La Mexicana, dinner with friends

Maybe you only go to La Mexicana on Fairview at Montrose on the weekends for their menudo, complete with little sides of oregano, lime, and onions. Or maybe you go for their frozen margaritas, or their ambiance, with paper cut-outs hanging from the ceiling, tile walls, and well-worn wooden floors.

We went to meet good friends for dinner after Dave gave his great talk on the luminary originators of biology at Rice. (Check back at Scientia for the webcast of the talk.)These are people making a difference in Houston, from Sue Bailey coaxing a sunny approach to mass transit in Houston to Nancy Greig inspiring the next generation with the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s butterfly center to artist and political scientist Therese Coucher and Rick Wilson, living without air conditioning in a truly green Houston home, the Wareloft.

These people are important in making Houston a better place to live. Equally important, they are wonderful people, quirky and funny, our friends. We are beginning to make quirky and funny friends of different kinds in St. Louis, but it takes time. I’m just glad we can add on the new friends, not lose the old ones, provided we are willing to spend the carbon in jet fuel to get down here often!

Oh, about the food at La Mexicana. I got tostadas, and they were good, almost nostalgic in the way diner coffee is. Shredded iceberg lettuce on pureed beans, a salsa with almost enough kick, and oozy crema. My frozen margarita was virgin, because I was the designated driver and had already had a glass of wine at the reception after Dave’s wonderful talk.

Our table.


Look at the great decorations.


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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