Another Reason to go to Mexico besides Partying!

Going to Mexico as simple get away from the hustle and bustle of American life is fine and all, and many people go there just to party and have a good time. But here’s another great reason why you should go there.

Mexico is a host of many ancient ruins and archaeological sites. Aztec and Mayan ruins or so great to explore, especially when you have a good guide who also knows the history of these ruins.

Here’s list of my 7 favorite ruins to visit in Mexico:

  1. Palenque
  2. Monte Alban
  3. Ek Balam
  4. Tulum
  5. Bonampak
  6. Edzna
  7. Coba

You’ll find many, many more ruins than just 7. For all we know there could be dozens we haven’t discovered yet, perhaps by civilizations still unknown to modern historians and scientists. So go exploring through the great historical sites of Mexico and have a good time!

The Story of a Mexican Tow Truck Driver in Halifax

Here at Mexico Time we love sharing Mexican culture wherever it may be. This evening I have a rather funny story to tell to you, and it relates to the other post I wrote today about people coming together. Hold on to your hats and get ready for a story about Halifax tow truck driver who turns things around. This is a tale of comedy, truth, adventure, love, and, perhaps most interestingly, racism.

As you know a lot of Trump enthusiasts out there don’t like Mexicans because they believe all Mexicans are just trying to mooch off the American way of life. This issue is not as prevalent in Canada where today’s story takes place. But still even in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the problem is there. My friend Larry has been living there since he was three years old but he’s been blessed with a Mexican mother who teaches him his heritage and culture. Larry works for one of the best Halifax towing companies around and has been operating the same tow truck for nearly ten years. He loves his job and this story comes straight from his mouth as we had the pleasure of visiting each other over the winter.

Nova Scotia isn’t quite like southern USA, but it also isn’t like Denmark, either. There are still a fair amount of racists there and this story all starts off when on a Saturday night Larry was drinking at a pub with his wife. His wife is from Japan and has only been living in Halifax for three years, and so an old guy felt he had the right to come to their table and tell Larry and his wife to move back to where they came from. Now Larry is a smart guy and a good judge of character. Right away from carefully studying this old man’s face he could tell the man had gone through some rough days. This old man who had clearly been drinking too much took things a little far when he refused to leave Larry alone and persisted that Larry go back to his motherland. Now Larry, thank goodness, has an amazing sense of humor and so does his wife, so they just laughed this off.

A week later after doing the old regular job for the tow truck company in Halifax, Larry got a distress call about an old man who needed emergency roadside assistance just outside the city if Halifax. Larry, not even remembering a detail of the night he had had in the pub a week before, had no idea who he was about to bump into again. He showed up at the scene of a car crash in his tow truck ready to provide towing services when he spotted the old man’s face. A great sense of cheer washed over Larry as this was the same man who had mocked him and his wife in the pub. Most men would be upset to see this, but not Larry. He saw this as an opportunity to rub his charity and kindness into this old man’s face by being polite and doing the best towing services he possibly could. Of course, the old man was rather shocked and went through a series of fazes. I’ll explain these fazes of the old man in a list:

  1. At first he was confused.
  2. Then he was shocked that Larry was still going to tow his vehicle.
  3. Then he was amazed that Larry offered him a ride in his tow truck back to Halifax.
  4. Lastly, the old man was so pleased that he apologized for his behavior in the pub and swore to never do anything of the like to anyone else again.

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Now the story comes to the point where everything is looking up again. Larry got to do his job for the Halifax tow truck company and the old man got to learn a late lesson in life.

This kind of story is so beautiful to hear, not the racist part but the part of people coming together. No one is too old to realize they had been acting erroneously and no one is too old to change their ways. As for this old man, he did more than just apologize; he tipped Larry over $200 and swore he had never met a white man so ambivalent and kind in his life as Larry. As the lesson goes, I believe every racist will one day realize that we’re all just people and even a Mexican tow truck driver in Halifax can turn out to be the most lovable and sweethearted person you’ll ever meet.

So thanks for reading and I hope you saw the humor in this tale. When I first heard the story I nearly laughed my head off because I really liked the part about the old man discovering his mistake. Larry sure got a kick out of it, and he’s probably driving his tow truck in Halifax right now as you read this. So thank you, Larry. Thank you for teaching the world a lesson!

Coming Together as a People

It’s so inspiring and wonderful to see people from many different ethnic and geographic backgrounds coming together in peaceful ways. I love seeing the world get along and in fact it’s so easy to see everywhere I look that I find it extremely difficult to understand how anyone can be negative about the way the world is going. Of course, I guess the kind of people who see negativity everywhere are the same people who would complain about what I just said. Perhaps you find what I’m saying rather fake or simpleminded. The truth is that I know negativity exists in the world but I never take the time to observe it because for me the positive aspects of this day and age are overwhelmingly wonderful.

I feel sorry for the people who can’t come to terms with their neighbors because their thinking is too backwards. We got Trump-lovers picking on Mexicans and extreme left university students becoming terrorists. But forget that. I also see Mexicans forgiving Trump-lovers and smiling nonetheless. I see beautiful Mexican women and children living happily in white neighborhoods. I see Mexican widows marrying Americans and starting new healthy families. I see a people coming together and it’s so wonderful!

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The “Canadian Taco” Recipe (mmm, enjoy!)

My aunt is the only person in the world who loves tacos more than me. She coined the “Canadian Taco” back in the ’80s, well, not legitimately “coined” it but you know what I mean. After years of begging, I finally got the permission to share this brilliant recipe with my friends, and that includes you!

First I’ll lay out a list of what you’ll need and then describe how you’ll prepare them. Ingredients:

  1. Regular soft or hard taco shells/wraps.
  2. Thick sliced Canadian bacon.
  3. Potatoes.
  4. Avocado oil.
  5. Blue cheese (preferably Dragon’s Breath Blue because it’s Canadian).
  6. Free run eggs.
  7. Kale.
  8. Salsa.

Notes:If you’re not in Canada you don’t necessarily need Canadian products, but it would make your finished results a lot tastier if you did! Amounts and measurements do not matter, it all depends on preference and proportions.

Instructions:

  1. You’ll need two medium sized pans. Set them both on the element at medium heat. Throw bacon on one and a splash of avocado oil on the other.
  2. On the pan with avocado oil, place a heaping of minced potatoes and begin to fry them as if you were making hash browns.
  3. Once the bacon is crispy, push it to the side of the pan, turn the heat down to medium low and cook your eggs, scrambled style, in the bacon grease. Mmmmm.
  4. Turn oven onto a low setting, like 100-175 degrees Celsius to begin warming taco shells.
  5. Place cooked bacon, eggs and potatoes in separate serving dishes. As well as grated blue cheese and minced kale in another dish
  6. Pull out heated tacos and you’re ready to serve! Don’t forget the salsa!

And enjoy! Canadians and Mexicans around the world should be proud of you!

Mexican Style Kitchens in Vancouver BC | My Aunt Loves Tacos, too!

Visiting my aunt in Vancouver BC has been a blessing. She’s not as passionate about mexican lifestyle as I am but she does like to nap during the day and eat tacos. I convinced her to have a taco party and we invited the neighbors over. After the party my aunt was so pleased with the results that she agreed to decorate her kitchen into a Mexican theme.

We got green, white and red bunting for the corners of the ceiling and a pinata to hang above the doorway. Little plastic tropical trees for the windowsill and a little plastic mexican man winking with a huge smile on his face. Of course it’s nothing super authentic but my aunt loves it.

Part of the reason she agreed to renew her kitchen was she also had a bunch of important chores to do. We needed to replace the microwave, buy a new toaster and fix the fridge. The oven needed cleaning and the floor needed mopping. The ceiling had some cobwebs and so did the pantry. I’m not sure if my aunt let me decorate her kitchen just because she wanted me to do all this work for her, but I trust her joy at seeing all the Mexican culture was authentic.

We celebrated by having tacos. And then we went to the dollar store to find some more mexican nick nacks. We got mini little Mexican music instruments to put on top of the fixed fridge, a poster of a Mexican beach and a painting with a Spanish quote on it that translated says “Work hard, Play hard, Sleep even harder.”

We also got a few small cacti for the corner and some fake colored corn on the cob to display on a dish beside the new toaster. Overall it looks really great!

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get photos for you guys as I didn’t start writing this until I got home and my aunt isn’t too savvy with taking pictures herself and sending them through email. She insisted on printing out her photos and sending them via real mail at the post office (that’s how old she is). I kindly said she doesn’t have to do that. My readers can suffer without looking at pictures of Mexican decorations above our fixed fridge.

I’m going to visit her again next year so maybe I’ll make a part 2 and see if she kept my decorations around. There’s a good chance she’ll need me to do some cleaning again so I’ll take that opportunity to make the kitchen even more Mexican themed.

Before my aunt and I departed we went to this fabulous Mexican restaurant that’s quite popular in Vancouver BC. It’s called Patron Tacos & Cantina. It was quite good but nothing like actually going to Mexico.

Thanks for reading and chat soon!

Taco Tuesdays – The Best Day of the Week!

How taco Tuesdays have become a popular phenomenon around North America one can only guess. Maybe it had something to do with TV advertising. The important thing now is to understand that TACO TUESDAYS ARE AWESOME!!!! However they came to be in existence, I’m so glad they did because there’s nothing better than sitting around the table with your family eating tacos. Making tacos at the table is like a buffet when you have so many different toppings to choose from. I make every taco a little different and I love it!

Ah, yes while writing this my mouth is drooling and I wish it was Tuesday. Maybe I’ll go drive to the store and get taco ingredients right now because I JUST NEED A TACO, BABY!

When was the last time you had a taco? It might be great for you to know that you don’t need to sit around with company in order to enjoy a taco Tuesday. Most of my taco Tuesdays are spent alone, as either I need to go to my parents’ place or they need to come to mine, and they don’t enjoy tacos as much as I do.

The fact that there is a day to celebrate tacos may be hilarious for some. For me it’s so cool because I’m obsessed with Mexican culture. I get to express my love for Mexican food in a way that’s accepted throughout America. If only I could wear a sombrero everyday without getting odd looks, I would! Tacos for me are the symbol for love!

But have you ever had a real taco made by a Mexican housewife in Mexico? They’re not the same as our partly pre-made wannabes. Real Mexican tacos are so much better. When the salsa is homemade, the tortillas are grilled and warm and the cheese is fresh and local–ah, need I say more?

So what are you doing this Tuesday? I hope I’m correct about your answer. Sometimes it’s okay to skip a taco Tuesday, especially when you have leftovers that are going to go bad soon. But if you skip taco Tuesdays for more than a year straight I’ll start to worry about you. Seriously, are you mentally insane? TACOS ARE SO GOOD!!!!

Sometimes I have tacos on Fridays, too, because it jumps starts my weekend. And if I have leftovers I’ll have tacos on Saturday, too. One week recently I had enough taco leftovers to have them for breakfast on Sunday morning! That’s how much Mexican food means to me. But it’s a shame I don’t enjoy more Mexican dishes. Tacos are popular for a good reason but there’re also a lot of other good Mexican dishes. I’ll have to make another post about rare Mexican dishes soon. Maybe I should make a Mexican food day for every day of the week. Perhaps Tequila Thursday? Nah, that’s a bad idea. I don’t handle tequila well, but it goes good with tacos!

You might find it funny and ironic that my grandma hates tacos. In fact she hates anything that has the potential to be spicy. Even if it isn’t spicy whatsoever, she’ll be scared to even try it. I think it’s because she got pranked by her own dad growing up. He gave her a jalapeno and said it was a pickle. How rude! I would’ve loved it, though. MMMMM, spicy food!

To conclude this blog post I want to leave you with a serious question. Indeed this might be the most important question anyone will ever ask you in the history of your life: What will you put on your tacos this Tuesday? Hmm?

Mexicotime.net’s Goals for the Future! (accepting guest speakers)

Perhaps you love rambling about Canadian and American misconceptions about what life in Mexico is really like as much as we do, and have some writing you’d like to submit. We’re looking specifically for material that shows Americans and Canadians celebrating Mexican culture within Canada and America, whether it’s in the way you run your roof cleaning business or the way you run your cherry farm. Thanks to the media and politics, especially Donald Trump’s opinions, their is a negative view attached to Mexican lifestyles in Canada and America and we seek to share writing that eliminates those prejudices.

For example one of the posts we’re working on is a funny short story about a man from India who moves to Canada wearing a Mexican sombrero, and it’s funny because of the rude reactions people give him. It’s based on a true story, and ten years ago I myself was one of those rude reactors. I’ve since come to regret the way I reacted to this man, and his choices, which I once though were strange, are now inspiring me to write, write and write!

Another post we’re planning in the near future is a reason why Taco Tuesday should be kept as an American tradition. Taco Tuesdays are loved by people all around the world, not just America. People in Japan and Korea are now enjoying tacos with their family on Tuesdays and we think that’s absolutely wonderful!

So now you have a decent idea of what this blog will be up to, and so by your preferences can choose to follow us or not. Since the authors aren’t experts in Mexican life, as we live throughout North America, you shan’t expect many detailed tips and advice on what to do when visiting Mexico, but rather how we can celebrate Mexican culture here in our homeland. Enjoy!

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