365 Things to Do in Memphis #58: Have a Paleta at La Michoacana
You may refuse to turn your air conditioner on before April, but it's never too early in the year for a paleta.
Plus, what better way to celebrate the early onslaught of spring than with a cold treat?
Paletas are Mexican popsicles. Texture-wise, they're just like regular popsicles, but the flavors are a little more dramatic than you'd find in an ice cream truck. Today, I had a bright pink pinenut paleta. It was cream-based and mildly sweet and nutty (it had little pinenuts mixed in).
And because one paleta is never quite enough, I went back for a chili-mango one.
I'm not sure how it works, but there's something about the combination of spicy chili and sweet tropical fruits that's absolutely wonderful. The first few bites are a little strange, but it gets a addictive quickly.
La Michoacana is open year round. They serve ice cream, small Mexican dishes (nachos, elote) and paletas. Each paleta costs about $2, and there's no shame in going back for seconds.