A few days ago, friends told me where I could find good bacon in Mazatlán. I’ve been searching, and I’ll just say that what is available in the grocery stores isn’t even worth looking at, much less eating. It may be the same cut as bacon, but it’s not cured and there is zero smoke. Bleh.
So, the “good” bacon is apparently hiding in the Mercado Pino Suarez. I was doubtful, but there are a few things I need bacon for so I decided to give it a try. Directions to the correct stall were pretty specific, so I was able to find it pretty easily. Bacon, in Spanish, is “Tocino”. Currently the price is $34 pesos for 1/4 kilo (about 1/2 a pound). That works out to be about $3.28 usd/lb. A little on the high end for pork here, but on par with what I paid in Seattle. They cut your bacon to order, so if you like it thin or thick just let them know. The name of the stall is “Cremeria El Porvenir”. They have a very distinctive look to their stall – I think someone has a post-it note addiction! This morning I gave the bacon a try. !!! I actually prefer my bacon really smoky, which this isn’t, but it really is the best bacon I’ve found in Mazatlán!
From the Aquiles Serdan side of the Mercado, go in the North-East entrance and take the first left. You’ll see the stall on your right hand side at the next corner.
I’m saving my favorite machaca, jugo, and pollo stalls for later, but here is the fruteria where I buy my fruit – they cut them up and put them in a package with lime and chili for 22 pesos. Last year it was 20 pesos and much easier to pay for 🙂 I like mine chilled, so I take it home and put it in the fridge overnight. Also available, from many vendors, are trays of chopped veggies for soups/stews/stir-frys. About the same price. Veggies I buy from whichever vendor I’m closest to, or from the Fruteria Alicia on the way home.
When I’m feeling like I need squishy cheese (queso fresco) I buy from this stall. Prices are good and the queso fresco is pretty darned tasty.
If I’m out of coffee and not planning on going to Soriana any time soon, I’ll stop here and get a big can. Marino coffee reminds me of Folgers, which is what I drink when I’m in the USA. Yes, I am from Seattle and no, I don’t care for Starbucks 🙂
On days I’m dragging, I’ll stop here and get one cocada. Think coconut held together with sugar glue! There’s a paper at the bottom – don’t eat it!
Ok, that ends the Mercado Pino Suarez tour! I’m doing a double post today so stay tuned for the Calle Carnaval edition!