School lunch (tacos)

Mmmmm good.

By Nicolas Amselle School lunches are notoriously terrible. From begging to trade with someone who packed at home to doing your best to gag down “casserole Surprise,” everyone knows how bad they are. But at least they have always been relatively basic; Nuggets, tater tots, sandwiches, mystery meat loaf, and other such things. But finally, […]

Fusion Food can Bite Me

Oh Hell No!

WTF? Seriously WTF? Asian Tacos? What the hell is wrong with people? I love Mexican food and I love Chinese food. I know let’s mix them together. I assume this is the thought process that drives this new trend toward fusion cuisine. I call it the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup syndrome. Recall the old commercial […]

World Famous Frito Pie

World Famous does not necessarily mean good.

I’ll admit it. I am not a big fan of chili. But when you see a sign that says “As seen on TV’ and “World Famous” and “Frito” you have to try it. Frito Pie is a concoction native to New Mexico and Santa Fe specifically. The Five and Dime where the Pie is made […]

Vigoron, Not Nicaraguan Viagra


I have lived all over Latin America and traveled there many times and I never once got sick, except for this last time and that may have been as a result of solar/alcohol/bean intoxication. This last trip was to Nicaragua, land of lakes and volcanoes…and diarrhea apparently if you are not careful. Some things I […]

Dirt Cookie: South of the border treat

You have a choice of plain dirt or burned dirt.

OK, it is not actually called a dirt cookie, although that is what most of you Gringos will call it upon first eating a rosquilla. If you look up the term you will get a bunch of photos of what looks like donuts. Those are from Spain you bastard, not from Latin America. In Central […]

Starting a new diet? Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Yes, a taco can be a salad. I am trying to lose weight but I am too lazy to exercise or get off my chair. However, I am willing to drive half a mile to get me a taco salad. I combine it with a diet coke and by my calculation based on science or […]

Lengua Tacos

Boiled and fried cow tongue tacos.

Lengua is Spanish for tongue and I used to hate it when I was a kid. My mom would just boil up the whole tongue and serve it. You could clearly see what it was with the taste buds all on top, etc. Gross. For you White people the cow tongue was considered trash and […]

Restaurant Review: Las Tres Chicas

That is a customer fleeing before his wife catches him there.

Las Tres Chicas means the three girls and that is a bit of an understatement at this road side Salvadoran restaurant in Manassas, VA. Now I love Salvadoran food, more than Mexican food and I have been here a few times. The food is excellent, the pupusas are always hot and fresh and greasy, the […]

What the hell is a Nacatamal

Your guess is as good as mine.

When my parents fled from Nicaragua, escaping the communist takeover of the country, we really had to struggle. We could only afford to bring one of our maids in fact. Another challenge was finding the foods we liked to eat, especially Nacatamales. You’ve heard of tamales, the kind you can find at most any Mexican […]