Friday, May 27, 2011

Ice cream in Oaxaca, Encanto y Beso Oaxaqueño

I have been quite busy moving, so I've had no time to make any posts. Now, it's all done and good. 

I'll begin by posting about ice cream in Oaxaca. I visited at a time when summer was barely beginning, and the sun's heat rays where sometimes unbearable at around midday. We were told that if we visited Plaza de la Danza, right before entering Church of la Soledad, we would be able to enjoy a variety of ice cream. With a weather reaching 40º Celsius(104 Fahrenheit), it was hard not to take a small walk. 

Walking down the plaza, you easily notice how popular it is; there are stands everywhere, each propped with tables, chairs and umbrellas. 

Sweet bread, coconut filled empanadas, sugar sprinkled cookies and cream filled scones were just the beginning of the variety that could be tasted at this small place. A little warning, there are bees everywhere, and most especially around stands similar to this one. I'm not one to complain, but I've seen others react really bad to the sight of just one nearby. They are just a common nuisance.
Before sitting down, we visited the church (I will make a post of that later), and at the exit, enjoyed a bit of fresh cut mango with lime and sprinkled chili.
This is how the stands look when you go down Plaza de la Danza, there are just so many to choose from. Not to worry though, most of them have a similar selection of ice cream.
A quick look at the menu from what one had to offer. They also allow you to have a taste if you are curious as to a certain flavor, just ask for a sample. They have either ice cream made from milk, or water; and I have to say, both are delicious.
I decided to taste Beso Oaxaqueño (Oaxacan Kiss), cream based mixed with carrots, pecans, and  apples. Encanto Oaxaqueño (Oaxacan charm) the orange one, is a mix of various fruits, I kind of forgot which; nonetheless it was exquisite. Along with Sweet, delicious and just satisfying in such a weather.
 The plates where fun, and useful to discard tasting spoons.


  1. ah how i envy you; everything looks delicious...

  2. Oooh, a plaza of sweets is exactly what I want in a vacation! Hawaii has awesome homemade icecream places, but the prices are horrible - I don't care how good it is, paying $5 a scoop is exorbitant.

  3. mmm mango and chilli? I've never had that before. Do you eat the green mangoes there? We have them here with lime juice and salt, very yummy.
    All that food sounds amazing, I really want to visit sometime.

  4. I don't know if my comment went through or not...but basically I said that the food looks and sounds incredible. Mango with chilli, I have to try that one!

  5. oh shit now I need something to eat!