A Little Bit of Mexican Kitsch

We were thirsty. We`d been to Victoria and back to the passport office — I managed to get in my passport renewal by the skin of my teeth before my flight to the UK in two weeks — and we`d stopped at the Goldstream National Park on the way home for a fantastic walk under the trees along a salmon stream. “Watch out for bears“ we were told. “Berries coming out“. But, as I`ve mentioned before, Ralphie is a great bear dog, so we forged on.

But now my sister Jamjarjude and I were back in Nanaimo, Ralphie deposited back in her doggie bed. We were thirsty and only a margarita would do. “Get in the car,“ JJJ said. “I know just the place.“

So, I did what I was told and the next thing I knew we were at Gina`s Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo.

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You gotta love a place with a bathtub boat on its roof.

Inside, we were transported to a beach shack in Mexico, circa 1952. A place where you`d find Hemingway at the bar and Ava Gardner serving drinks to a sweaty Gable in a safari shirt. Without the humidity and mosquitoes.

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The margarita was delicious, and we nibbled on some natchos and I wondered how to bring shocking pink into my next design.

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The margaritas just whetted our appetites, so, after asking the patient waitress the difference between enchiladas and burritos and fajitas and soft tortillas, she patiently (and quite possibly long-sufferingly) explained, then she turned over the cocktail card for the `Gringo` explanations.

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I was up for the chicken enchiladas…

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…while Jamjarjude opted for the cheese omelet wrapped in a soft tortilla.

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Delicioso! For a bit of Mexican kitsch in Nanaimo, with some tasty food and slam dunk margaritas, Gina`s Mexican Cafe is your place. www.ginasmexicancafe.ca


6 thoughts on “A Little Bit of Mexican Kitsch

      1. Margret Geraghty

        Looks and sounds idyllic. Love (real) Mexican food. Love a great margarita. I tell you one thing – if the writing in your novel is as sensuous and interesting as your blog – it’ll be a great read.

  1. Margret Geraghty

    Well, if you’re sending queries to agents in London, you could try mine – Jane Judd in Islington. She’s American – from Chicago – and a really nice person, too. Obviously, I can’t say whether she’d like your book but she’s excellent at her job. (I think she won some sort of agent of the year award in 2012). Good luck!


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