Where’s the Coffee!
What’s the first thing I do when I get to my room at a fancy smancy resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico? Check out the coffee situation ☕️ ❤️ Yep there’s a pouch of grounds. So far so good Lol! Which looks like enough for two pots worth. Okay that will get me by until I find a store. So far so good Lol!…..$10 price tag on it…..I don’t think so! Do I hop a taxi and head on over to Costco? Costco seems to be a common topic on planes going to Mexico. Again, I don’t think so! Guess I’m not a Big Box sort of gal ?
Shop & support local
When home it’s important to me to shop and support small local businesses. Participating in the local economy promotes sustainability, resiliency and quality of goods. So I try and do the same while traveling. Plus my personal experience is enriched! As it happened our airport shuttle driver recommended a great taco place and our server there recommend a great little mercado just a few blocks away.
It blows my mind that the majority of tourists never get off the beaten path. Second thought; that’s actually good else they’d all be where I am which is two blocks away at a quaint, really local, inexpensive Mercado with not another tourist in sight!!!
Chihuahua Cheese ?
So instead of pushing a big shopping cart up and down isles filled with familiar products with other people who look and sound like me it’s shoulder to shoulder with locals who I have little idea what they’re saying and shelves of stuff that is just as mysterious! We get the best avocados ever, cheap fresh chicken, coffee at a fraction of the cost, eggs for pennies and chihuahua cheese. I shit you not! That’s what the man called it ? We laughed right there at the deli counter and though he spoke very little English he laughed right along with us, priceless!
All said and done I figure the meals we cooked came in at about $1.20 per serving as opposed to $12-15 per meal (minus the experience) at the resort restaurants…..Holy Guacamole!