You will probably laugh at this. But, the town is abuzz with those who "know"
who Thrifty Ice Cream is - some of the best ice cream found in Mexico.
This ad was in the Atencion newspaper this week. Quickly the phone lines were ablaze with comments like, "Have you heard?"
Those who have stayed in Melaque or Barra de Navidad KNOW Thrifty. Others from nearby villages make a pilgrimage once in a while for ice cream. It's that delicious.
When a friend here in San Miguel tasted it years ago, he contacted Thrifty's headquarters in California to see if he could open a franchise here. They said no as it would be too hard for distribution purposes.
I don't know what has happened in the ensuing years to cause this to happen but I, along with many others, are very happy.
Since we've had to pay close to $16USD for a quart (I think that is the size), we will be so happy not to be paying those prices anymore. In fact, I almost never have ice cream because of those prices.
Why is it that much? I assume because it is imported.
We've all wished, at least those of us from Texas, that Blue Bell would be more widely available but that hasn't happened.
Thrifty will do just fine. Oh my, Pralines and Cream.....and I don't have to drive to the border.
Now lest you think I'm daft..........many ex-pats experience cravings. We get this excited when we hear there is okra at Mega. Or crookneck squash or sweet corn. It's those things we so seldom get to taste.
They now have Fritos at Walmart in Celaya - a 45 minute drive. People do drive that far for Fritos! I'm sure not very often. A small bag is $4USD.
What can I say? Strangely it does happen. However we do learn over time to substitute. I must say, when it comes to ice cream, its hard to find a substitute. Please don't say yogurt......
Happy faces will be seen in San Miguel in the coming weeks. I bet there will be a line for the first week or so. There always is in Melaque and Barra.