Lesley stirring a mole pot in Mexico City

I’m a writer and cook originally from Southern California, currently residing in one of the most diverse areas on the planet: Queens, New York City. I started this blog in 2009 as a way to document my move to Mexico City. The blog ended up documenting my growing passion for interior Mexican cuisine and Mexican foodways.

Even though I live in New York, I visit Mexico often, usually to check in on my business Eat Mexico, which offers street food and market tours in Mexico City and Puebla. Generally my blog posts focus on Mexican food and travel, with occasional forays into the diverse food cultures in Queens.

I’m really glad you’re reading. If you want to know about my professional writing and clips, you can check out my more sleek-and-chic personal site here.

The Mija Chronicles has also been featured on:
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Some of my favorite things to do, in random order, are reading, traveling, throwing a bunch of ingredients into a bowl and calling it a salad, watching Bollywood and old Hollywood movies, doing yoga, listening to hip-hop and R&B, dancing, and trying new mezcal and wine. I also love wandering into to grocery stores just to browse, which drives my husband crazy.

Got a question for me? Leave me a comment below!

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  1. Dona Junta

    I just discoverd your blog, I look fowrad to reading more about your adventures in Mexico City

    • Lesley

      Glad you found me! Welcome!

      • Maia


        Love your blog.

        I love Spanish language, my dream is to go to Mexico and stay with Spanish speaking family one week. Just to live with them and be part of the culture.
        I am Georgian and i speak my native Georgian, Russian,Greek and English , pocito Spanish.
        Eh! one day you may organize me a cultural ,Spanish lerning tour…

        So far wery busy times for me.
        You welcome to check my blog.

  2. patricia49

    I think your blog is fantastic, I live north of Houston, but planning
    to move to Merida in the near future, thank you for sharing your life

  3. RLA

    I have never blogged and was looking you up to tell you about the new haps on henderson and you are gone.
    Good luck in MC and come back to Big D and see us.

  4. Dennis Rodriguez

    Hi Lesley–
    I enjoy your site a lot – I lived in D.F. on and off from 1955 to 1967. The Sanborns near the Angel was where I used to take my daughter for strawberries and cream, 1965. I lived on Sevilla, between the Angel and Diana, just off Reforma.
    It’s interesting and charming to read your posts about Mexico City – except for the problems associated with increased population, it sounds like the same old Mexico City. When I lived there, the population was probably between 3 million and 5 million. You could go anywhere in 20 minutes, and the dollar was so strong that living in Polanco or Condesa or Roma was equally affordable. But that was then and now is now, and you sound as if you’re having as much fun and as much aggravation as we did in the old days.
    Living in Mexico City will stay with you forever, and isn’t that something?

    Dennis Rodriguez

  5. Lesley

    Dennis: What a great story! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

  6. Susan Irby Feser

    Hi Lesley!

    I actually went to school with your husband but graduated in the class of ’95. I saw the article on him (and you of course) in the Randolph magazine which is how I came across your site.

    It’s awesome of you to share your “adventures” with everyone. Out of curiousity, who designed your blog? I had hired a person to design a blog/website for us and a year later still nothing.

    Enjoy Mexico…looking forward to reading all about it.

  7. ingleobardo

    Your blog its great, i am from Mazatlan, i never been on Mexico City but you blog can help anyone who wants to go there.

  8. ingleobardo

    Check this link, i hope this can help you on your Mexico City quest http://salgamos.tv/

  9. Joan Rulland

    Hi Lesley! I am really enjoying your blog as I am a Mexico-phile. Plus your writing skillls are excellent!

    My husband and I would like to get an apartment in Mexico City as we spend so much time there. Would you be able to give me your opinion on the best way to go about finding an apartment? Are there apartment-hunting services? Should we walk around the neighborhoods we like and look for signs? I can speak Spanish but fear being taken advantage of as a non-local.

    Thank you for any advice you can give me.

    Chicago, Illinois

    • Lesley

      Hi Joan: Glad you’re enjoying the blog! As for apartments, the thing I’d recommend most would be to pick a neighborhood you like, walk around and look for signs. (Keep in mind that even if a place has a sign, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s open — a lot of landlords I called were like, “Oh yeah, sorry, it’s rented, we forgot to take the sign down.”) I wouldn’t worry too much about being taken advantage of. There are tons of apartments for rent in this city, and if you speak Spanish you should be fine. Not sure if you’re renting or buying, but if you’re worried about possibly paying too much, I’d make sure to call several apartments or homes in the neighborhood and get prices, so you can have a general idea of what properties go for. Sometimes the local supermarket in the neighborhood also has a bulletin board that lists rental/for sale properties.

      You can also check out metroscubicos.com, and the “Aviso Oportuno” section of El Universal. (It’s online.) A lot of brokers post properties there. I didn’t have a ton of luck with them, because the brokers I met with tended to be disorganized. But maybe you’ll have better luck. Both websites are great for getting a general idea of what neighborhood rents are. Also, this goes without saying, but if you’re buying, I’m guessing there’s a long, intricate paperwork process involved — this being Mexico — and you should probably seek outside advice. Even if you’re renting as foreigners, you usually need what’s called a “fiador,” or a co-signer who can back you up as trustworthy renters. The fiador must own property in Mexico City. Some landlords are sticklers about the fiador thing, and others aren’t. It just depends on where you’re renting.

      Hope that helps. Good luck!

  10. Jamie Ayala

    From RC to Mexico, WOW! Love to see you’re still writing! Keep the recipes coming. I’ve come to love the kitchen and all the tastes that can emerge too!

  11. Sara

    I stumbled on your blog today while looking up something about street vendors in Mexico City. My significant other is from there and we’re taking our boys down there, probably in late September, to visit with the familia. (The youngest, age 6, has never met his abuelita or tios or primos there and so it should be a real adventure!)

    I’ve only been there once, myself, and look forward to the opportunity to see the city again. I’m from the south east, speak Spanish just fine, love the in-laws, but remain a big fraidy-cat about eating down there. (I got a bad upset stomach last time and never even once ate from street vendor. I think it might have just been nerves from meeting la suegra!!)

    Anyway, thank you for taking the time to create such a lively and interesting blog. From one writer to another, your stuff is good reading. :o)

    • Lesley

      Awww, thanks Sara! Glad you’re enjoying the blog. Have a great time on your visit here — if you happen to be in the Plaza Insurgentes area (metro stop Insurgentes), I highly recommend the burrito place I blogged about. It’s fantastic!

  12. Toy Shaw

    Hey, Chica!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is Toyin Texas, from the suprised “Quick Mag” (Style By Night) cover 2 years ago.I love your site. I don’t have that old email address anymore..I am working on putting together a small fashion show at a club here in Dallas, TX soon. I wanted to invite you…

  13. Gina

    I totally enjoy your blog. I lived in Mexico City for a total of three years and loved it when I was there. The mercados are amazing. Have you been to the one in Coyoacan? I totally miss the food.

    Good luck in el D.F.

  14. Anja

    Hello Lesley, I’d love to chat with you offline. Would you please contact me on the email above? Many thanks!

  15. Naomi Andrade Smith

    Hi Lesley,

    I love your blog! How do I subscribe to it?

    • Lesley

      HI Naomi: Welcome! Glad you’re enjoying the blog. You should be able to subscribe by cutting-and-pasting my URL (http://www.themijachronicles.com) into your feed reader, i.e., Google Reader or Bloglines. On Google Reader (which I have, and adore), you go to “add subscription” and copy the URL there. Let me know if that doesn’t work!

  16. laurenquinn

    I might need to make a trip to Mexico City–we need to kick it!

    Baby-sitter’s Club? Yes. Yoga? Yes. Quest to eat every part of a cow stuffed into a taco? I’m totally in. (Say no sesos…)

    Stoked to have discovered your blog. Now I have to go to grocery store and try to cook some of these delicious recipes!

  17. Christopher

    Great blog, I have recently moved to Mexico City myself.

  18. Joan Rulland

    Hi Leslie!

    My husband and I will be in Mexico City at the end of December and celebrating the New Year there–yay!! You seem to be in the know for all the good stuff in the areas we like. I would like to get a manicure and pedicure somewhere in Zona Rosa or Polanco or Roma, or thereabouts, on December 30 or 31. Would you have someplace to recommend? If you know of any other things we shouldn’t miss in DF at the New year, please let me know. We have never been in DF at that time of year. Mil gracias.


    • Lesley

      Hi Joan: I can definitely recommend a pedicure place. There’s one inside the Reforma 222 mall, right near the intersection of Rio Rhin and Reforma. (Just a few blocks from the Zona Rosa.) It’s on the third floor, I believe, in the back corner near the movie theater. The price is kind of high for Mexico (around $220 pesos I think), but you’re offered hot tea, a foot massage, trashy Spanish language magazines, etc. I liked it!

      As for NYE activities, I’m afraid I can’t be of much help, since this will be my first New Years’ in Mexico City. I’m guessing the Zocalo will be packed and insane, but probably fun in a Times-Square, watch-the-ball-drop kind of way. I’d encourage you to stop at a newsstand and pick up El Universal and maybe a local copy of Chilango or Donde Ir, just to see what other things might be going on.

      Sorry I can’t be more helpful. Good luck!

  19. Joan Rulland

    Thanks Lesley! I put the info and address in my DF file and will go there. I knew you’d have the scoop on where to go.


  20. Nadia

    Hi Lesley,

    I like your blog so much, both your writing and your pictures are great!
    I’ve been living in DF for over 9 years, and I also blog a lot about it. My blog is in Russian, and post almost no pictures.
    Special thanks for your writing about Tlalpan! Right now I am supposed to be looking through real estate ads searching for a house in Tlalpan. But I so much don’t want to move there! My daughter’s school is in Tlalpan, and our daily commute from San Angel is crazy. I think that San Angel is the best place to live in this world, or at least in this city! At least, I read some good things about Tlalpan in your blog!

    This is how I found you blog, actually: I typed “best house in tlalpan” in Google out of frustration:)

    • Lesley

      Thank you Nadia! So glad you like the blog. Wish I could read Russian so I could get to know yours! :-) Good luck with your house search. I found Tlalpan really charming, or at least the area around the Centro.

  21. Joan Rulland

    Dear Lesley,

    I have a technical question to ask about your blog site. How do you achieve arranging the photos separated by text? Is it easy? Does it require special instruction? I am new to this blog-business and am using a different blog which doesn´t allow this, at least not that I know. If I have three photos they are in a clump and can not be separated. It is okay but I would really like to format it so there is a photo, then I comment, then another photo, etc. I am trying to figure out if it is me or the blog site.

    I love love your blog. Your style is so chatty and newsy and makes me happy. I really look forward to reading it. Thank you!


  22. Peggy Bilbro

    Hey Lesley,
    This is Peggy, Crayton’s (Raúl) Spanish teacher. I have to tell you that after reading your recipe for cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeños I ran right out to buy a handful of jalapeños so I could make them. They immediately became our very favorite tapa food! Just thinking about them makes my mouth water! I just wanted you to know what a success they have become with us and our guests. I think of you two there in Mexico every time I pop one in my mouth!

    • Lesley

      Peggy: I’m so glad they turned out well! We think of you often as well — we use the Larousse dictionary you gave Crayton almost daily. I guess it’s a good trade off. :-)

  23. Marco Castillo

    I just discovered your Blog and as a Mexican living in Boston, I find it hilarious and interesting at the same time. I sent the link to my girlfriend and she also loved it.
    Keep up the good work!

  24. Yeya

    I just discovered your blog last month and I’m hook. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in India!

  25. Yeya

    Yikes! I meant “hooked!”

  26. Jeana

    Hi Lesley,
    Really enjoy your blog. Keep it coming. By the way, how did you create your pink border? It’s beautiful.


    • Lesley

      Hey Jeana: Thanks! So glad you’re enjoying it. A friend designed the pink logo, so I can take no credit. :-)

  27. Betsy

    I just found your blog today thanks to Ruth. It’s great fun, super informative, and I love your spunk! (chispas en Español, no?) I’ll be following…

    • Lesley

      Thanks Betsy! Glad you found me. And yes, Ruth is the best. I’ve seen your tour website and it looks really interesting. If you’re ever in Mexico City definitely let me know!

  28. Lalo

    By chance I found your blog. Great reads!

    I too am a third to fourth generation, but I am fluent in Spanish, at least for the time being:)


    • Lesley

      Hi Lalo: Welcome! Will look forward to you commenting on a post. :-) My Spanish is a lot better than it used to be. Still not 100 percent fluent, but maybe 70 to 80 percent. (Which is pretty darn good for knowing like two words growing up… go me!)

  29. Matt

    Hello Stacey
    I stumbled upon your site while on the Top sites on WordPress.com. I like the catchy look of your header & site in general, nice & simple. What theme are you using(is your header customized?).

    I am a newbie here on WordPress.com & still trying to find my way around. I noticed you are using Tpekit.com on your site & wondered how difficult it is to implement? Any how to’s instructions would be great..

    Aside from technicalities it was interesting to read about someone working abroad, Great blog!!!

    Thanks for any help…

  30. Darkkatpouncing

    Your blog was featured on the front page of wordpress. I read your spanish truffle post and LOVE IT. I now need to find this “corn smut” and try this recipe out. It must be exciting living in Mexico :) I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  31. Joan

    Hi Lesley. I am looking at apartments on metroscubicos.com and have come across some words not in the dictionary. I hope it’s not too much to ask if you would be able to help me out. With your recent apartment-hunt experience, you’re now my go-to person!

    “cuarto de servicio: N/D” I think this is utility room but no clue on N/D.
    ” Accesos” No clue.

    Also, the apartment comes with a parking spot but we will not have a car. Do you think it’s acceptable to ask for some credit on the rent since the parking spot won’t be used? Or do you have another idea? This isn’t going to make or break a deal but I am not sure how these things are done in Mexico.

    I really appreciate anything you can do for me, Lesley. Thank you!


    • Lesley

      Hi Joan: “Cuarto de servicio” = maid’s quarter’s. Usually it’s a tiny room, sometimes with a window and sometimes without. Most have (also tiny) bathrooms. Often they’re located off the kitchen, or on the roof. Most people I know use them as storage rooms.

      No idea on the N/D thing… maybe someone else reading this would care to share? These are definitely things you can ask the broker in person. Accesos — also no clue on that one. But again, ask what it means when you call to make an appointment to see it.

      Re: Parking spot — sure, you can try to negotiate. Wouldn’t hurt. If it’s in a desirable neighborhood they may try renting it out to someone else.

      • Joan

        Thanks! I love learning these new words.

        I am guessing that N/D is similar to N/A and means no disponible. So in my example it would mean that there is no maid’s room.

        Boy, I am not having luck with people calling me back or emailing back. I will keep trying.

    • Lesley

      If you’re calling during a World Cup match, that might have something to do with it. Most folks aren’t working — they’re watching the games. Just keep trying. I’m guessing you have a local Mexican number? They’re not going to call you back if it’s long distance.

  32. Sanchari Sur

    I found your blog while looking for blogs on travel and photography. The former is a passion and the latter, a new hobby. Really happy to find a fantastic writer (so few of those out there). And, happily astonished that you enjoy Bollywood movies. Could chat up a storm on that! Adding you to my blogroll. And, will be returning again, and again, and again…

    • Lesley

      Wow! Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad you like the blog and would like to return frequently. :-) And yes — love Bollywood. It’s harder to rent movies here than it was in Texas (in Mexico City it’s pretty much impossible) but I am super excited about seeing the Barbara Mori/Hrithik Roshan movie… partially because it has mariachis. Hopefully it comes out in the theaters here or on iTunes.

  33. Dave

    Lesley- Just found your Blog while searching for directions to La Nueva Viga. This is a first for me….i got a colleague heading to Mexico City to perform an ancillary study on fish consumption patterns and toxicant exposure (we’ve been working in Mexico City for decades but only recently has it pointed us towards mercury exposure) Do you have ideas on other popular markets to visit or popular local fish/seafood cuisine? Your posts are definitely informative…i’ll make sure to try out some of your food suggestions next time i’m down there.

    • Lesley

      Hi Dave: Mercado San Juan is a popular market. Lots of local chefs and restaurant-owners like to shop there for seafood. I’ve blogged about it before — it’s located about a five-minute walk from the Salto de Agua metro stop, near the Centro Historico. Mercado La Merced is good too — I’m not sure of the quality of their seafood selection, but the place is huge and well-known for its fruit and vegetables, dried chiles and other items.

      As for fish/seafood restaurants — did you want chains or just good seafood places? I’ve heard great things about Fish Mart in Roma/Condesa. It’s at the corner of Cozumel and Sinaloa. I also love La Veracruzana, a small, charming seafood spot in Roma. La Embajada Jarocha, also in Roma, is a fun spot and the Veracruzan-style seafood is pretty good too. They’ve got live music on the weekends. As for Mexico City based seafood chains: Fishers is popular (I’ve never been); Mi Gusto Es (seafood with a Sinaloan touch, I’ve been and liked it); Los Arcos (never been but always pretty crowded).

      Hope that helps!

  34. Stephen

    Glad to have found you, Lesley. Came across your blog today. I read your column while you were here in Dallas, kinda wondered what happened to you. My husband is from Guanajuato and I spend a lot of time in that part of the country, and occasionally make it to the DF. I’m going to save you to my favorites so I can keep up with what’s going on down there. Thanks for doing this!

    • Lesley

      Wow, a Quick reader! (Or maybe you read the column in the Dallas Morning News.) I’m impressed that you found me, and I’m happy to hear that you read the column. I had a lot of fun doing it.

      Hope you enjoy what I’ve got here. If you want any specific recommendations for things to do in DF, just let me know.

  35. Dave

    Hey Lesley,
    I’m quite happy to have found your blog, I’ve been struggling to find good beer since moving here in Nov (from Detroit) and your blog has been a big help (thinking of starting a Mexico beer blog for fellow American beer snobs). I also see that you do tours with Jessica, I took a gastronomy tour with her a few months ago. It was great. Keep up the good work, I’m always up for drinking explorations!

    • Lesley

      Hi Dave: Love the Mexican beer blog idea. I know my husband would be a fan. Definitely send me the link if you get it up and running! And bienvenidos, both to the blog and to Mexico City. I’m sure you enjoy the weather here more than Detroit…?

      • Dave

        I saw your husband’s beer posts, very funny. I think I’m actually going out tonight with the brewer for Calavera. Should be fun. The weather is MUCH better than Detroit, I was just back there and it was so hot and humid.

  36. Mariya

    i just found your blog and wanted to say hi! i like your about me, must be fun to have seen so many different places. looking forward to dropping in on your blog again soon!

    • Lesley

      Thanks Mariya! Welcome!

  37. ylenate

    Hi there … I have just discovered this blog and love it. I have always loved Mexican food – well at least the food I have been exposed to. And one of my many ambitions is to learn more about it and one day even master it! There may be a possibility (small but still possible) of traveling to Mexico later this year so your “Eat Mexico” tours seem right up my alley. In the meantime, I will start with your blog!

    • Lesley

      Hi Ylenate: Thanks so much for the kind words. If you’re ever in Mexico City, please get in touch!

  38. maryrichardson

    I’m so excited to have found your blog. I am also a Mexican American, and it’s interesting to read about your perspective and experiences in Mexico City. I too grew up slightly detached from Mexican culture and Spanish language (though my mother did call me mija also) I’m a tour guide and freelance writer in Japan now. I love your concept of culinary tours of wonderful street food there!

    I’m so looking forward to reading more!

    • Lesley

      Thanks Mary! I’m happy you’re enjoying the blog. I took a peek at yours too — wow. So interesting that you live in Japan. I’ve added your blog to my reader, so I look forward to reading more about your adventures!

  39. Fernando

    Hey Lesley,

    You’ve done a great job on your blog! I know that you do Mexican Food, but since you’re a total foodie, perhaps you’ll know. I’m interested in a good Korean barbecue place. For example, I am a frequent patron at Nagaoka restaurant (Arkansas 38, Col. Napoles), and am looking for something of the same quality, only Korean.

    Finally, I’d like to help out Joan on her search. She should start out trying Craigslist and look up what’s for rent/sale in Mexico City. I’ve found it more accesible than metroscubicos. I live in San Miguel Chapultepec and there’s a few apartments for rent without parking space. I really like that it’s so centric and that there are 2 metro lines within walking distance.


    • Joan

      Thank you Fernando. I welcome the help, that is very nice of you. I am taking in what everybody says and hope to have an apartment soon. Joan

    • Lesley

      Hi Fernando: I wrote a post on a good Korean restaurant a few months back. I don’t know the name of the place, because it’s in written in Korean, but it’s located at the corner of Oxford and Hamburgo in the Zona Rosa. It’s on Oxford, on the west side of the street, just past the corner — it’s a thin building next to a place with knights-in-armor out front. So it’s between Hamburgo and Reforma, closer to Hamburgo. I hope that helps! And thanks for the kind words about the blog.

  40. Fernando

    Gracias Mija!

  41. Joan Rulland

    Lesley, I understand there is a Nacho Fest in Piedras Negras October 15 – 17. Any plans to go and report to us? :) I had no idea that nachos originated from Mexico. I thought that was a gringo invention for sure.

    • Lesley

      Hi Joan: Unfortunately, no! But you’re right, it sounds interesting.

      I’m still sticking to my belief that nachos are American. With Piedras being on the border, I’m sure nachos are an import.

  42. Joan

    Lesley, are you familiar with a hair salon named Thomas Hair Salon that is in Polanco, address Avenida Masaryk 495? It was mentioned very recently in an article in the Wall Street Journal and said it was the best salon in DF. Who knows if that is true, but I am always filing away info like this in case I need emergency services while in DF :). There wasn’t any telephone number given and I can not find anything at all on the internet. If you know anything about this place, would you mind telling?


  43. Ernest Perez

    Just wanted to let you know that I used to really love your reviews in “The Quick”-Dallas, then one day your writings were all gone, poof, vamoooos! I happened across you on twitter and on to your blog. Good luck in your travels and I look forward to more of your writings.

    • Lesley

      Hey Ernest: Great to hear from a Quick fan. I loved that job and still miss it! (Although I don’t miss staying out until 2 a.m.-plus every single weekend.) Glad you stumbled across my blog. Hope all’s well in the Big D.

  44. Campos-Dominguez & Associates

    great blog. Good job mija! wink-wink Leslie!

  45. lifewellblended

    Lesly, I found my way to your blog before,but re-visited today after seeing you in Freshly Pressed. I am also a 2nd or 3rd generation Mexican American who has struggled to become bilingual. I enjoy all aspects of our culture,espcecially, and cooking. My recent post on my blog is about trying to raise a bilingual son. I will enjoy reading more of your posts.

    • Lesley

      Hi there! Thanks so much for your comment. Also dig your TypeKit fonts. :-)

      • lifewellblended

        Hi Lesly, happy new year to you. I was in my local market today, with all types of ethnic foods, and saw a king’s bread. I remember having one with some friends, as a child. Do you know of any recipies to make one? Are you going to post about this? I would love to know more about it.

        • Lesley

          Hi there: I adore Kings Cake, especially right out of the oven. And I’m sure Fany’s book has a recipe. I hadn’t planned to make one because my schedule is just too crazy right now. (I’m actually leaving town in a few days to go see my dad.) Let me see if I can hunt down a few recipes and I’ll get back to you.

  46. Armando

    Hi Lesley,

    I just found your post about “Mercado Medellin in Colonia Roma” and that got my attention so I thought of dropping some words here as I read your about.

    When I read about “Mija” that reminded me of my mom, as she is from Jaliso, north part of Mexico, she always says that, mijo or mija what ever the case.

    I lived in Mexico City for about 7 years before coming to Montana about 3 now. I must say that there are tons of places to eat there, one of my favorite things to eat are of course corn hand made tortillas, which I actually learned how to make and I love it. There is a market by metro Zapata (can’t remember the name) but its by Cuauhtemoc and Municipio Libre, its where the SAGARPA building is and where I used to work. Any way, if you go to that market go to “La Cocina” they have very good hand made tortillas, I loved my breakfasts over there!

    I would also encourage you to visit Tlaxcala, its my home town and you’ll find it a nice spot to visit during the weekends – http://www.flickr.com/groups/863474@N22/pool/

    And last, I lived in Dallas 10 years ago, so I was wondering if you ever went to Benedict’s Restaurant on Belt Line and Addison. I LOVE the food there!!


    • Lesley

      Hi Armando: Welcome to the blog! I would love to visit Tlaxcala someday. There are many great places to visit nearby, I just have to work up the motivation to leave the house on the weekends. :-) And no, I didn’t ever make it to Benedict’s on Belt Line. What kind of food do they have? We might be visiting Dallas next year, so maybe I’ll add it to my list. Saludos!

      • Armando

        Benedict’s Restaurant is a place for breakfast, lunch and brunch. Their specialty is of course eggs Benedict but most of their skillets are very very good, next time you go to Dallas, go there!

  47. Betty

    Love this blog! It certainly didn’t help with my late night cravings but I love the familiarity I came across by reading estos antojitos!

  48. Jamee Jordan Patterson

    I very much enjoy reading your blog. We dined at the Artisan Table at the Lodge at Torrey Pines with you and your dad in early January. Wishing you many wonderful meals, Jamee

    • Lesley

      Hi Jamee: Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you like the blog! I’m still thinking about those dates and cheddar cheese from the Artisan Table meal… and the beef croquette.

  49. Stephanie

    loved it, how d I follow you on fb?

    • Lesley

      Hi Stephanie: Right now I don’t have an FB page, but I’m actually in the process of putting together a new website, and I”ll have one then. I’ll keep you updated. Thanks for your interest!

  50. David

    Awesome blog!!! I love your aproach to food! The post about Mezcalapalooza is excelent!! Keep on with the good work! Question, do you have a twitter account?

    • Lesley

      Hi David: I do have a Twitter account! You can find a link to it on the homepage of the blog, actually. My Twitter name is lesleytellez.

  51. Judith Greene

    Hola. . . I’ve planned a month stay in Cuernavaca with my teenage son who has enrolled in a language immersion class. We will be in D.F. for three days before he starts class. I haven’t been to Mexico in years and would love what you think would be the must sees for a teenager whose trip to Mexico is the first time out of U.S. I’m thinking Anthropology museum, Chapultepec and the pyramids. We will have a couple of days more at the end of our stay. Would you know if the Hotel Maria Cristina is still a good bet for lodging?
    We want something that is somewhat traditional. Thanks.

  52. movieandamexican

    Hi Lesley,

    I randomly found this blog- and wow, what a gem! I lived in Tijuana, Mexico for 13 years and have not returned since (it’s been almost 8 years since my last trip!).

    I’m a college student now, living in Boston and I just started writing my own blog in order to reclaim my Mexican roots. This is such a wonderful source of inspiration for me. I love your recipes and pictures. Keep writing and I’ll make sure to follow you on twitter.

    Nicole Troelstrup

    • Lesley

      Hi Nicole: Thanks so much for your comment. I went to college in Boston too! It was kind of lonely then for a Mexican-American girl… not sure if it’s become more diverse since then. Hope you’re eating better Mexican food than Ana’s Taqueria. :-) If you ever have any cooking questions about Mexican food, I’m happy to help. Saludos!

  53. Marcella

    Hi Lesley,
    I found your blog while surfing the ‘net. It’s awesome to find a website dedicated to real Mexican food. I’m Mexican-born, DF in fact, but USA raised, and it’s funny what we think is Mexican food in the States. Anyway, I would totally share with you places where I love to go eat when I visit Mexico City, but my dad is not here and he’s the one that knows. Great blog here and I’ll be sure to come back.

    P.S. I feel compelled to point out that “mija” is not the correct translation for “my daughter.” Mija is a slang shortcut to the grammatically correct “mi hija.” I’m sure you know this, but the way you explained it in “Why Mija?” sorta felt like if mija was the correct word to use. I don’t mean to offense or cause a riot, I’m just a grammar freak.LOL

    • Lesley

      Thanks Marcella! I’d love to know where you eat when you’re here — please drop me a note when your dad returns. And yes, I realize mija is the slang shortcut. I’ll make that more clear on the homepage. Saludos!

  54. Jonathan Payne

    I do enjoy reading your blog and think the culinary tourism has to be the coolest occupation around!

    • Lesley

      Thank you! And yes, culinary tourism is pretty much the best job ever. I love it — I’m thankful every day.

  55. fromevansridge

    Dear Lesly,
    Was captured at “mija”. I too am third generation, not bilingual but have a keen interest in my history, the culture that makes up who I am. My eldest daughter and I had a cook fest in California where I spent the summer and she taught ME how to make tamales. It’s a long story and one I may blog about, as I have notes and pictures from our venture, but love of history, of food, of family are the ties that bind. My youngest mija is in the Navy and is traveling to me tonight with her boyfriend…I made chicken enchilades and arroz verde. I am waiting for her to make the guacamole, as she makes it better than I, more like my mom…it’s a family thing! Look forward to seeing your part of Mexico through your eyes and words…until then…

    • Lesley

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. How special it must have been to cook tamales with your daughter. You should definitely blog about that — I’d love to read it. Saludos!

  56. nmaha

    Let me know when you plan a trip to India. I’ll arrange real bollywood dance classes :-)

  57. iliketocookthings

    Nice blog! I signed up for e-mails, I love anything to do with Mexican culture. Hooray! Keep it up, Mija.

    • Lesley

      Hey thanks! Glad you like it. :-)

  58. baidu678

    amazing, just amazing, nice

  59. Leslie

    Hi Lesley,

    My name is…Leslie (kind of wish I had your name spelling!)
    I just stumbled upon your website. I love it! Not only do we have our name in common, but I’m also a journalist…my background is in TV. Funny thing, I was born and raised in Mexico City and have been living in San Diego, CA since 1998.
    If you are interested in looking at my travel blog here’s the address-http://thewanderingmoon.wordpress.com/.

    • Lesley

      Hi Leslie: Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’ll take a look at yours. Saludos!

  60. Lina

    Hi Lesley

    I was born in MC. California has been my home for 29 years. I love your blog. Mexico City is in my heart. Your article about “Dia de Los Muertos” is interesting. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I enjoy decorating with sugar skulls for Halloween.
    Catrinas are my passion… Love to collect postcards with catrina images. Well, good bye for now and take care. “A Dios”…:D

    • Lesley

      Hi Lina: How funny — our lives are kind of reversed. Thanks for stopping by the blog, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. I love the sugar skulls and catrinas too. There’s a great market in Toluca that has sugar skulls of all sizes in October. I’m hoping to go in a few weeks. Saludos!

  61. Adriana Legaspi

    Me permito FELICITARTE por la nueva cara de tu blog, si bien a veces siento muy norteamericana tu visión de México sin ningún empacho reconozco que la parte de escribir y bloggear es muy profesional, enhorabuena!

  62. Philip Johnson

    The new site looks amazing Lesley! Although I guess my old wordpress subscription no longer works…. I’ve been missing all your latest posts. Hope everything is wonderful in DF. NY is a blast…. but it’s not Mexico.

  63. ted samsel

    I’ve been trying to put a link to your blog on my food blog. Do you have this blocked? Or what?


    Ted Samsel

    PS: My wife & I liked your Dia de Los Muertos “how-to”.

    • Lesley

      Hi Ted: Glad you liked that post. You should be able to link to me no problem. How are you having an issue? Just go to your links section within your WP dashboard, click “add new” and then add my URL. You can also email me directly if you have any other issues at lesley.tellez@gmail.com.

  64. Marcela Gomez Sixto

    I stumbled upon your blog while googling a ponche recipe. Not only did I find a great recipe with a bit of history, but I also found a new blog to follow! Sweet!

    Your new Chicago fan,

    • Lesley

      Aw, thanks Marcela! I hope I live up to your expectations. :-) I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far. Un abrazo from DF.

  65. stephanie

    Hola Lesley! Greetings from Colorado! Your blog continues to be a treat to read. Just wanted to let you know I tagged you in the Food Bloggers Unplugged Q & A. Would love it if you can participate, but I know how short the day is…so no pressure. Wishing you all the best in 2012! http://thetriangleplate.com/2012/01/05/food-bloggers-unplugged-q-a/

  66. Rebekah

    I lived in Houston as a young girl and a friend of the family used to bring me a sweet tortilla shaped chewy treat back from Mexico. I don’t know what it was called but I would love to find them again!! It was individually wrapped and had some texture but I don’t think it was whole wheat. I’ve been trying to find what it might be and the closest thing I could find (in what I recall of the appearance) is morelianas. But I think the texture was different. Do you have any idea what the cookie/treat might have been? Thanks so much!!

    • Lesley

      Hi Rebekah: Could they have been obleas? They’re thin wafers filled with cajeta (gooey goats-milk caramel) inside. I can’t really find a great photo of them on the Internet, but they kind of look like tortillas. They’d fit in the palm of your hand.

  67. Rebekah

    When I was a kid they seemed huge but I’m thinking they were the size of a corn tortilla? It didn’t have filling …. Thanks, though, for trying!! It had almost like an oatmeal kind of consistency?

    • Lesley

      Hmm… haven’t heard or seen anything like that. Sometimes sweets can be regional, though. If you remember more or less what city they brought them back from, that might give us more information. I could also ask my friend Fany and see if she might know.

  68. caprice mckinnon

    hey! i just discovered your website and I love it! I will definitely be revisiting your cite again. hopefully someday enough I will be as accomplished as you…keep up the good work!

    • Lesley

      Thank you Caprice. Glad you like it!

  69. Rodrigo

    Just found your blog by doing research on the wonderful food served at San Pedro Atocpan, as I am going to be there for a week in August, I am living in Columbus Ohio and I am originally from “la capital,” I will go over your website since I will be doing a culinary tour at some point during my visit.

    Have you ever been to L’encanto de Lola? it is a palce where they make tortas and I am wondering if the food is as great as it sounds when they post the menu on twitter.

    • Lesley

      Hi Rodrigo: Welcome! I have not been to L’encanto de Lola, but I love the name. Is this a place in San Pedro or elsewhere?

  70. Fred

    Love your blog Lesley! I”ll be sure to visit often.:-)

  71. Thuta

    Hi, Lesley,

    I just discovered your blog…. well…in fact, I had just started researching about expat life in D.F. a few weeks ago, as I had just found out that I’ll be assigned for two to three years at our Office in Mexico City…

    I’ve been reading different websites and articles, with extremely diverging opinions, on the safety issues over there…and your blog gave me a big smile as it sounds nothing negative (except for the little inconveniences with the taxis) like the other articles that I’ve read recently…

    Will be moving in around November or December so will definitely visit your blog again, and again, and again…for sure

    I’m sure that my first experience will be the taxi, then the apartment hunting before I’ll be able to enjoy the gastronomia mexicana.

    Any survival tips for a total stranger would be highly appreciated :)

    Thanks for the wonderful blog and the insights.

    • Lesley

      Hi Thuta: I’m glad you found the blog useful. I’d say my best tip is to keep an open mind, and to realize that things move a lot more slowly/differently in Mexico than they do in the United States. (I’m not sure where you’re coming from.) That said, the people in Mexico City — despite it being a chaotic, urban place — are some of the warmest in the world. And there are SO many things to love about the city, especially if you’re a person that likes urban places. It really is a soulful and energetic place to call home!

  72. Araceli Diaz

    Hi Lesley,

    Your site is very interesting blog. I’m actually working in a Chatina community in the Oaxaca Sierra Sur. It’s name is Tataltepec de Valdes. I love this place because I was born here and because of it’s customes and food. I’m triying to get some cheeses recipes and that people interested to visiting Tataltepec for Mayordomias celebrations, can arrive here in little groups. Do you know the Oaxaca’s coast and sierra sur¨

  73. Nik

    Hi there,

    I thought you might like this Mexico City street food film we recently shot for Mazda.



  74. Kathleen

    Hola Lesley,
    Imagine my surprise when I went to your blog for the first time this year, and learned you are no longer in D. F., and have relocated to NYC!
    I have to say your blog looks great, and I can see that your love of all things Mexican has not waned. Great recipes, great photos, great stories.
    With regret, I stopped blogging. I miss it, but life was too full and I just couldn’t keep up with everything. My blog remains online and still has a surprising number of visitors. Life in Mexico is as good as ever, even better.
    Cooking in Mexico

  75. Brooke

    Hi Lesley,
    I stumbled upon your blog and am loving it! I too, lived in Mexico City and am back in NYC and visit Mexico often. Looking forward to reading more. Great to see another NYC/DF connection. : )

    • Lesley Tellez

      Hey Brooke! We should meet for coffee or something once I’m back in New York. (I’m in DF de visita now.) Would love to meet another former chilanga. :-)

  76. Laila Said

    I was searching the web for some info on ESGAMEX (Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana) which I just attended and I ran across your blog. I think we would have plenty to talk about :). I read your Instagrammers Food Porn section and thought maybe my instagram pictures of Mexico City’s gastronomic scene could be of use to you in a future.

    Don’t hesitate to check it out:

    My instagram: worldonyourpalate

    Feel free to contact me for anything!

  77. Milko Adjarov

    I’m delighted I came across your site and was wondering if you or any of your readers can give me some advice about recruitment in Mexico. I’m working for a company that is looking to expand into Mexico City and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to advertise locally. We are looking for English speaking businessmanagers so any advice would be greatly appreciated. We’ve advertised on Linkedin and Monster.com but haven’t had much luck attracting the right applicants.

  78. Mariloly

    hi there – i’m about to move temporarily to DF for work and have been researching restaurants and DF blogs, etc so came across yours! does your company host any food tours for vegetarians? also, any safety tips to share for the city in general? thanks!

    • Lesley Tellez

      Hi there: We do have a Street Food Tour that’s vegetarian friendly. You can find more details on the website. As far as general safety tips, I would say to just use common sense, the same way you would in any other big city. Don’t walk alone late at night, anywhere. Don’t wander through unknown neighborhoods by yourself at night, particularly if they have a sketchy reputation. I wouldn’t take street cabs unless you’re very familiar with the city and speak excellent Spanish, but sitio taxis (Servi Taxi, Taxi Mex, etc.) are very safe. I’d also say don’t wear flashy jewelry or clothes, or walk around texting/talking on a very expensive smart phone. Hope that helps!

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