There is a nearby big Mexican produce store that sells carnitas also but Maria said I should buy it at the Super Mercado because that is where they went all the time.
We must look like Latinas because they were speaking to us in Spanish but we told them in Spanish that we speak English only. How’s that? It means we speak only a little of Spanish although the language taught back home is the Castilian version.
We were surprised when one of the owners offered to let us try their dishes there. We tried their chicharones (deep fried pork skins), tamales, taquitos, barbacoa and menudo. It sounds like we almost had lunch there. No kidding! In the end we also tried their candied fruits. I loved the sweet potato because it reminds me of the one back home.
Boy, did they offer us a lot to try and they were very generous. A sampling of a tamales meant a piece for each of us. Viv and I had been looking for the tamales we bought last summer at a nearby church and this one was just as good. But next time, we’ll buy some taquitos and their roasted chicken which included some roasted jalapenos and cebollitos (spring onions). They were insistent that I try the champorrado, even just a small amount they said, which looked very much like our favorite breakfast food in the Philippines but I was too full already. They were very friendly and very sincere in their hospitality.
In the end not only did we get carnitas, we also brought home some menudo (it is different from the Filipino menudo though), chicharones and tamales and candied fruits (excellent!). Their personal approach and congeniality won us over, we would be back.
On the way home, we picked up some Mexican pastries from La Central Bakery.
Chicago is home to many people of different nationalities from all over the world. I believe in embracing and celebrating our differences otherwise this world would be so boring if there is no diversity. Let us all be open-minded, understanding and respectful of other people’s culture, you might be surprised what they have to offer you.