Friday, November 11, 2005

Tex Mex!

We did it! After being inspired by Sara-in-Bergamo's American comfort food order (she talks about the site she found over at her blog--they have Doritos!), I went back through my list of cell phone messages to find that one from Lori, where she included a website that she found selling tex-mex food in Italy. Once I found it, Antonello and I sat down at the computer, waiting for the screen to load and a good list of canned Mexican treats (and plenty of dried peppers) to appear on the screen. I tapped my fingers in anticipation. It was time to bring some jalapeƱos and taco shells home to Macerata.

Ordering was easy. The selection, while rather varied, isn't huge, so picking out the items that I had to have most for my mexican-food cravings was rather simple. Shipping and handling was 6 euros, but that was added as soon as I clicked on one my first can of tomatillo sauce. Once I realized that the price for shipping didn't increase as I clicked on more 'add to cart' items, I quickly doubled the tomatillo sauce and, rather trigger-happily, clicked away on whatever even halfway appealed to me.

Because of that, we have on our list everything from canned mangoes in syrup to refried black beans to tender cactus pieces! Have I ever cooked with cactus before? Of course not! But hey, it's worth a try. (anyone out there have a cactus recipe that they recommend?)

However, what I love best about Mexican food is the salsa and tortilla chips (okay, so it's actually a toss up between that and jalapeƱo peppers), and the site was rather lacking in a good tomato salsa. But I found one can that looks like it might be okay, and I'm perfectly willing to test it out. Who knows, it might become a staple in our mexican diet (and for 70 cents a can, that's not bad!).

I'm dreaming up mexican dinners just thinking about my recent order! Mmm...tacos and burritos and enchiladas and...cactus. (If only they had sold some good mexican cheese!) I'd better stop writing now. Blogging about food is making me hungry.



At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Erin said...

I'm so glad you found Tex-Mex in Italia! I've sent you a package of New Mexican salsa and cans of green chile, along with the cookbook (maybe it will even have a cactus recipe for you!). However, I have no idea when it will be arriving...they said a few weeks :( Mi dispiace tanto bella! But, it sounds like you will have much cooking to do...Antonello is beginning to really enjoy Mexican cuisine, si?
Miss you!


At 4:18 PM, Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

thank you erin! i was just thinking about you guys today as i was walking through the city center, remembering when we used to study here--macerata misses you :)! i'm soo excited about the package!

i also have some good news for you, but i will email it...

miss you! hi from Antonello!

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

All this talk about Mexican food is making me hungry! Let me know what you do with the cactus. Curiosity might kill this cat!


At 1:14 PM, Blogger american girl in italy said...

Let us know how the order turned out! I am still waiting for mine... :OS

At 7:32 PM, Blogger american girl in italy said...

Jackie - My box arrived! YEAH! I had Nacho Cheese doritos today. :OP hhehe Go see my blog for pics. I ordered so much crap! haha


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