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Mi Pueblo Es Muy Barato!

Did you ever think there was anything cheap in the North Bay? Sure enough, there is this amazing supermarket in San Rafael close to the canal called Mi Pueblo — it is pretty much like the Mexican Disneyland of all supermarkets. It is bigger than any Safeway I’ve ever been to, everything is brightly colored to grab your attention and the Mariachi music blasting makes you want to run down the aisles.

My friend Celise says, “Going to Mi Pueblo is like when Cartman on South Park goes to Casa Boniiita!”

You just want to dash over to the taco bar and taste samples of spicy salsas and guacamole, whiz down the chip aisle and stare at the 8,000 types of tortilla chips, and then grab a few packages of powdered Horchata on your way out. There is a deli, a bakery, a butcher, a fish-monger, and heaps of cheap Latino products. Produce is half the price of a regular supermarket and even the beer is cheaper than usual at Mi Pueblo. This place makes me proud of using my favorite Spanish word, “sup-er-mer-ca-do,” with utter pronunciation!

Check out what I mean at!

Mi Pueblo
330 Bellam Boulevard
San Rafael [North Bay]

Photo courtesy of Yelper Carlo M


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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Originally from San Diego, Heidi migrated north to study journalism at SFSU and interned for the SF Bay Guardian writing music stuff. She later embarked on a study-abroad program in both Denmark and Holland, and basically never came home. For six long years, she froze her ass off in Oslo, Norway, pretending to be a viking princess, trying to figure out how to survive in the most expensive city in the world. The other two years were spent frolicking on the beach in Spain - sipping on sangria in between being tossed around Europe working as a stressed-out journalist. Heidi currently works at for a non-profit cultural exchange program, helping others experience life from a different perspective. She is thrilled to be back in SF, magnetizing the obscure, and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do.