Travel Archive

This morning, at a coffee stand inside the Terminal del Norte bus station in Mexico City: Me: I’d like a cafe americano with milk, please. Young woman: We don’t sell an americano with milk. You can get a black coffee or a cappuccino. Me: Can’t I just get a small amount of milk in my coffee? YW: No. Me: What if I paid extra? It’s only a very small amount of milk that I want. YW: We don’t sell americanos with milk. Me: What if I paid for a cappuccino? And you could give me an americano with just a […]

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Last week over lunch at El Cardenal, one of the restaurant’s owners, Marcela Briz, stopped by our table. Dining with me were some fancy guests — Penny, two chefs from the States and Ruth Alegria. So Señora Briz graciously gave us each a little present: a lotería game she researched and designed based on traditional Mexican foods. I’ve seen riffs on the traditional lotería game before, but never anything that focused specifically on food. This game is actually quite educational. Each card contains a detailed description in Spanish of a variety of Mexican foods and cooking utensils. There’s a metate, […]

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I stumbled on Con Sabor a Tixtla by chance. I’d been wandering around the Roma neighborhood, looking for a few new places to add to Eat Mexico’s Taco Tour, when I saw a chalkboard menu propped up on the sidewalk. Colorful tables and umbrellas had been spread out in a neat row, and baskets of paper flowers dangled underneath the awning. The cheeriness of it all made me stop. And so did the menu. This place offered “tacos guerrerenses.” What were those? As soon as I sat down, the waiter dropped off a little bowl of toasted pumpkin seeds. They […]

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