Sparkling water? As if.
This Agua Mineral can cure the worst hangover.
- Topo Chico
Extra snack fun
- Cucumber spears
Topo Chico Is A Drink Best Served Cold
Fill your glass with ice and start squeezing those limes away. I usually put extra lime in mine.
Fill the glass to the top with Topo Chiko and watch the water show. It never stops bubbling.
Sprinkle Tajin on top and then sprinkle a little more because you can never have too much.
Cut up the cucumber throw some salt, lime, and Tajin. Drop a couple of the cucumber spears in your drink and enjoy.
Cóctel de Camarónazo
I had a terrible shrimp cocktail from a restaurant near the Kema Boardwalk once. It had three shrimp on ice with ketchup for dipping sauce. It was a boring and expensive appetizer. I expected something with spice and vegetables just like the kind my mom makes. Here’s my mom’s recipe so you won’t get stuck eating boring shrimp cocktails.
Trust me its not just three shrimp and ketchup in a little white paper cup. There’s crunch, flavor, and spice.
- 2 Pounds of shrimp
- 4 Limes
- 1 Large tomato
- 1 Celery stick
- 2 Avocados
- 2 Jalapeños
- 1/4 Large red onion
- Handful of cilantro
- Tomato sauce (8 oz.)
- V8 (5.5 oz)
- 1/4 Cup of Ketchup
- 4 Dashes of Tabasco
- 1 Cup of Shrimp Broth
- Saltine Crackers
Tell The Shrimp To Chill Out
For cooked shrimp just let those guys defrost then squeeze the juice from all the limes over them. For uncooked shrimp place them in a pan with a cup of boiling water for about 1 minute or until they turn slightly pink. Separate the broth and shrimp. Pour the lime juice over the shrimp and place in the fridge to chill out along with the broth.
Start chopping all the veggies! The onion, tomato, celery, cilantro and jalapeño should be chopped pretty small. The avocado will have the chunkiest cubes.
Mix it up
Put the cold shrimp in a larger bowl and add the tomato sauce, v8, ketchup, tabasco, and shrimp broth. Stir and taste. You might need to add a little salt or more tabasco. Add in the veggies and mix. Bust open the package of crackers and enjoy!
Socializing Is Hard For Introverts
The thought of having to talk to someone and give eye contact terrifies me, probably because I’m paranoid that they can read my mind. The word saluda is Spanish for greeting. Being somewhat of an introvert in a large Mexican family is tough.
My parents were born in Mexico but I was born in the United States. We only had one uncle who lived nearby and family gatherings were small. Once my parents got their citizenship we began to make trips to Mexico and that’s where I learned I had a town full of family. My Spanish was terrible even though for years I thought I knew how to speak it. Everyone in the family participates in the daily chores and goes to church. The daily meals usually consisted of nopalitos con frijoles but man was it good! The tortillas were made by hand and cooked on a comal over open fire. It was mesmerizing to watch my grandma place the tortilla down, flip it then watch it slowly puff up.
My mom would constantly tell me my manners were terrible compared to my cousins from Mexico. When called they would answer “mande” politely which would be the equivalent to yes how may I assist you and me well…
I yell QUE!!! from across the room. If we had visitors and I tried to greet them with a simple nod or a smile that wasn’t enough. Naturally my parents would call me out and ask me “ya saludaste” while gesturing towards the visitors and of course I’d get red, embarrassed and frustrated.