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#1 HK70

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:22 PM

Top 5 lies about Tijuana: Mythbusters!
Separating infamous border town fact from fiction

by Eduardo Flores Campbell

October 8 2012
Inspired by the Mythbusters, the famous Discovery channel TV show, that takes myths like “Is Miami more shallow than Los Angeles?” and hast to state whether the myth is wrong (busted), is right (confirmed), or it could possibly happen (plausible).

Trying to find the right myth to debunk was an easy task, apparently the news that scenes of the movie “Hangover 3” will not be filmed in Tijuana, but in a fake one, received mixed reactions from fans in blogs and social networks.

Many people complain against having once again, this border town portrait in a bad light. Some comments evoked French singer, Manu Chao’s famous lyrics, “welcome to Tijuana, Tequila, sexo y marijuana.”

On the matter, in the blog imgur.com you are able to read comments like; “they are not filming in Tijuana because the city they want to portrait in the movie doesn’t look like the modern Tijuana that is now.” Clearly opposite to other comments like; “Tijuana, where tourist make several or their biggest mistakes.”

So here you have 5 myths about Tijuana:

Myth #1: Is the Caesar’s salad an Italian invention?

Well, not at all. Most historians believe that Caesar’s salad was invented in Tijuana by Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant who operated a restaurant and hotel in Tijuana`s Avenida Revolucion, And just to bust up the stereotypes a little more, what about the anchovies?

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “the original Caesar’s salad recipe did not contain pieces of anchovy; the slight anchovy flavor comes from the Worcestershire sauce. Cardini was opposed to using anchovies in his salad.”

Myth #2: They are going to rob you, kidnap you, or kill you if you go to Tijuana.

Although Mexico in recent years has had a lot of high profile violence, lately that have occurred more in other parts of the country, in which Tijuana and Baja California overall, are no longer “hot spots”.

Historically tourist are not the targets of many crimes, but at the same time you must always be aware of your surroundings like in any other city, by using just your common sense you should be ok. But because mainstream media keeps hammering with the subject, let’s say it again…Only parts of Mexico are violent, Baja California is safe.

Myth #3: Drugs are easy to buy in Tijuana.

Truth is drugs are extremely illegal in Mexico, they are a federal offense, and if you mess around with the wrong people, you put at risk not only your freedom but also your own life. So the image of a drive through drug store, just leave it to the Hollywood films.

Myth #4: Is Tijuana the land of the super fakes?

Not exactly, most of good looking counterfeit merchandise is made in China and is imported either to the US or Mexico illegally. Most unregulated goods are sold in swap meets, but be very careful since you’ll be breaking the law if you try to enter to the US with them. There are more and easy to finds knock-offs in San Francisco’s Chinatown, than what you might find all over downtown Tijuana.

Myth #5: Don’t drink the water.

Well again, not exactly. The fact of the matter is there is no way to compare the US water treatment system with Tijuana`s own because you can’t compare Mexico, who is still going through social and infrastructural changes, to the largest economy in the world.

If you are still in doubt, you can always choose from a wide selection of local beers and wines that could lead you to discover one of your new favorite things that you never expect to find in Baja. Something you can go back on Monday and talk about at the water cooler.

Tijuana is the most important city in the US/Mexico border. Even if it was born as a commerce and tourist border town, nowadays most of its income comes from factories and assembly plants better known as “maquiladoras”.

The city knows it has an image problem and it is slowly being corrected. The world can thank Tijuana when it enjoys Caesar’s salad, margaritas, and burritos. However, the city is often misunderstood; city stereotypes exist all over the world and Tijuana fits right into it.

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#2 Ekdog

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:49 PM

QUOTE (HK70 @ Oct 9 2012, 09:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Top 5 lies about Tijuana: Mythbusters!
Separating infamous border town fact from fiction

by Eduardo Flores Campbell

October 8 2012
Inspired by the Mythbusters, the famous Discovery channel TV show, that takes myths like “Is Miami more shallow than Los Angeles?” and hast to state whether the myth is wrong (busted), is right (confirmed), or it could possibly happen (plausible).

Trying to find the right myth to debunk was an easy task, apparently the news that scenes of the movie “Hangover 3” will not be filmed in Tijuana, but in a fake one, received mixed reactions from fans in blogs and social networks.

Many people complain against having once again, this border town portrait in a bad light. Some comments evoked French singer, Manu Chao’s famous lyrics, “welcome to Tijuana, Tequila, sexo y marijuana.”

On the matter, in the blog imgur.com you are able to read comments like; “they are not filming in Tijuana because the city they want to portrait in the movie doesn’t look like the modern Tijuana that is now.” Clearly opposite to other comments like; “Tijuana, where tourist make several or their biggest mistakes.”

So here you have 5 myths about Tijuana:

Myth #1: Is the Caesar’s salad an Italian invention?

Well, not at all. Most historians believe that Caesar’s salad was invented in Tijuana by Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant who operated a restaurant and hotel in Tijuana`s Avenida Revolucion, And just to bust up the stereotypes a little more, what about the anchovies?

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “the original Caesar’s salad recipe did not contain pieces of anchovy; the slight anchovy flavor comes from the Worcestershire sauce. Cardini was opposed to using anchovies in his salad.”

Myth #2: They are going to rob you, kidnap you, or kill you if you go to Tijuana.

Although Mexico in recent years has had a lot of high profile violence, lately that have occurred more in other parts of the country, in which Tijuana and Baja California overall, are no longer “hot spots”.

Historically tourist are not the targets of many crimes, but at the same time you must always be aware of your surroundings like in any other city, by using just your common sense you should be ok. But because mainstream media keeps hammering with the subject, let’s say it again…Only parts of Mexico are violent, Baja California is safe.

Myth #3: Drugs are easy to buy in Tijuana.

Truth is drugs are extremely illegal in Mexico, they are a federal offense, and if you mess around with the wrong people, you put at risk not only your freedom but also your own life. So the image of a drive through drug store, just leave it to the Hollywood films.

Myth #4: Is Tijuana the land of the super fakes?

Not exactly, most of good looking counterfeit merchandise is made in China and is imported either to the US or Mexico illegally. Most unregulated goods are sold in swap meets, but be very careful since you’ll be breaking the law if you try to enter to the US with them. There are more and easy to finds knock-offs in San Francisco’s Chinatown, than what you might find all over downtown Tijuana.

Myth #5: Don’t drink the water.

Well again, not exactly. The fact of the matter is there is no way to compare the US water treatment system with Tijuana`s own because you can’t compare Mexico, who is still going through social and infrastructural changes, to the largest economy in the world.

If you are still in doubt, you can always choose from a wide selection of local beers and wines that could lead you to discover one of your new favorite things that you never expect to find in Baja. Something you can go back on Monday and talk about at the water cooler.

Tijuana is the most important city in the US/Mexico border. Even if it was born as a commerce and tourist border town, nowadays most of its income comes from factories and assembly plants better known as “maquiladoras”.

The city knows it has an image problem and it is slowly being corrected. The world can thank Tijuana when it enjoys Caesar’s salad, margaritas, and burritos. However, the city is often misunderstood; city stereotypes exist all over the world and Tijuana fits right into it.

Eduardo.Flores@sandiegored.com

http://www.sandiegor...na-Mythbusters/


It's a myth that one shouldn't drink the water? I think I'll keep drinking bottled water whenever I'm in Tijuana. Thanks just the same.



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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:52 PM

I would not drink tap water anywhere in the U.S. much less anywhere else. So that's a myth that U.S. tap water is safe as well.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

Friends don't let friends drink the water.
Tijuaneses Americans in TJ drive like crap, Get your Mexican Insurance here.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

QUOTE (Mary Ellen @ Oct 11 2012, 04:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would not drink tap water anywhere in the U.S. much less anywhere else. So that's a myth that U.S. tap water is safe as well.


Mary Ellen, you are perpetuating a myth. In the United States, tap water is federally regulated, whereas bottled water is not, so when you're north of the border, you're much better off forgetting about that expensive bottled crap, which is having a terrible effect on the environment, and drinking from the tap.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:08 AM

It's the pipes, not the water, you have to worry about. Some parts of Tijuana have old, broken pipes resulting in contaminated water reaching the homes. In other parts of the city the pipes are fine as is the water reaching the home.

I drink tap water day-in-and-day out in my apartment. I never get sick.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:15 AM

I don't drink bottled water. I get it at the Cristalina water store here in Rosarito. And I am not one who believes everything the U.S. news media or government publishes so you keep drinking U.S. tap water and I'll keep drinking the filtered water here in Mexico and in the U.S.. I have lived in several states and most of those "reports" by water reporting agencies are questionable.

And I disagree with that comment that drugs are not easy to get. I have never met anyone who had any problem finding drugs if they really wanted them. Someone forgot to mention in that article that Tijuana has the highest # of drug addicts in Mexico so that only makes sense that drugs are obviously easy to get.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

QUOTE (Daniel @ Dec 19 2012, 05:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's the pipes, not the water, you have to worry about. Some parts of Tijuana have old, broken pipes resulting in contaminated water reaching the homes. In other parts of the city the pipes are fine as is the water reaching the home.

I drink tap water day-in-and-day out in my apartment. I never get sick.


That's amazing and quite a revelation. Where in TJ do you live, in which colony?

And can anyone else vouch, or say the same thing?

If it really is true that you can drink Mexican tap water without bleeding out, bleeding internally, or going insane, then that is a gargantuan myth-buster.

No dysentery to speak of? It'd be nice if other guinea pigs and crash test dummies could give us their opinion on the subject.




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