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11. Let's eat!

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So, what are some of your favorite Hispanic foods? Or, what are some of your favorite foods in general? Now, we know that David is the master Paella maker, what about the rest of you? What’s your specialty?


Hola Miguel,

Interesting observation!
I bet all languages share other expression too!


avatar Miguel

We have the same expression in English, ‘I’m starved to death’, and the exact same phrase in Chinese (wo3 e4si3 le5) 我饿死了

tenemos la misma expresión en Inglés: “Estoy muerto de hambre”, y exactamente la misma frase en chino (wo3 e4si3 le5) :smile:

avatar christopher

so cal…missin it right now. I lived in Los Angeles for last 15 yrs n i’ll be back this summer! tamales! Oh my GOD! and i hear you on those “roach coaches”…tha karts they can be the greatest.

i also ate salvi food…nino’s place in gardena is half mex/salvi (salvadorean).

theres this one plate i forgot tha name…woah you gotta try it. Esp. with tha green sauce! and they put rice in a bowl n then on tha plate so its got that upside-down bowl shape para la arroz.

avatar Alejandra

Hi Theron, How are you? Servido could be used for anything you hand someone….anything, food, a fork, you name it. For example, ¡Me pasas la sal! (Could you pass me the salt shaker!)
The other person’s answer will be: servido, ya te la pasé. (Here you go, I just passed it to you.)

avatar Theron

Does the figurative translation of Servido being, “there you are,” or “there you go,” in English work when you’re not talking about food? For instance, If someone asked me to hand them something, let’s say a utensil or the salt shaker, would I respond with “Servido”…? What is the correct expression in that case to say, “there you go,” meaning, “here’s whatever you asked for”…?

avatar Karenn

Hi, Carlos. Thanks for the tip… yes, it is my Dominican student who owns a restaurant here and brings me food. I’m going to try to get him to cut back on that. Not that it’s not good stuff, but then you get the competition thing going and pretty soon I’ll need a rolling cart to take it all to my car after class!

Glad to hear Peruvian Chifa is good, too. And I have heard of NY Chinese… yum. As good as Calif. I imagine, and I really miss that. Spoiled! I don’t make it into Philly often these days, so much to do here at home! But it is a great little city… and it does feel “little.” A large proportion of the hispanohablantes in Philly are Puertorican or Dominican… but the Mexicans seem to be catching up. Many Mexicans are experienced in agricultural and animal husbandry work, so they migrate to areas where there are farms.


avatar Carlos

Competition? Maybe! Don’t get me wrong about Peru, I enjoyed Peruvian cuisine immensely! I was there for 3 weeks visiting a friend and he told me about the large Chinese population of Peru and said that his then girlfriend (now his wife) loved Chifa. Interested, I tried it and was impressed. Keep in mind, while we don’t have good Mexican food in NY we have world class Chinese!

Dominican food and Puerto Rican food aren’t that different (don’t tell any of my fellow Puerto Ricans that I told you that!) so if there are plenty of Dominican restaurants around you are pretty much set. Is that the same student that brings you food all the time? You can politely decline the food. I don’t see it being much of a problem. Do you go to Philly often?

avatar Karenn

Well, Carlos, I agree about Mexican food on the east coast. We have a few Mexican restaurants around, but of the one’s I’ve tried I haven’t been impressed. Last attempt I had a really nasty-tasting tamale, though the rice was decent. On the other hand, my Mexican students seem to think it’s ok. Better than nothing, is my guess. California has much better… agreed!

My experience of Chinese food in Lima was limited, and quite a few years ago. There may have been better restaurants, and hopefully are now. But Peruvian food is so delicious, I don’t know why one would bother with Chinese! The soups! The corn! Everything.

Here in DE there is decent (I guess) Dominican food… one of my students runs a restaurant in fact (and serves good arroz con gandules). I haven’t seen Puerto Rican, though there are quite a few Puertoriquenos here. Asian food of all kinds is abundant and fabulous in So. Calif., so Chinese, Japanese, Thai (don’t even have Korean as far as I know) in Delaware is mediocre by comparison. Philadelphia has a little Chinatown, and the restaurants are better there. I think you need competition?


avatar carlos

Uh oh! Joe, do you hear that? Karen doesn’t like the Chifa! Mediocre? I had the Chinese food in Peru and I loved it. Then again, I loved all the food in Peru. I hear you can’t get decent Mexican food on the East coast, do you agree? I love Mexican food but I have never been to Cali. If you are on the East Coast, Puerto Rican food is plentiful (although, not really sure how much in Delaware.) My favorite is Mofongo, which is mashed Plantains with Garlic and different meats (usually pork). Also, you can’t go wrong with some classic Arroz con Habichuelas largas (Rice and Beans) mmmm mmmm good!

avatar Karenn

It’s hard to say! In Peru I learned instantly to love café con leche, and have always taken coffee with milk ever since. I loved everything I was served in Peru and Ecuador, with the exception of some very mediocre Chinese food.

I grew up with California’style Mexican food, which I love. Almost impossible to choose a favorite, but I used to love a Mexican-Spanish style lentil soup that I still make. Homemade corn tortillas, fresh from the grill… sabrosa! I make chiles con queso, which is fantastic. And for a hearty meal, safrancho is delicious, pork chops cooked with what turns out to be the best Spanish rice in the world!

But a well constructed, fat bean and rice burrito from a So. California lunch wagon, made with excellent salsa fresca, laden with lots of cilantro, is also a thing of beauty (and something I miss here in Delaware!)