Mexico is a feast of the senses... Everywhere you look its citizens are grabbing bites to eat on the street like a never-ending robata sushi conveyor belt, only every guidebook says you're only to dine at the more expensive white table clothed joints rather than the succulent stands that might not be up to health code--DIOS MIOS--what's a foodie to do while avoiding the ever-impending TURISTA???
Arriving in Mexico on a a Monday when most restaurants have transient closing hours, I grabbed a cautionary torta from a popular (judging by the lines) stand at the Mexico City airport to sustain us only to be scrutinized by my husband, THE CHEF, as we boarded our bus to San Miguel de Allende, a good four hours away. Every written material for Americans says you should avoid contact with raw vegetables at least for the first few days & the gringa that I am goes right for a full-on vegetarian sandwich not wanting to deal with pork stomach-eating parasites & cholesterol overload.
Turns out the only component in my sandwich that was NOT raw were canned mushrooms, & in a show of dramatics, Ken had a few bites to show he was "going down" with me. C'est la vie I would say in France, but as I almost made us miss our bus over a mediocre & possibly poisonous sandwich that I ended up paying $15 dollars for (I couldn't understand the woman at the register & in a jetlag daze apparently kept foisting 500 pesos across the counter to solve our communication problem). Let us just say, I NEED TO LEARN ESPANOL! "Ken," I pleaded, "I cannot be trusted in matters of money here." Humbling to say the least.
When I go to a foreign country, I want to eat with the people, sit down at a common table & break bread but in some circumstances this can lead to serious setbacks. To wait, or to enjoy? That is the question, & I'm happy to say that while I suffered no major illnesses in our ten-day journey, mi esposo fell ill for the last two... What to do in such circumstances? Listen to the rain, pile the blankets on & wait the storm out--literally. A vacation with a view is the best remedy of all.