Jan 2, 2006, 8:03 AM
Post #1 of 27
I, likewise, detest lime juice in Mayonnaise. Furthermore, mayonnaise in Mexico, whether with or without lime, has a different taste and texture than mayonnaise from the U.S. or France and is not nearly as good for northern palates. Even Hellmans, which is excellent in the U.S., is popular but different here and not nearly as good as the stateside product.
Now, Hellmans and Best Foods mayonnaises are both made by the huge multi-national European conglomerate Unilever of Living Lakes fame (if you live at Lake Chapala) and, in the United States, they are basically the same product carrying the Hellmans brand east of the Mississippi and Best Foods west of the Mississippi. It just happens, that, because of the large expat population at Lake Chapala, one can buy Best Foods mayonnaise around here at all times without lime and it's the same product one would buy in California. Really quite good. I suggest that, on your next visit here you stock up on this product since I have never seen it elsewhere in Mexico to date.
Because I am a mayonnaise freak, I love what I consider to be by far the best commercially prepared mayonnaise in North America and that is DUKES which is made in Richmond, VA and only sold in the Southeastern U.S. It has absolutely no sugar in it and is supurb. I order it shipped into Mexico from North Carolina and, by the time I get it, a quart jar that costs about $4 US in the states costs me about $10 US. I run up the price by ordering special postal delivery since I don't want it stolen. Hang the expense. Mayonnaise freaks need their mayonnaise.
I appreciate your remark about my "sophisticated" palate but, as you know, I married a Frog some 35 years ago and this boy who grew up on fried okra and Velveeta cannot take credit for his acquaintance with French cheeses. I was just damn lucky to marry into a French family with truly sophisticated palates. Otherwise, today I would be sitting around on the beach in Gulf Shores drinking Annie Green Springs and eating corn dogs going, "Whooee, Ah declare, it sho' is hot today."
I must take exception to one of your remarks. While the gulf coast beaches all the way from about Celestun to New Orleans are an ugly brown blight upon the earth, the gulf coast beaches from about Gulf Shores, AL to Panama City, FL are enormous and as pure white as refined sugar. The water, especially around Destin, FL, is crystal clear and warm. Perfect for floating about drinking beer. Since you are a diver, you know that the sandy bottom in those parts cannot compare with your favorite Caribbean but every place has something - even the Village of the Darned.
One more thing since we both love Chiapas. Those incredible pointy mountains of Chiapas are marvelous and the Montebello Lakes are beautiful. What a wonderful place. For those of you planning to drive to this region, I recommend the new autopista from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Highway 180 which goes to Veracruz and Villahermosa. The first couple of hours of this autopista leaving Tuxtla and, while one is still in Chiapas, is spectacular. Fabulous green pointy mountains and a beautiful reservoir out of Dreamworks Studio. Don't miss this drive if you are in that area.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Jan 2, 2006, 8:13 AM)