It was there where I first had chilaquiles and arroz con leche, learned my jalapeño tolerance, and discovered the delight of sinking one’s teeth into a small corn on the cob covered in cream, cheese and lemon. Nice to know that even after all these years snack time at BAHIA hasn’t changed much: on my recent visit I peaked inside the kitchen to watch the cook prepare a simmering pot of bright green pozole.
As I hung out in a very small chair with the fourth graders, I also remembered that Centro Vida is where I learned to dance and carry a tune, speak Spanish, and where I first learned to share a meal with my peers. For most of my childhood Centro Vida and BAHIA were home in many ways.
I asked the kids about their favorite snack. The pollitos (the smallest age group) were all about the burritos, but among the delfines there was a resounding majority vote for pozole. Why, I asked?
“Because it’s amazing”
“Because it reminds me of my abuela.”
“Because it reminds me of home”
Me too, kids.
BAHIA is hosting a 5k Camina y Corre for their 40th anniversary with all you can eat tacos from the El Grullo truck on Saturday, April 25th. Funds go to support their non-profit programs to provide families with high quality, nurturing, bilingual learning environments where children grow to become successful lifelong learners. Learn more here.