A short (on words) post today to introduce you to the wonders of the Mexican pastelería – specifically, the Pastelería Ideal we found ourselves in on our first afternoon in Mexico. Lured in by fabulous baking smells and a huge crowd of people, we spent quite a while in there, looking, not buying, intrigued by the promise of an exposition upstairs…
A peek inside revealed festive decorations (with the ubiquitous piñata)…
Forgoing (for the time being) the tasty treats downstairs, we headed up to the “exhibition”. Oh my, what a treat for the eyes awaited us…
Possibly the largest cakes I have ever seen. So
gaudy elaborate that they just didn’t seem real. Or if they did, it would be a shame to cut into them…
Catering to all sorts of tastes…
Yes, there is a lucha libre-themed cake. And a 10kg Hello Kitty. Hello, heavy. And a chess board. And who doesn’t want a Spiderman cake?
Check out the selection below. There is a cake that weighs nearly as much as me. I mean, seriously?
And Neil and I spied the proof that some people simply couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. LOL!
Ok, are you ready for this?
Sit down and behold…
Even looking at this a couple of months later, I am cracking up! That’s one unhappy Dolly. Ignoring her possessed face for a bit, can you IMAGINE the work that went into that dress? Wow.
Downstairs, people were stocking up for the festive season. We were overwhelmed by the choices…
(I’m not sure how I feel about a fish-shaped pastry…)
But wait, there’s more…
If you thought Dolly above was scary, get a load of this:
Words fail me. It’s a rare occurrence. No, we did not buy this. (if you want more, including “Hulk” themed cakes, you can see more of their creations in their gallery here!).
I LOVE food shops in other countries. It’s possibly my most favourite part of travelling. I could spend hours in supermarkets. And bakeries. And god bless the Mexican bakery that was open on New Year’s Day (not this one – don’t think I could have faced Dolly or the unnamed gelatin creation) to serve me my first meal of 2011. The Mexicans, like the French, have it right. Even when the world is closed, there’s always a bakery open. Somewhere!
Av. 16 de Septiembre 18
6:30am – 9:30pm
República de Uruguay 74
6:30am – 9:30pm