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How to approach native mercado vendors in Oaxaca City?

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How to approach native mercado vendors in Oaxaca City?

chefmivi | Mar 24, 2013 09:20 PM

Hi,

I am going on a culinary trip or gastro-tourism venture to the Mexican state of Oaxaca. I am looking to do some serious culinary research and hopefully get some useful tips or little "Secret recipes/obscure ingredient leads" from the natives. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this. I am a serious cook of Mexican descent and speak perfect Spanish, so I wonder if it might be better to take a "peer Mexican cook" approach or a "clueless harmless tourist" approach?

Maybe some of you have already tried this, if only out of curiosity? I just don't know how guarded some of these cooks must be about sharing their all-time family traditions with strangers.

I will probably end up playing it by ear in the end, but still. Just wondering if I might get some help here. Thanks in advance guys :)

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