Friday, June 15, 2007

Phoenix Ranch Market

Set out last night to tackle the Phoenix Ranch Market. After hearing so many mixed reviews about the place I have to admit I was a bit nervous. All my fears were washed away when I walked through the front door and was engulfed by the smell of fresh bread and cakes being made. This was a real bakery; turning out homemade Mexican pastries. What a treat. I grew with a bakery on pratically every corner. Bakeries seem to be few and far between in Phoenix. So stumbling upon one at the Ranch Market was nice. Meandering further into the store I passed the la crema counter with fresh yogurt and cheese and the fish counter with homemade ceviche. Perusing the meat counter I was able to find such things as tripe and oxtail; chicken feet and cow skin. So I may not yet know what to use chicken feet for but I do know now that if I needed them they are available. This is food culture at it's finest. Another big part of the market is the food court. Aiming for the full experience I decided to have a bite to eat. Not speaking any spanish made this a challenge that was easily overcome by some very patient employees. I decided on the Torta Cubano. MMM what a good choice. For about $5 I got this nice sized sandwich stuffed with various meats and cheeses. All of this was topped with hot peppers, tomatoes, avocado and lettuce. It really was a treat.

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