As an adventurer, I am almost always willing to try new food. I’m a definite light-weight when it comes to hot and spicy, but I’m willing to try. In fact, I’ve learned that there’s something on every menu I can find to eat. It may sound strange, but we moved to Arizona knowing there would be a LOT of Mexican food choices, and that I’m not really a fan of Mexican … or so I thought!
Many of my friends love the south-of-the-border flavors that I always thought were too spicy or too covered in cilantro (yeah … I’m one of those people who can’t stand cilantro). So when everyone in a group would vote for Mexican, I’d go along and cross my fingers that I would find something yummy.
It got easier and easier as I learned the dishes that aren’t made with cilantro. I learned which meats and cheeses I like and discovered I’m a fan of what the New Mexicans call “Christmas Sauce.” It’s the local way of saying some red sauce and some green chile sauce on your plate.
My next door neighbor introduced me to El Encanto in Cave Creek when we were shopping. I found a couple of things that have become favorites … and I keep finding more.
When friends come from out of town now, that’s my go-to place. The food is amazing, the setting is fun and the town has lots of cool things to see. So … today I am grateful for Mexican food … which shocks me and brings me joy.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Don’t give up on trying new foods wherever you go..
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