Abastos Mercado~New Sights & overwhelmed by Outlandish Pinatas!
Cold Weather, Unusual Sights & Sounds!!!
Outstanding Produce & other things??
We took a trip to the Abastos Mercado this morning bundled up against the cold Torreon weather. It was a total overload for the sensory system! There were vegetables I had no idea existed & produce by the tons! There were rows of fruits, nuts, cheeses, dried beans in hundreds of varieties, spices & purveyors selling everything from peanuts to whole sides of beef! My friend Carolyn purchased a huge bag of Cilantro for a few pennies worth of pesos. I chose some chilis cascabel for a salsa, after a conversation in my halting Spanish about the difference between the multiple dried chilis. We even found a Tortilleria making selling hot tortillas & gorditas. The Mercado Abastos in Torreon is where the people who shop for restaurants get their supplies, as well as the housewives & hired help. It is a very hopping place in the mornings! It takes up 4 square blocks in the west end of Torreon. We saw row after row of trucks pulling up to unload & deliver as well as the dare devil taxicabs flying between the trucks trying to drop off people to shop. If it exists I think it can be found at the Abastos! I found some beautiful produce and several of us split large amounts of certain herbs we purchased. I also found a Cazuela which will be used to eventually cook Carnitas when it is seasoned & ready to cook in. One of the shops sold these ancient traditional Mexican terracotta pots in several sizes & shapes. They were mere pesos a piece. The locals seemed pleased to help us & described ways to use many of the peppers & herbs we saw. We did meet several people who recognizing us as Americans (we were the only non Mexicans there)& tried out their English phrases on us. The funniest part of the morning was when we spotted some wild looking Pinatas with more adult themes! I laughed at the thought of someone breaking a stick over one of them!! They were life size & quite funny! The lady who owned the Pinata shop laughed along with us when she saw us reacting & taking photos! Have to rethink that next Fiesta!
The Cazuela Grande of the Abastos Mercado! Necisito por Carnitas!