California Megabastos

Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they check out the brand new California tienda, provecho!

Mary is at the entrance of California Megabastos, their new super store on Av Francisco Villa just north of Av Pavo Real. We first became aware of the California markets when they opened a tienda in Mercado Emiliano Zapata, in Old Town, right across the street from “The Skinny Market” (Rosy’s) which was where we bought most of our produce. When Rosy’s produce was a little questionable we’d cross the street to CA and always find high quality fruits and veggies and at the same low prices. We still bought mostly from Rosy’s because, well, we liked the people.

We were pretty happy to see this CA open in our neighborhood. Our local markets are ok but a little on the high priced side. Following is a slide show of the produce with prices, you’ll see what value CA presents:

These are beautiful mushrooms and at the best price we have seen in a long time, 55P/kg.

As many of you know, produce prices are volatile. If you want to price compare it is best to do it the same day or within a day because this day aguacates are 49.9P/kg….

A week ago they cost this. With the CA in Old Town we price compared it the same day with Rosy’s many times and it was always the same or less and Rosy’s is known for its super low prices, if not consistently good quality.

Nice looking Habaneros.

Jitomates, Roma Tomatoes, are my province.

The peppers here are so colorful.

These are about the largest serranos we have seen.

All Mary wants is one stalk of celery which is not a problem here as pretty much everything is sold by the kilo.

Including eggs.

A warning to folks with bee venom allergies, you probably will want to avoid this honey display.

The poultry department is very competitively priced, as is…

The cheese department. The Sanchez Cheddar, at 109P/kg, is by far the cheapest we have found in town.

They have a good assortment of packaged meat.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, El Dulceria.

Among the canned goods I find my beloved Guaymex Sardinas! But I have to admit that here they are a couple pesos higher than at the big boxes.

Time to check out. Cinthia is very efficient and friendly. Paying by US credit card is muy fácil, very easy.

Adios, Sr. Parrot.

Just as we are leaving these delivery trucks pull up. That, my friends, is a lot of limones!

Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Hasta proximo Domingo!

January 8, 2017 · Bruce · 4 Comments
Posted in: Life in Puerto Vallarta

4 Responses

  1. Alex - January 8, 2017

    What a great looking place to shop! It is very hard to compare prices here. I may try again, it certainly is time consuming. It’s no wonder you two look so healthy! Feliz año nuevo.×0

  2. Bruce - January 8, 2017

    Hola Alex,

    Yes, CA does a heck of a job.

    It is difficult to price compare as there is so much volatility from day to day.

    Thanks for the compliment!

    Feliz año nuevo a ti, Cheers!

  3. Mick - January 9, 2017

    Hi Bruce and Mary,

    With the cold weather up here I really enjoy your updates. I cannot seem to locate Av Pavo Real on Google Maps can you give me a rough location along Av Francisco Villa?

    Thanks again for all your posts. BTW how is the hunt for a car going??

    Yours enviously,

  4. Bruce - January 9, 2017

    Hola Mick,

    Glad you’re enjoying the blog, that kind of feedback gives us great satisfaction.

    Av Pavo Real changes names a couple times, it is the first stoplight north of the junction of Av Francisco Villa and Los Tules, I hope that helps.

    Due to frustration we took a break from the car hunt, but… we will be soon taking it up again and hopefully get some results. We are pretty set in what we want and really don’t want to settle, which makes the hunt a little harder. But thanks for asking!

    And thanks for reading, Cheers!

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