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Authentic Vietnamese Eats: Pho Chef

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Vietnamese countryside

We here at discoverGDL love our Vietnamese food. So much so that we’ve learned to make things like our own chicken pho, from scratch. Why? Because in Guadalajara, a craving for Vietnamese food is not one that could have otherwise been easily satisfied before. That is, until Pho Chef came into our lives. Prior to that, rumor had it that someplace somewhere in the city maybe had something like Vietnamese cuisine on the menu, as an addition to some other cuisine from some other country in that part of the world. However, we could never put that rumor to the test because we could never identify an eating establishment that would have sparked such a rumor in the first place. Now, with Pho Chef in existence, there’s no need for a wild goose chase and we can put the original rumor to rest. Suffice to say, Pho Chef fits the bill quite well.

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Ecotiendas: Finding Healthy Organic and Locally-Sourced Foodstuffs in Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_3963The organic and/or locally sourced movement is still getting off the ground in Mexico, in general. Not to say that folks weren’t already producing organic products or sourcing products locally in Mexico before, but simply that the organization of businesses and resources around these ends and the emphasis on the importance of these aspects of consumption are still works-in-progress.

The focus on where things come from, how they are grown, and the means by which they get to market is increasing but is not hyper-strong throughout the entire country yet. There’s plenty of room for growth. You’ll most likely have the easiest time finding wholesome and healthy organic and locally-sourced goods in el DF (Mexico City, Distrito Federal), be they offered by specialty stores, restaurants or other businesses. However, more and more, various shops are popping up here in Guadalajara.

To be honest, we can’t say that we’re overly impressed with the choices or the pricing or the variety. But, availability is improving poco a poco as they say (little by little). In this article we’ll review a few specialty store options and pass on our recommendations. In later articles we’ll address things like organic-market meetups and restaurants.

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Tianguis Tales: Colonia Santa Teresita, Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_2397_SantaTere_CroppedColonia Santa Teresita (Santa Tere for short) is a dense, vibrant, and busy section of Guadalajara, Jalisco. It boasts two tianguis in addition to its extremely popular core market in the heart of the colonia. One tianguis takes place every Wednesday while the other runs on Sundays.

What is a tianguis you ask? It’s a street market, and in Guadalajara specifically it is a collection of puestos (stands) assembled together literally right in the middle of the street, often with a mixture of metal rods and tarps. When there is a tianguis in effect, there’s no driving through that area anymore. Doesn’t matter if you are an operator of a city bus, you ain’t getting through, those streets are closed.

Tianguis across the city vary in size, schedule, location, and what they sell, among other things. Often, there’s some common theme to them, if you will, and they may contain makeshift “restaurants”. This one’s more about foodstuffs, that one’s more about clothing. And that’s the way it is for the two that take place in Santa Tere.

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