According to the post office, the street address for Supermercado El Torito is 2753 Cherokee Street, but the original painted numbers on the transom reflect the truth: 2743-53. Where most Mexican markets would stock a few varieties of dried and canned beans, here they take up entire aisles. There's lime-seasoned Mexican mayonnaise, nopal cactus, dried hibiscus blossoms, fresh beef tongue and great sheets of warm chicharrones (deep-fried pork rinds). And there's an array of kitchen gear, from mortars and pestles to heavy aluminum pots to those wooden hot-chocolate whips that look like percussion instruments. And gracious, we're just getting started! May we interest you in some Jesus-themed string art? Where do you stand when it comes to pointy-toed boots in colors not found in nature, quinceañera tiaras and plaster statues of the Virgin of Guadalupe with the face of a Precious Moments figurine?
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