This is the story of how we got a free dinner at a 5-star restaurant in Baja. If you don’t already know this about me, I LOVE food, so it’s a tribute to a good meal as well. And, if you read to the end, you’ll find out how we actually made money at our free dinner… yep.
Tribute to Learning a Foreign Language
Last week, Nate and I attended a festival in the town of Pescadero, where we are currently living in Mexico. The festival was in celebration of fresas (strawberries) y chiles, and other locally-produced agriculture. It was similar to a farmer’s market, with different foods to try from local restaurants and growers, produce for sale, music, and lots of townspeople. While enjoying a tostada topped with ceviche, I overheard on the PA that there would be a demonstration by the Head Chef of one of the local restaurants. Chef Bueno of Rancho Pescadero, which is by far the nicest restaurant and accommodations in town, was about to start his demonstration of how to make Chimichurri.
We were standing at the back of the crowd, straining to hear the chef over the music, and we were definitely the only white people around. The entire demonstration was given in Spanish, naturally, and at the end when he started giving away aprons by asking trivia questions about what he had just done, I decided to chime in. I actually won an apron for answering a question right (woohoo!). What I didn’t expect was what happened next.