Saturday, November 20, 2010
For instance, we have someone who delivers seltzer water to our door. You can buy water with and without gas at the stores, but plain soda is another matter. We use soda water for fizzy juice drinks, chocolate egg creams (an East Coast thing) and ice cream sodas.
Costa Jardines) with gardening tips for Uruguay. They deliver a bottle for 12 pesos (about 60 cents) and most weeks, it is only one bottle. I think that it is more of a favor than a business, in our case, but we appreciate having the option.
Thursday was feria, again and with the spring comes such a lovely variety of fresh veggies. It is time for strawberries and also, I am seeing some avocados. Avocados (palta) are not popular in Uruguay, so they are not alway available. In Seattle, the two types we would generally see were haas and another type, very large (usually from Florida) that were tasteless and stringy. So, for years, I've stayed away from the large paltas, here and bought the imported haas variety (at greater cost and much smaller).
A few weeks ago, I saw some of those larger ones at the feria and decided to try one. It was fantastic. Not stringy, great flavor and solid meat. Boy, have I been missing something. Now, whenever I see them, I buy them. And the feria is the place to find them. In Tienda Inglesa (our local big market), one costs 80 pesos ($4), but at the feria they were 3 for 50 pesos. I couldn't resist. So now I have 6 lovely paltas, sitting on the counter, waiting to ripen.
There is always something to see at the beach. People walking dogs, fishing boats in the water, fishermen with long poles off the beach and horses to name a few things. Last Friday we heard this loud noise of a motor and some kind of winged personal flying contraption floated past. I got the video camera out too late, but on the return trip, Denise got a little shot of it. Always something to look at.