joe (nolegs) wrote in shitly_speakers,
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On the Mexican (and not Mexican-American) Food Service Industry

I've never been to an authentic Mexican restaurant and found my glassware, silverwear, and... uh, plateware(?) to be synchronously clean. Now, consider that I've been to very few authentic Mexican restaurants and it's easier to dismiss my clouded assertation that those people more closely tied to a more authentic Mexican (and by that I mean less Mexican-American--I don't say 'Latin' because I don't like that term, and, otherwise, it would reach to include peoples from varied cultures I've not had the pleasure of insulting/experiencing) culture tend to have none of the sterility hang-ups that have, in the last few hundred years, become more and more fused with cultures for mostly medical/scientific reasons. This is easily understood as an insult, I concede that. But beyond the categorical insult t'words Mexican restauranteurs and their loyal dishwash staff--
(I'll fork off for a moment here and inform those of you who are unaware that a great majority of the dishwashing done in this country today is done by Mexicans (or so us racists would like to believe)--well, maybe not a GREAT majority, but at least a significant amount. So that makes some wonder, why aren't a SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT of dishes dirty in a SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT of restaurants in this great land of milk and honey? To that I say, firstly, check your dishes more closely. Secondly, I don't wish to make you think that only Mexicans can improperly wash dishes because that's just stupid (and you'd be stupid if you thought I was getting at that). I believe that in many restaurants where Mexicans are paid poorly to wash dishes (among other things) and where their employer or some person in that chain of command, there is a mostly a lack of the cultural synergy that allows something like a glass with a tomatoe seed encrusted on the rim to reach my table. It still happens, I don't deny that. But I'm of the mind that, through my experience, such things happen MUCH more FREQUENTLY in establishments wholy ran by people with the aforementioned Cultural Synergy.
--whether the cleanliness of the dishes is any sign of the cleanliness of the practices and ingredients of the house chef, I do not think an assumption could so easily be made. But if one were to assume such, that a fork with a dried rice fragment might be an omen towards his bowels, he could hardly be blamed. I do think that the connection between dishes and food is somewhat less considering that it is more likely the chef is paid better in comparison to the dishwasher (assuming that one is not the other). My observations of the cultural aspect of cleanliness in the Mexican community is not solely limited to their cuisine (which I tend to disagree with, taste-wise) but can be observed at times through different mannerisms and choices of profession. I should state before I finish here that I myself am not an avid handwasher or spokesperson for sterility. Though I'm not a fan of the overly unclean I am generally unclean in appearance. And that's what I had to say that was so god cursed important.

[livejournal's spellcheck finds many, many things wrong with the above that I happen to disagree with, it's just too bad that there isn't a Usage check or a Parenthetical check or any other sort of check that would make the purpose of this club void]
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