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Gayla | Jun 2, 2002 08:50 PM

Chilepm and I took in the new "Hecho en Mexico" exhibit at the Museum of Man this afternoon in Balboa Park (San Diego). If you're into Mexican folk art this is a terrific exhibit, well worth the time. Many of the artifacts were gifts made to the museum 60 years ago by the Mexican government. Rather than arrange things by category -- jewlery, pottery, textiles, etc -- the exhibit has been arranged by region of Mexico, and all 31 Mexican states are represented. There are some gorgeous examples in each genre, many of which have not been on display for 40-50 years.

Tucked into a little alcove at the back of the exhibit, and next to the Mayan stelea, is a Mexican woman making corn tortillas by hand. I'm pretty sure they are made from Masa Harina, but she was using a metate to work the dough and each tortilla was patted by hand and cooked on a comal typical of the ones you'd find in Mexico. Tortillas were $.50 and you could get them topped with butter(?) or hot sauce. Quesadillas were $.75. The tortillas we had were hot, cripsy on the outside and soft and fragrant inside. A great little snack. The tortilla maker is there Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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