These pictures are from a trip to D.F. last year. I was able to visit an old haunt of mine the wonderful juice and "polla" stand right down the street from my house.
On the corner of Puente de Alavarado and José Maria Iglesías in the Colonia Tabacalera, lies my favorite "polla" stand operated by the man featured in these photos known amigably to regulars as "Panda."
The "polla" is an early morning Mexico speciality. It has many variations but typically consists of inexpensive sherry (usually Tres Coronas brand) and fresh squeezed orange juice and is often topped with a raw chicken egg or one or two raw quail eggs. I prefer mine 30/70 orange juice/sherry with two quail eggs.
These orange juice/polla stands are open around 6AM-9:30 AM or so. You can find a wide variety of people there. For many night workers and all of the people who run around setting up the puestos (street stalls) it's a sort of night cap. For others it is a nice little bit of energy for a long commute on the metro to work. There are always a few regulars hanging out getting drunk and dishing out jokes. At his particular stand, anyone who sidles up to the bar is graced by the presence of the "Panda."
Panda entertains a wild crew of morning drunks with quick witted jokes and "albures" (Mexican, wordplay usually ending with a put down) but is quick to dish out a nice bag of orange juice for the client hurriedly on their way to catch the train to work. He's a wonderful 6:30 AM bartender, ready to listen to your woes, serve you pollas and dis you all at the same time.
If you find yourself in the area make sure to stop by, have a polla and say hi to my friend Panda!
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I have lots of events coming up soon. Over January and February, I will be traveling to Los Angeles, Japan, and hopefully Mexico City. When I return I will be working on a multimedia project with Adam Schwitters that will have me all over Texas. I will try and keep pictures flowing during all of those trips so stay posted.
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