Rock N’ Roll provided an early opportunity to become a home owner for me. My first casa was an older two story doll house in Laurel Canyon, in the Hollywood hills. I have stories…but I digress.
Down at the bottom of the Canyon right on Laurel Canyon Boulevard where I would turn up to my street was the now famous and historical Canyon Country Store. It was rather magical even then.
The Canyon Country Store Today
The Canyon Country Store has been the makeshift cultural center of Laurel Canyon for a full century. Immortalized in the Doors song “Love Street,” this deli-market is not a venue, but it’s got historical music importance to spare, and continues to be – as my long ago deceased friend Jim Morrison put it – the “store where the creatures meet.”
A few of my neighbors in 1967
Now here we are The Calypso Couple these MANY years later living at the bottom of Mexico, and we have such a store right here – really. O.K. calling it magical may be a bit over the top, but the fact that I am able to put the two places together in my head is good enough.
The Front of Senor Salud’s
This “canyon” store is in the flatlands far beyond the beach and in the heart of housing; casas built property line to property line. The lyrics from one of my Laurel Canyon neighbors swirls around in my noggin “They paved paradise to put up a parking lot with a pink hotel… oooh bop bop bop – Joni Mitchell’s ‘Yellow Taxi’” Our little ‘country’ store here in Puerto has incense, homemade cheese and handmade soap among other same products. It is the closest thing to hippie that you will get here in terms of commerce.
The Menu is on the Doors
Today Mexico celebrates the Mexican Revolution of 1910 commemorating the start of the Mexican Revolution. There are parades which include political banners and placards relating to more current events. A good day to stay home for an expat couple.
Our new red scooter (still un-named) makes us more adventurous in that we can usually scoot around or at least to the front of any line of traffic. Of course we can always find a place to park. So in spite of safety concerns on this day we ventured out to get the best baked bread, bar none, in Puerto. This would be at Señor Salud’s little ‘country’ store over in the west end of town. Located in a colonia (fraccionamiento ) called “Costa Chica”.
Señor Salud carries nuts, cheese; coffee; natural tooth paste, soap mosquito repellant; homemade pasta, homemade bread and more. Placing our safety aside we go for the bread.
There is also a narrow window as to if and when Señor Salud’s have fresh baked bread. Currently get there around 9:30 AM and they could be sold out by 10:30 AM. Best to call before going there.
We have tried their excellent homemade cheese and their two varieties of fresh pasta. This comes in a ball-like mass; boil for 9 to 12 minutes depending on your texture requirement (we do the 9 liking our pasta al dente).
The owners are a charming couple. He, best guess is Italian, and she Mexican. It is a friendly zone (as is most of Puerto) and welcome by we gringos that are made to feel a little more like home with the many healthy items and food available there. It is highly recommended. If you have any Doors tunes slide one into your player in front of Senor Saluds – it might just magically take you back to a better time. PEACE.
El Señor Salud (Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca)
Avenue Costa Chica esq. con Triunfo 441
Fraccionamiento Costa Chica
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Teléfono: 954 582 1581
Email (Correo electrónico): firstname.lastname@example.org
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