Ley’s Grocery Store

Ley’s is the big Mexican grocery store in Centro. These are just some of the images from my visit – I have to run, but check back for more along with some comments.

If you could, wouldn’t you want to only clean with a product called: Fabuloso!?

The staples: Limes

chilies…tomatillo

aloe, more chilies….

This was the biggest cinnamon I have ever seen…

Basically $18 a kilo which would work out to be $9 bucks a pound – pretty  good.

Love this: Extra Pasion!  Make cereal like candy and give it a sexy name: SOLD.

The only reason I took this picture is because the phrase Hot Cakes is something I always associate with     Eva Gabor’s character in Green Acres when I was a kid.  Her’s were always inedible, but she kept making them anyway.

This is the traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate that is now owned by….

This was my favorite section: The tequila sale table.

This box had a colorful flask in the box that you got if you bought this promotion.

The value jug:

The margarine section.

In all of that one brand of butter (nice packaging) salted and unsalted, but you had to really looked amongst the dozens of kinds of margarine.

 A little local flavor.

Never have I ever seen so many kinds of powder drink flavors. It almost, but not quite, makes me want to try them.

 Colored jello cubes in custard..at least that’s my guess…festive.

 The candies at the feet of the clowns seems like over kill to me.

 Face masks were worn by everyone preparing food.  It look very surgical.

 But then the meat was in big vats that unmasked customers could pick over…

 Little baby delicious apples.

 Conagra has cornered the market in microwave popcorn.

 With lots of local flavors.

And this was so weird (and cheap) that I had to buy a bottle: locally made Lambrusco.  Traditionally an Italian lightly frizzante red wine.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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