Date: Wed, 29 Mar 1995 18:56:06 -0500


Subject: Churros (was: Re: ADS-L: Help with "smores" and "salad shooter"?)

On Wednesday, 29 March 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:

The Peruvians (who can afford to eat) have a dish called "churros," I

remember, that consists of a piece of bread (that looks like a stick of

corn bread) dipped into a thick chocolate pudding. I'm told that churros

are served in Spain.

This actually is vaguely related to regional sociolinguistics: Here in New

Mexico, churros are an extremely popular dessert. But here they're thin,

foot-long, star-shaped sticks of sweet dough extruded from a pastry gun,

deep-fried and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar. They're delicious.

However, chocolate makes no appearance with them; they're eaten hot by

themselves. (Churros are popular enough in the Southwest that a

California-based rock band, The Loud Family, released an EP called _Hot

Cinnamon Churros_ a couple years ago.)

Non-residents of New Mexico have to be careful what they order here when it

comes to Mexican food. For example, the word "chile" (the preferred local

spelling) on the menu of a locally-owned restaurant denotes a sort of

not-very-spicy stew containing huge strips of roasted green chile, potatoes

and (sometimes) hamburger or shredded pork. The beans-and-tomato-sauce

stuff is called "red chile" or "chile con carne" if it shows up on the menu

at all. What the local restaurants call a meat burrito involves a

less-liquid filling containing the green-chile-potatoes-meat mixture.

People used to Taco Bell get noticeably agitated when they discover

potatoes in their burritos. It's fun to watch.



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