Sunday, March 15, 2015

Food! Glorious Food!

squash blossoms wrapped in a tortilla and fried

Whenever I walk through the zocalo or the Parque Llano, I smell so many different foods cooking and see so many people eating delicious looking food. Many people do not live in apartments with kitchens and so eat in the market or buy food from street vendors. There are ladies peeling and slicing fruits on every street corner. The people buy a bag or cup of prepared fresh fruit. There are also vendors selling freshly made juice.

a juice cart
The Mexican people love to eat together and food is not costly. Unfortunately for me, there is no clean water or refrigeration in evidence anywhere. I would love to try some of these foods but I am travelling alone and really do not wish to have any "tummy troubles".

There are many beautiful restaurants in courtyards
Consequently, I choose to eat in more "middle-class" sorts of restaurants where I can find salads or seafood. These restaurants are usually "tucked away" in courtyards and offer healthy (for me) foods and prices that are less expensive that those in Vancouver.
grilled prawns with rice and chard served with fresh pineapple
This week, there is a "dine out Oaxaca" special. Several of the restaurants are offering a multi-course meal with mescal for 250 pesos. This is a great price but I can't really eat that much.
Restaurant Week in Oaxaca (Where is Janet when I need her?)
Fortunately, I don't have a sweet tooth. I can walk by Paris patisseries and seldom purchase. In Oaxaca, there are sweets carts and I live near the spot renowned for "nieves" or flavoured ice.
This cart sells cream-filled pastries. I do wonder about lack of refrigeration.
Wandering through my nearby plaza, I saw this sign:
That is grasshopper flavoured ice.

Buen Provecho!

6 comments:

  1. I'm curious. . . are there ex-pats living there who have accustomed themselves to whatever the bacteria that cause the tummy troubles? Obviously the locals have developed some kind of resistance, but I wonder how sick an ex-pat would have to get (and how often) to achieve the same.

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    1. I was talking with some Americans this afternoon and they have eaten special Tlayudas (like a Oaxacan pizza) from a street vendor. I'm going to ask some of the other library volunteers. Everyone's stomach is different. I have had food problems in Paris and Barcelona (my companions were sick too) so tummy troubles can happen anywhere.

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  2. You are probably wise to avoid the street food. When we lived in South America, we avoided anything other than freshly fried empanadas which were taken directly out of the fat in front of our eyes. Those cream pastries would make me think twice, too.
    Looks like Oaxaca has delicious food options.

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    1. Oaxaca is a renowned area of Mexico for its food. Probably if the food comes directly off a grill, it is safe for a gringa to consume. The cream, I don't think so. Did you ever have a problem with the empanadas?

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  3. I can understand you being careful about the street food but it may be possible to reproduce it? I would never have considered putting zucchini flowers in a tortilla nor prawns with chard and pineapple, but I'll try them now thanks to your post!

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    1. Those are quite healthy options and easy to reproduce. The grilled prawns with pineapple and chard were really tasty and could easily be made at home.

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