Oysters and Finger Food On The Streets of Vallarta

This morning we went for our tasty oyster treat down by the bridge. Locals, ex-pats and visitors are familiar with the place where one can dine cheaply in great style. Although we have a special fondness for many of the beach restaurants and cafes, we also enjoy the other reasonable fare available. Vendors of a great variety are plenty and one could possibly sit an entire day and order fine and delectable foods.
A cup full of an assortment of fruit such as melons, papaya, jicama, cucumber, among other juicy choices are sliced with finger eating in mind; sprinkled with chile or a lime squeeze, or eaten plain. Fruit hawkers will be more than happy to arrange a custom breakfast for you. Our favorite is watermelon mixed with jicama, sprinkled with a smidgen of Tajin.
Oysters, as aforementioned, are available all times of day, fresh or grilled. Vendors collect pesos for platters, complete with quartered limes, chile and salsa. At the beach, Playa Los Muertos, you can find multiple local families who provide selections of shellfish; they concoct seafood cocktails to order with remarkably fresh salsa. Breakfast is a good time to enjoy mollusks when they’ve just been whisked out of the ocean.
Chunks of fish and shrimp are propped over coals roasted on a stick and have been popular in Puerto Vallarta for many decades. We prefer them served with slices of fresh lime and Salsa Huichol, which we send home with friends as an edible souvenir.
While lounging on the hot sand, enjoying vistas and marvelous odors, there’s nothing quite like sweet Mexican ice cream. Buried deep in a pushcart full of ice, these mouth-watering treats comes in an assortment not found in our hometowns. Paletas (popsicles) of pineapple, guayaba (guava) chockablock with crunchy seeds, cucumber, rum (yes, really, rum), coconut, peanut and walnut are among the exotic flavors; cream and water based. The lid of the rolling freezer is wrenched open and the air is filled with icy mist as the vendor reaches inside and magically pulls out your request, frozen solid. Your tongue will stick to it at first lick, so be careful.
Candy, often sold out of a wheelbarrow, is pushed along by what must be the strongest man on the entire beach and it’s not just yummy, it’s colorful! As well as gummies and sweet and sours, there are jawbreakers, mints, licorice and a selection of nuts. From pistachios to pecans, some are salted while others are covered in caramel and hard sugar. Our guests love to take these home, as well.
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!

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