Apr 21, 2005, 8:51 AM
Post #3 of 5
It's funny, I miss some of the pseudo-Mexican food as fixed in LA. The tastes and sauces were not as complex as here, but I loved a heaping plate of nachos that had tortilla chips, refried beans, spicy chicken or hamburger, red salsa, chopped iceberg lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, U.S. style sour cream, black olives, guacamole and slices of pickled jalapenos all piled high.
Here nachos usually is a flat plate of fried tortilla pieces, a black bean sauce, cheese and jalapenos. Delicious, too, but not what I'm thinking of when I order nachos.
Substitute a large flour tortilla fried into a bowl shape and then add all the same U.S. ingredients of nachos and call it a tortilla salad--no such thing here.
Not that I'd trade all the complexities and variations of real Mexican food for it, but I did love that stuff, too. The quantities were too huge--much easier to lose weight here. Last time we were in the U.S. we ordered a burrito at Chevy's and I took a photo of it in all its gargantuan mass, filling a huge platter. Here a burrito is a small flour tortilla folded in half over a spoon of filling, for maybe 3 pesos, compared to the $8 US for the Chevy's monstrosity. But I sure enjoyed it.