The integration of people from other countries is never an easy task but in Silicon Valley we seem to have managed it quite well.  My evidence is anecdotal but I think never the less convincing: just look at the menus and staff or your average Silicon Valley restaurant.

Thai chicken taco - what else? pic:

Last Tuesday we went to a pizza joint.  It had a giant plaster statute of Liberty in the window, the owner was Italian or Mexican, can’t tell he spoke both Italian and Spanish, the guy behind the counter looked Middle Eastern.  The pizza available had names like “Times Square”, “Don Corleone”, “Bella Indiana” and most noticeably “Indian Veggie Pizza” with ginger, cilantro, garlic, mushrooms and bell peppers.

Today we went to Aqui – which implies Mexican food – and it is, sort of – as Mexican as artichoke lasagna gets.  Of course there are chili verdes and quesedillas on the menu along with that walnut mango organic greens salad that I have to yet be served in any restaurant in Mexico.  Then there are the interesting options:  Thai carnitas  with peanut sauce (what else?), Teriyaki beef burrito, and chicken Vindaloo tacos.

Got to love it.


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