Archive | June, 2011

Slow Food in Mexico: Los Danzantes

“People are starting to get it here, ” says chef Miguel Jimenez. “Sometimes they think slow food means their food is going to come out slowly, but they’re starting to understand that it’s about appreciating the diversity around us.” He’s come over to chat with us at our table after we told our waiter that […]

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24 hours in Veracruz

The city of Veracruz is the kind of raggedy place that makes you want to find an old man in a white linen suit, his bartender, and a veteran jarana player at a bar so that they can invite you in for a shot of rum and tell you about the port’s glory days. For […]

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Eat like a local at El Milenario

While most people go to Santa Maria del Tule, a town just outside of Oaxaca city, to see El Tule, a giant cypress tree described by Wikipedia as the “stoutest tree trunk in the world”, we go to eat at El Milenario. This is a restaurant that’s full of families on market day, where blue […]

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Chocolate in Oaxaca

There’s an area in Oaxaca with a chocolate store on every corner. We don’t want to be so cliché as to say hit Minas street and follow the scent of cinnamon and chocolate, but on the real, you could. While the cocoa beans comes from the state of Tabasco, Oaxaca is renowned for its chocolate, […]

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About eating bugs

It’s hard to avoid eating insects here. Today we were having quesadillas with squash blossoms and a little green worm fell out of Jenny’s tortilla and onto her plate. We don’t think it was supposed to be part of the dish, but you never know. Later the waiter told us that there were gusanos de […]

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El Pochote, organic market in Oaxaca

This has been our favorite market so far. Partly because it’s small enough to try every food stall, but with enough diversity to make you feel like you’re at an organic food festival. Italian pastries and Korean noodle bowls sit side by side. Tortillas are filled with squash blossoms and bean flowers. Take your pick […]

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Oaxaca: The party is in the streets

Here we usually wake up from our siesta to the sound of tubas or fireworks. Oaxaca is a place where you hear the boom of fireworks and the trail of loud street bands even when it’s light outside. I picture a bunch of little kids hiding behind a bush and watching us leave our posada […]

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Carmen Cruz Salinas: 32 years of tamales

For a moment we thought we wouldn’t be able to find her. To be brutally honest, there is something that doesn’t quite click when Mexicans give me directions. Granted, it doesn’t help that street signs are often absent, that derecho means straight, while derecha means right, and that people, most of them trying to be […]

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A night to be macho: La Masota & Lucha Libre

Golden yellow walls, a banda-blasting juke box, drinkers of all generations, and free food make La Mascota a spot worth venturing for a sweet cantina experience. Ladies, grab a man to accompany you or the minute you poke your pretty little head in you’ll find a table of smiling men waving and beckoning you to […]

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Megamarket: Central de Abastos

Central de Abastos is a city of fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, and any other product found in a stall of Mexico City’s markets. Its exterior walls are blocks of tall, gray, concrete that circle miles round, hovering over hot asphalt parking lots and tunnels and the occasional lone customer, slowly wheeling out giant sacks of […]

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