Streets & Markets Archive

A photo tribute to Mexican corn

There’s a saying in Mexico: sin maíz, no hay país. It means without corn, there is no country. This isn't really an overstatement -- corn has been domesticated in Mexico since at least 2,500 B.C., and it's still the most important ingredient in the Mexican diet. Corn is used in everything from tortillas to soups

The glory of the Mexican breakfast

Breakfast in Mexico City is one of my favorite meals. Usually it's a fruit plate or a glass of freshly squeezed juice, followed by a heavy, spicy, substantial dish that will keep you satiated until the 3 p.m. lunch hour. Pancakes in DF can be a dinnertime snack. The most typical Mexican breakfasts offer a

A Queens gem: Inthira Thai Market in Woodside

Until yesterday, I’d never smelled a handful of kaffir lime leaves. The ones I smelled were frozen, sheathed in a little plastic bag at the Inthira Thai Market in Woodside. Event through plastic the smell was unforgettable: sharp and green and sour like lime juice, with the flowery perfume of a lemon and maybe the

Mexican foods I love: Tlacoyos

Tlacoyos are small, flattened masa pockets that are stuffed with either beans, cheese or fava beans and then grilled on a comal. They're a Mexico City street snack made almost exclusively by women, and usually you can find them near any subway station, market or tianguis. A well-made tlacoyo has a crisp exterior, creamy innards

My favorite food moments of 2012

I'm grateful for so many things this year. We saw a little bit more of the world. We had lively conversations with good friends and stared out at gorgeous vistas and sipped excellent wine. (And excellent mezcal.) I got to come back to a city that I love like no place else -- fetid air,

Adventures in quelites: chivitos

I spotted these at the edge of the Condesa tianguis a few weeks ago, at the stand in front of the Oxxo. The stand is staffed by a man and a woman from Ixtlahuaca, in the State of Mexico, and I like to buy there because they always have farm-fresh produce and homemade tortillas and

The foods of Southern Veracruz

Janneth and I had talked about me visiting her in Coatzacoalcos for months, ever since she came back from Coatza one day and started telling me about all the things she saw there that didn't exist in Mexico City -- tubs of small freshwater fish, crackery tortillas, and puffy, airy quesadillas called empanadas, which were

Honoring the Virgin of Mercy at Mercado de la Merced

One day a year, the vendors at Mexico City's Mercado de la Merced throw a crazy, wild party to honor the Virgin of Mercy, known in Spanish as the Virgen de la Merced. Her saint's day is Sept. 24. On that day and a few days after, the vendors host musical groups inside the market

Beyond mole — Poblano food in pictures

I was in Puebla this weekend visiting my friend Rebecca, who runs the excellent All About Puebla, an English-language online city guide. She's a badass go-getter type of gal, so when the two of us get together it always feels like we can conquer the world. She took me to some of her favorite places

Hay nieves!

It's been hot in Mexico City lately, which means it's the best time to buy nieves, or street-side ice cream or sorbet. A few days ago I found probably the best nieve I've never tasted, from a guy named Benny (that's him under the hat) who set up on calle Ramón Corona just a short