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Changing demographics influencing taste buds;salsa beats ketchup!

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Salsa overtaking ketchup as America's No. 1 condiment was just the start.

These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic.

Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.

As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation's collective menu is reflecting this flux, as it always has. And it goes beyond the mainstreaming of once-esoteric ethnic ingredients, something we've seen with everything from soy sauce to jalapenos.

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/23718477/changing-demographics-influencing-taste-buds

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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2013, 02:31:04 PM »
Not exaggerating....there are entire zip codes just 5-10 minutes outside the Capital Beltway...hell, even straddling the Beltway, that you'd be hard pressed to be able to point out a dozen Caucasians on the streets or in the stores.

These zip codes were primarily "white" only 15 years ago.

IMO, there's got to be at least a million of Hispanic illegals living around Washington, DC.  Easy million.
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2013, 03:09:47 PM »
Salsa should beat ketchup.

Salsa is wonderful, rich, unique and subtly flavored. Ketchup is sweet red gunge.
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2013, 03:24:13 PM »
Mustard-->Picante-->Ketchup-->Salsa
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2013, 03:37:32 PM »
Swap ketchup and salsa and put horseradish first and we agree.
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2013, 03:54:12 PM »
Swap ketchup and salsa and put horseradish first and we agree.

Mine was personal preference on variety of foods.  I did forget horseradish, which has been known to kick ass and/or take names.
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2013, 04:04:52 PM »
How can you forget horseradish? Or piccalilli for that matter?
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2013, 04:09:56 PM »
When I moved from California to DC in 1972, my husband told me bring flour tortilla's, bring salsa, bring refried beans... no one here knows what they are!  I took them in my suitcase.  They were just getting avocado's in the grocery stores back there and a I'll never forget one of our friends telling me she bought an avocado to "cook" for dinner and she boiled it and boiled it and it just didn't "get done."  I had a great laugh as I explained it is a fruit and has to ripen.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2013, 04:18:52 PM »
How can you forget horseradish? Or piccalilli for that matter?

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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2013, 04:23:41 PM »
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That is a serious sin, my son  :laugh:
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2013, 04:50:29 PM »
Chipotle es bueno !!

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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2013, 05:06:12 PM »
When I moved from California to DC in 1972, my husband told me bring flour tortilla's, bring salsa, bring refried beans... no one here knows what they are!  I took them in my suitcase.  They were just getting avocado's in the grocery stores back there and a I'll never forget one of our friends telling me she bought an avocado to "cook" for dinner and she boiled it and boiled it and it just didn't "get done."  I had a great laugh as I explained it is a fruit and has to ripen.

I think salsa has been the #1 condiment in American for a lot of years now, although I'll still take ketchup with fries anyday.  I live on the east coast, and am amazed at how much taste buds have changed here since the '60's, with people much more open to spicy hot food then back in the day.  I remember watching Newlywed Game in the mid 60's, (I grew up in northern NJ) and there was some question on the show about a favorite snack.  Someone mentioned "taco" and I thought "what in the world is a taco?" 

I remember the first time I heard of an avocado, I was in junior high and someone had to explain it to me.  Remember that fad of growing avocado plants from the seeds?  THAT was my only exposure to avocados.

I remember my former husband (born and raised in rural west Texas) didn't know what "pizza pie" was--listening to that old Dean Martin song "when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie" he thought he was singing "piece of pie" and wondering how THAT made sense??   :laugh:   


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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2013, 05:10:08 PM »
Yes, I remember growing avocado seeds.  Actually George had such a green thumb he actually got a couple of trees going from seeds.
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2013, 06:55:26 PM »
I've never been a ketchup fan, but love salsa.

And I'm as much of a WASP as one can be.  Of course in Texas, if you don't like salsa, then there is something wrong with you, or you're a Yankee.  Wait, that is pretty much the same thing.  :tongue2:
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Re: Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2013, 01:59:58 AM »
I grew up literally surrounded by orange, lemon and avocado orchards. The pickers came each season. They occasionally burned the smudge pots, to fight frost.

Now far at all, from the Nixon family's origins. Between my wife and I, our childhood homes included Whittier, La Habra, Brea, Fullerton, Placentia and Yorba Linda.





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