My friend Ruth leads culinary tours in Mexico City. Last week, after months of hearing her fabulous stories about the Xochimilco market — where one woman peddles frog-leg tamales, and ladies sell fresh blue-corn tortillas, and green, spicy chile atole sits in a big olla, just waiting to be tasted (this [...]Continue Reading →
Bacalao is the Spanish word for a slab of boneless, skinless dried salt cod. The filets — long, snowy looking things — pop up in all the Mexico City grocery stores and markets during Christmastime.
I had eaten fried bacalao a few times in Spain, but I’d never tried it the Mexican [...]Continue Reading →
While at Central de Abastos last week, I spied squares of this jellied, lemon-yellow substance. “Acitrón,” a hand-painted sign read. They were 15 pesos each. (That’s little over $1.)
I remembered reading something about acitrón in the newspaper awhile back, but I couldn’t remember exactly what. So I bought some. Took it [...]Continue Reading →
Nearly every piece of wholesale produce in Mexico City starts out at the Central de Abastos. The gigantic maze of tunnels — can it even be called a market? — is huge. It has 2,000 stands. It shelters more than 30,000 tons of produce each a day. Located south of town, it’s the [...]Continue Reading →
Here she is.
“You remembered me!” she said, when I went back on Tuesday to buy eight chicken thighs.
“Of course!” I said. “This time I’m making korean-style chicken.”
Her eyes widened. “Is that sweet or spicy?”
She smiled. “Ay, que rico….”
We chit-chatted some more, and [...]Continue Reading →
Yesterday Alice and I went to Mercado Juarez, a huge indoor market at the Cuauhtemoc metro stop. We happened upon the chicken sellers first, and as we scanned over everyone, trying to figure out who sold the best birds, I immediately spotted the woman I wanted to buy from.
She stood at a small [...]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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