It wasn't until recently that I became aware of the violently anti-mayonnaise underground at work in our fine country. I can certainly understand the hatred of cilantro, the soapy-tasting herb of doom that has plagued many a Mexican recipe I've wanted to try, but even I have been able to get past that... for the most part.
But I thought anti-mayo nuts were just that. A fringe sect of our society that professed to hate the creamy glue that holds together our various "salads" all the while downing forkfuls of Mom's potato salad and Aunt Barb's macaroni & tuna side dish.
Recent encounters on – of all things – a Eurotrash film message board have convinced me that this is more than a mere sect. This is a movement bent on recruiting nothing less than the leader of the free world to their evil cause! Then again, Obama and Biden both pledge to prefer their burgers cooked medium... yet another piece of information I would have liked to have had on hand during the recent election.
Despite these nay-sayers beating their chests in anti-mayo gloom, I'm glad to see that manufacturers are still pushing the creamy mayo envelope with new and wonderful flavors for us to try. Naturally, we're all aware of Baconnaise by this point, thanks to recent appearances on both Oprah and The Daily Show (just to name a few).
But yesterday, while I was out searching for tartar sauce I stumbled upon McIlhenny Spicy Mayo, "made with Blue Plate Real Mayonnaise and flavored with TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce... TABASCO brand Spicy Mayonnaise features the zesty flavor of south Louisiana."
Since I was in a rush and couldn't find the tartar sauce I was looking for I ended up leaving the store empty-handed, but after discovering this and the store's wide selection of Mexican condiments, cheeses and creams I have a feeling I'll be going back.