As you may have gathered by my previous posts, I am currently a resident of San Antonio, TX. As you may have also gathered, some days this is agreeable to me and other days not so much…but generally I like it here. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the US and the culture is predominantly Latin as 70 percent of the people that live here are of Hispanic descent. The culture here is obviously very heavily influenced by our neighbors from Mexico. This translates into San Antonio having an awful lot of Mexican restaurants, many of which are the hunting grounds of the Mariachi Bands…. Here are some observations about Mariachis:
- When in close proximity to a Mariachi Band, it is important to play it cool. Do not show too much interest. Doing so will cause them to descend upon your dining experience like a flock of pigeons who have sensed the presence of bread. The Mariachis too, want your bread….ya dig? 🙂
- When they hand out instruments to aspiring Mariachis, there seem to be some unwritten rules. It is particularly interesting to me that the largest guy with the biggest belly seems to play the smallest guitar. And the smallest guy tends to play the massive guitar. It is almost as if it provides some sort of cosmic Mariachi balance to the group.
- In any band, not only Mariachi Bands…the band is better with a horn player.
- Mariachis are wandering nomadic businessman. Instead of performing on a stage, they typically converge on a table and do the selling of their services. They will broker a deal and then perform their music…and they will continue to do it for as long as you are happy to pay for it.
- Some Mariachi Bands have at least one guy with a really good set of pipes for singing…those that don’t are very adept at the ‘grito’… the whooping yell that gets you in the spirit…Either way, good times.
- I want a pair of those Mariachi pants…Don’t have anything to wear them with, but I think I could rock them…
- This is one of my favorite Mariachi clips from YouTube… Now this I would have paid good money to see in person 🙂 Mariachi Clip
I like Mexican cuisine…I always have. But, having grown up predominantly in California, I tend to gravitate more toward Baja style Mexican cuisine. There is an emphasis on seafood and fresh ingredients. After living in San Diego for 18 years, this may explain why I am so addicted to fish tacos and I am still searching for the best one in Texas. (I know what you are thinking if you have never had one…Same thing I thought before I had my first one…All I can say is try it!)
What you typically get in San Antonio is Tex-Mex which, as near as I can tell, is characterized by putting melted Velveeta cheese sauce all over everything. What can I say?…not my favorite. San Antonio, and Texas in general, is crazy for ‘Queso’. People here order it to dip their tortilla chips in and they also tend to get most dishes smothered in it. Personally I think ‘Queso’ is short for ‘Que es eso?’ (‘What is this?’ in Spanish). I am not sure what it is…but it isn’t really cheese 🙂
Anyway… Now I am hungry…Strangely enough, for fish tacos 🙂
Just my $.02