|Lip-smacking flavours of grape, strawberry, lime|
That distinctive sound announces the Tuggui salesman is passing by, selling an assortment of ice-pops, frozen treats or as they are known in Mexico, paletas.
The vendors’ mobile cold-storage carts are refilled daily with a fresh supply of frozen concoctions in a rainbow of colours – white, cream, chocolate, green, pink, purple, and bright yellow; lip-smacking flavours of coconut, arroz con leche (rice pudding), coco-crisps, lime, strawberry, grape, pineapple, plus chocolate and vanilla.
|Manual "Tuggui" and Jorge|
Manuel “Tuggui” Borges is the second generation of paleta-makers. His dad Benjamin Borges started the business twenty-two years ago.
Señor Borges purchased the paleta making machinery in Guadalajara, along with four of the original carts. Over the years he hand-built another three carts to augment the business.
|Loading up supplies for the day|
Their starting point is approximately mid-point on the island, across the street from Deysi and Raul’s El Charco Restaurante on the Paseo de la Aves.
While I was taking photos of the Tuggui Paleta factory I inadvertently activated their very efficient alarm system. The alarm is a fifteen-year-old goose named Pequeño or sometimes Pequeña.
|Pequeño or sometimes Pequeña|
By the time I had returned home from visiting the paleta factory, had a second cup of coffee, and downloaded my photos I could hear the ting, ting, ting sound coming down our street. The gentleman who let me take his photo while he was reloading his cart was now passing our house.
|Vendor an hour later walking his route|
It’s a long day in a hot and humid climate, pushing a heavy cart.
|2009 Manual, a favourite photo|
When we first moved to Isla, we occasionally purchased coconut or lime paletas from one of the vendors, Manual, as he passed by our house.
One morning I asked: “Por favor, una foto?” He nodded, smiled shyly at the camera, and continued on his way. It is one of my favourite people photos.
It always amazes me when island friends see the photo they immediately recognize him as the popsicle man.
We haven’t seen him in recent years, hopefully he is doing well.
|My current favourite flavour is coconut!|
They are a tasty treat!
I think my current favourite flavour is coconut. But, I might have to re-sample the other flavours, for research purposes.
Lynda and Lawrie