One of my favorite things about living in Mexico is the different options of buying food in my neighborhood. We have the normal chain grocery stores and restaurants nearby too, but I’m talking about those times when you don’t feel like getting out of your sweats or even the house, or maybe when you need that one item to make a recipe. For those times, you can’t beat neighborhood shopping. Most of mine is done at the bottom of the hill where I live just a short drive away. I guess I could walk, but returning UP the hill would require some athletic training on my part.
First off, is the “Little Store” at the bottom of the hill where I live. This is where I can buy fruits/veggies, queso, tostadas, leche, etc. The basics can be found here.
But before I head to the “Little Store” for my fruits/veggies, I check out the “Little, Little Store” first. This is actually a store set up in a home driveway. They sell strictly fresh fruits/veggies/herbs that are delivered daily so they are usually fresher than the other. On the weekends, they also sell fresh juices.
Also at the bottom of the hill are a couple of food tents. These are restaurants that are permanent, but don’t have buildings. They set up a large tent with plastic chairs and tables.
Barbacoa tacos are really popular for Sunday mornings here in Monterrey. If you’re not familiar, barbacoa is cow tongue. It’s cooked until it’s the texture of a slightly greasy shredded beef. It’s delicious. We are lucky enough to have a barbacoa cart that sets up every Sunday in our neighborhood.
Then there are the individuals who park their cars/trucks or simply park themselves on the side of the road and sell their goods. Ive bought coconut water from a truck, watching them machete and drain the water to give to me. I’ve bought tamales cooked in banana leaves out of a stranger’s car trunk. I’ve bought baskets and brooms from Indians, as well as empanadas and seeds from young people.
In my neighborhood I see all different kinds of people selling food and goods to make money. I’m happy to buy from them whenever I can. It’s part of the daily life in Mexico. The convenience doesn’t hurt either.