Tex-Mex Da Nang
When I think of Tex-Mex, my mind automatically conjures images of Velveeta-covered ground meat of questionable origin, served with a blended cocktail with something in it faintly resembling tequila, and maybe one of those swirly straws. But the history of Tex-Mex is actually far more nuanced than its stereotypes, and has much more to do with how and by whom the state was colonized before becoming a part of these United States.
Broadly, Tex-Mex is fusion fare that draws upon American and Mexican cuisines, with a heavier reliance on the former. The most Mexican thing about chile con carne, for example, is the way it’s spelled.
As the name would suggest, Tex-Mex originated in Texas where it remains incredibly popular, if not a point of pride. Much of the cuisine derives from the culinary traditions of Tejanos, which was once a broad-brush term to identify Spanish-speaking settlers and residents of Mexican and Spanish decent. So from an early stage, you’ve got not only Mexican flavors in the mix but Spanish ones as well. As Texas became more ‘Mericanized, both literally and culturally, so did Tex-Mex fare.
Where’s the BEEF?
…and yellow cheese, and flour tortillas…? The ranching culture of South Texas had a great impact on the development of Tex-Mex, too. And as much as I love my tacos with carne asada, the truth is, beef is much more prevalent in Tex-Mex than it is in Mexican cuisine.
Also, Tex-Mex has a near-obsession with cumin, which makes far fewer cameos in Mexican food. Cumin arrived in the US from India by way of England, and while it does pop up here and there in a few Mexican dishes, it’s far more popular on this side of the Rio Grande.
DA NANG – DA NANG BEACH
Da Nang Beach extends north and south of the Marble Mountains and was made famous by the war and subsequent TV series. Da Nang Beach is within cycling distance of Da Nang and it was this close proximity that led to it being used as an R&R destination for American soldiers during the war. It is a long beach that stretches all the way down to Cua Dai beach at Hoi An, though you will get a larger surf at Da Nang Beach. Da Nang Beach actually hosted Vietnam’s first International Surfing Competition in 1992.