Exploring Mexico

Images of Mexico Part V

Photographs and Text by John Todd, Jr.

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Mexico is a big country. It can only be described as a sensual mosaic of different scenes of people and landscapes. Soft pastels and hard colors are seen and felt in the emotions of the people.

Beautiful as the soft music of a romantic trio in the evening or a hard ranchera. The laughter of a people who love their children and celebrate life in the streets and their homes.

If you look at a map of Mexico and the US, you might describe the US as the mind and logic, and Mexico is the heart.

Bus Station
Bus Station
Puebla del los Angeles, Puebla
Bus Station
You can get some really good food at the bus station and market in Puebla de los Angeles.
Cemita Bread
Fresh Cemitas
Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla
Fresh Cemitas
In the state of Puebla there are all kinds of Cemitas. Take a look at the menu.

They are like what´s called a torta in other parts of Mexico. Except they are bigger.

Cemitas are made with delicious fresh bread.

I ordered the Especial and could barely finish it!

A Note from a Reader about Cemitas:
Great page you got there! Congratulations! I haven't seen it all of course, but anyway I'd like to correct you on something, if I may:

"Cemitas" are NOT like "a torta", as you say.

The cemita is the type of bread and the dish itself. Is not like the bread we use for tortas, which can be a "bolillo" on Mexico City and Guadalajara, or a "telera" in central Mexico.

Bolillos and teleras are more or less the same kind of bread, but with a different shape. Altough we call "torta" any dish served in between a telera or a bolillo, Puebla has the real "torta", that is a kind of water bread, with the shape of a 2 sectioned telera (teleras have 3 sections), and like the cemita, is the name for the bread and the dish. Also, a traditional cemita goes with chipotle, and almost any torta goes with rajas.

In Veracruz, as I'm sure you already know, we have "bombas" wich are "tortas" made with "conchas", another type of bread only sweet bread this time, and they go with frijoles and manchego cheese.

Guadalajara for instance has the "tortas ahogadas", a torta made of bolillo drowned in a hot spicy concoction.

So, you see, we have all kinds of "tortas", but a cemita is certainly not a torta. It's a Cemita :)

Best regards!

Haplo at http://www.polvoestelar.com.mx/

Haplo, thanks for the explanation of the true story about "Cemitas". I´d seen that some "teleras" have two cuts in the middle and others have three, and thought these were regional distinctions. Now I know how to spot the difference. Thanks! John

Church
Specialty Restaurants
Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla
Specialty Restaurants
Each small restaurant specializes in a dish from the state of Puebla.

Some of the best of the local dishes can be found in the bus stations and markets of Mexico.
Seafood
Home Made Seafood Sauces
Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla
Home Made Seafood Sauces
Fresh seafood on ice with home made seafood sauces.

Warning. It might be a little picante.
Hot food
Hot food along the Road
Esperanza, Puebla
Hot food along the Road
It was a very cold but sunny morning just above the escarpment leading down to Orizaba.

I stopped for a break at the toll house and got some hot food which is available no matter where you go.
Altar
An Altar at a Gas Station
Esperanza, Puebla
El Altar
Truck drivers in Mexico are religious.

It must be the long drives across the cold lonely deserts at night.

They always keep fresh flowers at a Pemex truck stop restaurant in December.
Quiahuiztlan
Spanish Lookout
Villa Rica, Veracruz
Spanish Lookout
You can see the road that connects Quiahuiztlán to Villa Rica where it crosses the Veracruz-Tampico highway.

Cortés´s lookouts probably had to walk this road every day carefully watching for ships that might be friends or foes.
Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy
Villahermosa, Tabasco
Cotton Candy
On Sundays in many towns you can buy cotton candy for the kids. (And maybe they will share some of it with you.)
Stork
A Downtown Park
Villahermosa, Tabasco
A Downtown Park
I love the peaceful park near downtown Villahermosa.

It makes you feel like you are in a quiet village in the jungle.
Lines
Three Sombreros
Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca
Three Sombreros
16 de septiembre parades are fun with lots of horses and "Charros".

In Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca they have a special parade on the 16 de Septiembre.
Inditas
Mamá, Look!
Orizaba, Veracruz
Mamá, Look!
A quiet fall afternoon.

It´s Saturday afternoon in the Alameda Park in Orizaba.

Indians come down from the mountains and bring their children along for the unusual experience of being in a large town like Orizaba.

Everything is new, and people wear different clothes here in the big city. And they look different, too.
Park
A Secluded Park
Orizaba, Veracruz
A Secluded Park
On Saturday afternoons, I like the quiet parks in Mexico.

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