Friday, March 25, 2005


A weary traveller who recently stopped into an Indian restaurant in Mexico City told reporters that he “just knew” he had to enter the establishment, located on the second floor of a two-story adobe building in a crowded section of the city.
“I was walking down the cobblestone streets and saw the Indian restaurant,” said the traveller. “What was strange was that the staff didn’t speak Spanish, or any of India’s 16 major languages — only Italian.”
The traveller sat down at a small table and asked for the house specials, which he found out consisted of a substance known as “Zeze” (pronounced “Zay-zay”). Zeze, the waiter said, was made of tofu, onions and carrots — none of which are available in India, the waiter claimed.
Since Zeze was the only item on the menu, the traveller ordered a plate of it, he said.
When the traveller’s Zeze was ready, the waiter brought the plate out and delivered a brief speech in pidgin Italian, justifying why he was giving the traveller a plate of Zeze. The traveller said that he only remembers the first six words of the waiter’s speech: “La rayzay de la prayzay Zeze...” (“The reason for the presentation of Zeze...”)