Oct 1, 2005, 8:24 AM
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I generally find Mexican, uh, cuisine to be lamentable and incredibly unhealthy. Too much cheese, creams and grease. Many disagree with me, and that is their right. You need not tell me how wrong I am. I know how you feel.
The cheese plague
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Yesterday, here in my cute hometown of Patzcuaro, Michoacan, la senora and I did breakfast at what is normally one of the better dining holes. That is because it is run by a Gringo. He has imagination that extends beyond tortillas, beans and skinny beef.
And, look! There on the menu are Eggs Benedict, one of my favorites, even though it is indeed unhealthy. Sometimes you have to live a little, no?
Not having eaten Eggs Benedict since I moved south almost six years ago, and since la senora had never eaten Eggs Benedict, we ordered them with smiling anticipation. Glee even. I told la senora what a treat was in store!
And what did the waiter plop down on the table? Toasted bread of some sort, not English muffins, atop which were eggs of rock-like consistency, and to top it all off, a sea of melted cheese!
Melted cheese! That old standby of Mexican kitchens when all else fails, as it usually does. A sea of melted cheese. I could hardly believe my eyes. Where was the Hollandaise?
We were the only diners there at the moment. The owner, whom I know lightly, was not there either. We were hungry and in something of a rush. We ate the stuff and left, intending to return at a later hour to give the owner what-for, generally having discovered that complaining to Mexican employees about much of anything only elicits blank stares. They just do not care.
We returned later only to be told he was in the U.S. till next week.
Just you wait!
Melted cheese, Jesus Cristo!
From Tzurumutaro, Michoacan, "The Village of the Darned."
The nuts and bolts of moving to Mexico:
The dark side of living in Mexico:
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