Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Waiting For Godot... in Portales

Sometimes abject laziness simply does NOT pay off.  Case in point (click for larger):
So much for being too lazy to drive over to The Big(ger) City©... about a 40-mile round trip...  just to get the preferred (and ONLY) salsa consumed here at El Casa Móvil De Pennington.  I could have frickin' walked to ABQ and back in the time it's taken for least-cost delivery (which, as of this writing, is yet to arrive).  But then there's that laziness thing...

Also note:  I will be consuming well-traveled salsa over the course of the next couple o' few...   all the way from Albuquerque by way of Colorado and Texas.  Oh, yes.  We are efficient, we are.  God only knows what this has done to my carbon footprint... I should be ashamed.  But I'm not.  I'm just irritated my salsa isn't here yet.

Update, 1545 hrs:  Ummm... Houston... El Casa Móvil De Pennington here.  Everything is a go... we have salsa.  And recipes! 


  1. apparently, you NEED my recipe...though its more of a pico. We just don't BUY salsa anymore...its all just crap.

  2. DISagree, Jay. You have obviously never tasted El Pinto. My daughter-in-law, who KNOWS from whence she speaks (heritage! tradition!), prefers El Pinto over home-built.

    I'll buy into your comment, assuming you're talking about generic salsa... stuff like Old El Paso, Pace, and the like. Blech. But not when it comes to good New Mexico salsa.

  3. Damn...that's a long shipment.

    DN2 ordered a pair of boots from Kentucky at 5pm last night. They arrived at the house here in WA at about 2pm.

    Free overnight shipping.

  4. Gee, that Salsa traveled, didn't it? All the way to Texas and back.

    Forty miles is not too far to travel for anything. Especially in good weather. With the top down.

    Do you make your own crispy tortillas that go with said Salsa?

  5. Buck,
    I had my Father in town recently, along with two nephews and a nice and they brought with them some of the El Pinto AND some frozen chile from Bob's Burger. Its the chile sauce they use on their Rancher Burgers. To die for. I have been having that on my Amish Grown Beef patties here and it is terrific.

    BT: Jimmy T sends.

  6. BR: That's some great service on the boots! I could have opted for overnight or second-day air, but I would have had to pay dearly for it. So I went with FedEx Ground. BIG mistake. Next time I drive... :D

    Darryl: Making tortillas is serious work and I have a severe allergy to anything that resembles *work*. I rarely use salsa as a dip... it's a condiment and it goes on nearly everything here at El Casa Móvil De Pennington. But it's especially nice on one's eggs in the morning.

    Jimmy: It's good to have a source, ain't it?

    Cynthia: :D

  7. Source. Dude could use a source.

    Least I can do in exchange for all the free ice cream.

    "Hot, Wild and Fiery Chipotle." Aye aye, Seargent.

  8. Bob: Thanks for your generous offer... but we're OK in this space for at least a month. :D

  9. I hear you on the way things travel around here. I received a wedding invite from Portales that was postmarked Abilene. Nevermind that Floyd is only 20 miles west of Pville. (shakes head)

    Have you tried the salsa from the two local joints that make their own right here on the High Plains? El Rancho (on the curve where 1st and 2nd street turns into Chicago) has their own brand. So does Leal's in Clovis (two locations: one on Mabry, the other on Prince). I believe the latter has their own chips as well.

  10. Jenny: The delivery thing largely depends on the method and priority of shipping used by the vendor. I specify "second day air" when I order my cigars and they always get here within that time period. I asked the salsa be shipped FedEx Ground... and that takes for-frickin'-ever. Never again...

    Yeah, I've had salsa at both restaurants you mention... and El Pinto is WAY better. As a matter of fact, it's as good or better than any home-built salsa I've EVER had, which includes that made by The First Mrs. Pennington, which is literally "world renowned." (In case you've forgotten... see the comments to this post.) :D

  11. Far be it from me to offer recommendations to someone in the heart of it all, but I was surprised to find that W-Marts HOT salsa is pretty damn good considering the price/amt/taste trade offs. (Does that make me a Philistine?)I've also always found the "Victoria" brand to be consistently good for non-boutique, national brands--especially their hot red taco sauce and green taco sauce. In Los Angeles there are a million local brands--some of them quite good. You sort of bump into them by accident. Will DEFINITELY have to give El Pinto a shot, tho.

  12. ...pretty damn good considering the price/amt/taste trade offs. (Does that make me a Philistine?)

    Ah, trade-offs... the fly in the ointment. Fortunately I'm in a position where I don't HAVE to make trade-offs, assuming I wanna drive over to The Big(ger) City every so often.

    As for being a Philistine? Close, VX. VERY close. :D I'd opt for the local stuff, were I you. But I'm as serious as the proverbial heart attack when I say El Pinto is just about the best salsa I've ever had... and I've had a LOT.


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