|Valeria spice merchant|
This weekend, we took a quick trip to the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, for an LA care package.
|Assorted spices - click to"embiggen"|
We bought mexican chocolate and cones of piloncillo sugar.
|This is mole made with sesame seeds|
We couldn't bring him everything we saw, but here are some sights and tastes we enjoyed on his behalf:
Carnitas tacos from the Las Morelianos stall.
Here's the source of the carnitas - roasted pork shoulder.
Wonderful ripe vegetables, including heirloom tomatoes. Great prices, too.
A colorful display of Mexican candy.
Of course, the markets of London are said to be wonderful, too, so I'm sure we'll see a lot of beautiful displays there.
So this time tomorrow, British customs officials willing, we will be unpacking suitcases with our gifts safely stowed - the only trace will be the amazing scent of dried chiles clinging to our t-shirts and underwear! If you are in London, and in some museum, theatre, or market you happen to pass an American looking woman who smells like smoky and essential chipotle chiles - stop and say hello to me!