Texas to Mexico

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

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!


Blogger Nancy said...

Those pinatas are so funny. They would be great at a bachelor/bachlorette party!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Yes, nothing like a pole dancing Pinata!! It made me laugh!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

pole dancing is mild, that's like barbie the stripper pinata!

7:30 PM  
Blogger ClaudiaH said...

I thought it interesting that the pinata had blond hair! Are there many blond Mexicans? I loved the market in Mexico! I liked the variety of packaged sugary treats - I was a tourist and wasn't buying groceries, so I concentrated on packaged things we could take home. Some colored candies I remember, turquoise, pink, and green. There were always some delicious-smelling foods frying to be bought to eat while walking around. Do you try them, or are they considered a bad idea (outside of being deep fried).

6:30 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

they had food being sold there by a couple of strolling vendors who were selling breakfast items that could be carried. We are very cautious about some of the street foods here though. Water & sanitization are an issue. Better safe than sorry later.

1:17 PM  

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