Why I don’t cook in Mexico

Breakfast at Fonda Dona Raquel, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

So last year, you may remember that I came down with all kinds of good intentions of learning to cook authentic Mexican food. I did take a couple classes- my favorite was the market tour at Sazon.

But it became rapidly apparent that the whole exercise was a lost cause; I could buy better food more cheaply than I could cook it.

Case in point- this was my breakfast at Fonda de Dona Raquel in the San Juan de Dios market this morning. For about $4.50 I got: a chile relleno (the real thing- big blistered, battered & stuffed w/Oaxacan cheese), potatoes, beans, rice, salsa over the whole thing and tortillas plus a mug of tamarind agua fresca.

Now why the heck would I shop, cook, & clean up?

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5 Responses to “Why I don’t cook in Mexico”

  1. Pete says:

    That looks awesome! I don’t blame you; I would be eating out as oftern as I could.

  2. Sara says:

    Yes! The only problem is that I may come back having forgotten how to: cook, drive and do my own laundry. So sad…

  3. Brad Offutt says:

    Okay, Sara, in PT there are LOTS of eateries, some both good and cheap. Did you try the new Owl Sprit? And you can walk or bike. And there’s a laundry. But I bet you’re still in no hurry to return.

  4. Brad Offutt says:

    Sara, I submitted this before and it never appeared, so here goes again! In PT there are many restaurants, and some are both good and reasonable. And you can bike or walk. And there’s a laundry plus a laundromat. And the bar in Hadlock has a mini-laundromat right inside. Drink your tequila while your laundry churns. Now doesn’t that move you to come back early???

  5. Sara says:

    Sorry about that, Brad! I seem to be a spam magnet lately & may have inadvertently deleted your comment.
    Yes, I’ve taken full advantage of PT’s cheap eateries & laundry services, too, on occasion. Although I never saw the bar/laundromat in Hadlock. Tempting….
    What I really missed were the omnipresent taxis. I can walk until I get tired, then wave my hand & be taken just about anywhere (including home) for about $2.50. Check out my weather report, and then yours, & you’ll see why I’ll be here a while longer 😉