Here's Pilar drinking the refreshing pre-hispanic drink tehuate (spelling all wrong I'm sure, I'm just going from how it's pronounced) made from cacao, corn, and an unidentified white flower....it's all about hand blending it into a froth that takes on an almost marshmallow consistency. I have never seen it served in anything except this brightly painted red bowl with a blue band from Guerrero.
Another frequently seen Oaxacan market sight is the molino.....the guy with the grinder....here a woman has brought him a pail of cooked beans and he's grinding it into a liquid that she will use for soup. I imagine very much like the soup I had at Pilar's restuarant. They brought me a bowl of cheese and avocado and tortilla strips and then poured hot beans over it.....It was delicious. I believe creativity and art making take a lot of physical energy and so we must stay well nourished on the trip. That won't be hard in Oaxaca. But I digress because I originally wanted to tell you that New York Times writer Mark Bittman took a tour very much like the one I did, and the one we will be doing. Click here to read what he had to say.....it's a fun article with lots of great links and should get you excited about going to Oaxaca if you are any sort of a foodie.