It just opened yesterday and it looked like a mad house from the pictures I saw, but when we went at three today there was only one person ahead of us. It's not real Mexican food, but it's better than any other "Paris Mexican" (Paris Mexi-Can't) food I've tried here. *
It tastes like home. Even McDonalds doesn't taste the same here. They put some weird mustard sauce on everything and give me hell if I ask for extra lettuce and tomatoes. The guy at Chipotle put as much as I wanted and he did it with a smile! In English! People always get annoyed that people respond to them in English, but I like it. I still respond in French if I can, and let them practice their English while I practice my French, but if I can't I let the sweet slippery mother tongue slide effortlessly from my mouth like melted butter. And I am the old, clever witty me not a quiet polite concentrating sad sack garbling and mumbling and stumbling along.
I didn't like Mexican food when I arrived in California at age ten, but after living there for so long it crept into my daily diet. I didn't even realize I liked Mexican food until I moved to France and couldn't pop a can of black beans in the microwave and top it with hot sauce and sour cream and call it dinner.
I have a confession to make. You might think less of me, but let me explain before you go deleting me from your blog roll all hasty pastey.
There is a McDonalds two blocks away and they have kiosks where you can order in English and then you just turn your ticket in. No French! And no standing in line either. Both times I've gone they were chomping at the bit for me to walk ten feet so they could shove the bag in my hands. And with no stove and no microwave and no husband to eat with, it's very tempting. But I only went once this week! The other time was when we first moved in and were too tired to think, much less walk around in a grocery store looking for food that didn't require cooking.
I see A LOT of Parisians strolling by with their Mcdonalds bags. Which is weird because it tastes even worse if you don't wolf it down while it's warm. I grew up using McDonalds as a hangover cure, so I can't understand why they choose to eat there. Subway and Kentucky Fried Chicken also baffle me because there are so many cheap sandwich places made with real bread and the tiny amount of bones in the huge piece of chicken freak me out. Do those chickens just sit around on the couch all day eating cheesy poofs and bon bons and never have to get up and support their weight on their tiny little bones?
I'm going to chime in along with every other blogger in Paris today and talk about how great it is that it is finally warm and sunny. I am not going to put on another pair of jeans, boots or socks until my toes turn blue. One of the saddest days of the year for me is when I am forced to accept that I have to put on socks which means winter is coming. After that it's just more and more layers until I am covered head to toe and the laundry piles up endlessly (and takes days to dry).
I have no pictures, so I will end with a picture of my cat because I know how everyone just loves to see pictures of someone else's generic looking cat. I swear to god, she has slept on a separate cushion on our white couch each day so that every one is covered in black cat hair.
|thank god for bleach|
David got back this morning and she was making lovey eyes at him and chanting "It's Shower Time" (she watches him take a shower every morning and then tries to sneak back onto my side of the bed like I won't notice the weight of a bowling ball thumping on the mattress) so I tattled and told him that the laptop cord that arrived while he was gone worked GREAT until she chewed on it. I don't know why she does this to me and not him, because his laptop cord has laid on the floor for seven days and she hasn't touched it.
|She also likes to chew on bags. It's like owning a puppy without any of the joy|
*I blame Sarkozy for this. 2011 was supposed to be the France-Mexico year (I don't know what country is 2012) but there was some scandal about a French citizen who got arrested because her Mexican boyfriend kidnapped someone and she's in jail in Mexico now, so they just cancelled the whole thing.