A few weeks ago I was eating breakfast at Nicos, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It’s been owned by the same family for more than 50 years, and the chef, Gerardo Vázquez Lugo, cares deeply about using fresh ingredients and promoting traditional Mexican recipes.
I had only ever [...]Continue Reading →
Let me blow your mind for a second. In Mexico, there exists an item known as the whipped-cream filled concha.
One concha. Two halves. Whipped center.
It’s a concha sandwich. With sweet sugared cream for the filling.
I found these conchas at Pastelería Suiza, a bakery in Condesa known for [...]Continue Reading →
Hey! Speaking of conchas, I have a post up about my concha obsession on The Eaten Path, an international-ish food blog that covers everything from barbecue to Thai food. Take a looksie if you’ve got a few minutes.
The photo above is of my most recent favorite concha, from El [...]Continue Reading →
Every morning at 7 a.m., we hear a loud, screechy bicycle horn honking right outside our window. It sounds like this:
Originally, I had no idea what this horn meant. Then I checked the Internet and realized it was a neighborhood vendor selling pan dulce. Of course! Every service-provider has his own [...]Continue Reading →
Slow Food Mexico is part of the larger, international organization Slow Food, which supports organic, sustainable eating around the world. Yesterday one of the Mexico chapters sponsored a gourmet food fair in Coyoacán.
Local restaurants and small-business owners from all over the country had set up dozens of items under a [...]Continue Reading →
Two of my Mexican friends, Jesica and Martha, have been teasing me about my high concha roll standards. They can’t understand how I didn’t like Maque’s conchas. “We’re going give you a blind taste test!” they said. My response: Bring it.
A teensy part of me was starting to lose faith, though. [...]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week, while pondering the ethereal concha roll (why is perfection so out of reach?), I suddenly had an epiphany. Why am I limiting myself? I could be searching for the best bakery, while I’m searching for the best concha. The best bisquet. The best cuernito. The best… pan de muerto.
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Concha rolls are never far from my mind, seeing as I’m on a permanent quest to find the best concha in Mexico City. The subject came up again on Saturday night, when my friend Jesica urged me to give Maque another chance. We were sipping tequila at a local lounge.
“They’re [...]Continue Reading →
Who is Mija?
Mija is Lesley Téllez, a food writer and culinary guide in New York City. I spent four years in Mexico's Distrito Federal, which launched my deep love for Mexican food and culture. In 2010 I co-founded the tourism company Eat Mexico.
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