English Honors 11
November 8, 2013
American vs. Mexican Culture
Over the course of history humans have created over thousands of different cultures but what makes a culture? The definition of culture is the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. It is the very foundation on which humans conceived their identity. Culture changes the way humans perceive the world today. The Mexican and American cultures contrast ideals and traditions; as seen by food, holidays, and education.
Food is one of the greatest tools to which a culture can be identified. The Mexicans have had a huge influence on our diet. For example; some popular chain restaurants such as Taco Bell and Chipotle stem from the Spanish food culture.These restaurants serve traditional hispanic meals to which we refer to them as Mexican food. For an everyday meal for the average American consists of a main source of meat, vegetables, and a starch such as a potato. Also, Americans usually get around three meals per day. In Mexico the three meal system is similar, but they have an average of seven hours worth of meals (Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina). Breakfast for most Americans is the first meal and is relatively short than to the Mexican breakfasts. Most breakfast foods are eggs, pancakes, french toast, or even a cup of coffee However in Mexico they have Huevo Rancheros which consist of fried eggs, chili, and tomatoes (Ixatapa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina).
In the book “When I was Puerto Rican” Esmeralda’s mom usually drinks coffee with friends or by herself with some tacos to end the night (Santina 103) This probably means that in the Spanish culture dinners there meals in which the amount of food is abated. However, Americans have the exact opposite approach; our meal load augments as the day goes on. Surprisingly each culture eats similar foods. We both eat rice, chicken, sausage, and potatoes (Ixatapa Mesican Restaurant and Cantina)...