Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Chicken Is My Cock

As gringos, we're constitutionally prohibited from participating in the political process here, so it's in no way an official endorsement when we say that we'd love to see local businessman Juan Arturo "El Pollo" Torreslanda succeed in his bid to purchase the mayor's office in next year's election. We can't say we know much about his politics or his policies, but we like that facts that (a) he, like the current governor, is the son of a former governor of Querétaro, which would put the state's two top offices in the hands of legacy hires; (b) he's the owner of the bullring in Juriquilla, which would put an end to any talk of outlawing bullfighting here, and actually probably usher in three years of terrific cartels, financed through some public slushfund; (c) he's a distinguished-looking grown man who goes by the nickname "The Chicken." Seriously if we were capable of inventing him, he'd be serving his fourth term as Brooklyn Borough President by now.

We also love him because he seems to be behind a series of enormous, expensive, election-law-evading billboards that have gone up around town advertising a new roast-chicken joint called "El Pollo Es Mi Gallo" - The Chicken is My Fighting Cock - which in Mexicanese means something like 'The Chicken fights for me." The billboards are colored in the red white and green of Torreslanda's PRI party.


E.P.E.M.G. is a real restaurant, which we haven't visited yet (we're out of town at the moment), but is apparently a tiny hole-in-the-wall place near the Mercado la Cruz, the kind of place which has trouble making change for 100 pesos, rather than the kind of place sinking tens of thousands of dollars into advertising. We hope to send our restaurant critic there in a few days and file a complete report.

Mmmmmm...corruption!

2 comments:

victor said...

Banamex has issues with making change for 100 pesos!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was sone kind of political support to the local soccer team