May 26, 2010, 9:23 AM
Post #2 of 46
Well, OK, Anonimo, since you had the nerve to bring up Mexican food in urban areas of Europe, Dawg is reminded of "Mexican" food in Paris. Now, when one thinks of ethnic food in Paris, one thinks of food from various Arab countries or West Africa or Vietnamese food among others and there are many hole-in-the-wall places to enjoy these very good ethnic foods in that city but I can only think of one Mexican restaurant and that is located near the family home where we stay when in Paris near La Defense which is a subterranean metro and RER (suburban high speed rail) stop with a grand arch and huge shopping mall on top. There must be 100 or more eateries in that mall but the one I speak of is called TEQUILA and they proudly advertise on the restaurant exterior perhaps 50 to 100 brands of tequila straight from Mexico (where else) plus " Mexican" food.
Well, in the first place, the French don´t typically drink a lot of hard booze and certainly not tequila so if one patronizes this joint one is treated to the miniscule shot of tequila (typical of the Paris bar with those upside-down pastice bottles) or an absolutely terrible (so called) "margarita" with not enough tequila to compromise a fly and these drinks come at a tremendous cost. The French are great cooks but you don´t even want to consider the possibility of ordering Mexican food there as the concept is unheard of so skip the food altogether. The NYT article Anonimo mentioned referred to salsas made with a tomato catsup base in Berlin in the old days if you get my drift.
Because we knew of this dirth of decent tequila and Mexican food in Paris at an even remotely acceptable (or any) price, we took two bottles of my favorite; Herradura Blanco, with us on a flight from Guadalajara to Paris via Chicago and, I swear to God, they were going to confiscate the tequila at O´Hare because we, having not flown through the U.S. in nearly a decade, had no idea we could not carry liquids on board with us and, thus, had had the temerity to try to carry that expensive tequila on board in our cabin luggage rather than risk it in the stored luggage below where it might be broken and ruin our clothes. I must say that the airline personnel at O´Hare were sympathetic (even a hardened airline employee has difficulty throwing out fine tequila) and helped us box the tequila after I plaintively begged for mercy but things were hairy there for a while.
Whatever any of you do in Berlin, never order Mexican food or drink in Paris unless you have just withdrawn 500 Euros from the nearest ATM.
Incidentally, various members of our French family really enjoy Mexican food and drink we prepare at home for them whether in Ajijic or San Cristóbal and they have also enjoyed many restaurant meals in Chiapas or on the southern coasts so it´s just a matter of experience.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on May 26, 2010, 6:10 PM)