Thursday, February 20, 2014

So....what exactly is a taco??

No joke. This was a question posed to Ryan and I at our weekly Tuesday night running club. We met a British person who has never before had the enjoyment of eating a taco. It was quite humorous to hear Ryan trying to explain such a seemingly basic concept: "Well, you have a tortilla, then you put shredded meat on top and you can add various toppings, such as tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream or guacamole..." 

Little did I know that apparently the TV show The Office did a stint during their episode "The Fundraiser" from Season 8 highlighting this little known fact that England is extremely deprived of delicious Mexican food. In the episode, Nellie tries to eat a hard shell taco vertically, instead of turning the taco slanty-ways and taking a bite properly. I'm sure our new acquaintance would have done the same, as he then continued to drill us about the differences between a taco and a burrito (one is much larger than the other, and usually contains beans and rice in addition to the aforementioned goodness).

That being said, there are quite a few 'staples' of British cuisine that I have been woefully ignorant of until I arrived here. Scotch eggs, for one, are quite delicious. It's basically a hard boiled egg that is wrapped in Chorizo sausage and then deep-fried. How have we not caught onto this one yet, America?? Then there are Welsh cakes, which are buttery, sugary, almost short-bread cookies but more cake like and thicker. A great treat to have with tea or your morning coffee. Other new found favorites are bubble and squeak, meat pies, mushy peas and the oh so infamous hot crossed buns.

One thing I'm dying to try that's made it's way to France via New York is the Cronut. - A Croissant blended with a Doughnut. Delicious...