Ice cream for sale

ice cream

WE HAVE TWO primary plazas in our Colonial downtown. One is a good bit bigger than the other.

We call the bigger one the Big Plaza, and we call the smaller one the Small Plaza, but we do it in Spanish, not English.

The two are just one block apart.

They are very distinctive, those two plazas. The Big Plaza is where fancy people hang out. The Small Plaza is where the working class gathers. It appears to be self-segregation.

I, of course, hang out in the Big Plaza.

There are other differences. The Big Plaza has far fewer sidewalk vendors than the Small Plaza, which not only has more vendors but a wider variety of products.

The vendors on the Big Plaza mostly sell corn on the cob. The far more numerous vendors on the Small Plaza sell all sorts of stuff. I’m particularly fond of shrimp cocktails.

I was slumming the other day by walking through the Small Plaza, and I noticed this smiling woman selling ice cream. I took her photo, and here it is.

35 thoughts on “Ice cream for sale

  1. I’m shy of the street vendors of ice cream. If it isn’t Blue Bell, it isn’t ice cream, IMHO. But this lady looks like a happy camper. Business must be good.

        1. I think the the headquarters for Blue Bell is in Texas, so I guess that overcomes some of the logistical challenges. It may be our finest export to Mexico.

    1. Carole: I almost never buy ice cream on the street. It’s not because I am suspicious of it here, I just prefer shrimp cocktails. There is a string of ice cream vendors under the portales of the Big Plaza, and I buy lemon ice there frequently. I don’t like the texture of their ice cream. But the lemon ice is almost indistinguishable from the wonderful lemon ice available at Brocato’s ice cream in New Orleans.

      Lot cheaper here than it was at Brocato’s.

      1. I think you’re brave to eat the shrimp cocktails. There’s a certain scent about those ceviche and shrimp carts that I can’t get past.

  2. Ice cream always beats corn on a stick. I was going to say “trumps” instead of “beats,” but I can’t bring myself to in the current political climate in the States.

      1. Sign me up for a corn dog. I thought I had scored big when I found a box at Sam’s Club. Turns out they were chicken dogs. And the corn meal had not fared well in the freezer. But it was a vague taste of the past.

        1. Señor Cotton: Now that you mention this, I believe I have seen boxes of frozen corn dogs — not chicken dogs — in Costco. (Sam’s, Costco, almost identical) The frozen foods section of Costco always contains stuff I would love to eat, but I almost never buy it, unlike someone else I know who will remain unnamed for the sake of his questionable food reputation and his well-known tendency to self-abuse. Take the corn dogs, for instance, it’s only available in quantity, and I would eat the entire box in just a couple of days. I know myself, so I just don’t buy it. I possess a steel will.

          Now, if I passed a street stand selling individual corn dogs I would buy one, but that ain’t gonna be found in my neck of the woods.

          1. Corn dogs (called banderillas) can be found pretty easily on the streets of Mexico City. In Australia we call them pluto pups or dagwood dogs, not sure if those names are ever used in the US. Great photo. Yes, corn on the cob does leave a bit too be desired in Mexico although not many Mexicans would ever say that and the number of vendors is testament to their popularity. On another note, I also wrote a post about an ice cream vendor but from Chiapas. You´ll find it on my blog if you want to see it.

            1. Hi, Peter. Interesting that corn dogs are common on the streets of Mexico City. I’ve never seen one in my neck of the woods. Just as well, I guess. Thanks for the kind words about the photo. I think I just lucked up.

  3. Elote is a great way to have corn. Some “upscale” restaurateurs NOB have figured out they can charge a boatload for it ($4-6 US an ear) and there are enough rubes (oh dear; make that less educated eaters) who will pay for it.

    Too bad I can’t ship you corn dogs. The last company I worked for and have a teeny investment in, is one of the largest producers of corn dogs in the US.

    1. Scott: I’m a son of the Old South, so I know corn on the cob. Alas, what they sell here from street stalls is pretty lame but occasionally marginally acceptable. From what I’ve heard it’s just a different type of corn than what we grew on my grandparents’ Georgia farm centuries ago. And I’ve never seen it in restaurants if you don’t count chucks of corncob in caldo de res.

          1. We have paleteros and corn vendors here. The corn is on a stick and smeared with mayonnaise and sprinkled with chili. The vendors all seem to be Mexican or Central American. They come through the neighborhood ringing their bells on their little three wheel bikes.
            Kids that will never admit that they speak Spanish become very fluent when it comes to buying paletas, elotes or those shrimp chips.
            I miss the tamaleras that used to come through the neighborhood. The little kids would knock on the door and ask if we wanted to buy tamales. The kids did the transactions because the health department is not going to arrest a bunch of kids.
            We used to have fruit and vegetable vendors come to the door, but it seem as if they have been put out of business.
            Government hates anything they cannot tax or control.

              1. If they took away all of the illegals here, there would be no one left but me and a couple of cats. Do you really think they could deport twelve million people? My neighbors are scared, but so am I.

    1. Angeline: As I mentioned in a reply to another comment, I find corn here lame. There are lots of great things one can — and should — say about Mexico, but the U.S. is far kinder to the tongue.

      1. Right you are Felipe. The corn there is tough. My thinking is it’s a different type, and also it doesn’t get the required amount of rain. Corn grown in Southern Ontario is so tender you can eat it right off the plant, raw. The bullets you get there could crack your teeth.

        1. Kris: You said it. On occasion I encounter something marginally edible, but not often. And I have been told by a number of people that it’s simply a different strain of corn. I believe it.

    1. Señor Cotton: I recognized her name, but it was not until I Googled her that I connected her to her famous photos. Oh, yeah, I think she and I have lots in common. Thanks for noticing!

  4. I buy my chocolate ice cream at the nearest super mercado. The brand I buy is made in Mexico and it does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup and is made with genuine milk and sugar. I can still read the list of ingredients but it is getting more difficult every year.

    1. Andrés: Milk and sugar are good, far better than corn syrup.

      Why is it getting more difficult to read the ingredients every year.? You need specs? I’m a big reader of ingredient lists, which explains in part why I am svelte and, apparently, quite healthy.

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