Greetings, loyal reader. Last week Bruce and Mary took you on a tour of the famous Merida Mercado, Lucas de Galvez. This week they shift gears and do their shopping at Walmart. Please join them as they do their Sunday shopping. For those of youÂ who prefer to read these posts from Bruce’s original blogsite, please click here.
We were not Walmart shoppers back in the states as we were in that group of consumers who think that all things Walmart are evil. Well, Joey, our youngest and the one with a business degree wrote a paper on Walmart’s International business model and he told us that you can think what you want to about their USA business practices but Walmart International is, well… not quite so bad, at least not so bad that we have to be total hypocrites to shop there and it is awfully convenient. In my 10 minutes of research I did discover a couple of things. One, American Walmart employees are the only Walmart employees in the world that are not unionized and two, 74% of American Walmart shoppers voted for “W” in the 2004 pres election. You can interpret that however you see fit. Anyway, letting pix replace my usual thousands of word of text, here is our typical Walmart shopping experience.
You can see Mary on the right as we walk the six blocks to Walmart down beautiful Paseo de Montejo, the Champs de Elysees (I know, I always say that) of Mexico. There is little traffic on Sundays and it is a very serene stroll.
I could not resist these Empanadas de Cazon, these tasty treats are conventional empanadas stuffed with ground baby shark, mmm! A Yucatecan dish that I love, that is commonly served Fridays in Cocinas Economicas is Pan de Cazon, a delectable dish of tortillas sandwiched with Cazon and covered in a picante tomato red sauce.
Nopales, cactus, and other produce. These nopales are cleaned and scraped and ready for cooking. I really like nopales but some people complain of their strong taste and, in some dishes, slimy texture.
Salchichoneria pretty much means “Hot Doggery”. Mexicanos have a love affair with hotdogs in all shapes and sauces. When we ordered our first pizza down here we thought Salchicha meant sausage. We were a little disappointed. I must say that other meats are offered in this department as well. Mary quite often orders a kilo or so of sliced Pavo de Virginia, Virgina Turkey Ham.
Sardinas y Atun, Sardines and Tuna are very big here. I get a little frustrated because as much as I like Guayamex Sardines you can’t count on them, here. My favorite is Sardinas de Chipotle and for a while they were offering two tins for 20P, a heck of a deal. Now they don’t even stock them so I switched to Sardinas Aciete, Sardines in Soybean oil and it was offered for the same two for 20P. Now it is 23P per tin so I bought some Sardinas de Tomate for 19P per tin. Consistencies in inventories is not a priority down here.
La Panaderia, the bakery. The procedure is to grab a platter and select your treats and stand in line to have them super sealed (Mexicanos are the kings of saran wrap) with the cost and UPC slapped on your hermetically sealed goodies for processing at la caja, the cash register.
Mary secures our taxi. Although we enjoy our leisurely stroll to Walmart there is no way that we are lugging our groceries all the way home. These taximetros, metered taxis, take us to our door step for 20P, about $1.80.
And that my friends is our typical Mexican Walmart experience.
Thanks for visiting gentle reader. Bruce hopes you enjoyed this pictorial, he sure did as it is a lot easier than the usual post. As usual, Bruce loves hearing from his readers and he would bet that a lot of you MeridanosÂ have a lot to add to this post. Hasta pronto!