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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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The Neighborhood Guide: Where to Stay in Guadalajara, Mexico

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NeighborhoodAnyone who is looking to spend an extended amount of time in Guadalajara will obviously be faced with the important decision of where to locate themselves during their time here. Whether it is a temporary or a permanent move, your concerns will most likely include things like safety and proximity to businesses, sights, or public transportation. Suffice to say, this decision can make or break your experience. We’ve therefore compiled a list of neighborhoods with brief descriptions that, for various reasons, you may wish to consider further as your potential future home base here in Guadalajara. Note that we are attempting to remain as impartial as possible in presenting our observations below as your preferences are extremely personal.

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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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