¡More than a Market!

Himg_4047i Y’all! I’m going to take you guys to another Mexican Market with me. This one is La Tienda in Prairieville, La. This store was a bit bigger than the last one I visited and offered a lot of different things. They had a variety of traditional Mexican candies, sodas, and an assortment of different snacks. Then further in the store, they had more of grocery items. Some of them were typical things that you would see at an American grocery store, but they also had some very interesting things I have never seen before. Some of the different things I saw was pickled date palm and Pacaya palm in brine. (Pacaya palm is a species of palm tree) This is one of the many reasons I love going to Mexican markets, you can find new things you can’t find anywhere else.

img_4048One thing that stood out to me in both of the Mexican markets is the amount of people making phone calls. I was with my friend who is Mexican when I went to both stores and I asked her why so many people were calling. She told me about how expensive it is to make international calls and when they are in the store they can call their loved ones back home for free. I found this shocking because I was ignorant on this particular struggle many people right in my town face. So, yes, these markets are great for getting new exotic foods, but they also serve a greater purpose.

 

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¡Going to the Market!

Hi Y’all! This img_4043week I want to talk about a few of the Mexican markets or grocery stores that I have visited. The first one I want to tell you guys about is El Guero Market. It is in Prairieville, La. This is a pretty small grocery store, but they had a lot to offer.

The store had a variety of traditional, fresh Hispanic foods such as goat cheese, flan, and tres leches. There was also a lot of items that you would see at an American grocery store such as flour, vegetable oil, and hot chocolate, but it was a bit different. All these typical items packages were in written in Spanish.

These stores were not meant for people like me, a southern, white girl, to shop at. When we went to the store they were very busy and just about everyone in there except me and my friend was Hispanic. We did get a few funny looks, but luckily my friend knew one of the employees there. We wound up getting a delicious watermelon popsicle and a piece of tres leches (my absolute favorite dessert).

img_4044Overall, my experience at this grocery store was a good one and I definitely want to go back. I’d like to get some authentic Hispanic food for a Mexican dinner one night. If you see a Mexican market near your home I encourage you to go in and experience something a little different, you might find some great, new food right in your own neighborhood.

 

 

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