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Old 10-22-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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San Antonian here, imagine my surprise, when across from our hotel in Rome there was a Tex-Mex restaurant "La Cucaracha". :0

Being from the Tex-Mex capital of the world, I wouldn't trust a Roman Mexican restaurant named "The Cockroach" ROFL.
I wonder, tho I sincerely doubt it ... Did they realise what it meant ???

How about this one. In Nevada, there is a huge casino named Casa Blanca.
When you see it, all the walls are pink ...
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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I wonder, tho I sincerely doubt it ... Did they realise what it meant ???
I am sure they must be referencing the most popular Mexican corrido, La Cucaracha.

Doesn't make it a great name for a restaurant, though.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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I am sure they must be referencing the most popular Mexican corrido, La Cucaracha.
even so, if you understand what that folk ballad is all about ...

I agree, pretty popular *tune*, and the majority of those who *know* it (the tune), probably can not get any further than *La cucaracha* ... than they *hum it*

As you stated, not that good of a choice for a restaurant ...
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:24 PM
 
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Unfortunately it's not. One of the things I miss every time I am in Germany. But they have a lot of good Turkish stuff which is non-existant (or super expensive and fancy) in the US. So I miss that when I'm in the States.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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they have a lot of good Turkish stuff
With so many people from Turkey there, I am not surprised.
I actually have never met anybody from Mexico while we lived in Europe ...
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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Unfortunately it's not. One of the things I miss every time I am in Germany. But they have a lot of good Turkish stuff which is non-existant (or super expensive and fancy) in the US. So I miss that when I'm in the States.
Oh, man, I can get good Turkish and middle eastern cooking supplies and goodies in Shreveport, Louisiana of all places!

I just bought some rosewater, dates, and cardamom there a couple of weeks ago, as well as some Turkish coffee. WOOHOO!!!

Right here in NE Texas on the TX/LA line I can get authentic Thai, Korean, Greek, Vietnamese, Japanese, Turkish, Lebanese, and Ethiopian food and cooking supplies pretty easily, and I don't even live in a large metropolitan area.

And don't even get me started on the fabulous Mexican foods around here.

But I digress.

I lived in Germany and traveled throughout Europe for three years back in the 90s. Never, not ONE SINGLE TIME, did I ever even see a Mexican restaurant, let alone eat in one. I think I would have fallen over in shock - and then avoided it, or if I was extremely bored (which I never am) maybe eaten there as some sort of social experiment! Oh, and of course videoed it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:29 PM
 
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Oh, man, I can get good Turkish and middle eastern cooking supplies and goodies in Shreveport, Louisiana of all places!
I'm jealous! In Milwaukee there is ONE Turkish restaurant and they even sell Doner, but it is completely different from the German version. Really bland and gross. Not to mention expensive ($18).
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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In Edinburgh, Scotland I went to this really bad Mexican restaurant (with really good margaritas - go figure) that played a LOT of Elvis music. It was strange.

I never really thought about it before, but I'm going to say no. At least, not the further east you get. In the UK, Indian food ("curry") is wildly popular (and rightfully so). I've mostly eaten the local fare in places that I've visited, though.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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I'm jealous! In Milwaukee there is ONE Turkish restaurant and they even sell Doner, but it is completely different from the German version. Really bland and gross. Not to mention expensive ($18).
A donner is worth 3 euros here, it's cheaper than junk food and healthier. At least falafel.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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even so, if you understand what that folk ballad is all about ...

I agree, pretty popular *tune*, and the majority of those who *know* it (the tune), probably can not get any further than *La cucaracha* ... than they *hum it*

As you stated, not that good of a choice for a restaurant ...

There was a bar called La cucaracha near my house, the owner was a tall bavarois taxi driver that spoke a funny German that anybody could undestand and gave away beer to all patrons, the nicest person I ever met. But he was a person that had problems with his wife back in some town in Bavaria and forgot about taking care of the bar, so the city hall closed "La cucharacha" because there were many cucharachas in the place. Later the place became a chinese restaurant, but it was rumored that cucarachas remained under the new chinese tutelage.

Sometimes I remember this person and his bavarois friend, a bavarois count whose father became the mayor of his city because he was the only important person that was not nazi because he lived away. He was always putting bavarois down and he was a bavarois himself.
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