No tienen frijoles negros? I ask. (Don't you have black beans?) No, he replies. How disappointing. I speak Spanish fluently and lived in Mexico for five years, and here I am talking with some real, live Mexican brothers and sisters (from Michoacan, they tell me) and I can't get any black beans! What about corn tortillas? I ask.
No, Señor, he says.
Oh my gosh... I had all but given up on my quixotic attempt to find authentic Mexican food in Nashville. For anyone keeping