I Changed Someone’s Life Today. With Queso.

There are a lot of tourists from around the world in Austin this week for SXSW. For the most part, I find them equal parts annoying and entertaining because “Yay! Welcome to the place I love” and “Boo. Traffic is terrible and all of the restaurants downtown raise their prices.”

I was picking up a few things to make dinner at Whole Foods last night when a very pleasant Irish woman approached me and asked me if I could explain to her what queso was. She was under the impression that it was “just cheese”. I smiled my queso loving smile and proceeded to explain to her in minute detail the glory that is queso and how it has spices and tomatoes and chilies and onions in it and how it would CHANGE HER LIFE. Then, I insisted she try some with some freshly made tortilla chips. She did and I could see that, in fact, it had changed her life. She bought a very large to-go container of it and thanked me profusely.

Terrible traffic seems a small price to pay to share my love of queso. That is what SXSW has taught me this year.

25 thoughts on “I Changed Someone’s Life Today. With Queso.

  1. Gone Catawampus says:

    Queso is a gift from heaven. If there was anything better, God kept it for himself.

    Chocolate is equally wonderful….just not together. Gross.

  2. Athena says:

    I was so intrigued by this post, I went out and found some queso this weekend. And then I ate it all. So… that’s your fault.

    1. girlonthecontrary says:

      It’s a Tex-Mex dish. Melted cheese with spices, chilies, and onions (at least that is what the most basic queso is). You dip tortilla chips in it. It’s heavenly. :)

  3. Taswegian1957 says:

    I love it when things like tht happen. It’s worth having your city overrun with tourists when you get to make a connection with someone. She’ll probably always remember how she learned about Queso from “that nice woman I met at the store.”

  4. Jan Moyer says:

    I keep hearing about queso and American friends have explained it, but I don’t get it. I promise to try it at the first opportunity.

  5. Dana says:

    If only chilies, or any kind of peppers, didn’t give me the worst indigestion! I wish I could enjoy that! I loooooooove cheese! Especially melted! (Home Simpson drooling sound) Aughghghghghghgh!

  6. Michael says:

    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” – G.K. Chesterton

  7. sarahcspencer says:

    Queso queen here. I would totally bathe in queso if I could; it’s that good! Great post! Love the humor!


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