Monday, December 14, 2009

Desayunos #1

Breakfast #1.

There's a fruit stand up the street. They chop everything fresh and pile it into a plastic cup: watermelon, pineapple, orange, jicama, coconut, cucumber. They use about 10 toothpicks to secure all the fruit so it's piled high over the rim.

Then you have your choice of toppings: salt, lemon juice, hot sauce, chili powder - a big tablespoon! We keep ours on the mild gringo side.

We walk a couple more blocks to our favorite panaderia (bakery) - they make the best bolillos (rolls). There are many choices and, if you wait around, more and more continue to come out of the back room. The proper way to make your selection is to take a large metal tray and tongs, pick out what you want to buy, take the tray to the register, the cashier rings up the total and uses the tongs to package your goodies.

Today we had glazed doughnuts which leads me to the following comment. Dick LOVES doughnuts. When Dick worked as a masonry contractor, he knew every doughnut shop in Sacramento and knew who had the best. Over the years, he's tried to curb his addiction but lapses have been known to happen. He's decided that Mexican doughnuts aren't nearly as fat-laden as American doughnuts, so he's back to enjoying this treat every once in a while.

These two boys came into the panaderia and had to wait a few minutes for the bolillos to come out, so they sat next to us and shot their pesos back and forth across the tabletop.

Such angels, until it was time to get their bolillos from the top shelf. The cashier watched them carefully as they fooled around a bit and made them put every bolillo they dropped on the floor back on their tray for purchase instead of back on the shelf.


  1. Don't you love the bakery tray system? I have been very impressed with that system in Mexico and in Mexican supermarkets in the U.S. I think it's so cool to be able to buy as many or as few of each thing as you want---and you get to go around and hand-pick them! Brilliant! Glad you guys are enjoying the food!

  2. Hmmm, reading about all those doughnut shops back in Greg's impressionable youth...maybe that explains why he got interested in police work....

    Okay, I'll behave myself. :-)