Monday, November 07, 2016

Curb Service with Important update!

A relaxed attitude is one of the many things that attract people to Mexico. A perfect example is curbside service.
Here you can drive up, walk up and even ride up on your horse and fetch a cone of delicious ice cream.

This scene would be impossible north of the border.
Because an independent vendor could not operate on the side of the road, day in day out.

They would be burdened with bureaucratic BS, like having to have a vendor permit, insurance, health department certification, a sink to be able to wash their hands in, multiple signs describing the ingredients of what was in the product, signs warning anyone with peanut allergies that their ice
cream may contain allergens, signs saying that eating the ice cream may be hazardous to your health.

This goes on and on, every day.

Here, they set up on the side of the road, set up a couple of coolers, and they are in business.
What a simple concept.

If the product makes you sick, the word of mouth will spread and no one will buy anything from them anymore.

Common sense.

We stopped by on our way back to the house and my wife decided to get a few cones in addition to a half liter of strawberry ice cream.
Big difference in the flavor. No added preservatives. No chemicals, No Corn or Fructose syrup, nada.

Two cones and a half liter of delicious real ice cream 60 pesos.

That's about 3 dollars. If I remember correctly the last time I got a cone at a Baskin Robbins it cost me about 3 bucks for a cone, not a half liter of ice cream

Now that's what I call curb service, that's still affordable.

So as I was writing this, I saw an article that was stating that this single mom could be tossed into jail for a year for selling ceviche.
Here is the info, can you imaging this happening in Mexico?  I think not.

STOCKTON — A single mother of six in Northern California says she could go to jail for selling homemade ceviche through a Facebook group she created as a hobby.

Prosecutors say, however, that Stockton resident Mariza Ruelas did not have the proper business permits required of restaurants that protect people from eating food prepared in unsanitary kitchens.

Ruelas was cited with two misdemeanor counts after participating in the online forum called "209 Food Spot" — a group for members to trade recipes and sell their specialty dishes.

"It was just like unreal that they were saying you could face up to a year in jail," she told KTXL-TV (

An order for ceviche that Ruelas unwittingly sold to an investigator got her in trouble. Ceviche is a popular Latin American dish often made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices and served cold.

Ruelas refused a plea deal with prosecutors to spend one year on probation and perform 80 hours of community service. She now plans to fight the case in trial.

Ruelas is raising money through the website She said on the website that she never thought that a weekend hobby she enjoyed with her daughters would end badly.

San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Kelly McDaniel said that the home-based enterprise went well beyond a hobby. She added that thousands of people each year across the nation are sickened and die from food borne illnesses.

People like Ruelas also undercut restaurant owners who obtain the proper permits, the prosecutor said.

"It's not unreasonable to be enforcing this type of law," McDaniel told The Associated Press. "When it can cause death, it's our responsibility to enforce laws that protect the public."

I guess you could be up in arms that the Mexican governement does not protect it's citizens .
My opinion is that people can make the decision on their own. Without the govmint putting their two cents worth.  In Mexico if the food is bad, you will not see anyone buying it, and the person is out of business.  In the states, she goes to jail.
Which is a better system? you tell me.

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