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Intrigued by the apocalyptic predictions of the Mayan calendar, I put in a call to chef-restaurateur-philospher Alejandro Gonzalez. Gonzalez and his wife Maria own three Long Island Mexican restaurants, Oaxaca and Quetzalcoatl in Huntington and Chichimecas in Farmingdale.
Our conversation was very long. In the end, I think I may have grasped some of what he told me, if only on the most rudimentary level: According to the calendar used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Toltecs, we are entering a new season as well as a new cycle. Humans are now due to wake from a dream state of ego to enter a consciousness of our place in a much larger universe. Four times in our history, during such changes, humans have almost disappeared; this now may be the fifth time.
Time to turn the talk to something a bit lighter: What's new at Gonzalezs restaurants? Chichimecas, as it turns out, has a $12 prix-fixe brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Order any dishes from a weekly-changing roster and eat as much as you want. In addition to tacos, enchiladas and other expected options, there are also some authentic specialties, among them birria, a spicy lamb soup-stew, tripe soup and barbacoa, or lamb and herbs wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked in the oven.
Chichimecas is at 169 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-586-8646.
Alejandro Gonzalez serenades diners at Chichimecas in Farmingdale