An un-Cinco de Mayo

LOCATION: Housesitting in Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico

WEATHER: Sunny (it hasn’t rained in all of 2019). High 90

This was the biggest fireworks day so far. They blasted all night, with a special wake-up burst at 6:00 AM. People tell me that it is some Saint’s Day.

We walked downtown to see if there was anything special going on, to buy some street food, and to do some veg shopping.

There were a lot of people out for their Sunday morning stroll. Alexis bought some pepitas (pumpkin seeds), roasted (aka burnt) peanuts in their shell, and some beans that we couldn’t identify. I have been seeing them sell a lot of these beans. So, we asked the guy selling them for the word, looked it up, and discovered they are garbanzo beans – still in their shells. This guy is also selling elote – corn on the cob which unfortunately looks better than it tastes.

We stopped in a couple of vegetable/fruit stores. It is so nice to be able to ask the clerk to help you pick out something perfectly ripe. Today, I asked for a pineapple that would be ripe later today, and an avocado perfect for tomorrow. It is also wonderful to buy just one of something, instead of an entire package. And the best thing is the price! So inexpensive!!!

Back home, we made smoothies with the pineapple for lunch, and cooled off.

A few hours later, I cracked the whip and we were off again, this time to the string of restaurants along the highway facing the lake. We took the 20-minute bus ride to this area called Piedra Barrenada – Drilled Rocks (whatever that means).

We shared a glass of Vampiro and a glass of Michelada, the two most popular drinks here. They are both made with tomato juice or Clamato. The Vampiro also has some sweetness, and the Michelada is made with beer.

There was live music with a guy singing quite loudly. The women at the next table urged me to get up and dance with them. I obliged.

There was a stiff breeze today with some whitecaps on the lake. The breeze felt good, but the breeze curtailed the pontoon boat rides.

We perused the menu, with no intention of ordering. I do not like to mix savory and sweet, so it is a good thing we weren’t planning to eat shrimp. The menu features….shrimp with mango, shrimp with coconut, with tamarind, and with pineapple. And could it be….. OH NO – cucaracha shrimp!!!!! (I think it just means roasted)

We caught the bus back to our house. I always just flag the bus down along the highway.

Unlike in the USA, Mexicans do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo much. Alexis and I had our obligatory margarita, though…

DINNER: Stir-fired cauliflower and onions with a Thai peanut sauce over orzo. Marinated nopale (cactus) salad on the side.

BOOKS: Somehow I squeeed in a book in a very busy day today. I finished “Oh Danny Boy” by Rhys Bowan. A very light detective series featuring an adventurous Irish girl in NYC. 8 out of 10.

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