Mi Mexico Monday: Just outside my front door

I really wasn't sure what part of Mi Mexico to share with you today.  I spent most of last week in bed and never left the house.  That's when I realized that I don't always have to leave the house to show you Mi Mexico, I can show you what comes to my door.

All day long, there is something to buy right outside my door.  Morning, noon and early evenings.  Today we're going to focus on the food.

Our mornings begin with a distant call that can be heard a couple of blocks away.  "Alli viene el pollo.  De a kilo, medio kilo, tres cuartos y pollo entero."  That would be Chicken Man.  He rides around town, on his bicycle, balancing two large, plastic paint buckets full of fresh chicken.  (And by fresh, I mean that the chickens were still clucking around his yard the day before.)  

As the morning continues, we are visited by vendors selling nopales (cactus), corn (uncooked), guavas, tepecamotes and one of my personal favorites, camotes (yams).  Doña Maria (not the one from my local tiendita) is the cutest little lady.  She pushes around a large cart filled with her delicious candied yams and sweet potatoes, along with other sweets including, Dulce de Guayaba, Alfajores and Cocadas (macaroons).

If I missed Chicken Man earlier, there's no need to worry.  Doña Josefina, my chicken lady, stops by mid-morning in her adorable John Deere golf cart.


At around noon, which isn't our lunch time, we are visited by Chuy Nieves.  I've written about him before.  He sells delicious homemade ice cream EVERY day, right outside our shop.

That's when the produce trucks drive by.  They sell everything from mangoes and avocadoes to watermelon and tomatoes.  It depends on the what fruits and veggies are in season.  Today they were selling pineapples.  I bought these three beauties for 15 pesos.  (A little more than a dollar.)  


And they even threw in this sweet mamey.



Just before we sit down to eat lunch, we hear the catchy tune of Pan Pan Americano.  It's the Bread Car!



One of the local bakers drives around town selling his freshly baked Mexican pastries.  Mmmm! 



The afternoon brings more of the same: paleteros (popsicle vendors), cooked elotes (corn) and sweet cornbread.  But the highlight of the kiddies afternoon is El Señor Viejito (a kind way of saying old man).  He sells just about everything a kid could want: candy, ice cream and toys!


To end the day, our last visit is usually from La Guëra with her pot of tamales.  Tamales delivered right to my door.  (Sorry for the horrible pic.  I haven't figured out how to take nighttime pics with Nick's DSi.)


I've showed you mine, now it's time for you to show me yours!



17 comments:

  1. So many things to love about Mexico! We now have a service in Vallarta called Veloz............you call them give them your order for anything, I mean anything and it arrives to you door and only costs 25 pesos.............don't feel like going to the grocery store or need your business cards picked up from the printer...........call Veloz! Viva Mexico!

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  2. My favorite vendor that comes down our street is the Churro Mobile truck. Yum, love those things. Unfortunately when he came today I had just eaten and was too full to eat anything else, even a churro.
    I love all the vendors, makes it so easy if you don't feel like going to the store.

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  3. I would be in serious trouble if we had a Churro Mobile truck! :)

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  4. Tell me about it lol. He has 3 sizes: 10, 15 or 20 pesos I always restrict myself to the 10 pesos size and feel very saintly about it, ha ha.

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  5. We have very few street vendors. And I always miss them because I am away from the house so often during the day. I buy one thing from the street -- bottled water. I wish I could get more. Things, that is. Not water.

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  6. So jealous of everything that's delivered to your door! I have nothing but snow and ice outside mine... :(

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  7. Here where I live in the US if someone came selling already prepared foods such as the bread, candid yams, etc. we would turn up our noses and consider them unsanitary. It makes me ywonder how any of our ancestors survived without all the precautions we take today.

    Sometimes I think it is all hype for the soap and cleaning product makers. I really don't think we succumb to germs like we are lead to believe.

    I would really like to be able to buy things locally, like right in my front yard. Can you say envy?

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  8. We have a young man named "Carlos" that comes by on Friday evenings to sell his bluberry and cream cheese muffins. He also has strawberry and cream cheese and they cost $15 pesos. They are heavenly! It's fun to buy things without leaving the house!

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  9. Very cool :) we don't get too many vendors in my new neighborhood, but Jorge loves the raspados they sell at his parents house on Sundays.

    I normally don't like mamey, but I do love a mamey milkshake! A friend of mine has discovered that you can substitute mamey for pumpkin in a recipe, and it tastes the same. (mamey pie tastes exactly like pumpkin pie!) I got the recipe for my mom's awesome pumpkin cookies, and she made it with mamey... tasted exactly the same!

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  10. You are so lucky! At my old house, we had a popsicle cart, a dorito cart (he had lemon and chile powder too) and steamed corn on the cob. That was in Gilroy, Ca. In Los Banos, I have only seen a guy selling fruit pastries in the grocery store parking lot. Once.
    Thanks for your recent post about yuca. I found it at the store (they spelled it yucca but it looked the same as in your photo) and it was delicious. I will do this one again.

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  11. I totally agree with you! I would like the convenience of buying from street vendors but I'm so paranoid about germs that whenever I see one I usually pass anyway. I'm the kind of person that is leery of the ice cream man too. Although, in my neighborhood ice cream men are nearly extinct.

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  12. Isnt it great, you almost never have to leave the house. Everything is brought right to you. Everything is so tempting though. I actually had to start working out to shed some of these temptations away. The Ice cream is the worst though cause it is so good here.

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  13. Leslie I love this about Mexico, Also the fact that EVERYONE delivers here even the pharmacies, you really dont need to leave your house.

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  14. This is amazing! I'd love never having to go to the grocery store ever again hahah!

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  15. What a great post! That reminded me of the times I've visited my husbands familia and wanted to try everything the vendors sold. Great post!

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  16. We just got back from Michoacan and were able to enjoy most of what you mentioned in this blog.  My kids loved it and can't wait for next summer.  You are so lucky to be able to enjoy this year round.

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  17. Nice blog, enjoyed my visit. Some excellent recipes you have there also. 

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