander) and a spicy sauce called salsa. Also, you can have a squeeze of lime juice on top.

Another popular street food is flautas. A flauta is a large rolled-up corn tortilla. Inside the tortilla is either shredded beef or shredded chicken, cheese, onion and mashed potatoes. The tortilla gets fried in hot oil until it’s golden brown and very crispy.

You can also get a quesadilla. This is a small corn tortilla. Inside is chicken or steak with some pieces of cheese and a variety of vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms. The tortilla is folded in half and cooked on a hot plate, so the cheese melts and sticks everything together.

Mexico has a very good soccer team. They take pride in what they do. They never give up and always strive for the best. They have a very good goalkeeper called Guillermo Ochoa. I believe that the Mexican soccer team will keep on striving to be the best. I know that they will win with humility and lose with grace.