One’s day would not be complete without starting out with some fruit or fruit juice or licuados, which are usually available until noon.
Juices: On street corners so just on sidewalks, or even on the roads, you’ll see simple supermarket carts or small stands set up, where vendors sell fresh juices, most commonly orange and grapefruit, at prices ranging from 10 to 15 pesos a cup. Some juice stands even offer carrot juice; for a few extra pesos, you can get a “combinado” of orange with a splash of carrot. My all-time favorite street juice is freshly squeezed pineapple juice. Almost too sweet to drink.
Licuados: You’ll recognize these stands by the big glass jars on display, filled with all kinds of chopped fruit. Licuados are fruit shakes made with an evaporated milk base; the most common flavors are the banana-chocolate, strawberry, mamey (an orange fruit with a texture similar to avocado) or chocolate. If you want something lighter, ask for an agua fresca: the same blends of fruit, but without the milk. My favorite is the green one, made with pineapple, celery, cilantro, carrots, spinach and maybe a little garlic. Yum.
Fruit: Small bicycle carts, usually parked on the road, sell fruit cocktails of papaya, watermelon, and strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, apples and oranges and bananas. Sometimes covered with honey and granola or sweetened condensed milk. If you want a more savory breakfast, they also also sell generous portions of shredded cucumber, jicama, or carrot seasoned with lime, salt and chili sauce.
We can’t possibly consume all of that and the next course at one sitting. We’ll delve into many different types of Tamales, Chilaquiles, coffees, pastries and other nummy breakfast items you can find by just walking around in any of our towns. Buen provecho, everyone! Hasta pronto!