> -----Original Message----- > From: Joe Crawford [mailto:jcrawford at avencom.com] > martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com wrote: > > So, did you US type people all get free Tacos? > > > > Or (going by my & Elfur's experience of Taco Bell), were you lucky? > > Taco Bell <http://www.tacobell.com/> is castrated Mexican food. > > Some people swear by it, but I tell you, it's bland and lacks any sort > of character. > > I grew up at least partly with authentic Mexican-American > cuisine (which > is to say, chorizo and eggs, tacos, enchiladas, refried beans, mexican > rice) -- and Taco Bell seems to be from an entirely different planet > from that food. > Joe- I must agree with you! I was born and bred in New Mexico, home of the authentic hatch green chile and red chile (not the bowdlerized version that chicago and texas lay claim to). However!!! When I went to Virginia to so research (into machine intelligence which is another cool story) one summer, there were only two mexican restaurants in the city... a hole-in- the-wall and Taco Bell. Sadly, Taco Bell had the better food, and I ate there frequently. I remember that one time I took a couple of friends, and one of them asked me with disbelief in his voice, "Is that really what NM looks like?" - referring of course to the etched glass pictures of the mesas and desert scenes that pervade the restaurant. I told him yes, but that he oughtta check out Doug West's work for a real look at the southwestern United States. URLs: http://www.dougwestart.com/ http://www.dougwestgallery.com/ Doug is one of my favorite artists. And Taco Bell is one of my least favorite restaurants... </ramble> - Jay Turley --------------------------------------------------------- http://www.weberrific.org "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology"