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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