Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they do their weekly grocery shopping at Mercado Emiliano Zapata. Provecho!
In my left hand are plastic recyclables and you can see that I have successfully transformed my beer cart into a really macho comestibles, groceries, cart. It’s Sabado, Saturday, and after sleeping in and drinking about a gallon of coffee we’re out the door to the market. But first…
Breakfast at Fonda Flor. We’re enjoying quite possibly the best omelets in Old Town. The secret? Lots of Oaxaca cheese.
Caught in the act! You see, all these comidas economicas serve salads with practically all their meals but they never have salad dressing so we have taken to always keeping, in Mary’s purse, some Italian in an old medicine bottle.
Just before Carranza intersects with Calle Camichin traffic exits the tunnel and I am always glad that, so far, not one of these buses’ steering has failed.
We round the corner at Calle Camichin entering the mercado and the first place we go is what we call the skinny market. You’ll see why in a moment.
I’m making my way to the back of the tienda. I think you agree, the place is pretty skinny and always busy as this place has the best prices in the mercado for just about anything. But, the thing is they don’t always have everything and sometimes the quality is, well, not so hot.
Today they have the hugest red Serranos we have ever seen. We get a bunch.
Mary is pretty happy with the red peppers today.
I am reaching for my sardinas. They are only 16P a tin here, far cheaper than anywhere else but I am a little concerned, they have switched out my beloved Guaymex for some brand I’ve never heard of, Calmex, but I’ll give it a shot. I’ll see if it can pass the ‘able to drink the tomato sauce they’re soaked in’ test.
I’m at the weigh and bag station checking out aguacates, avocados as they keep them behind the counter, like many of the surrounding tiendas do. I had asked for tres, listo manana, three, ready (ripe) by tomorrow and these do fit the criteria. I get a ticket which Mary will settle at la caja. But first…
Now we’re next door at Semillas y Cereales Martinez where they always have the best ajo, garlic. Ahem, well, at least the garlic is in focus. I think Mary and I better go back to camera school.
Now we’re a couple more doors down at Fruteria Marely.
And last but not least in the market place is Fruteria Yoya. The quality of produce here is always quite good but it is a little pricey so whatever we cannot find or find with acceptable quality elsewhere, we get here.
We’re done with the market and now we are retracing our steps back up Calle Carranza.
I’m at the door of our sandwich meat and cheese store, on the corner of Calles Carranza y Aguacate. We get our scrumptious Cheddar cheese and are happy to pay a slight premium over other cheeses, 110P/kg.
Angel says Hola!
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Bruce and Mary want to make it clear that after only a year in Old Town they are certainly not experts on the markets in Old Town. They invite others to share their PV market experiences. Hasta proximo Domingo!