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At work, so this must be brief.

1. Went to Leeds on business yesterday. Their "Mexican" restaurant didn't have tacos or enchiladas. When I commented on this, one of my colleagues asked me what a taco is. And the waitress pronounced "guacamole" with three syllables (wince).

2. Hopefully will have DSL turned on today. Crossing my fingers.

3. Since my brother in Staffordshire posted it, I suppose I can link to his entry with a photo of three brothers (I'm on the left, Staffordshire brother in the middle and London brother on the right).
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Being born and raised in New Mexico, I'm used to the concept of poor Mexican restaurants not having everything I expect... but no tacos or enchiladas? That's just wrong. That pronunciation of guacamole is also very grating.
One colleague, also from the states, told me how he was at another restaurant which had "tor-till-uhs" and similar mutilations of the Mexican tongue.
They had burgers, steaks, "wraps", nachos, quesadillas and a chili burrito. In other words, a curious mish-mash of things that may or may not have had anything to do with Mexico (mostly 'not').
quesadillas
(Anonymous)
did they pronounce them kay-suh-DILL-ahs? I'm from SoCal, but when living in New Jersey for a couple months I heard that interesting pronunciation.

davidr
Yeah, Mexican food is considered unbelievably exotic there. I learned that the hard way just trying to buy tortillas and salsa at the supermarket... they were something like $6 each.
You just have to give in and eat nothing but Indian food, like everyone else. ;)
You just have to give in and eat nothing but Indian food, like everyone else. ;)

Not necessarily a bad thing :D
And the waitress pronounced "guacamole" with three syllables

Did it rhyme with Whac-a-Mole?
How on earth does one pronounce guacamole with only three syllables? Leave off the "e" I assume?

So how did you end up in Oregon while your siblings are all UK based?
Basically, our father got around quite a bit. He's an American (currently living in Germany) and his first two wives were American, but then he moved to the UK. That's the short version of the story.

I’m on the left, Staffordshire brother in the middle and London brother on the right

All of you look like huge dorks.

Would you like some recipes for real mexican food? I can send some.