Last night, we made a stop at Pierre's, one of our favorite bakeries. If nothing else about Mexican bakeries, I love the self-service aspect. Grap your tray, grab your tongs and pick away. Yet, we discern, we quibble (helped none in the least by the mystery of some items), and we search out a handful of good pastries to take home. Dessert, and then maybe something with coffee the next day, we know they will be hard soon. And, oh are we in the minority.
Pretty much every other customer at Pierre's or any other Mexican bakery loads their tray up with all the crusty, crumbly, flaky, sugary things that are Mexican pastries. Almost no one walks out with a few like VI.
We are at a loss. When are all these pastries consumed? Are they eaten as a heavy continental breakfast? Midnight snack? To replace a meal--that is my pet theory as I remember reading that Mexicans eat only one large meal a day.
Please help me figure out Mexican pastry eating habits!
(First hand observations can found at any Pierre's. See link for locations.)
Special guest comments from the Mistress of Spices: "We are not moderate people [the VI clan] and the stuff is so cheap, and I am cheap, that if it looks marginally good, we might sample, but we do not come close to what are on other's trays."