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|La Cueva del Humo, Mercado 20 de Noviembre, Oaxaca|
The southerly of the two is the Mercado 20 de noviembre. The interior is packed with fondas, panaderías, dulces and aguas frescas as well as vegetables, fruits, meats, and more. Keep in mind that, as impressive as this is to a foodie, it is far surpassed in scope by the Mercado Central de Abastos, on the southwest edge of the central city.
A main entrance, amidships in the building, is the entrance to "La Cueva del Humo", more prosaically known as "El Pasillos de las carnes asadas".
I made a scouting trip at 7:30 in the morning. There wasn't much to see. One charcoal grill was being fired up, and I was invited to have a seat and breakfast, but I wasn't ready.
|La Cueva del Humo, 7:30 a.m.|
|Various cured meats; cecina, tasajo, chorizos|
|Tripas on the left. Tasajo, cecina We did not try tripas.|
The menu is posted on the wall.
The meats, as you see, are sold by weight. After we crammed our plump bodies onto a bench and into the table, we joined several Mexican families already there. A young man in a baseball cap took our order. We decided on a medio kilo of carnes surtidas. Tortillas were billed separately, as were avocado and grilled vegetables (cebollitas—a must!—, nopales, could have had grilled chiles de agua, but we passed. We got a couple of good but not especially picante salsas, and I don't recall what we drank. Probably refrescos.
|Cebollitas asadas are a must|
|Carnes asadas surtidas, inelegantly served but eaten with gusto.|
After, on our way into the main mercado area, we passed the garde manger (seriously, the cold foods and salads prep) area, which, if I understand it correctly, serves all the asadores in La Cueva.
|How are things in Guacamole?|
Price: $ 1/2 BARGAIN!
Ambience: Uncomfortable, but worth the discomforts. At the same time, it's fun, if you are not the stuffy sort.
Hygiene: seemed fine to us. Bring hand sanitizer for cleaning hands before and after eating. This is a hands on experience.
Keywords: "Aisle be cecina you always."
Location: Calle Miguel Cabrera, south of corner of Calle Aldama.
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Chapulines (seasoned grasshopper snacks) for sale, as everywhere, at the entrance.
My wife has eaten grasshoppers. She's a better man than I am.
She's a fine woman, grasshoppers or not.
We have had the chapulines, and all I can say is that they taste like crunchy chile-salt-lime dusted snacks. No valen la pena.
PS: Thanks for the compliment!
We had so many chochos (local word for chapulines, or grasshoppers) here that we couldn't possible count them. They were an assault on the census.
We gave up chapulines years ago as a passing novelty.
Trip--as in menudo. The only way I can eat it. Porky da mucho sabor a la sopa.
Gee, Joana, I never saw that sign.
Thanks for the input on chapulines.
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