Tlacolula Sunday Market: Part 1

IMG_1445This is one big market filled with so such a vast variety of foods, dry goods, and supplies of all kinds.  One of the reasons I’ve divided this post into two sections is because even after ruthless editing there were too many photos I wanted to share!  The vibrant colors and often dramatic lighting help to convey the vitality of this bustling market place. IMG_1446IMG_1447Contrary to what you may these the above picture is not of Tomatillos, which is to say, we call them that and in other regions of Mexico people call them that but in Qaxaca they are called miltomates a particularly tart wild version of the more familiar tomatillo*.IMG_1448IMG_1449

IMG_1452These tomatoes are so small and looked so amazing I just wanted to by them and eat them like candy.IMG_1453These “cakes” are referred to as brown sugar, I didn’t think to ask if they were made from Palm Sugar, anyone know?IMG_1454IMG_1455IMG_1457IMG_1458IMG_1459

IMG_1460 IMG_1461IMG_1464Nieve is Spanish for snow, most Spanish people call Ice Cream Helado in Oaxaca it Nieve. IMG_1465I love this picture as I was taking a picture of the Agua Fresca, but the people behind the Agua Fresca thought I was taking a picture of them…love the peace sign.IMG_1466IMG_1467IMG_1468IMG_1469IMG_1470IMG_1474IMG_1475IMG_1476IMG_1477I loved these stone corn grinders (I was told the name for them, but you know….Mescal)IMG_1478Needless to say I wanted to buy one but…it’s not exactly carry on material nor is it really something I would find much use for in my NYC apartment, but still I was very tempted!IMG_1479The rather un-appetizing looking thing in the bowls is a freshly ground corn drink called Tejate that is popular here as a breakfast drink.  I couldn’t muster a try….IMG_1480IMG_1481IMG_1482These bags were very handsome and one of the many examples of the beautiful craftsmanship done is this region of Mexico.IMG_1485IMG_1487IMG_1490 IMG_1491IMG_1493

IMG_1495 IMG_1494Kindling, as so much food is still cooked over an open fire.IMG_1497IMG_1496Love the green pottery. IMG_1499Tomorrow part 2, the bakery, chocolate making, turkeys, BBQ and a Church!  Stay tuned.

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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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2 Responses to Tlacolula Sunday Market: Part 1

  1. cbcreates says:

    The freesia made me almost tear up! I always buy a bouquet of it in Oaxaca. Last trip the same bouquet went with us to Mexico City—dwindling down, of course. I was kind of obsessed carefully packing them and making it last.

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