Villa de Pozos

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Ready for Brunch!
Ready for Brunch!
Happy family, ready for brunch!
Happy family, ready to eat!

A splendid adventure Sunday! Marc has a lovely student named Meliza who asked us to join her family for brunch in Villa de Pozos, a suburb of San Luis Potosi. It’s an old city with an amazing church that’s probably 500 years old. For me, the best features were the great barbacoa and Meliza’s lovely weekend home.

I can’t believe how good Meliza’s English is! She’s only starting level 15, but she’s already fluent. Her entire family speaks English, but other languages as well. They are world travelers and even spent 3 years in Russia. We had lots to talk about.

This was our brunch spot--and it's a popular place. We had trouble finding a table.
This was our brunch spot–and it’s a popular place. We had trouble finding a table.
The restaurant makes their own tortillas here and use them for sopes and gorditas.
The restaurant makes their own tortillas here and uses them for sopes and gorditas.
The Chilaquiles must have been good, because he didn't speak a word, just inhales him. How I miss having that kind of metabolism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilaquiles
The Chilaquiles must have been good, because he didn’t speak a word, just inhaled them. How I miss having that kind of metabolism.
A big smile for Huevos Divorciados (divorced eggs)! Notice the eggs are divided by frijoles and red and green sauces (rojos y verdes salsas). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huevos_divorciados
A big smile for Huevos Divorciados (divorced eggs)! Notice the eggs are divided by frijoles and red and green sauces (salsas rojos y verdes).
I had menudo, a traditional spicy soup made with beef stomach (tripe). The broth was amazing, but the stomach was, well, just ok. If you have trouble with odd textures, this isn't for you. I learned later that I could have just gotten the broth. I also had two barbacoa tacos. So tasty! I added onion, guacamole and a squeeze of lime. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menudo_(soup) (BTW, oddly enough, Menudo is also the name of a traditional soup from the Philippines. It's made with liver, not stomach. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menudo_(soup)
I had menudo, a traditional spicy soup made with beef stomach (tripe). The broth was amazing, but the stomach was… well… just ok. If you have trouble with odd textures, this isn’t for you. I learned later that I could have just gotten the broth.
I also had two barbacoa tacos. So tasty! I added onion, guacamole and a squeeze of lime.

(BTW, oddly enough, Menudo is also the name of a traditional soup from the Philippines. It’s made with liver, not stomach.)

This is consume con carne--a meat soup with broth. Marc said it was excellent. Now that it's gotten chilly, we are both missing soup! Unusually, this was lamb, not beef or pork. The coffee is Cafe de Olla, a traditional way to prepare coffee in Mexico. The distinct flavor of Café de olla is derived from cinnamon and piloncillo. To prepare, it is essential to use a traditional earthen clay pot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_de_olla https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panela
This is consume con carne–a meat soup with broth. Marc said it was excellent. Now that it’s gotten chilly, we are both missing soup! Unusually, this was lamb, not beef or pork.
The coffee is Cafe de Olla, a traditional way to prepare coffee in Mexico. The distinct flavor of Café de Olla is derived from cinnamon and piloncillo. To prepare, it is essential to use a traditional earthen clay pot.
A car decorated for a Quinceañera--a girl's 15th birthday, a big celebration in all of Latin American. It marks the age when she goes from being a child to a woman. I hope to attend one of these parties while I'm here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincea%C3%B1era
A car decorated for a Quinceañera–a girl’s 15th birthday, a big celebration in all of Latin American. It marks the age when she goes from being a child to a woman. I hope to attend one of these parties while I’m here.
Meliza took us to see their weekend home. The house is finished, but the garden area is still under construction.
Meliza took us to see their weekend home. The house is finished, but the garden area is still under construction.
The roses are in bloom.
The roses are in bloom.
The garden is still under construction, but already has many lovely features.
The garden is still under construction, but already has many lovely features.
This niche is all tile. I only wish I could have shown off the ceilings--large domes, made of brick, and topped with a windowed "chimney" to let in natural light.
This niche in the kitchen is all tile. I only wish I could have shown off the ceilings–large domes, made of brick, and topped with a windowed “chimney” to let in natural light. It’s a beautiful home and decorated so well.
I love the decorative details of their house. Today it's decorated for Dia de Los Muertos--the Day of the Dead.
I love the decorative details of their house. Today it’s decorated for Dia de Los Muertos–the Day of the Dead.
This is my favorite feature--their altar, almost ready for the Day of the Dead celebrations. November 1 is for children who died young. November 2 is for adults. Photos of those who have passed are displayed along with sugar skulls, decorative skeletons and offerings of the things they liked in life: cigarettes, tequila and favorite foods. Here, Meliza adds photos of her grandparents. Also notice the candles on the floor, arranged into a cross.
This is my favorite feature–their altar, almost ready for the Day of the Dead celebrations. November 1 is for children who died young. November 2 is for adults. Photos of those who have passed are displayed along with sugar skulls, decorative skeletons and offerings of the things they liked in life: cigarettes, tequila and favorite foods.
Here, Meliza adds photos of her grandparents. Also notice the candles on the floor, arranged into a cross.
Mariachi Frogs!
Mariachi Frogs!
This is a "cookie" composed of two thin wafers (similar to those used at church for communion) with some extra tasty caramel (cajeta) between.
This is a “cookie” composed of two thin wafers (similar to church communion wafers) with some extra tasty caramel (cajeta) between. There was a bowl of these on the altar, but I gobbled this one down. Hope that’s not sacrilegious.
The living room with bar.
The living room with bar.
Amazing kitchen with some of the best tile work I've seen. I'm envious! In my shared kitchen, it's just too much trouble to cook.
Amazing kitchen with some of the best tile work I’ve seen. I’m envious! In my shared kitchen, it’s just too much trouble to cook. I’d live in this one.
Their weekend house is decorated with Mexican art, including these dolls.
Their weekend house is decorated with Mexican art, including these dolls.

It was a great day and we also visited a greenhouse and drove through a park. More photos to follow!

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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

2 thoughts on “Villa de Pozos”

  1. There’s not a thing about that kitchen that I don’t like. The tile is exquisite, and the chandelier with the blue-ruined hurricane glass is beautiful! The peacock mural is lovely as well.

    I didn’t realize everything that went into the Dia des los Meurtos, particularly the two different days.

    What a great opportunity to see Mexican life up close and personal!

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