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The least Mexican things we claim to be Mexican

Over the Christmas holidays I was fortunate enough to be granted two weeks leave to go to Mexico! Of course this wasn’t for fun – this was purely for “market research” (read as “plenty of eating and drinking”). I met a variety of people from all over the country and they opened my eyes up to this country which everyone thinks they know but actually know very little about.

South American country
Believe it or not, Mexico is NOT part of South America! Yes, the people are Latin American but they are in fact part of North America. If you don’t believe me then perhaps this picture of the map will help.

Mexico Map

The Mexican Wave
Surely The Mexican Wave is Mexican?! It even has Mexican in its name. But nope, this wave got its name when it was spotted in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. It is believed to have originated in America in baseball games or American football matches.

Piñata
Loved and adored by Mexican households. You know that if you see one of these at a party there is going to be a lot of fun. But even these aren’t 100% confirmed to be originated in Mexico. Back in China, they used to have Ox and Cow shaped animals which were filled with seeds and hit with sticks during Chinese New Year’s. Although, there are claims that similar clay shaped animals existed in the Aztec times. Without copyright rules in those days, it is hard to say where the Piñata originated from, but we will give the benefit of the doubt to Mexico (totally unbiased of course).

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Fajita
This one really hurts! But yes the Fajita isn’t officially Mexican. Its roots are in Texas. However, if you want true Mexican then try our Mole or Ole dishes!

Margarita
You’d think anything with tequila in it must be Mexican. But unfortunately, even our favourite drink did not come from Mexico. One of the first traces of the Margarita comes from the My New Cocktail Book (1930) by G. F. Steele.

So there you have it. A list of what we believed were Mexican turning out to actually be the least Mexican things. But quite frankly, we are not going to stop serving our Fajitas and Margaritas because they’re just too damn tasty!