Last week I was strolling down South Richmond Street and I spotted a new shop that was so colourful I couldn’t resist checking it out! Picado Mexican Pantry has only been open for about a month. At first I thought it was a kitchenwares shop, or an interior design store, but on further inspection I realised it was in fact a Mexican food shop! In Dublin, of all places!
As a foodie, I had to go in and check it out. It has been designed and decorated in the most beautifully minimalist, clean yet colourful way, with pristine while walls and stocked full of authentic Mexican imported foods.
I was like a kid in the proverbial Mexican candy shop! They even sell Mexican candy here actually, if you have a sweet tooth.
The woman who runs the shop, Lily, is from Mexico and has her own food blog which I you can find here. I have to admit I’m not an expert on Mexican food, but any fellow foodie will understand the glee you get when you find a really cool speciality shop full of ingredients you’d never normally see!
These Day of the Dead decorations were dotted around (Mexican Festival similar to Halloween). Skulls and skeletons seem to feature prominently! I think the above one looks like Jack Skellington in drag!
I bought some of these corn tortillas, with the intention of frying them up to make homemade tortilla chips! Yum!
Hot sauce addicts can get their fix here as well. I just loved how colourful and vibrant all the packaging is! You’ll find so many authentic imported Mexican ingredients here.
She also has a beautiful modern kitchen at the back of the shop where she frequently runs cookery classes and workshops, as well as pop up dinners. I spent a long time examining everything on the shelves.
This is Masa Harina, authentic ground maize, that you can make your own tortillas with, among other things. I need to take one of Lily’s Mexican food classes to learn how to make them…
Various tins of different beans and things like tinned chipotle chilies (smoked jalapeños).
And giant tins of green tomatoes! Again, I just love the packaging.
Lily is running a week of special Day of the Dead workshops for kids and adults, to learn more about Mexican cooking, as well as some Day of the Dead themed dinners. You can find out more here, although they are selling out fast! She runs classes and workshops regularly, so if you’re a big fan of Mexican food, get in touch with her.
This Sunday, 2nd November, she will be hosting a special open day with a Day of the Dead altar in the shop, and you can drop in to enjoy free Mexican hot chocolate and bread. They will be collecting donations for Temple Street Hospital on the day. If you’re in the area it will be fun to drop in and browse the shelves for inspiration!
Picado Mexican Pantry
44A South Richmond Street,