Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Little Mexico in Big Canada

I was never a big fan of Mexican food.  When young, my parents would take us to the local Casa Melinda for dinner.  I hated it (especially the cheese enchiladas).  Why couldn't they take us somewhere good, like Pace's Dairy Ann?  As a teenager, I landed my first job at that same restaurant.  Even though we received a free meal every day we worked, and even though I worked there for 9 months, I only ordered food 2 or 3 times.  And each time, it was a bland bean burrito.

However, while living in Taiwan, where absolutely no Mexican food is available, I missed it.  I missed the beans and the tortillas and the guacamole and the salsa.  It was one of the first things I wanted when I got home.

Now, living in Canada, I find myself in a very similar situation as in Taiwan.  The difference here is that Mexican food is available, but no one eats it.  It is just not something Canadians do.  And if you do, it is expensive.  Expensive as in it costs $5 for a pack of 10 flour tortillas at the grocery store.  Ridiculous.  So, to make myself and my stomach feel a little better, I decided to make a little southern comfort--a big old batch of salsa fresca.

Wish me luck as I try to convince the locals tonight at the BBQ that Mexican isn't so bad.


Jennie said...

looks good! i'm sure everyone will love it!

Erin said...

I had no idea that you didn't like Mexican food because I can definitely remember conversations about Mexican food in Taiwan.