Well, in true Kinetic curse style, our plans did not go as planned today. We found a Festival de Tamal in the Zocolo. When we did a bit more research, we found information on a VEGAN Tamal Festival only about two miles away! Thus, to the vegan fest we go (sorry to my meat-loving-Greg).
We got to the park of this “festival” and it was closed for construction. I’m talking major renovations. Hard hats. Do not enter signs.
BUT, thankfully for us, there was a huge tiangui market just around the corner. The wanna-be vegetarian in me was hoping this was the HUGE vegan festival, but I immediately saw the word barbacoa and awoke from my dream. Meaty dinner it was. We wandered around a bit and explored all that these interesting little tents have to sell (clothes, makeup, food, perfume, anything).
We found the food area with the longest line and decided to settle in. 35 minutes later, they were running out of fish and they cut the line a few people behind us and told us they would be out of food at that point. WHEW. We made the cut! A few minutes later I could see the nervous guy behind the salsa-filled table counting pieces of freshly fried fish and then counting the people in line. I locked eyes hoping he would see my desperation. SUCCESS!! He pulled two pieces aside and Greg and I got our fill.
As for me and my impatience, waiting 40 minutes for any sort of food without a major meltdown is a success in itself. But this fish, this fish was magical. It was so very freshly fried that the batter was still sizzling. Well worth the wait. Well worth twice the wait.
We followed up with some delicious
healthy crepes. Nutella, strawberries and cream, and pecans. WOAH.
After aimlessly wandering around these tianguis, we need your help! We know very little about these interesting outdoor markets and are curious. Why are they all red?-is this a requirement? Are these regulated by the city? Can Greg and I set up a Taqueria?!
Mexico City, once again–you do not disappoint!
Keep it Kinetic,
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