This wonderful happy man can be seen in the villlage of Chapala Mexico in the state of Jalisco. On weekends you can pretty much always find him pushing his tomato red cart. He sells ice cream, called helado in Spanish. He has lots of flavors to make you happy. The atmosphere is pleasant and the malecon (tiled walkway along the water’s edge) and the plaza are just lovely. The lake is beautiful and cools the air. Right now there has been so much rain that the lake is the highest its been in 50 years.
You can stroll and eat and take in all the sights and sounds. Very often you can find people dancing in the plaza to the music of local musicians. Some of the bands will be a collection of guitars, drums, and various brasses including tubas. Chapala is a great town. Some may call it a city. If it sounds like I am selling the place, I’m not really. I just enjoy it.
In Mexico they churn the ice cream by hand, in huge metal canisters called garrafas. The canisters are filled with the ice cream base and placed inside of wooden barrels full of ice and salt, and then it’s someone’s job to stir the ice cream with a large wooden paddle as it slowly freezes.
This technique gives the ice cream a unique texture. “Mexican ice cream is closer to gelato, as it has less fat and air than American style,”
When I saw this guy, I was immediately attracted to the cart and his infectious smile. I just had to paint him. happy happy happy.
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Read more about making Ice Cream in Mexico here: