Monday, December 13, 2010

Lunch at the Market

We needed to make a Mercado run the other day as we were running seriously short of fruit and veggies. I was also looking for a necklace to wear with a new dress to the Christmas party we were attending that evening, but, of course, I pretended that the food was really the reason we were there.

We stocked up on our produce in no time at all and realized that looking at all that food had made us hungry, so we headed upstairs for lunch. There are,I would guess, at least a dozen restaurants upstairs and the food is delicious, and cheap.

I had Milanese de Pollo (thin chicken cutlets, lightly breaded - yummy) and Mike decided to try the Bistek Rancheros (sliced beef in a delicious spicy sauce). Of course, both meals came with rice, and refried beans. I'm not wildly fond of the beans but Mike loves them, so he eats his and mine as well. My meal was 35 pesos, Mike's was 30. There are 12 pesos to the dollar. With a drink and a tip the meal cost us a little over $6.00 Cdn - for both of us!

The view from upstairs is fascinating.

Waldo's, our local dollar store, is always packed:

There are buses, lots and lots of buses:

More fruit vendors, for those who are in a hurry and don't want to go into the market:

Love what they have done on this building to deter the pigeons

however, the grafitti on the building next door is not quite so impressive

This little one was abolutely priceless. She appeared with her broom and dustpan and very studiously tied up around us while we were enjoying our lunch.

Oh, and I did find a necklace, which matched the dress perfectly!


  1. Hi Sandie & Mike
    Your trip looks interesting and the food does look yummy! You must know a lot of the local language to be so at home shopping good for you!That little girl was so sweet must have been only 3 or 4 and already working for a living its sad we are so lucky it makes one think.

  2. Hi Patty - she was adorable, but no, she wasn't really 'working'. She was just very serious about 'helping' and her mother, and the rest of us watching, all had a very good chuckle. We just all wonder if she enjoys dusting as much as she does sweeping!