Mar 16, 2007, 7:52 AM
Post #10 of 51
Ya know, I've been reading your posts on food in Mexico and while I've wanted to respond I Simply Have Not as I just can't relate. But I think I finally figured it out. You eat in restaurants with waiters and all.
Normally we eat at roadside comedors, taquerias, rolling carts, the mercado, places where, while you have a choice of what to order; the choice is limited to the food already in the big metal pots. We eat very well in Mexico; I can't think of a bad meal that we've eaten, but again, we don't "do" restaurants. And maybe that is the difference. Or maybe we're just incredibly lucky. Or maybe we have no taste. Coming from the Bay Area, that is a definite possibility. :)
You know, hopalog, I get a kick out of reading many of your posts about traveling and read them when they pop up. I never thought about it before but I think being relatively young and traveling with kids probably gives one a different and more refreshing view of new discoveries here and there. I suspect many of us codgers posting hereabouts have become cynical over the years and your takes on your experiences with your kids are entertaining. I don´t have any kids or grandkids except those we have adopted among some local folk in Oaxaca (who give us tremendous pleasure by the way) so maybe getting old without the constant influence of youth sours one.
I still remember taking these Oaxacan kids to Puerto Vallarta where, at one time, we had (foolishly) pre-purchased nights in a luxury hotel in Mismaloya, and had decided we would never use those 50 nights so we decided to blow it and used multiple nights to book the penthouse suite. We invited our Oaxaca friends to share this unusual experience with us. We would never have stayed in such extravagant digs except for the fact that we were going to lose the pre-purchased rooms if we had not used them and we had found ourselves tiring of Puerto Vallarta very quickly so why not have some fun with money already gone.
Well, I have rarely had more fun over three days. These kids are from an indigenous town near Oaxaca City and they had never seen the ocean in their young lives much less a luxurious beachfront hotel suite. As one drives into Puerto Vallarta from the north, there are normally these magnificent cruise ships docked near the airport and as one travels south of the city to Mismaloya, the drive along beautiful ocean cliffs is spectacular. We have seen it many times. In fact, so many times this trip had become a lackluster experience for us. We, in fact, couldn´t wait to leave Puerto Vallarta in our rear view mirror for all time even though the hotel in Mismaloya Cove has incredible views of that stunning place. I mean, enough is enough and, anyway, we were newly enamored of Southern Mexico (which I consider to be the area encompassing Oaxaca to Veracruz and all places in between) and here we had this stupid pre-purchase contract in a town we had tired of.
The kids opened our eyes and the drive from the Nayarit/Jalisco line to Mismaloya was spellbinding as the kids spotted their first ever huge, mindboggling cruise ships and then their splendid views of the sea from the cliffs south of the city and, finally this extravagant suite overlooking Mismaloya Cove. The Pacific south of Puerto Vallarta can be quite beautiful but I had not enjoyed that view in about three years. Suddenly I was a kid again myself, revelling in this experience not from tired old 64 year old eyes but from the eyes of a kid. The same kid who laid eyes on Paris for the first time in 1966. The kids could not stop going WOW!, Look at That! over and over again and soon I was going WOW! myself. I haven´t had such fun in years.
Now to get back to your subject of food. That was a great line about how I must be speaking of restaurants with waiters and all. Yes, that´s true. I´ve lived in Mexico for six years and I can count on the fingers of two hands the number of times I have eaten at a food cart or street vendor and I have never eaten at a mom´s "comedor" ever. I have probably missed a lot as a result.
OK. You saw through me. A lot of people just get pissed off at me to no constructive end. Congrats!
(This post was edited by Bubba on Mar 16, 2007, 7:57 AM)