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Tale of 3 Lunches around Patzcuaro

Pampatz | May 13, 200803:09 PM

Fresh back from several long months in the states, we have hit some old and new lunch places this week.
On Sunday afternoon we drove across to the north side of town for lunch at the Purepechan ladies cafe. Cafe doesn't have a real name, but they hold it every weekend in the courtyard of the technical institute. Patio dining and out-door, wood-fired cooking. This week 2 soups-a chicken and a beef, chili rellenos with a mild tomato broth, pork in a spicy green chili, mole, rice, beans and freshly made tortillas. With 2 Indio beers the cuenta was 90 pesos. Tasty food, but slow preparation. Start to finish 2 hours on this comida, the first hour with no food.
Had to stop for gas on the way home. There is a neveria cart at the Pemex (BTW, regular translated to $3.23 per gallon). I had the 6 peso cup of lime ice. DH had blackberry ice. Yummy.
Monday we drove seven miles to Santa Clara del Cobre, the copper artisan's town. We bank there because there is always a parking space in front of the bank and no long lines. After our arduous banking chore (10 minutes), we walked down to the southwest side of the plaza and secured 2 stools at a communal sidewalk table behind the carnitas cart. Hot tortillas, tender carnitas, salsa and 2 Coca Lites for 50 pesos and we had leftovers to take home for the pups. We had enough meat and tortillas for 4 tacos each. DH had 3 and I had 1. Pups ate well yesterday.
This morning I cleaned out a flower bed under a big oak tree in the backyard - so this afternoon I just had to go to the vivero (plant nursery) for more plants. While we were in the states a new Pollo al Pastor place opened new door to the vivero on the highway between Patzcuaro and Morelia. Lunch and plants, what could be better? The restaurant is a big open box under a metal roof. In the back were swings, slides and a trampoline for the kids. The restrooms were closed off with a pink curtain for women and a blue curtain for men. The cooking area is just outside the side door. A big charcoal fire with the chickens cooked whole on spits stuck vertically in the ground next to the fire. The chicken is finished on a grill by dusting with a salt and chili seasoning and a squeeze of fresh orange. Lunch was served with 5 minutes of ordering. We had 1/2 chicken, hot tortillas, rice with veggies and pinto beans. The salsa for the chicken was spicy but not overly hot like so many are around here. Salsa was lots of chopped white onion, a little chili manzano or chili perron and the star ingredient, orange juice. Spicy but refreshing. With 2 Coca Lites this tasty repast was $80 pesos with enough chicken for DH to have a chicken salad sandwich on Thursday when I go to Morelia for lunch with the girls.
Three tasty lunches for 2 totaling $170 pesos or about $15.00 US. Living the dream!

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