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Mexico, D.F. not the high end, Merced Central Market

Ericruo | Dec 14, 201011:02 AM

A good number of the posts from tourists are for really high end places, and this isn´t one of those. I just want chowhounders not to overlook the taquerias all over the place, had some terrific proper tacos al pastor and tacos suaderos (14 pesos each for the big ones) in streets near the Insurgentes Metro stop, Tacos quisados outside of an Elementary School (Primaria), and a hoot of a time at the big big big market at the Merced Metro stop, wall to wall people, tens of thousands of people bying, selling and hanging out. They were certainly nice to this guy in his effort to find the Artesanal version of Cotija cheese (only made in the rainy season, not pasturized, has what amounts to a DOP control, unlike more industrial cotija, you have to buy the whole thing, about 65 pesos for something like a Kilo if memory serves, rustic bread unavailable, found Serrano Ham and bought a cantaloupe melon for tomorrows lunch. The Merced market like the Abastos in Mexican cities is just thousands of vendors of whatever there is comestible. I got some nice looking mole negro Oaxaqueño paste for 44 pesos for a kilo. I am staying at the PF Suites in the Zona Rosa, which is GLBT friendlier than some places, but the hoot is that its rather Korean, three Korean restaurants in three blocks, and a Korean market where I got some tofu and beansprouts. The relative dearth of fresh vegetables was gettting to me. If I get up early enough, I may go to the Fish Market (La Nueva Viga) tomorrow early, like 3:30 am for a 4 am arrival, take the radio taxi, pals. So far so good on the health issue although maybe the guisado taco with a terrific and hot salsa in addtion to the beef stew at 7 am was a rather abrupt start to the day. The tamale vendors are up early to serve the folks on the way to work and they get collected by 10:30 am and only the hot dog and candy people are left. The hot dogs are truly cheap and since times here are very hard, they´re more popular. They´re quite wet with salsa and the unwary get their shirts stained...

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