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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Mexican Market and Mango Love Quintana Roo  Mexico

Mexican Market and Mango Love

The fragrance of mangoes drifts across the square and pulls me in. Big mangoes, little mangoes. Red, green and yellow mangoes. I follow my nose on my tiptoes like Bugs Bunny falling in love.

The market in Puerto Aventuras is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so I arrive early and politely push my way through the gathering crowd. I fill my basket with a recycled water bottle filled with Mayan honey, dried hibiscus flowers the color of a good Shiraz, spiny green guanabana that slices open to reveal white pulp reminiscent of a pineapple-strawberry smoothie, avocados--buttery and smooth, pungent ginger root, and of course mangoes.

I'm cooking mahi-mahi tonight topped with mango and avocado and drizzled with organic honey. I'm brewing Jamaica, a smooth tea made from the dried flowers. And to top it all off, I'm trying my hand at homemade guanabana-ginger ice cream.

I've never made home made ice cream. But then I'd never shopped at a Mexican market where they take dollars and pesos and the cost of dinner (not including the fresh fish I bought from the fisherman of course) is a measly 78 pesos, which rounds out to about 5 dollars and 20 cents. All in all, its a good day to try something new!

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