October 11, 2016, San Ysidro-This afternoon, I made a rare drive down to California’s border with Baja California Norte. Aram got a call from one of his buddies from Phoenix, who is now a truck driver, on the north-south California circuit. Bill was in this San Diego neighbourhood, that abuts Tijuana, and wanted to meet up for dinner.
So, without much ado, we met Bill at the San Ysidro Pilot truck stop and drove the five miles westward, to the border. 500 yards from the line, Achiote Mexican Restuarant awaits the true connoisseur. The three of us enjoyed stellar home made salsa, serrano sauce and habanero sauce, with freshly made tortilla chips. It’s been years since I’ve had salsa that is not from a jar, or a can.
The entrees were equally awesome, including the biggest torta I’ve ever seen. True to my policy of saving half of my dinner, whenever possible, the demi-torta will serve as lunch, or supper, tomorrow. Below, are my son and his friend, halfway through the meal.
I, on the other hand, was photographed prior to the gourmandment.
There were all manner of northern Mexican standards, done the best that anyone could want- true enchiladas, and punos, for example- as well as the burritos, tacos and sopa de albondigas that are so common, across the U.S. I would go back to Achiote, in a heartbeat, and just might, even after Aram heads for Korea. San Diego will long continue to have a tug on my heart.
There is much with which to concern oneself, regarding international borders. For me, this evening, the concern was a mundane one: A high volume of traffic, on some narrow and confusing streets. Fortunately, there was enough wiggle room for me to scoot around the long line of traffic that was bound for Tijuana, and continue back to the Pilot, after our meal. It would have been awkward asking the Federales for permission to make a u-turn.
It has always paid to take good care of my son, in more ways than I can ever recount.