Our first stop Wednesday was to Mercado 20 de Noviembre, a local market. We got some alright coffee and bread. Not a great meal. There may have been better places to go in that market. We saw a bunch of cops eating there, so assumed it would be good coffee atleast. One highlight of that market though was this dog that kept following us around and laid by our feet while we ate.
After our disappointing breakfast, we went to the Zocalo and ate at a restaurant called Tr3s 3istro. It was on the second story with a balcony looking out over the Zocalo’s gardens. Rachael got a concha and latte and I got a coffee and green smoothie.
After second breakfast, we walked to a bus station by the Hotel Riviera and caught a bus to Monte Alban, a Zapotec archaeological site with several buildings, located on the top of a mountain.
I manages to get some photos of Monte Alban from the plane leaving as well:
In the afternoon, we went and visited another market and got some lunch there. I got a Tlayuda (large, thin, crunchy, partially fried or toasted tortilla covered with a spread of refried beans, asiento, lettuce or cabbage, avocado, meat, Oaxaca cheese, and salsa) and Rachael got a torta.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the city some more and then that evening we did a Mezcal tour.
Rachael and I met up with our tour guide at a Mezcaleria where we learned about the different Agave plants and the process of making Mezcal. We also got to try some.
During our tour, a parade for St. Sebastian went by, and the paradegoers shared their homemade Mezcal with us. It was a really fun way to try a bunch of Mezcals (and see a parade) and it tied in well with the tour we were actually on in that moment. The tour had large paper-mache puppets and people in traditional dress, and lots of fireworks.
Our next stop on the tour was to another Mezcal bar where we got to try some more Mezcals and compare their flavors with a tasting wheel:
This stop also included some delicious tacos and a hush puppy like thing and some tamales