Ooh, such a generalization to lead off an otherwise interesting piece of writing, and one with which I generally agree. I don’t know where you hail from Parambulating Griffin, but there are many of us North Americans (from Canada, the United States of America and the United States of México) whose diet is not based on “boxed, packaged and sanitized food”, hugemongous
slabs of beef and pork, a dearth of fruits and veggies and few ways to prepare and consume them .
I’ve lived in México, the northernmost part of the historical and cultural area known as Mesoamerica,
for close to thirty years. When I first moved there, just south of Mexico City, I dove head first into the pool of local culinary traditions, and it is one big pool, brah, and I’m still swimming in it. I have never shied away from trying the, oh, let’s call them “exotic” foods. Por lo contrario; a hot bowl of menudo
with all the “fixins”? Perfect on that cold winter morning out en el rancho or for that hangover on New Year’s Day; freshly caught iguana en salsa verde
, with a side of arroz y frijoles de olla?
¡Por favor! Tacos de cabeza y lengua (
beef cheeks and tongue), de pastor con piña asada
(sliced spit grilled pork with pineapple) or carne asada con tripa bien crujiente
(grilled beef with crunchy tripe pieces)? Bring me one of each to start! Now I live a stone’s throw from the Mar de Cortés, so I haven’t even started on the delicias
from the sea or our abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. But, enough. I’ve gone and made myself hungry
. I think I have some fried and salted crickets or grasshoppers somewhere. How ‘bout some pigs’ feet in escabeche and a cold Pacífico
? And for dessert? A sweet treat that actually originated in Mesoamérica…chocolate.
I look forward to trying some of those foods you mentioned and many more when I get on my camino. I promise not to shy away from the different, the strange and the weird. Besides, weird is good. Buen camino, brah