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So, where are all the cornfields?

Yeah I know, but some leeway should be given considering that people who move to Texas think that we’re all rocking cowboy hats down here and that there is a hitchin’ post outside every business, even Starbucks.

“Omaha, somewhere in Middle America…” or so goes the line from the Counting Crows tune that is shares a name with this post.

Middle America, now there is a loaded term. More often than not, it refers to the middle class here in these United States. You know, the demographic that politicos of every stripe take for granted except around election time.

I’m currently reading a book in which at one point, the venerable writer calls out ‘many of the soundest and most orthodox Christians’ and describes them like this:

[Their] ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle-class Christian home, and making nice middle-class Christians friends, and bringing up their children in nice middle-class Christian ways, and who leave submiddle-class sections of the community, Christian and non-Christian, to get on by themselves.

I must admit this hits a bit too close to home, yet… yet, does not this ambition at times seem harmless and dangerously appealing?


Taquerías Arandas Goes Mainstream

When someone asks me to point them towards good Mexican food, naturally I refer to my mother’s home cooking (being a purist, I hear good and think authentic). However since my mom might not be thrilled to have total strangers come to her door, instead I refer folks to Taquerías Arandas.

While the fare offered at Tex-Mex joints (Pappasito’s et al) delights the palate, I’m afraid that for the most part it is not authentic Mexican food. Well it’s as authentic as Pei Wei is authentic Chinese food.

The reason I bring up my favorite eatery is this: So I’m listening to ESPN 97.5 FM The Ticket, a local sports radio station, and during commercial they went to their sports ticker/update thing. And guess who was the sponsor? Yep that’s right, Taquerías Arandas.

You know that a long-standing stalwart of Houston’s Mexican community has gone mainstream when it is sponsoring stuff on English-speaking radio, not to mention pays for a huge ad inside Reliant Stadium. May I also add, that you know it has gone mainstream when an American friend of mine, who hails from the heartland, decides to try out my favorite thing on the menu (below) and totally digs it.

By the way, these are no ordinary tacos, they’re (wait for it) beef tongue tacos.