When it gets right down to it, I love to eat. This is a bit far removed from how I used to be, say, 30 years ago. My old high school friends and family will tell you that I was as skinny as a rail ... to a fault. Just as much as plump people don't like to be reminded of their body size, it's that way for skinny people. "Oh, you were sooooo skinny!" Really? Like I've never heard that before? I'm not sure why people feel they have any business talking about another person's body weight but I can only chalk it up to human nature. I got over being skinny starting when I was about 30. I've been in love with food ever since I discovered how wonderful it can be. Prior to that age, I was happy with a can of green beans or box of mac & cheese and a soda for dinner. I'm not sure what flipped the switch in my mind, but to me food is much like art. There are so many colors and textures and flavors to tried.
So traveling to Mexico City last week, I knew there was going to be some great food. I was not disappointed. We ate mostly street food. For those who never get out of town, street food is food prepared on the sidewalk right in front of you. There are street vendors everywhere in Mexico City. Surprisingly, we never saw any flies. So weird.
We noted that there were very few vegetables to be found in the street food. Onions maybe. Limes don't count at veggies. It was all good but my constitution requires some fiber so I bought a big fruit cup every day to keep things moving, if you know what I mean.
We did stop at McDonald's one day to grab a cup of coffee and use their bathrooms. Mexico is lacking in their public restrooms. We didn't mind going into Micky D's for coffee because they do serve up a nice joe. It might be the only natural food they serve. I shot a pic of their décor for my son and daughter-in-law as we share a fascination for McDonald's décor. It's different in every region. This McD's was gorgeous!
Afterwards, we walked a while and I found these ladies cooking up a little something on the grill and I could have kicked myself for having already eaten. It looks like they have yellow peppers on the tortillas here. It was the one and only time I saw a vegetable on the grill. The tortillas were really thick, just the way I like them and tell me, don't these woman just look like experts in their field? So many places to eat, so little tummy room.
The day before we left, we decided to stroll down a street we hadn't been on. Oh my gosh, it was like finding pastry heaven. Now, I'm not a great fan of all Mexican pastries, I think sometimes they are dry and tasteless, but this bakery caught my attention with their frosted delights. We bought a bag of goodies and headed home to make some instant Nescafe coffee in our room. If you are a traveler and you love your coffee, you should never go without some instant coffee packs.
I'm so glad it's Friday. I am ready to make some Chicken Tortilla Soup. What's on your menu? love, susan
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