Blog a la Pibil

"Blog a la Pibil" was born in Mexico, and was originally based on the adventures of Josue and Lupita, who were traveling in Mexico for two months. This blog is now a continuation of the life of Lupita, who has been restored to her life as a mere mortal in Los Angeles.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

The Happiest Place on Earth

On Sunday afternoon, we hopped on a bus and headed downtown for Mercado Libertad, a four-story market that sells everything from shoes to dried chiles to caged birds. We entered, fortuitously, on a floor that was mostly food stalls. We had our pick of many different kinds of ceviche (raw fish that's "cooked" in lime juice), the omnipresent tortas ahogades, tacos, menudo, and various cauldrons bubbling with unidentified red and brown sauces. We finally settled on birria -- a soupy goat stew that is Guadalajara's big dish (Puebla:mole as Guadalajara:birria). The birria was excellent - the meat was rich without being gamey, and the broth was spicy and well seasoned. After lunch, we perused the fruit and vegetable floor, where vendors sat in high chairs above their wares, peeling onions and gossiping.

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