Recipe for Mexican food a la Brazil.

2 12 2007

I don’t know why, but all of a sudden, there are Mexican “Mexican” restaurants popping up all  over the place. We found one last night just around the corner from where I live. We ordered quesadillas “quesadilhas” (pronounced: “kay-sa-DEEL-yas.” Clue #1 that we were in for inauthentic cuisine.)

If you would like to taste what it was we had last night, here’s EXACTLY how to do it:

  • -Get shredded orange Velveeta cheese. Put it inside of tortillas and fry. (The tortillas were basically the only authentic part. I think this restaurant, called Mexicano is the only place that has real tortillas in Brazil.)
  • -Open a can of Cambell’s Tomato Soup. Heat it up and pour it into a bowl. Call that the “salsa.”
  • -Cut up eleven onions and one cherry tomato. Mix together and put into a separate bowl. Call that the “pico de gallo.”
  • -Squirt dijon mustard into a shot glass. Mix with water. Call that the “really spicey sauce.”
  • -Don’t bother with sour cream.
  • -Don’t bother with guacamole.
  • -Serve.

It’s as if the restauranteurs saw pictures of Mexican food in a magazine or on a 30-second commercial. And then they thought, “Hey! That looks kind of neat! Let’s open up a restaurant that serves Mexican food!” And then they  remembered what they saw on the commercial and served food that looked similar.

Seriously. Cambell’s Tomato Soup. I was so creeped out by what was on the table in front of us, we ate the food out of obligation and left immediately. It could be I selected poorly from the menu, true. But I’m not willing to risk a second chance and end up getting Cambell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup instead of sour cream.




7 responses

2 12 2007
Tina (aka Mom)

What a hoot !

2 12 2007
Valley Girl

I am jealous that you live in Brazil!!! I’ve always wanted to go.

2 12 2007

A “hoot”? No. Not at all. It was disgusting.

3 12 2007

Yuck! I wouldn’t even eat Campbell’s Tomato soup in the states….definitely not a hoot.

3 12 2007
Tina (aka Mom)

No, you guys, I meant that the POST was a hoot, not the soup !

3 12 2007

The mom is was a pretty funny post. =)

6 12 2007

Yikes. I didn’t know Mexican food and obligation could exist in the same sentence. I’m so sorry you had to endure that.

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