The discussion of where the best Mexican food in Berlin is is a question always up for debate. But after today, I finally have an answer for the question: in Tempelhofer Park.
Back in mid-August, after a Twitter conversation with Ebe and Georg about Mexican food, we had the idea to throw our own Mexican fiesta. Why not? It seemed as though everyone’s concept of “good” Mexican food wasn’t yet met anywhere in Berlin, and we all had our own specialties in the cooking realm.
After looking at free weekends in September, I realized that Sunday, Sept. 16, was Mexican Independence Day. Many people think Cinco de Mayo is the real Mexican holiday, but in fact, today is the one that really matters. And with summer coming to an end, both weather-wise, and on an official note, it seemed like an excellent way to spend a final summer Sunday.
Initially, the idea was a bit rough around the edges, but with the help of a Facebook invite and an Excel spreadsheet, we were able to smooth things out pretty well. In the end we had nearly 30 people–many ex-pats, from the states, Canada, and the UK–as well as Germans, both Berliners and people from elsewhere. There were even Danish guests. And the range was from children to adults, with a little bit of something for everyone.
Luckily for us, there was not only a plethora of delicious food and drinks to choose from (tortillas, beans, rice, hot sauce of varying degrees, vegetables, meat, cheese, guacamole, cookies, cakes, beer, margaritas, etc.) but also the most perfect weather: sunny and warm. And of course, what Mexican fiesta is complete without a piñata? All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend my Sunday, and I am so glad I not only got to see familiar old faces, but meet new people, as well as hang out with my extended family here in Berlin. Success all around (except, perhaps for Señor Esel).