I grew up in Laurel, Maryland, which is twenty one miles from Washington, D.C. My dad loved all kinds of foods, so growing up, we always had food adventures. On Sunday nights we went to a crab shack in Baltimore, Maryland, where we got crab cakes on club crackers with a pickle on top. On special occasions, we went to Flagship restaurant in Washington, D.C., where they had seafood that would knock your socks off, and oh, the rum buns . . .
My dad’s favorite was Mexican food. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he just couldn’t get enough of hot, spicy food. He would eat it until the extra hot spices and jalapenos would make him cry. There weren’t very many Mexican restaurants in our town, but my dad found one, Tippy’s Taco House, and he took us there often. Tippy’s Taco House is one of those childhood memories that I will always cherish because it reminds me of my dad. It wasn’t my mom’s favorite, so he took us, “his girls,” there. They are still in business 40 years later as Toucan Tacos, but the old customers still call it Tippy’s.
Mexican food wasn’t as popular when I was growing up as it is today. Trying new foods and having food adventures can be the sweetest memories for your family. Look what happened to me!
If you like hot and spicy food, you will love these Mexican Carrots. When jalapenos and carrots are fermented, they get nice and hot, but are really good. If you would like them to be milder, just add half of the amount of jalapeno to reduce the heat.