Hispanic Market

I drive by this new grocery store in town several times a week. I had plans to visit it soon. The store is open to everyone though it caters more toward the Hispanics.

On the way home yesterday, I decided to stop in and check it out. My plan was to buy some avocados and guacamole mix to use for dinner. I felt sort of out of place as I entered the doors and seen several beautiful, dark skinned, brown eyed Hispanics eyeing my entrance.
"Will I be able to communicate with employees here?". I only know three languages and that's English, Pig Latin and Sarcasm. 

The store had a large produce department full of fruits and vegetables that I was familiar with along with many that I wasn't. I became curious and carefully picked two "green Tunas" AKA cactus and put them in the tiny plastic produce bag. The sign was written in English and said "sweet fruit". "Ill try it, why not". After all you don't go into an ABC store and bring home a cola. 

As I was searching around for guacamole mix, A couple really nice employees approached me and ask if I needed any assistance. I said "sure!, can you tell me where the guacamole mix is?" They looked at each other, smiled and said "No maam. We only have ingredients to make it fresh." They handed me a buggy and started loading the things I needed to make fresh mix. They brought a man in from the back that explained to me how to make it. While I was at it, I asked him how to eat the cactus fruits. He explained it well. I could see other Hispanic shoppers watching this unfold as they smiled one of those "bless her heart" kind of smiles. 

Needless to say 10 minutes and  $2.34 later, I was back home making fresh guacamole. 

 

I think It turned out pretty good and got a thumbs up from my husband. 

What did I think about the "Green Tuna"? 

 

It was actually good! Tasted like a Honeydew melon to me but it consist of a lot of hard seeds. These are not meant to be chewed. You are suppose to lightly chew the fruit as you enjoy the sweet juice and just swallow the seeds with each bite. 

 

I doubt I'll eat these again as I'm afraid of developing diverticulitis. But they were really good.  

I want to go back to this grocery store and try some more new things. The employees were so helpful and enjoyable. They seemed to have enjoyed my visit and I didn't even have to know Spanish! 
Smiles and friendliness are understood in any language. 

12 comments

  1. This: **** Smiles and friendliness are understood in any language. ***
    I love an adventure, even if I am invited just to follow along in reading. My girl is a guacamole fan. I eat it but my extent of Hispanic food is the burrito and taco. The best I ever had was sold in the living room of an adobe home in Bacius, MX. Great taste.

    Very good post!

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  2. OH yes and thanks for the review of the cactus ears (?) I have wondered.

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    1. They are actually the round bulbs that grow from the flat ears.??

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  3. I don't think we have guacamole mix here. Love that the smiles and helpfulness crossed barriers.

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    1. Its a pack of powdered mix with all the flavors that you add to avocados. haha

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  4. You would love San Francisco's Mission district. They even have Mexican-Chinese food.

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    1. What in the world is Mexican-Chinese food?

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  5. Your guacamole looks delicious! I love how your story unfolded!

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  6. It looks like everything came together nicely, I have never had cactus but have had tons of guacamole, the fresh made guacamole is the best.

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  7. Lisa, those stores can be fun to browse. You can find some cool things. I haven't eaten the cactus and maybe I won't....LOL Fresh guacamole is heavenly. Have a terrific weekend.

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  8. I am NOT a fan of guacamole. I've tried it a few times but just don't like it.

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  9. I see the cactus in some of our stores but never tried it...
    love guacamole...homemade or a mix

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