Even though I’d already eaten cornbread for lunch with my oyster Rockefeller soup on Friday, when I saw the mention of hot cornbread in “Filling Shopping Carts, and a Community Need” by Sheila Himmel ( http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/din... ), I squeezed in a visit to the new Mi Pueblo supermercado on my trip down the Peninsula that afternoon.
I’ve posted about the cornbread that I purchased at the Salinas branch of this local grocery chain, “Pan de Elote and Fresh Romeritos @ Mi Pueblo supermercado in Salinas” ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/677250 ). In East Palo Alto, the pan de elote was nowhere on display. I asked the cashier in the bakery section, and she pointed to a cooling rack. She said that they’d just come out of the oven and were too warm to be boxed and put on the shelf yet. But she pulled one out and tagged it for me. Here’s the pan de elote label:
As I exited, I stopped at the oyster station set up near the doors. Ostiones preparados were offered for $1 each, shucked and dressed to order. I couldn’t pass this up and tried one. The raw oyster cocktails were dressed with diced red onion and cucumber, freshly squeezed lime juice, Tapatio hot sauce (optional), salt, chili powder, and bottled tomato-clam cocktail. Delicious.
Some customers were buying plain oysters shucked on the spot then packed in a quart container with some ice. This could come in handy the next time I need some oysters to cook in a special dish.
1731 E Bayshore Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303