My Mexico...

Reading through all of my posts from 2010 last week for my Looking Back at 2010 post, I came to a couple of conclusions.  Okay, there were more than a couple, but for the purpose of this post, I'm only going to mention two.

Conclusion Numero Uno: I need to write more about what living in Mexico is really like.   And Conculsion Numero Dos: I haven't blogged enough about my small town. 

Well today, I plan to do something about it by adding a new feature to the blog: Mi Mexico Monday.  Every Monday I will share something about my pueblito (small town), like my favorite places to visit, my neighborhood, the Mexican way of doing things, etc. 

First stop on this tour of Mi Mexico is my friendly neighborhood tiendita (little general store).  Tienditas can be found in almost every neighborhood, on almost every corner throughout Mexico.  There are three tienditas on my block, but the one in the picture is the one I frequent most. 

Most tienditas have names, just not the ones in my colonia (neighborhood).  We identify them by the name of the owner.  My favorite tiendita is owned and operated my Doña Maria.  So when the kids want to go to the store to buy junk food an afternoon treat, they ask "Puedo ir con Mary?" (May I go to Mary's?)

These tienditas might look small.  Some are located in the tiniest spaces. 

I visit Doña Mary many times a day.  In the morning for milk and freshly baked bolillo, in the afternoon for whatever ingredients I'm missing to make lunch and freshly made corn tortillas and in the evenings for more milk and freshly baked pan dulce (pastry/Mexican sweet bread).  And a few more visits throughout the day for odds and ends.

In addition to the items I mentioned, Mary sells fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, butter, yogurt, ham, bacon, salchichas (hot dog sausages), chorizo, canned fruits/veggies/beans/salsas, pasta, sandwich bread, hot dog buns, sabritas (chips), sodas, juices, flour, sugar, dried beans, dried chilies and an assortment of herbs and spices.

Not to mention things like toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, dish soap, laundry soap, bleach, fabric softener, scouring pads, bug repellent.

Mary's store is also a mini-pharmacy.  She sells Ace bandages, band-aids, rubbing alcohol, syringes and all kinds of medications for almost every malady.  But unlike a normal pharmacy, you don't have to purchase a whole box of medicine.  You can purchase just one pill if you like.  Say you're going on a trip and are worried that you might get car need to buy an entire box of Dramamine, just buy what you need. 

Mary also sells personal products including hand cream, body lotion, hair gel, combs, bobby pins, cosmetics, feminine "products", deodorant, disposable razors and shampoo.  The latter available in regular size bottles or travel-sized packets for individual use, which are great for those days that you jump in the shower only to realize that your teenage daughter used all of the shampoo and forgot to tell you.

Believe me when I say that you can find everything and anything you might need..  They're like a concentrated version of a supermarket.  If you don't see it, ask for it.  Odds are they'll have just what you're looking for.  Or at the very least, tell you where you can find it.

Tienditas are also a great place to catch up on local gossip news.  Want to know what's happening in the neighborhood?  Head to your nearest tiendita for all the latest details.

Tienditas are mostly cash only, but if you're a faithful, loyal customer like I am and spent a little more than you had planned on, no need to worry, they'll put it on your tab.

Speaking of the store, I need to go buy milk! 

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of Mi Mexico Monday. 


1 comment:

  1. Lilia EvangelistaJune 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    jajajjaja I remember those... Con mi tia Florencia... Ella y su tienda. Tambien fiava ella. (= jajjaja