Monday, January 24, 2011

Home {Sweet} Home

We're home!

A cancelled flight, an unexpected night stay in Mexico city,  and an extra flight to Montreal... {Oh, the joys of traveling on stand-by}... We landed safe and sound in Toronto with 2 exhausted kids, a broken suitcase, and a smile on our faces!

Tired.  Happy.  Sad to have left, but so overjoyed to be home.  

There truly is no place like home.

We spent the last 10 days at my Grandparent's house, in a small town called Tehuacan {Mexico}.  My Mother was born and raised there, before immigrating to Canada when she was only 18.

I love Mexico.  The food.  The people.  The culture... (I guess I'm a little biased having a little Mexican blood in me). 
 One of my favorite places to eat is a restaurant called "El Tizon".  If you're a foreigner, you are pretty much guaranteed to get sick if you eat these.. But in my opinion, it's well worth it!  :)
Tacos al Pastor
Bistek con Queso (Steak & Cheese Tacos)
I love the familiarity of Tehuacan.  We spent most of our childhood holidays visiting family and spent 2 years living there when I was a little girl.
I treasure the time spent there, but I always return to Canada feeling a little more blessed.  Seeing some people struggle to make a living saddens me.  (Don't get me wrong, I know there are people that are struggling here as well and that saddens me too.)
Meet the Tortilla ladies from Coapan.  In the past, the ladies would run barefoot from their little town of Coapan to Tehuacan, carrying approximately 10 kilograms of tortillas on their back
They line up outside the market selling their Tortillas
10 pesos ($0.82 USD) will buy you 30 handmade tortillas.  Amazingly, they retain their heat in these containers and they are still warm when you purchase them.
Meet Sergio.
Sergio has been polishing shoes for 10 years.  At 15 pesos per pair ($1.24), he averages 150 pesos per day. On a really good day he will bring in 210 pesos ($17.41 USD), to feed his family of 6
When I see little kids selling things, it breaks my heart.  Working at such a young age, selling Mueganos to help support his family.  Is this young lad not too cute for words?  His toothless smile melted my heart.

With the extreme cold weather we have been experiencing this past week, I thought it would be fitting to give away something delightful to warm you up.  I will be giving away two packages of Mexican Hot Chocolate.  Delicious, Chocolaty, goodness in a cup!  
To Enter:
1.  Leave a comment in this blog post (please remember to leave your name).

2.  To double your chances, hop on over to this facebook page and leave a comment there as well.  

3.  Contest closes on Friday January 28th at midnight and the winner will be chosen by  

Thanks for entering, and good luck!

Please note:  Nestle has in no way sponsored this giveaway or is representative of this blog post.
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  1. The food looks fantastic!! And i would eat it too even if i had to suffer a bit afterwards, haha!

  2. Looks like you had a fabulous time Jen! It's great that you can go and show your beautiful chilren your roots.
    Gorgeous photos. Looks like you've learned that camera well!

  3. I love it honey, you do such a great job at this blogs. xoxo

  4. I had a lot of catching up to do but these all are amazing!!! I love Amelia getting her shoes cleaned ... too cute!
    <3 Stephanie M

  5. mmmmmm.....I want some hot chocolate for sure!!! I love reading your blog!! Aimee :)

  6. Looks like you had an awesome time Jen!

    Amber :)

  7. Love the blog!!! wrote a comment yesterday, but it didn't show up?? Hmmm

  8. Yea! I love Tehuacan city of Gods
    How to forget! All those wonderful times on the side of my mother trading hands made items for groceries at the Hidalgo market and enjoying the icecream at the (parque Juarez )the tortillas from the coapenas and Los nopalitos delicious is it.
    Tehuacan lives in me everyday! .


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