Many people are nervous about eating fruits, vegetables and salads. In most of the restaurants in Lake Chapala, fruit and vegetables are washed and purified in an iodine solution; a common one found here in the supermarkets or pharmacy is under the name of Microdyne. On the lakeside we have an incredible abundance of fabulous restaurants and the prices are excellent. See “Cost of Living in Mexico” and “Restaurants in Lake Chapala" for an overview of what is available and the approximate costs. – The Restaurants are Great! Because of the vast variety of affordable excellent restaurants in the Lake Chapala area, we tend to eat out quite often. Plus everything is close by, and many within walking distance. When it comes to eating at home, Lake Chapala fruits and vegetables come in a wonderful variety year round and it would be a shame not to try them. They are vine ripened - sweet and delicious. When you buy fruits and vegetables for home use, just soak them in water with a few drops of Microdyne for 20 to 30 minutes. Then dry and put in the fridge, ready to enjoy. You can also peel the fruit if you aren’t able to properly clean it.
Local supermarkets carry many imported goods and there isn’t much you won’t find either here in the Lake Chapala area or in Guadalajara. The imported goods are more expensive, but if you must have them, they are available. Try not to just buy the foods you are accustomed to. There are lots of Mexican delicacies that you simply must try plus some very exotic fruits and vegetables.