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Monday, March 22, 2004

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GrumpyBunnette

Schmedly - you crack me up!

Do you remember when the 'nationlista' chain had breakfast burritos? I loved them. Though it was weird that they used tater tots for the potatoes...

And I cannot stand cilantro - so pico de gallo is out for me, but regular salsa is yummy.

Back in the day a co-worker and I would go to this local chain and have a huge marg on the rocks and their "tacorito" - cross btwn taco and burrito - stuffed with beef, tomatoes, lettuce - which was kinda weird as it got limp from the heat. Smothered in cheesy sauce goodness. Those were the days.

Great lunch!

Tvindy

Some years ago I traveled through Mexico by train from Texas to Belize. I was there for at least a couple of weeks, so I got to try all sorts of dishes from all over the country. It was pathetic! They don't even know how to cook their own food. The refried beans were completely different; they don't know what sour cream is; and they don't even have Taco Bell! Chi-Chi's doesn't exist either. Well, the name does, but they've bastardized it and given it a completely different meaning.

dave

We should demand an audit of refried bean makers to see if all those beans were really previously fried. Maybe we can get that John Stossel dude on the case.

Kevin

Getting John Stossel on the refriedness of it all would definitely be a good idea. Perhaps then we could all live in peace before he reveals the secret that putting a band-aid on a cut may stop a kid from crying, but actually does very little physically to make the pain subside. Anyway....

Living in Texas has taught me a great appreciation for the combination of tastes that can only be described as Tex-Mex. It's so good, once it hits your lips....

And, bunny, salsa without cilantro is just a step away from being spaghetti sauce, ya know.

Dave

Tex-Mex is the only Mex. I say an emphatic PHOOEY on that light, brightly-colored CRAP they call Mexican food out California way.

dave

I did a little research, and found the following:

"The Mexicans have a habit of qualifying a word to emphasize the meaning by adding the prefix re-. They will get the oil very hot (requemar), or something will be very good (retebien). Thus refrito means well fried, which they certainly are, since they are fried until they are almost dry."

schmed

Dave, you're gonna take the fun out of this, aren't you? And what do they mean by "...fried until almost dry"?

dave

Taking all the fun out of a comment thread resucks.

I suspect, although I haven't researched it, that the beans are in fact fried (skillet fried, not deep fat fried) until almost dry, then something is added back in to moisten them back up.

HR Lady

Some facts about Mexican Cuisine, from a cook who often cooks authentic Mexican at home:

A good Mexican pot of refried beans IS well fried AND Moist
You can buy refried beans in a can -the best (closest to Authentic) brand is La Costeña and is usually either in the ethnic foods section or with the American style Taco and Burrito mixes and kits.
You do not have to put Cilantro in Pico de Gallo.
Mexicans do have sour cream (sorta). It's actually called crema or crema pura and I actually find it more flavorful -you can easily find it if you go to a Mexican grocery -don't know if you have any where you are we have several Mexican Groceries here.
Tacos as we know them are nothing like actual Mexican Tacos.
Pico de Gallo is actually a Tex Mex thing, not a Mexican thing.
You ought to see what Domino's Pizza is like in Mexico.
Taco Bell is a far cry from what real Mexican food is like, but their food generally does serve as a good laxative -LOL.

HR Lady

PS: In case you wonder over my knowledge, I have a second home in Mexico. Where I plan to retire, if Social Security is around to leave me on a fixed income -yeah right.

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