A walk in Tijuana

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Tijuana is a multi-tasking city: culinary adventurer, child friendly fun zone, artist inspiration, hard working citizen, and eye candy galore. It is no secret to anyone who has been reading about our adventures that we like food (tacos and Mexican candy rank high up in our “needs” scale). What you may not know is that we enjoy partaking in the eye candy just as much.

On a typical Tuesday afternoon, we decided to head out into the street and take a walk. The old downtown is an easily walkable area with plenty of sights and smells to enjoy (most of the smells are tacos, I’ll freely admit that). But the sights… oh the sights! I love to look at the artisans work, the hand painted plates, the creative juices of people who make dolls or toys out of anything (random pieces of metal, corn husks, etc).

Today I decided to share a few of the pictures I took during our afternoon stroll.

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There is more than enough eye candy on Avenida Revolucion, but I suggest you venture to the surrounding streets as well.

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The Pasaje Rodriguez is just one of the colorful and historic areas you can explore

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Street food is one of the great joys of walking around town. Fresh fruit water (strawberry, lemon, horchata) and chips with lemon and chillie are just one of the options. Gotta have fuel right?

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These planters seem to be the new decorative favorite in the area and come in all colors and designs. I can totally see them on someone’s backyard deck.

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These pots remind me of my great grandmother and her delicious homemade beans. I don’t actually have one but you better believe I am taking one home.

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I love the happy, colorful flowers on this throw pillow

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These painted cups are the perfect way to serve hot chocolate or ponche

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Calabera figurines

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There’s a tile shop I go to every time I am in Tijuana. I love the multitude of colors and designs that they carry and always end up daydreaming about completely redecorating a room in our house with the options available. I usually end up just buying one as a reminder of our visit.

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I love the alleyways and hidden corners, twists and turns that the old downtown area has to offer. Some are full of lively shops, others are deserted and serve as a memory of a bygone era, but they are all mesmerizing to me.

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These colorful bowls always make me yearn for breakfast cereal.

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Summer BBQ? Card night with friends?

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These handmade dolls are available in a multitude of colors. The art is in the fact that they are made out of corn husks. The ability and creative of people just amazes me.

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Metal, rocks, voila! Ants on a swing.

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I love all the loteria inspired mirrors.

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I asked Andy if we could redo our bathroom and put in one of these amazing sinks. He agreed. Now we just have to pick one.

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Of course as you’re walking you are bound to run into some interesting sights. Today it was this pig snout.

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Herbs, spices, nuts, beans… the supplies are endless

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Cheese. It’s like they know my weakness!

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Ate de Membrillo and Ate de Guayaba. It’s traditional Mexican candy and very tasty. Even hard to please Andy got himself some for home.

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Charal are little dried fish. My mom says she used to pop them like candy when she was younger.

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This has to be one of my favorite childhood memories. You take an egg, crack a small piece on the top and clean it (empty the contents inside and wash it), then you fill it up with confetti and cover the small opening with tape. You repeat several hundred times, or a dozen. You can color the egg like they did here or just draw on it with markers. Then, on celebration day (any celebration) the object is to surprise someone by breaking the egg on their head. It’s so much fun you forget about how long it takes to clean out the egg shell and stuff it with confetti. Of course, you can also buy a dozen already prepared egg shells for $40 pesos and just enjoy throwing and cracking them on your loved ones.

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Mango slices covered in chilli powder are awesome!

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Mackenzie’s happy place. We visit often.

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Jamonsillo is made out of evaporated milk and sugar. It is amazing. This is my favorite Mexican candy.

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We ended our day at a little empanada place, El Fucumano. It’s a little Argentinian restaurant with extremely friendly and helpful service and delicious food. We tried the Portobello empanadas ($20 pesos) (you have to try it! It was my favorite and amazing!), the Beef empanadas ($16 pesos) and the Ham and Cheese empanadas ($15 pesos) (the kiddo’s idea). We tried them all and were very happy with the taste and serving size. Their chimichurri sauce was a hit (and there are two picky eaters in this family) and their fresh lemonade ($22 pesos) was perfect. We had 6 empanadas, 3 cokes, and 1 lemonade and spent $176 pesos/ $11 U.S. dollars. Great meal, great price, happy family. We all highly recommend this establishment. You can find it right on Revolution Street about a block away from the Tijuana Arch.

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The great part about taking a stroll around Tijuana is that is can cost as little, or as much, as you want. You can spend hours walking and admiring the artisans and crafts for free. Or, you can partake in purchasing some colorful and beautiful goods and enjoying the delicious food. It’s really up to you. At the end of the day, whichever path you take, you will be satisfied from all the eye candy.

 

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