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Old 27.05.2008, 18:26
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You can get corned beef in tins in Migros and Coop. Have a look on the shelves which have tins of tuna, sardines and spam type stuff. There's a big tin and a not so big tin size.
That is hashed corned beef. Not like the real thing.
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Real back bacon, extra strong cheddar, cadburys flake and self raising flour - who is supposed to be able to make a decent birthday cake for their son when the damn thing only rises about half an inch with the useless "backpulver" over here? We could even get these things when I lived in China, so what's the problem with Switzerland and Germany??
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Old 27.05.2008, 21:36
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I think you need to search the forum & all your wishes will come true

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Real back bacon, extra strong cheddar, cadburys flake and self raising flour - who is supposed to be able to make a decent birthday cake for their son when the damn thing only rises about half an inch with the useless "backpulver" over here? We could even get these things when I lived in China, so what's the problem with Switzerland and Germany??
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Old 28.05.2008, 02:30
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Re: What do you really miss the most?

Thank all for the advice.

But if anyone does come across whole/real corn beef, please let me know.

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No way! I could probably name 5 or 6 types of Mexican food in the US. I must say you don't know what you are talking about.
5 or 6! Really! Wow! You da man!!

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Mole and specialty recipes
Flexing your muscles there!

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Well, for 1) I don't think pocho is an appropriate word to use
What's up with Pocho? My inlaws and the locals used to say it all the time, they were society people. But everyone seemed to say it.

I definitely miss a good fish or haggis supper with brown sauce. ..and of course a proper cooked breakfast. Banter is different too, but you get used to it and it's not as if it doesn't exist. It's just different when it's not in your native tongue. And actually you can be as cheeky as anything and get away with it. Which is fun too.

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Re: What do you really miss the most?

cant help you with the homeless situation since mine is not great at the moment but the happy people yeah maybe some of us go for a drink tomorrow,look to the intro page to follow the latest.
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Old 28.05.2008, 09:37
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What's up with Pocho? My inlaws and the locals used to say it all the time, they were society people. But everyone seemed to say it.
It's a racial slur. It shows a lack of class or sophistication to use on unknowing innocent people. Are you are Swiss or something?
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It's a racial slur. It shows a lack of class or sophistication to use on unknowing innocent people. Are you are Swiss or something?
Do you see some irony in what you just wrote? Anyhow, no I didn't know it was a slur. I mean the folk I hung out with when I lived in Mexico said it loads so I guess I just picked it up. I never knew it offended. I think I've even heard "Pochos" use it to describe themselves, but I stand corrected and apologise if it offended you. And errr.... no I'm not Swiss. Nor do I think there's particularly anything wrong with being Swiss, although you seem to think there is.
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It's a racial slur. It shows a lack of class or sophistication to use on unknowing innocent people. Are you are Swiss or something?
Oh and just one other thing. Don't you dare accuse me of using a racial slur! Where did you pick up that it was a racial slur? I just checked your link to wikki which by the way is not definitive. It might be a slur. But it's not a racial slur!
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Old 28.05.2008, 11:53
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Do you see some irony in what you just wrote? Anyhow, no I didn't know it was a slur. I mean the folk I hung out with when I lived in Mexico said it loads so I guess I just picked it up. I never knew it offended. I think I've even heard "Pochos" use it to describe themselves, but I stand corrected and apologise if it offended you. And errr.... no I'm not Swiss. Nor do I think there's particularly anything wrong with being Swiss, although you seem to think there is.
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Oh and just one other thing. Don't you dare accuse me of using a racial slur! Where did you pick up that it was a racial slur? I just checked your link to wikki which by the way is not definitive. It might be a slur. But it's not a racial slur!
The Wiki states: Pocho is a slur used to describe a Hispanic who is born and/or raised in the United States.

Hispanic friends use all kinds of colorful words on each other as a form of endearment; e.g., Pinche Cabron. The fact that they use it on each other does not give you license to use it on them. It's the same with Afro-Americans and the N word. If you were to say "Yo, nigga what's up?", you would get into a lot of trouble. But they say it to each other as an expression of solidarity.

The concept of putting a lid on racial slur is often not practiced by the Swiss. That's why I asked if you were Swiss.

I take it you used Pocho innocently, so no accusations coming from me.
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Old 28.05.2008, 12:02
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I miss the spontaneity. For example, back home you could easily say to your workmates at the end of the day "I'm off to the pub, who's with me?" and you'd be sure to get a few takers. Try doing that here.

And you can forget asking that question at the start of the day. Pity.
I like the people I work with. We often get spontaneous beers.
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I take it you used Pocho innocently, so no accusations coming from me.
yeah, I use it innocently in so far as I just repeat what I hear like a stupid parrot. But it's not a "racial" slur. I miss Mexico too while we're on the subject, but it's not home.
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yeah, I use it innocently in so far as I just repeat what I hear like a stupid parrot. But it's not a "racial" slur. I miss Mexico too while we're on the subject, but it's not home.
According to this wiki it is an ethnic slur. Doesn't matter so much as it is definitely not a "nice" term to use.
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Old 28.05.2008, 12:24
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yeah, I use it innocently in so far as I just repeat what I hear like a stupid parrot. But it's not a "racial" slur. I miss Mexico too while we're on the subject, but it's not home.
Suit yourself, but be advised that when others hear you use it, it may paint YOU in an unfavorable light, even if the subject of the slur appears to be accepting of it. It's not attractive.
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What do I miss? Apart from the English language I don't miss anything here.
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OK OK OK, about the "pocho" thing Im mexican, and yes its a slur and it might be offensive to some. But its like calling Americans, "gringos" which we do, some take offense of this, however, thats how we call you guys, I see NO problem whatsoever with "Pocho" (Pinche Cabron is another story). I think there is a rule though, only a mexican can call another mexican. If an american tries to be funny with "la banda" he might be in trouble by saying "orale bato!, como estas pocho"? (you are dead).

About Mexican food, I think food from Oaxaca is the best, I miss it so much, but the good thing is that your can call me and I can make you some fresh tortillas (for a stip price in CH HA!).
You can buy most of the stuff in "el maiz" www.elmaiz.ch (yes, even mole) the problem is that if you dont know how to cook it you will end up like all of those horrible tex mex restaurants here in Zurich .
Let me know if you guys want a mexican party, we could do some fish tacos (from baja), maybe some tostadas (central mexico) or even some burritos (tex mex)
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yeah, I use it innocently in so far as I just repeat what I hear like a stupid parrot. But it's not a "racial" slur. I miss Mexico too while we're on the subject, but it's not home.
My advice is that regardless in which context you're heard it used by Mexicans it's still not an appropriate term to post on a forum where you could come across as being ignorant/racist etc. What isn't a racial slur coming form one person's mouth could be taken as a racial slur coming from another person's mouth. I.e., I wouldn't suggest that you as a non-Mexican don't call a Mexican you do not know a 'pocho'

It was also kinda the context you used it in, and the assumption that the Mexican's in America weren't born in Mexico.
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Old 28.05.2008, 12:45
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OK OK OK, about the "pocho" thing Im mexican, and yes its a slur and it might be offensive to some. But its like calling Americans, "gringos" which we do, some take offense of this, however, thats how we call you guys, I see NO problem whatsoever with "Pocho" (Pinche Cabron is another story). I think there is a rule though, only a mexican can call another mexican. If an american tries to be funny with "la banda" he might be in trouble by saying "orale bato!, como estas pocho"? (you are dead).

About Mexican food, I think food from Oaxaca is the best, I miss it so much, but the good thing is that your can call me and I can make you some fresh tortillas (for a stip price in CH HA!).
You can buy most of the stuff in "el maiz" www.elmaiz.ch (yes, even mole) the problem is that if you dont know how to cook it you will end up like all of those horrible tex mex restaurants here in Zurich .
Let me know if you guys want a mexican party, we could do some fish tacos (from baja), maybe some tostadas (central mexico) or even some burritos (tex mex)

Orale Bato! Between your tortillas, and Tomcat's Salsa Verde , we can put up ourselves a righteous fiesta. We can crank up some Santana, or even better some Tierra! And even break out some mota. What do you say holmes?

Can you make horchata too?
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You can buy most of the stuff in "el maiz" www.elmaiz.ch (yes, even mole) the problem is that if you dont know how to cook it you will end up like all of those horrible tex mex restaurants here in Zurich .
My attempt at mole was a huge mess. The beautiful mexican babe at el maiz said, "It's easy. Just cook some chicken and pour this over it!". So I just said "goo goo ga ga", and bought the most expensive kit. I just could not take my eyes off of her eyes.... and when she wasn't looking, not just her eyes. That was an expensive batch of bad mole!
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My attempt at mole was a huge mess. The beautiful mexican babe at el maiz said, "It's easy. Just cook some chicken and pour this over it!". So I just said "goo goo ga ga", and bought the most expensive kit. I just could not take my eyes off of her eyes.... and when she wasn't looking, not just her eyes. That was an expensive batch of bad mole!
Last time I was in Baja I bought a bunch of different dried peppers so I can make my own salsas. I love spicy food and here spicy is at best mild. It was totally worth it. Also love making ancho chile enchiladas. The thing I miss though is the inexpensive mexican tacerias where you get all that amazing verde and roja salsa and chips for free... I used to go and finish both salsa bowls and wait for my refill while working on some amazing enchiladas verdes de pollo.. good times

While I have shopped at EL Maiz (a great little place), they did not have tortilla chips I like (they are the same as you will find in Globus or Jelmoli and not as good as the thinner and crispier tortille chps I am used to).

I also make some mean Mexican Martinis (I know its not a Mexican item, but goes well with Mexican food). So how about a mexican potluck?
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