12-cent tacos

Mexico specializes in many things, but nothing may be better than then promotion, especially when it comes to cheap eats.  These tacos in Jalapa work out to a nearly-infinitesimal 1.5 pesos each… about 12 cents.  Oh my!  (They were so-so.)

10 tacos al pastor for the grand price of 15 pesos... less than a buck-twenty.

10 tacos al pastor for the grand price of 15 pesos... less than a buck-twenty.

The record for cheapest taco (that I’ve seen) is 1 peso, albeit for a pre-made taco de canasta at La Merced, here in the D.F.

 

México, D.F.

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Lucha Libre in Mexico City

It turns out there are two places to see lucha libre in Mexico City: Arena Mexico, which was blogged about here, and Arena Coliseo.  Arena Coliseo, it turns out, seems to be a much better venue for las luchas that Arena Mexico; it’s smaller and places you a bit more on top of the “action,” and is cheaper, too, with the “best” seats going for about $10/140MXN.  Now, of course, it’s lucha libre, so it’s silly, over-the-top on the melodrama, and impossible to follow, but for the price, it makes an interesting excursion for visitors.  Plus, the beers are cheap.

Matches are usually held Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8:30pm, and Sundays at 5pm (and as they’re on TV, they last exactly two hours).  The matches vary between the two locations here, so, before going, it’s best to check it out here: http://www.cmll.com/ (en español).

 

México, D.F.

The Mexican Cola Wars

I was speaking to the owner of an abarrotes, or corner convenience store, yesterday and asked him how he chooses which products to sell.  For example, he stocks Coca-Cola (not Pepsi), Ciel water (not Bonafont), and only Indio and Sol beers (as opposed to any of the other myriad of brands).  It turns out that all of the beverage products that he stocks are distributed or owned by the same conglomerate, FEMSA, which has an exclusivity contract with the store.  In return for not stocking competing products, FEMSA pays for all of the store’s equipment (several stand-up refrigerator units, the counter and the registers, the shelves, and even the store’s awning and advertising) plus the store’s rent(!).  

Want to own a convenience store?  All you need is a few employees and to purchase your stock — not much of an investment.  Perhaps this is why there are 5 abarrotes located less than a 1/2 block from my apartment.

 

México, D.F.

Colorful Coatepec

Here’s another picture from Coatepec…

 

mikesnotes is a big fan of color.

mikesnotes is a big fan of color.

 

Monterrey, México

The Overhead Wires of Coatepec

A feature of many Mexican cities and towns is an overabundance of overhead wires, for electricity, phone, and other services.  In a strange way, they have an attractive quality, not unlike the fog in San Francisco… would the cities feel the same without their blanket?

Coatepec Wires 6

Here’s the view from Coatepec, which is, in many other ways, a gorgeous and quaint colonial pueblo in the state of Veracruz.

 

México, D.F.

Rains Signify the Symbolic Start of Summer

The seasonal drought that affects Mexico City (and Spring) came to a spectacular end today about 530pm, when the skies above Escandón let forth a torrential rail and hail storm.  The afternoon clouds have been building for weeks, and even let forth a few showers in the southern, and wetter, part of the city recently — but this was the first real drencher since September or October.

I’d have a few pictures of the hail… but the power (and internet) decided to quit just after the first of the booming thunderclaps… perhaps in a few days.

 

Monterrey, México

Another Artsy Advert

For whatever reason, I admire this ad from Puebla, México.

Another ad to be filed under the "art or advertising" discussion.  Puebla, México.

Another ad to be filed under the "art or advertising" discussion. Puebla, México.

 

México, D.F.