I like most foods; however, much as I try, Mexican foods will never make
my top 40.
A cuisine built on lard, just doesn't do it for me.
BTW, just to put things in perspective, I consider French, NOT country
French, but French to be very much overpriced and under peckered.
I'll take Italian, Chinese, Greek and don't forget that dynamite coon
ass cuisine from down Louisiana way.
Ah, you've never had a taco de chivo, or lengua burrito, then. Add
an agua fresca (horchata (spelling horiblus)). Or Biria de chivo
(close enough to a stones album title).
Then there is good Thai food (red curry, green curry, yellow curry,
pad thai, cachew chicken, honey beef, spring rolls).
Or, as we had today for lunch, Dim Sum. Shu mai, har gow, chicken's
feet (delish), turnip cakes with bbq pork bits, bbq pork buns,
sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, tripe, octopus, sharks-fin dumplings,
scallop dumplings und so weiter..
You don't know what your missing!
On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 23:37:29 GMT, the opaque firstname.lastname@example.org
(Scott Lurndal) clearly wrote:
Not that most Mexican cooks/restaurants use lard much any more...
Yum. (Brain tacos and tongue burritos.) Just don't tell people what's
Chicken green curry is my favorite Thai meal of all time. I even grow
my own basil and take baggies full of green leaves into the Thai
restaurant, getting all sorts of doubletakes (from the customers,
waitresses, AND the cooks), then have them add it to the dish instead
of those crappy green pepper slices (Urg.) I once weaved in the door,
greens-filled baggie dangling from one hand, all squinty eyed, and
with a BIG grin on my face. That went over well, too. The waitress I
weaved for had asked me if she could smell it before taking it to the
cook last time. <g>
Keep your chicken feet. Ever see/smell what those chicks -stand- in?
ALL YOUR FEARS ARE LIES
Here in SoCal, good dim sum is fairly easy to find, especially in the
Just bring your wallet and plan on spending enough time to enjoy it.
IMHO, when you have good dim sum, who needs greasy Mexican?
Well, at least with south-of-the border fare you're not hungry an hour
after dinner! 'Sides, nothin' goes with a good Marg like... that's
right, Mexican food.
(You can take the boy outa the Southwest, but you can't take the
Southwest outa the boy.)
Mmmmmmm. Raisin tamales.
In my youngest days we had a Mexican woman come to our house, in
Cottonwood, AZ, once a week to help my Mom with the housework. This
lady, Lily, became much more like a third grandmother to my sister,
brother and me. She made us raisin tamales as special treats. (Whenever
I see a corn husk, the texture and smell bring back those tamales.) Her
bean burritos were fantastic - handmade tortillas and home cooked beans.
Lily's retired son lived up here in Oregon and around the early '90s had
her moved to a nursing home here to be more close-by. Back around '99,
my wife and I made a trip to the home for a visit and to introduce our
brand new daughter to Lily - Lily passed away not too long after that.
One of these days I've got to try my hand at making Lily's Raisin
Tamales for my daughter - maybe create a good memory for her and
something she can pass along to her kids.
Yeah, a 40 year old yuppie recipe! They were desert - remember I was 2
to 5 years old at the time and they were a special treat. I do like
shredded beef or chicken but being a traditionalist prefer pork tamales.
One or two of those and a chile relleno - oh yeah BABY! Chorizo and eggs
is another favorite - get the ol' sinuses moving in the A.M . and nary a
problem all day.
On Sat, 16 Jul 2005 00:19:36 -0700, the opaque Fly-by-Night CC
When my sister went to ASU (Tempe, AZ) in '72, her biology class took
a look at canned, fully-cooked hams under the microscope. It was fully
alive with all sorts of things. Nobody in our family has eaten pork
since, with the one exception of the occasional burnt bacon slice.
My caucasian neighbor (Dakota raised) makes a mean relleno and always
brings me some when she makes them.
ALL YOUR FEARS ARE LIES
I always get a small kick out of the ads that complain about some kind
of salsa picante being made in NYC, as if it's not Latino enough.
Someone should check out Puerto Rican and Cuban cooking. A Cubano and
his girlfriend lived downstairs from me back in the late '60s, and some
of the things he cooked would make your eyes water just from the aroma!
Habanero means a chile from Havana. For Cuban food you want to go to
Miami; around here ( 30 miles north of NYC ) we get lots of Colombian
and Mexican people. I bless them for bringing in low cost high quality
produce but watching them work gives me hives.
What is it about Latins that makes safety equipment something for girlie-men?
There's a crew of about six guys that's been building a stone wall up my
street for the past month or two. They take big honking rocks ( a cubic
yard ) and convert them into smaller rocks with a sledge. Then they put
up the most beautiful stone wall that I've ever seen. All with no safety
glasses. And the lawn guys never wear hearing protection or face shields.
I can find no modern furniture that is as well designed and emotionally
satisfying as that made by the Arts and Crafts movement in the early years
Don't go there, Swingman. That is an all too common attitude that I see
in supposed "Christian values" people. Take the time to become
acquainted with some of these "swarthy" folk. You may change your tune.
Maybe you don't qualify, but you better fu**ing believe that my tax bill,
along with some blood left on foreign shores, damn well allows me to "go
Not to mention that I have firsthand experience in the matter ... I PAY the
bill!! Just the property taxes on the roof over my family's head would make
_you_ a "grump" about the reality of this well documented issue in this
How do any of you happen to know that the "swarthy" workers in question
would be availing themselves of tax payer funded health care if they got
hurt? Hell, they might even be, gasp, tax payers themselves.
You're not automatically assuming that every "swarthy" worker in the world
is working illegally are you?
As for tax bills and bleeding on foreign shores, immigrants bring in more
then they take out. The amount of taxes withheld from paychecks that is
unclaimed by undocumented workers alone is in the billions, that's money
going to the federal government coming from people who will rarely if ever
be able to get any of it back. If immigrant workers are a problem, prosecute
those who hire them, that should take care of that matter.
We went to "foreign shores" in some cases to give the people who live there
a taste of capitalism, surely you don't mean to suggest that all those
adventures in foreign lands were simply for our own gain. We've been telling
the world for some time now how great it is here in the good ol U.S.A., and
now we're shocked to discover that people believed us and want to to live
here. Heavens, what are we gonna do when all those Iraqi's we "liberated"
want to do the same thing?
Problem with painting with broad brushes is that you even cover up the good
parts you meant to leave alone, much like generalised bigotry covers over
the simple facts that people are people in the end, and most of em want the
same things. A place to live, some food on the table and a feeling of
security, blaming immigrants for the current rash of issues facing both
border and non-border states is just scapegoating.
John Emmons, happily living in a border state.
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