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mexican birthday party

December 6, 2009

birthday food

I’m sad to report that my ‘authentic’ Mexican food experience consists mostly of tacos and, if I’m lucky, enchiladas.  This is rather pathetic.

But my youngest son is lucky to be in elementary school that’s super diverse.  There are over 40 cultures represented at this one little school.  Many of the kids there have recently moved to Canada.  Imagine immigrating from Mexico in the midst of -20 degree weather and knee deep snow?  I would think the whole experience would be surreal, and proves a real strength of character of the people who come here to this barren land.

Aaron was invited to a birthday party today for a little girl who moved from Mexico this summer.  The moms all brought big panfuls of food.  I’ve never seen so many different kinds of moles – including a green one that was very hot for my soft palate…and delicious potato cubes with chorizo, a chicken, rice and corn soup, homemade refried beans and a big bowl full of feta to sprinkle on top.

The food was especially delicious because it was made with love.  The dads orchestrated a pinata game afterwards, which consisted of a lot of shrieking and even more fun.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2009 7:53 am

    Things I learned about authentic pinata:
    1. the stick has to have pink frilly paper on it (it can’t just be an old hockey stick…)
    2. the pinata is on a rope and the dads bounce it to make it harder to hit
    3. there is a song that is sung! who knew?!
    4. kids keep whacking for as long as the song goes on and the song is sung faster for big kids!

    very interesting… my gentle office hands are still sore from rope burn…

  2. Mom &/or Dad permalink
    December 7, 2009 11:44 pm

    What a neat experience (even yours, Mike!). And you thought you had to travel out of the country for a neat culture experience! Of course you just might be a tad warmer out of this country. Burr it’s cold and miserable there.

  3. mexichef permalink
    May 8, 2010 2:27 pm

    I’m glad you could experience the authentic mexican food and you now know that mexican food is more than just taco bell; but most of all I’m admired that you recognize the strength of character that immigrating people have just to give their children a better life by working hard. So I can imagine that they continue with the traditions to forget for a few hours the tough feeling of being far away from home. It’s great to meet people like you.

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