Dear Spain (and the rest of the world),
This one is for you! I’ve been getting some heat about my “Casiedilla” logo, and the Mexican sombrero I wear ever-so-proudly at the top of my page. Well folks, question no more! This post is going to break down my logo for you, and answer the question that has been flooding my inbox for the past week…
NO! I don’t think Mexican sombreros, quesadillas, guacamole, or anything of the sort has ANY relation to Spain.
Sure, Spain and Mexico might speak the same beautiful language (but not really, as the Mexican accent sounds like a completely different language, with different slang, different vocab, different pronunciation… you get it). There’s a few reasons as to why I call myself “A Wandering Casiedilla,” and it has nothin’ to do with my home away from home, España the beautiful. I’m going to break it down from the basics.
So, what is a quesadilla?
Quesadilla [kay-sah-dee-ya]: A flour tortilla (similar to flattened bread), that is folded over and filled with cheese, and any other yummy-licious filling you so please (carne, chicken, onions, peppers, etc…). Then, the tortilla is fried in a pan to golden perfection, and cut into triangles. Hence, my hot bod’ 😉
Allow me to demonstrate:
In the USA, there is a huge Mexican influence. As a result, Mexican food has essentially evolved into a form of American cuisine. Ever heard of Tex-Mex? You will find as many Mexican restaurants in almost any given US city as burger joints. So, everyone and their grandma knows what a quesadilla is. No explanation needed when I tell the peeps about AWC. “Oh, your face is attached to a triangle thing? You must be a Casiedilla!”
Now, when I arrived to Spain that conversation went down a little differently. “Oh, your face is attached to a triangle thing? Uh, that’s cool (….blank stare).” I was shocked at how many people had never heard of a quesadilla. I knew it wasn’t part of the Spanish culture, but I thought it was a food that was commonly known by the world! But, we live and we learn
So, WHY am I a Mexican Casiedilla?
REASON #1) It’s a play on words! In case you don’t know by now… this blog you happen to be reading RIGHT NOW is a food and travel blog! Hence, “wandering” (meaning errante in Spanish), “Casiedilla” (my name+the Mexican food)! While the majority of my travel-ventures have taken place in Spain over the last year, it’s not a blog solely about Spain. It’s a blog about wherever my hungry adventures take me! Whether it’s Spain, Mexico, Alaska, Timbuktu…the one and only AWC will be there, Mexican sombrero and all. Why the sombrero? Well, I’m a Mexican quesadilla for peeps sake! Wandering Mexican food that just so happens to be residing in Spain? That deserves a big, joyous, Spanish OLÉ! Don’t ya’ think?
REASON #2) I have a confession to make. I didn’t come up with the name Casiedilla myself. Guacaommy did. It all started when I was just a tiny little tot, at the tender age of 3-years-old. I went on a quesadilla kick, where the ONLY thing I would eat were quesadillas. Literally. My mom even tried shoving chocolate down my throat, and I wouldn’t eat it unless it was in the shape of a triangle with cheese oozing out of it (but could ya’ blame me?) So, one day, while I was eating my beloved quesadilla, it happened…
She called me Casiedilla.
And that clear, brisk September evening…A Casiedilla was born.
Years later, in the summer of 2014, sprouted my baby blog. Along with it, came the whole fam of Mexican foods; Guacamommy, Daddy Halapeño, Stepmom Barburrito…and the newest addition soon to be added? Best friend FAELLA! (Her name is Fallon, and she is the Spanish ambassador 😉 )
Now, RIDDLE me this: What’s A Wandering Casiedilla without a fork and a Mexican sombrero?
Reply in the comments section if you think you know the answer! As for my Spain friends, did that clear things up for you? And more importantly…whose heating up their stovetop RIGHT NOW in prep to make a quesadilla? If you are, tweet @A_Casiedilla with yo’ yummilicous pic!
What’s next on the adventures of AWC?
- Casiedilla celebrates Father’s Day in the US with Daddy Halapeño at what better than….A Mexican Rodeo! Stay tuned…
- AWC is going BILINGUAL! Starting with this post. Watch out for the Spanish version, coming soon!