What we miss

May 25, 2008

Paul and I have been asked what we miss from up North by several people who are considering moving to Mexico. At first we said “nothing” and then realized that there are a few things that we miss – in varying amounts…

Natural Peanut Butter….you can get small jars of sweetened peanut butter in most grocery stores, and occasionally I’ll see a decent sized jar of Skippy, but that’s it. I should buy some peanuts and grind them in my Vita-Mix next time I have a craving, I guess.

Stash Tea – I love Stash Tea, especially Red and Green. Paul is partial to their Chai tea. In order to make iced green tea for myself here I need three teabags per glass- and it is still weak! I believe tea isn’t a big seller here so it is probably pretty old.

Boca products – especially their Bratwurst. I used to take an onion, some cabbage, red pepper flakes, and one of these – cut on the diagonal – and make an amazing, hearty dinner. I used their smoked ones with red beans and rice or in place of a hot dog on the barbeque. Man I miss these a lot.

Memory Foam Mattress topper – We had these on our beds up North but they were too heavy to bring with us. And our mattress here is way harder than we like. I have tried to find these here and they just aren’t around – and the funny thing is they are made in Mexico, just must be made only for export.

Genuine High Quality Parmesan Cheese – There are plenty of pale substitutes. I just want parmesan sometimes, is that so bad of me?

My Dyson – We didn’t have any room in the van and I have missed it ever since. I even tried to buy one from Amazon prepared to pay a ton of duty and they won’t ship it here. So I plod along vacuuming up dog hair, dust on the windowsills, and everything in between with my *&@#*! shop vac.

Vitamins & Ibuprofen in big bottles….I take a couple of vitamins a day and like to buy aspirin or ibuprofen in a larger bottle…hard to find here and they are pretty expensive. I have had a hard time finding aspirin or B-complex in anything but blister-packs of 20. Sheesh! When our son came down in March he was nice to bring me a stash that should last me quite a while.

So, folks, that’s it for me. I miss these things a bit but not that much…but next person coming to Mazatlán could bring me a nice hunk of Parm and some Bocas and I wouldn’t complain! (Just kidding, really!)

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. I would fly to your rescue today. However, I fear that neither my spanish nor my upbringing would be able to convey to a customs officer the concept of meatless sausage.

      Thanks for a very enjoyable post. I am still chuckling.

    1. Ahhh…just seeing the Boca sausage package makes me hungry. I know I will miss all the Boca products too. I guess I’ll just have to do some experimenting with pinto beans and see what I can come up with!

    1. Oh my kingdom for a Dyson!

      I love, love, love my Dyson and would be lost without it, especially with 2 big dogs in a fully carpeted house!
      When we move, and if we decide to drive to Mexico, I’ll be packing mine to take with me – there’s just no doubt. Whoever that guy is who invented it should win some sort of award!

      If we get to Maz, I’ll be sure to pack up that Parm and Boca’s for you!

    1. Hey all,

      Thanks so much for your support and kind offers – but my missing something doesn’t mean you need to do anything! No worries!

      I am going to the US in July to visit family and if the airline will let me check a bag I will fill one with some of the items but if not….no modo! (oh well, what can you do)

    1. Oh Gosh do I ever miss real peanut butter, that’s my big gripe here. How can people eat that Skippy over-processed stuff?

      And I also miss parm, real good parm. And I miss fresh mozzarella too.

      And I miss great bread, just can’t get good bread in Cancun for some reason.

    1. We have a lot of Italians living here, so we can get damned good Parmesan cheese here, and lots of other kinds of good cheese, too.

      No natural peanut butter, but since I’ve only ever had the over-processed kind, I don’t know what I’m missing.

      And I’m with you: I REALLY miss the Boca and Morningstar Farms products.

      I might have to filch this idea for my own blog, giving you full credit, of course. Thanks!

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