Refreshing aguas frescas

At the recent Tejano Fest, the best cooling beverages were not to be found at the beer stands, fine as they were; the winners were aguas frescas from Fonda del Sol.

At the Tejano Fest, the selection included five flavors; the other day, when we stopped in at 1912 East Seventh Street, the flavors included our favorites, the lime and the pineapple, plus coconut. We couldn’t resist and were happy to succumb to their allure. I forgot to note the price, but I think it was two dollars, for a huge, tall cup, straw included, and plenty of chilling ice, but not so much as to dilute that fresh-fruit flavor.

We were late for the buffet, which was soon to be removed (at about 3 pm, I think), but there were groups finishing their selections from the buffet, and the chile relleno looked especially appealing. Lingering in the air-conditioned room to enjoy our beverages, we also enjoyed a television variety show via a Latin dish or cable service. The show itself, Lujan en vivo, was unfamiliar, but all the songs were old sentimental favorites. I could barely resist singing along, and the ladies at the table behind us didn’t even try; we all laughed.

Fonda del Sol adjoins the Acapulco record shop, which has always sold music, but which used to be called Acapulco Video when it was located across the street in the old Schlitz Beer Distributor building. Now, it seems to be music only, from what could be seen through the open door.

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