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Mexican Food 
Dec. 20, 2010 6:04 am 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011 3:13 pm
In Trinidad there is an abundance of foods from many cultures, in addition to the local Creole dishes. But why not Mexican? I can get the standard mass-market tasteless flour tortillas, salsa, etc. But nowhere is there REAL food like the amazing chimichangas, chorizo, enchiladas, etc. from my hometown Tucson. I try to make "reasonable facsimiles" but not all ingredients are available.

Years ago I watched a new restaurant getting ready to open, with a Mexican name and decor. Finally - opening day!!  Sadly, the food was yet again the same creole offerings found all over. When I asked the manager about the Mexican decor, she said her husband "just liked that style." Misleading advertising at its worst. Sigh.
Dec. 20, 2010 7:13 am
Mexican food is one of our favorites, I don't know what I would do if we couldn't get it! We have a local, authentic Mexican Rest. that we have become friends with the owner. We've been to several cook-outs at his house - very good food,and he always has tequila, too!
Dec. 20, 2010 7:58 am
I've had the pleasure of learning that Mexican food is far more complex than the tomato and chili powder on a tortilla that dominates the commercial foods of the USA. There are many tastes and textures that are not available in any other ethnic food.
Dec. 20, 2010 8:09 am
I feel your pain. (I'm from Phoenix, btw... and this time of year, we love our tamales!) I lived in Australia for a couple of years with my hubby. There isn't a Mexican person for thousands of miles, I'm guessing. Near our flat, they opened a restaurant called Taco Bill's... lol. I was excited and we went there to have dinner. They tried to recreate Mexican food, but little things really made it horrible.. like adding mayonnaise to guacamole? LOL I decided then and there I was going to do my own at home and had very good success with adapting what I needed. I soon had a following for my chili con carne, enchilada's, tamales and of course, guacamole. Unfortunately, living abroad forces you to make trade off's. Make the best of it, I'd say. Some day I'll tell you about my Thanksgiving turkey.. LOL
Jan. 23, 2011 3:13 pm
@BellesAZ Luckily we have plenty of avocados at certain times of the year, so guacamole is easy. We also have chado beni, which is wonderful (a cousin to cilantro). I did try making my own tortillas with a press, but it was a lot of work. We do get the canned chiles, salsa, etc., but it's a far cry from the wonderful Mexican foods at some of the restaurants in AZ.
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