Is Food Better Quality In Ireland Or In Mexico?

Ireland is known for it’s high quality of food, and of course when you have lived there all your life you don’t really realise or appreciate the quality. I suppose I only realised this when I lived in China and Mexico!

With regards to the food between Mexico and Ireland, I’ve began to realise which foods are better quality in Ireland than here.

Dairy– Ireland Wins

Dairy is of a much higher quality in Ireland than Mexico. The butter in Mexico really doesn’t have any flavour, it’s very hard, and I feel it’s more like margarine than butter. In Ireland it has a really rich flavour and is very creamy. Now I’m very fussy with butter, I will only eat it once it’s completely melted on something, if there is a small blob that hasn’t melted then I won’t eat that bit. I don’t know why, I just don’t like the texture or the coldness of it when it’s not melted. Once it’s completely melted though I will eat it no problem!

Once my nephew got his spoon, stuck it into the butter, took out a huge glob of it…… and put it into his mouth.

I was absolutely disgusted and I felt sick just looking at all that butter in his mouth. We asked him “Is that nice?” and he replied through a mouth full of butter “Yeah”.

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Dairygold Butter is the staple found in every Irish household

Not only is the butter better, but also milk in general is better. It’s more creamy than in Mexico. In Mexico it’s watery and doesn’t have much flavour.

For cheese, I think Mexico and Ireland are the same. Mexico makes some nice cheese; it’s different to Ireland but it’s still nice.

Meat– Ireland Wins

I have to go with Ireland for this one too. In Ireland there are butcher shops everywhere and they are usually family run. They sell all types of meat and again are of a very high quality. In Mexico I don’t think I’ve seen a butchers shop like the ones in Ireland!

In Ireland, if you wanted to make hamburgers, you would go and buy the patties that the butcher made themselves in store. They are fresh and you know the meat will be of good quality. However in Mexico I’ve seen most meat patties are frozen and prepackaged from a  company.

I feel ham is also better in Ireland. There’s just more flavour to them.

Lastly one thing I miss in Ireland are the sausages! I love the sausages in Ireland, and I’m really not fussed on the ones found here in Mexico. I can’t even consider them ‘sausages’ really! Now I might be totally wrong and there are flavourful sausages from Mexico, but from what I’ve seen these are very popular here.

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Sausage commonly found in Mexico (source google)

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Irish sausage (source google)

Bread– Ireland (yet again)

Again, the bread is just superior than in Mexico. Irish people LOVE their bread, so it’s no wonder we make so many different types of it. When there was really bad weather in Ireland last year during the winter, there was a shortage of bread!

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Source google

Now I’m not saying that there are no nice breads in Mexico, there are.  . I like the baguettes and things like that, but for everyday bread to make sandwiches with and to toast, it’s just too sweet. I’m pretty sure it’s exactly like American bread. Chinese bread was the same and I never ate it. My husband is adamant that “No, it’s not sweet at all”. But it really is. The only time I eat it is when it’s toasted. Plus it doesn’t go off for like 1 month! Like how is that even possible?! In Ireland bread starts to go mouldy after a few days! I really miss bread from Ireland.

Potatoes– You guessed it!

The potatoes are fine in Mexico, but there are really only 3 types; big ones, small ones and sweet potatoes. The potatoes you find in Mexico are what we call in Ireland ‘waxy potatoes’. They are perfect for boiling and making chips, but you can’t make them into mashed potatoes. These are called ‘Floury potatoes’ in Ireland, because when you cut into them they are dry and sort of floury like. These are perfect for making mashed potato. We have a saying in Ireland that floury potatoes are like “balls of flour”.

Incidentally sweet potatoes aren’t very popular in Ireland at all. I think maybe because they were never eaten in Ireland in the past, and also because we already have a huge variety of potatoes, we never really got used to eating it. I know it’s slowly getting more popular though, but my Mam never used them.

 

Fruit– MEXICO!

Mexico has 1 point! Fruit is much much much nicer than Ireland, it’s cheap and fresh, whereas in Ireland it’s too expensive!

I’m in love with the mangos here and there are different types which I never knew. They also have different varieties of bananas. The fruit tastes very flavourful and they definitely have more types than Ireland.

Vegetables– Ireland and Mexico

I like the veg both in Ireland and Mexico, however Ireland does have more variety. They have brussel sprouts, turnips and other types. Also the cabbage is much better in Ireland. But I’ll give Mexico another point!

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I used to hate cabbage as a child, but now I love it (source google)

I’ve realised this was a very one sided blog! I’m not bashing the food in Mexico at all, but when you’ve grown up in a country famous for it’s quality of home grown food, you really can taste the difference from other countries.

China I feel has the worst quality of food, I heard that in some restaurants, people would order rabbit and the restaurant would give them rat instead. Just take away the rabbit head and people wouldn’t know the difference!

I could do a whole blog about the food in China and how it’s not regulated, but I’ll save that for maybe another time!

(PS) my husband thought it was too one-sided, so to make him happy, here are few more foods that Mexico is better at.

Beans– Mexicans love their beans and there are loads of different types. I’m personally fed up of beans now though. In Ireland we just have the sweet beans in tomato sauce, so Mexico definitely beats Ireland with that.

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One type of Mexican beans (source google)

Corn– again Mexico loves corn, in Ireland we rarely eat it. In Mexico they use corn for tortillas. Again I’m pretty fed up of eating tortillas nearly everyday. I also prefer the flour ones; I feel the corn ones are too filling, they are harder to chew, and  when I eat with them, all I taste is the tortilla and none of the filling.

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corn tortillas (source google)

 

Aisling

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I’m Going To Try Again

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When I first arrived here in October, I wrote a blog about how I joined a Spanish class in a University; 1 hour a day, 5 days a week. I explained how I didn’t enjoy the class and I didn’t want to continue going to it. You can read about it here: No, It Didn’t Go Well

So anyway, I ended up not going to the classes and I just studied on my own for the past 5 months. I began to get frustrated with my lack of progress and got angry with myself because I just can’t learn the language, so there were days where I really did want to just quit!

I started realising that in order to improve my Spanish, I’d have to go back to having Spanish classes. I guess the first experience just kind of put me off going to classes. I really didn’t enjoy myself, I didn’t particularly like the teacher, and I was apprehensive about going to another one and it ended up the same. So that’s why I never tried again.

Plus they are just SO expensive! I wanted to come to Mexico to learn the language, I come, and then I realise I can’t even join any because they are too expensive. That annoyed me as well, I can’t even go to to classes because I can’t afford it.

So I started looking around online for private companies and of course there a loads. There’s one literally down the road from me, but of course I can’t afford to go.

While we were driving we saw a language school that we decided to look at. It’s about €11 for 1 hour (still expensive I might add) but I don’t have to pay for 20 hours a week like in the other schools.

We decided to go for a try class of 15 minutes to see what it was like. The house is nice with a good atmosphere, plus they have a cute puppy and a very fat cat sleeping in the porch. (We thought it was pregnant but it’s actually a male).

I met the teacher and she asked me a few things about myself and what she would be teaching me. She said that she plans on doing conversation exercises, which I definitely need. I really like the teacher and I was very happy with the short class.

And……

One thing that I do realise…….. I have improved since October and my first try class with the other teacher!

In my first experience, I could hardly speak; I didn’t know the conjugations of verbs whatsoever, I didn’t understand pretty much any of her questions, and I could hardly string a basic sentence together about myself.

This time round it was a totally different experience; I could understand pretty much all of what the teacher asked me, I was able to conjugate some verbs (I’m still quite terrible at them though), I could easily explain my life in China, what I did, where I lived, about my husband, and it was just shocking that I was actually able to talk to her in a conversation!

During it, I was thinking to myself “God I’m actually talking to her….. I can hold a conversation with her…. I definitely wasn’t able to do this with the first class I had in October…. I have improved!”

I know I would have improved faster if I went to classes, but with the wedding coming up, the lack of jobs for both of us, expenses that we didn’t count on having… I just didn’t want to spend over €400 a week for classes. I just can’t afford it.

So with this current teacher, I go for 2 hours a week. It’s definitely not as good as 20 hours, but it’s something at least. Maybe when I get a job I’ll be able to try one of those immersion classes.

But for now, 2 hours makes me more than happy!

Aisling

Loneliness

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I’ve always been a person who favours my own company. I’m quite happy being by myself and I don’t feel the need to be surrounded by people.

But now that I’m in Mexico… I feel lonely.

I feel lonely because I’ve no friends.

I feel lonely when my family in Ireland don’t write back to me.

I feel lonely when people come over, converse in Spanish, and I don’t understand.

I feel lonely sitting at the table not being able to contribute to any conversation.

I feel lonely not being included.

I feel lonely because I can’t laugh at any jokes.

I feel lonely not being able to do things when I want to.

I’ve moved from China to Mexico and I feel as lonely as ever.

Aisling

I Can Legally Stay In Mexico!

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So, it’s official, I’m on my way to becoming Mexican! My application for becoming a temporary residence has been accepted, so that’s another thing from our list to check off! Apparently it would take 15-20 days for it to be processed but I unexpectedly received an email about 7 days later. I’m sure because I married a Mexican really speeded things up. We were offered a 1 year visa or a 2 year visa, but we opted for a 1 year one. We aren’t sure what are plans are so we thought it would be safer going for the 1 year one.

The whole thing was simple enough too. We just had to fill in some things, get photos taken, copies taken of documents, pay the fees, and of course the most important thing; the marriage cert.

Before I had a tourist visa  that would have meant I would have to leave next month. When we visited Ireland my husband (boyfriend at the time) could only stay 3 months, and then he wasn’t allowed back for another 6 months!! I however could happily stay in Mexico for 6 months with my tourist visa!

My new visa doesn’t let me work however, so to be able to get a job, I will either have to say that I’m working independently and they will sort out tax from that, or I will have to have a letter to work from a company. I have to have a job first before I can apply for a work permit. So it’s a little annoying but hopefully it won’t be a big problem for me.

Also the process of actually me becoming a Mexican citizen is also very easy (in comparison to Ireland!) It would be cool to say I’m Mexican, but I think I need to at least be able to speak Spanish!

So our list is slowly getting smaller, and now I can legally stay here in Mexico, for 1 year anyway!

Aisling

My Husband Speaks English TOO Well!

 

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So, you would think that me being with a Mexican person I would pick up Spanish just like that…. well…..

No…. if ONLY it was like that! You see the problem with our relationship is that my husband is pretty much a native English speaker….. only that he looks Mexican and grew up in the country. His English is perfect and doesn’t have an accent at all. He actually never studied abroad or anything like that and just studied it when he was young, which amazes me!

So….. him being able to converse perfectly with me creates a problem when I’m trying to learn Spanish.

When we met in China, I didn’t have the urge to learn the language, I didn’t even know if I would be with him long! Then when it became 3+ years together I thought “Oh hang on, I think I’ll actually have to learn it now”.

While in China, I was busy studying Chinese and I just didn’t want to get the two languages mixed up, so that was the main reason for not studying it. Plus I didn’t need Spanish at the time. So throughout our time in China we always spoke English to each other.

Then when we arrived to Mexico, he STILL talked to me in English. I had to remind him “In Spanish….in spanish..” and then he would say it again. Our relationship for over 4 years was completely in English, so now it was just difficult for him to switch to Spanish. He’s too used to speaking English with me.

So this is a big problem!

I think now he’s getting used to speaking more to me in Spanish, but it’s still very common to hear him talking to me in English. And it would be simple things he would say to me in English and I would think “He can easily just say that in Spanish and I would be able to understand”

I understand pretty much everything that he says to me, so there’s no problem with me not understanding…. it’s just this habit that we’ve picked up.

Sometimes I wish his English was crap so then I’d be forced to learn it, but then I think “Well if his English wasn’t good then he wouldn’t have gone to China and taught English… I wouldn’t even have met him if that was the case”.

We will break this habit one day!

Aisling