There are a lot of things at the grocery stores here that would seem familiar to those who live north of the border. Familiar, that is, until you get a little closer. For instance, these little packets are not your mama’s Tang or Kool Aid!
I’m a great fan of Tang and Kool Aid. They’re cool, cheap, and sweet, much like myself. [I’m telling you again, don’t make me take after you with my chancla!] But there are a few things about packaged drink mixes here that vary from those you find in the US.
Big number one is that they actually contain sugar. Yes, folks, REAL sugar. Azucar; that’s the number one ingredient on the list. None of that aspertame stuff or some kind of “ose” thing….real sugar.
Number two, they’re even cheaper than the drink packets in the US. They cost the equivalent of 22 cents US, and that’s with the REAL sugar already in the mix. And you get two liters out of one envelope.
But I guess the primary difference is the flavors you can buy down here. They have a few of what you might call “international flavors” [i.e. orange or grape or strawberry], but you get a lot of other choices. Some of which you might never have imagined in the US.
There are things like pear and apple and watermelon:
And up there, NOB, you might even be able to find the more exotic flavors of pina colada or melon….cantaloupe in this case:
But I’d be willing to bet my shorts….which is what I’m wearing this evening, by the way…that you’re not gonna stumble across some of my favorites, guayaba [guava], maracuya [passion fruit], or jamaica [hibiscus] in your local Wal*Mart:
And, oh, by the way, if you happen to be in Mexico on your next vacation, you might wanna think twice about ordering Tuna, because you might not get that fish you’re craving, you might just wind up with some delicious prickly pear cactus drink!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes your Spanish lesson for today. Join us again when we talk about why it’s not right to say, after you’ve made a terrible faux pas, to mutter the words “Estoy muy embarazado.”