Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Oaxaca, Mexico, Mercado
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
In Latin America, carne
asada is specifically beef, usually skirt steak, otherwise known as flank
steak or flap steak, grilled and served as slices. It is usually cooked with a
certain amount of searing to impart a charred flavor. It's a popular dish and
one that is found in most restaurants.
there is a special grilling area at the downtown market that focuses on meats
cooked over an open flame.
It was so good the first
time we ate there years ago, that we decided to seek it out once again.
Welcome to the Passageway of
The locals love this collection
of grilling restaurants and during meal times, it is very busy.
Purchase your vegetables at the first
As you enter this area, the first stand you
come to is one that sells vegetables that will accompany your grilled meat.
These will also be placed on the high flame, rendering the onions clear and
sweet, and the peppers a delicious contrast to the beef.
Other accompaniments to the meal
Once you receive your cooked meat, someone
comes along with a tray like the ones you see above. From here you can choose
raw vegetables, limes, different salsas, beans, nopales salad, radishes,
sliced avocados and more. Another person comes by and will sell you freshly made
Choose your meat!
But first, you must choose
the meat you want to have grilled. Here you find several selections of meat and
sausage. There is a lot of this already pre-cut for the lunch rush, and his is
not the only meat stand!
A closer look
These meats are cut wafer
thin and you purchase by the kilo or by the parts of a kilo.
A sign with prices
Tasajo is a dried meat mixture
that we might know as pemmican. Cecina is similar to ham and is made by
curing beef, horse or (less frequently) goat, rabbit, or hare. Costillas
are ribs and chorizo is sausage.
Prices in Mexican Pesos are by the kilo and
run from $6.45USD to $10.75USD.
Notice that there are
stalls on both sides of the passageway. Since there were three of us, we
purchased a kilo of sliced beef, which was waaaay too much! We took more than
half of it home with us.
Meats on the grill
Every meat stand also has their own grill and
cook. Towards the end of the aisle, it gets rather smoky, so we purchased from
one of the first several stands, and sat at a table at the front, where the air
was much clearer.
Cooked meats come on butcher paper and placed
in the center of the table. Here you see that we also purchased some fresh
salsa, onions and peppers which were grilled also, avocado slices and some
It is a country meal, so there are no
utensils or plates other than what you see above. The way to eat this meal is to
grab a tortilla and load it up, tearing the meat and using your fingers to
arrange your selection inside the tortilla.
For instance, see one of ours below:
A "tortilla plate"
This "plate" could probably
have been loaded up more to the edges, but what you do now, is to roll the
tortilla into a burrito of sorts and munch from there.
Here you see our bill. Our
meat was 200Pesos for the kilo, 5P was for the tip, and 45P was for the
accompaniments we purchased. Our waters were separate yet again and paid for at
the time we received them. Our bill totaled just over $13USD for three people
and we had plenty of meat to take home!
If ever you visit this fine
city, you must make time to go to the downtown market and enjoy this local style
BBQ. It's an experience!
For more photos and stories
For more photos and stories
of Mexico, click here
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
Retire Early Lifestyle Blog
About Billy & Akaisha