I thought I'd never say this, but I feel like I'm following in my parent's footsteps.
Dr. Bronners organic soap and when the van starts to smell like rotting produce, jalapenos, and body odor - we light incense. Although I still wear makeup practically every day (I rationalize for practical reasons - it contains sunblock) and I finally had the opportunity after about seven weeks to get to a salon for some personal maintenance - nails, brows, and skin, I'd say I've finally tipped the scale at about 80% hippie.
All-in-all, this trip has been as incredible as I had hoped and aside from some vicious cat fights between Mr. Testosterone and myself, it has gone even more smoothly than expected (::knock on wood::).
Now to bring you all up-to-date on our travels over the past three weeks:
My last post left off in the ghost town of Harshaw outside of Patagonia, Arizona. From there we parked the van and had a picnic on the roof with leftovers from Evan's birthday dinner (raw zucchini pasta, raw sunflower seed cheeze, and raw zucchini hummus):
Tree of Life Cafe
Stuffing: Brazil nut mylk, irish moss, olives, sundried tomatoes, salt, black pepper, hing, olive oil
Eggplant: lemon, black pepper, hing, olive oil
Breading: flax seed, pumpkin seeds, salt, italian seasoning, lemon zest
Pesto: arugula, spinach, basil, olive oil, hing, lemon, juice, salt
Sweet potato paté: sweet potato, olive oil, salt, italian seasoning, cilantro
We stopped and bought 10 ears of white corn for 10 pesos - roughly $0.80 USD from the back of some dude's pick-up.
tarter (more tart?) more tart than the other oranges we've tasted in Mexico. We decided to get a little hand-held citrus juicer to juice these babies, but we didn't end up getting one until yesterday and, as you can probably infer, the van isn't in the best shape of its life at the moment. The oranges might even be past their prime and attracting fruit flies at this point. I wouldn't be surprised.
When we arrived in Los Mochis we were hit with an unexpected reality check - Carls Junior?
On that same cart were little cups of this ground cherry-like fruit. I'm not sure what they are called and I didn't sample them.
Anyway, the pescado zarandeado was delicious and my body seemed to digest it just fine. I won't go into any more detail than that.
Back at the ranch (i.e. the van), we had to toss out a jar of sprouts due to the foul smell emanating from inside and also the browning of the sprout tails. No good for consumption. Bye sprouts.
*Correction: I've been informed by one of my blog readers on the raw food site www.giveittomeraw.com that this is, in fact, a gaunabana fruit- also known as soursop. More info here.
The next morning, I went on a jog. How nice to have linked up with a stray dog along the way (Mexico is chalk full of stray dogs and they all seem to have a gimp back leg. So strange) This pup, however, was running on all four, leading the way, and barking at me if I started lagging behind. I named him "Buddy".
For dinner, I bought some fixings at one of the produce stands in town (no pic). I went to the van and made a salad with spinach, diced habanero, jalapeno, cilantro, avocado, bagged spinach, and plenty of lime juice (no salt or spices this time - trying to cutback).
21.80 pesos = about $1.74 USD. Is that right? so 1 lb of chia seeds would cost about $3.50 to $4.00 USD. Is that right? I've seen chia seeds on the cheap for maybe $11/lb. They were organic chia seeds, though, so that may have something to do with the price hike and the fuel used to ship it. That's pretty cool, though. We should definitely stock up on chia seeds while we're here.
.168 kg = about 1/3 lb, 4.69 pesos = $0.37 USD so that would be about $1.10/lb? So about the same. Organic brown flax seeds are probably $1.50/lb in the states (at least at the People's Food Co-op in Portland, Oregon). Math was never one of my strong points so I could have very well messed this up.
We planned on going to Puerto Vallarta just for the day, but we've been here three days now. We are enjoying it, thus far. It's considered the gay capital of Mexico and it's known as a party town - all the bars are hopping on a Wednesday night. We were walking around late last night and saw two people (who were obviously not homeless bums) passed out on the street. It's hilly like San Francisco, cobblestone streets intersect a mix of decaying buildings and modern architecture. It's culturally-rich with art work at every turn, bronze sculptures line the boardwalk, and locals erect sand sculptures on the beach right before your eyes.
It just so happens a gal I went to middle school with now lives in PV with her husband. They have offered to rent out their extra room to us for a month and we are fairly certain we'll take them up on that. There's a lot to see in this city alone, but it would make a great home-base to explore neighboring beach towns and to head east into the mountains for one or two-day trips. Evan and I are both getting weary from this van-dwelling life.
One morning, Evan and I shared 1/2 a watermelon on the beach.
We found a little frutas y dulces tienda with dates! I'm not sure what kind these are, but I bought half a pound of them.
The medjools work out to be about $4/lb while the smaller dates work out to be about $2.80/lb. Good deals. I think the smaller dates are preserved with something, though. Maybe even dipped in oil to help protect them. They had a shiny, oily coating, but they kept my sweet tooth at bay.
We walked through a small plaza and saw a mangoes splattered on the ground.