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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:16 PM

Don't Call It Tex-Mex.

A writer and chef is on a quest to tell the world about Texas Mexican food, the cooking of South Texas and northern Mexico that predates and spans the border.

HOUSTON — This city’s Second Ward is full of temptations for Adán Medrano, a writer and chef who lives just a few miles southeast.

The Mexican-American neighborhood is home to the perfect flaky tortillas at Doña María Mexican Cafe, scratch-made in flour or corn, and ready to be folded around eggs with the fine threads of dried beef called machacado. It has the off-menu roasted tamales at the Original Alamo Tamales, with blackened husks and caramelized edges of masa and meat. And there’s Taqueria Chabelita, where the owner, Isabel Henriquez Hernandez, makes pinto beans whose smoky intensity comes not from pork fat, but from a slow char in a hot pan.

For Mr. Medrano, who grew up in San Antonio with generations of relatives on both sides of the Rio Grande, this is all his comfort food, his culinary heritage, his comida casera, or Mexican home cooking.

Just don’t call it Tex-Mex, he said. He prefers to describe it as Texas Mexican, which is also how he describes himself. >>>

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/dining/texas-mexican-food.html

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elleng Apr 2019 OP
still_one Apr 2019 #1
CountAllVotes Apr 2019 #2
still_one Apr 2019 #3
CountAllVotes Apr 2019 #4
still_one Apr 2019 #5
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 2019 #6
still_one Apr 2019 #7
CountAllVotes Apr 2019 #10
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 2019 #11
mitch96 Apr 2019 #9
Saviolo Apr 2019 #8

Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:33 PM

1. Interesting story. It reminds me of some not from San Francisco, referring to it as "firsco". Not

good form


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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:42 PM

2. Don't call it Frisco

Columnist Herb Caen had this as a daily meme to be found in his column that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for years.

Don't call it Frisco!

We called it "The City" except when Dad was mad he'd refer to it as "Frisco". It is slanderous to call San Francisco "Frisco" to the long-lost natives of The City and yes, it is The City to us.

Tourists still refer to The City too often as "Frisco" which it is incorrect and not cool even though many seem to think so. Nope, not



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:53 PM

3. oh yes. Herb Caen, Art Hoppe, ah, so many memories

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Response to still_one (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:39 PM

4. Those were the days weren't they

A woman I worked with years ago was a flashy sort of woman that drove a flashy sports car. It had a personalized license plate on it that was suggestive I'd say.

One day she came to work and it seems Herb Caen spotted her in the car one day and referred to seeing her downtown in her sports car and he named that plate in his column of the day.

Every one at work that day sure was talking about that one!



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:41 PM

5. He went out into the community, and made everyone feel we were all part of it

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Response to still_one (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:57 PM

6. He wrote the book !

"Don't Call it Frisco" !!

His columns were the first thing I turned to everyday for the eight GLORIOUS years I lived in The City. He wrote about San Francisco from his heart, which sadly, he did leave there.


I miss Herb Caen. I miss The City. I miss it all.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:02 PM

7. yup.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:04 PM

10. Has it changed so much that you can never go back?

That is where it is for me.

It seems foreign to me what with so many changes.

Just read they are converting the Hearst Building downtown to a hotel it seems.

Fine it was for me at one point in life.

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:18 PM

11. I could not afford to return.

I was lucky when I lived there as my landlords didn't realize the gem they were sitting on at the time and my rent was (relatively) low. I lived out in The Sunset, one street from the beach and kept one of my bedroom windows open year 'round to hear the surf. Rode the "N Judah" train to work, which stopped at the corner of the street. Wonderful restaurants and shops not far from the house. I was never happier.

I've heard of some of the changes that have occurred since tech execs have moved in and that saddens me. No one should be able to change the flavor of The City, as that is probably what motivated them to move there on the first place, and that is what makes it such a special place to live.

The food. The diversity of the cultures. The ocean and the Bay. The music. The food. The arts. MOMA. The Palace of Fine Arts. The food. Golden Gate Park. Did I mention the food ?

Miss The City every day.

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:37 PM

9. "We called it "The City" "

Funny and must be a coastal thing..when I lived on "the island" we called NYC, the City....
"Hey man wanna go to da city?".......
Do people in Chicago call it the city?
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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:31 PM

8. If only there were a short and catchy nickname for "Texas Mexican"

Also, isn't that sometimes referred to as norteña food?

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