Experiences of an American woman who was married to a Serb.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cinco De Mayo... Serbian Style

Blame the Ottoman Empire. In the Middle Ages they invaded Serbia (serving in its role as a handy buffer state for Christian Europe), kicked ass at Kosovo, and then settled down for a few centuries amongst the downtrodden peasantry. Among the debris left behind when the empire finally crumbled: women with small waists and plentifully-rounded bottoms (an Ottoman must, they were an entire nation of Butt Men), and a massive national sweet tooth.

Which is how at our family's Cinco De Mayo party last night, I was appalled to spot a bowl of brown sugar next to the bowl of salt for dipping your margarita glass edges in before you refilled with the tequila-laden concoction. Gross! Bowl-use split down national lines. Americans, obviously with far finer palates, went for the salt, while Serbs went for the sugar.

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