I am confessing one major item here-
I’ve never eaten a taco outside of the United States.
So my taco eating experience has consisted of ordering fish tacos at Mazatlan. Just in case you are not aware, before you get your tacos, you get a basket of tortilla chips and several salsa’s to snack on while your waiting. I always thought these were good. No complaints. When my order arrives I see the big pile of Spanish rice on one side and a scoop of refried beans on the other side. A nice garnish of lettuce and tomatoes and extra guacamole and sour cream decorate the plate. That is my experience and from Mexican restaurant to Mexican restaurant it doesn’t change to much. So you can imagine my surprise at my first experience eating taco’s in Mexico. (Or maybe you are like me, and have never had a taco outside of the United States) Anyway, we arrived at our first taqueria of the trip called Taqueria Rossy in San Jose del Cabo. It wasn’t to far of a drive from where we were staying, the Vidanta Grand Mayan.
As we walked in were greeted by a server, given menus and we began to look at the menu. Of course, it’s all in Spanish and the prices are listed in pesos. I ordered a pork taco and sat back to wait for them to bring out our chips and salsa. We waited…waited…no chips and salsa! Our tacos came out. I looked at the plate, there was a single taco with a small amount of pork on it…nothing else…where are the beans, where is the rice, how come my plate isn’t covered in tacos, lettuce, tomatoes, guac and sour cream! (my insides are fluttering at this point because I’m so hungry!) We’re looking around waiting for the rest of our food to come and the server is looking at us like “why aren’t you guys eating?” Through a few gestures, finger pointing etc…we figured out that the object in the middle of the restaurant that looks like a salad bar-ish type of gadget is actually where we go to put on various toppings! Ahhhh….the light comes on! What a delight to see several different types of salsas, guacamoles, and a few other things I would never have put on my taco at home! There was cabbage instead of lettuce, pickled onions and cucumbers. No cheese, no sour cream! So I bravely dove in. I topped my single pork taco with all the fixin’s and enjoyed every bite!
So lessons learned-order more than one taco, order more than one kind of taco, remember that the toppings are free and available in the gadget that looks like a small salad bar!