Sunday, 24 January 2016

Day 16 - Mazatlan

Ha ha ha - that's the best I could come up with for a new title!!

Not a great shot last night, but there are usually three little geckos
who hang out up on the ceiling going into the bathroom building.
They are quick with a flick of a tongue for any wayward moths.....
We decided we would catch the local bus "Cerritos/Juarez" into the "real" Mexican market in a local neighbourhood. It is called Mercadito Juarez. We LOVED it because it reminded us so much of the market that was held on Saturdays in Valle de Juarez on our previous trips. A real shopping experience for everyone.

Bus costs $8 ps each (61 cents Cdn) and takes about 30 minutes to get there. I guess you better had all come along with us for a look-see!!

Here is our chariot, arriving at the corner.....

Looks different for us, but very fresh shrimp, all in ice water.
I wish we could have purchased some to bring home.
About $60 ps (about $4.60 Cdn) per kilo!!
Organized chaos but we love much to see and smell!!

Hats anyone??

I love the way you can find anything you are looking for.
This stall sold plastic clothes pegs and clips and scrub brushes....

Cutting up nopales - remember the cactus??

Pretty much right next door to the bras and lingerie lady

...and gotta have your veggies.....
...and your chicken.

These tacos smelled so yummy!!

The quaint church right by the market where there was a service going on. A little later, a small, silver van with Funeral Pena written on it,rolled in right up to the steps with a casket on board. Guess a funeral was going to start. Lots of folks just milled around with it, like they were keeping their loved one company, one more time.

Back to the market at the garden shop stand....
I always try and keep a landmark in site so we can navigate ourselves easier...
that same church steeple again.

Ahhh...the coloured chicks. Very different. That one little guy kept
trying to escape. (See him on the top of the box)

Walking all over the market, you could hear little "peep, peep, peep".
It was always a little child with one of these in a paper bag (with holes cut into it)

Crazy, huh?? 

However, if those live ones aren't to your liking, I found
you some little ones of the wind-up variety.

Or possibly this rubber one (he looks rather abandoned on the
clothes but he is probably still for sale!!)

We asked if we could take this lovely little girl's picture.
She was so proud of the dress her Mom was buying for her....

Hair cut alley......all the way down past the dark tarp on the right.

Your local hardware store....

Funny the things you find on a second-hand sale table....

This afternoon, we went over to the little restaurant by the park and tried, for the first time a very traditional Mexican dish - menudo. It is basically a nice, spicy broth, with corn and (get ready) cow's stomach chopped up. While it is simmering, they also put in cows feet for added flavour. It does sound weird but then I think it is like when we add soup bones to our soups. You don't necessarily eat the bones in our soups, they are just there for flavour. Same with this. This is what Wikipedia says:
Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup (also known as pancita) made with beef stomach (tripe) in broth with a red chili pepper base. Usually, lime, chopped onions, and chopped cilantro are
added, as well as crushed oregano and crushed red chili peppers. Menudo is usually eaten with corn tortillas or bread. It is often chilled and reheated, which results in a more concentrated flavor. The popularity of menudo in Mexico is such that Mexico is a major export market for stomach tripe from US and Canadian beef producers.
I was quite surprised by the last sentence.....that US and Canada export a lot into Mexico. Guess no one in our countries (unless they are traditional Mexican) likes to make it. Alejandra, who owns the restaurant with her husband Oscar, says that in Mazatlan, it is traditional to eat bread not necessarily tortillas, with your menudo. Also, just like with clam chowder, there is also red and white menudo.
At any rate, we are really glad we tried it and I would definitely have it again. It was very good.
Little restaurant Iguana Sana

The sign says "Menudo, every Sunday"

Lots of chunks of big corn in there....YUMMY!!
Anyway, that's a wrap for us. Thought I would post a bit early today. We are always cognizant of the privilege we have to experience this beautiful country and all these new things. We have met so many great people (Mexican and other) along the way and we look forward to many more seasons of getting to know even more people.
Peace......Happy Sunday, wherever you are and whatever you are doing!
Thought for the Day: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.


  1. I would try Menodo now that you have explained the guts of the dish...

  2. I love haircut alley! Sorta looked like that when I trimmed Paula's hair the other day outside on the concrete pad.

    I remember seeing coloured chicks just like that at the mercado in Valle de Jaurez when it was getting close to Easter time.

    Good for you having the menudo. I tried some when we were in Valle de Bravo but I only had a bit not a whole bowl. I am afraid I didn't care for the rubbery cow's stomach so much.

    1. I thought of you Ruth, in the haircut alley. You could open a chair here!!!

  3. So glad you got to experience the Juarez market. Two other Canadian bloggers were there today as well as a good friend....that I know of.