There is amazing food in Tijuana. Literally the food capital of Mexico some would argue.
I thoroughly enjoy tasting as many dishes as possible and finding the little gems tucked away in the back neighborhoods and corners.
The dishes aren’t always my favorite part of the meal though.
Sometimes the ambience of the restaurant, the amazing music playlist, the smell of fresh flowers, the perfectly combined color palettes on the wall make me even happier, to take in and breathe all the love that someone put into their restaurant is just satisfying beyond measure.
So when I go to a restaurant that has high hopes of satiating my palate – and the first thing I see is a gorgeous restaurant with a TV situated directly above the dining room, the disappointment is hard to hide.
Not that I’m against good TV!
I have seen some great TV series in my (long) life. Fond memories of Cheers and Seinfeld, and even some 60 minutes episodes were frequently consumed at our house. Even now we thoroughly enjoy series like Arrested Development, Brooklyn99 and Game of Thrones to every suspenseful or hilarious ending.
Those memories built, of watching something of valuable content together as a family, are my high hopes of bringing nostalgia to me in later years. The boys and I crowded around a monitor, enjoying popcorn or snacks while we laugh or cry or wonder at our enlightened episodes.
So the feeling or lack of control whenever I’m eating at a restaurant in Tijuana and the television is turned on, volume as high or higher than the conversation happening at the table.
And I hate to be the one who tells the restaurant manager to turn it off, or turn it down. There’s that gringa again, what a buzzkill, I know.
The sadness that comes over me when everyone turns their head to watch the TV, instead of having a conversation among us, is overwhelming.
I long to buy one of those TV controls that allows you to turn off the box tube from anywhere in close proximity. If I can ask for one thing this Mother’s Day – please send me, from the heaven’s this remote control.
And when you figure out how to make one for cell phones – sign me up, so that I can then enjoy my family and friends again around a plate of amazing food.