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Delicious Market Finds in Mexico City

For a taste of the international, El Puto Padre, run by a Spanish Mexico City transplant, sets up the last Sunday of every month on Bocanegra street selling exquisite Spanish paella. Mi Bratwurst has natural German-style bratwurst and a few Mexican twists (chipotle and smoked jalepeño brats) complete with sauerkraut, onions, or a serrano chile. La Trinchera, run by another feisty Spaniard, has Mediterranean baguette sandwiches and pizzas with the most perfectly delicate and crunchy crusts. 

El Asadito Guacho creates these work-of-art sandwiches and stuffed baked potatoes, filled with grilled peppers and onions, arrachera, Argentine sausage, longaniza, two kinds of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chimichurri sauce. Finally, for a U.S. favorite with la Lagunilla flair, there are grilled chicken wings on one of the market's lesser transited stretches. Con todo (with everything) means Maggie sauce, Worcestershire, barbecue sauce, habanero sauce, ketchup, Valentina sauce, and a shake of Tajin powder.

If you're craving something sweet after all that salty, try our favorite flan. The stand we recommend has flan, towering triple-layer chocolate cake and rich, tangy lemon cake. Get them to cut you a fresh piece from the pie if you can. Near one end of Bocanegra street you can get a tumbler full of freshly squeezed pineapple juice or toothache-sweet sugar cane juice, either one with a little vodka thrown in for good measure. Don't forget to try some smoked Provolone from one of the roving cheese vendors and a cup of freshly-fried potato chips smothered in salsa Valentina.  

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