Tomorrow we're helping prepare a community altar for Day of the Dead, so we spent today in the field cutting marigolds and coxcombs. We were rewarded with a picnic lunch of tortillas, grilled meats and mezcal!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The torta stand in front of my hotel is considered one of the best. This hot sandwich of chorizo, pierna español, cheese, avocado, egg, and onion weighs more than half a pound, could feed three people, and costs 38 pesos. That's right, about $2.00.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The top thing I want to experience in Mexico City besides a visit to Teotihuacán and the Anthropology Museum is the famous street food. I plan to eat most of my meals from carts and markets rather than sit-down restaurants. To that end, I've booked a tour with Eat Mexico on my first full day in the city to that I can scope out all the best and most reliable sources of good eats. The tour covers the Cuauhtémoc neighborhood of my hotel, Casa Gonzalez, and promises the following:
"On this tour you’ll gain an overview of one of the most vibrant street food scenes in the world, spread out across a neighborhood full of hungry office workers. Moving from stand to stand,
we’ll sample fresh tamales, squash flower burritos, carnitas (pork simmering for several hours in lard) and more. You’ll understand why the tacos de canasta can sell out before 11 a.m., and
bite into a cemita sandwich that packs an incredible punch."
Yum. That should set me up for the rest of the week. And for a touristy splurge, I might grab breakfast-with-a-view at El Balcón del Zócalo before hitting the Cathedral and the Templo Mayor.
El Balcón del Zócalo
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Well, yah, it seems like it's been going on for years. Part of the timing of my trip was meant to tune out the last three weeks of campaigning, and based on the last few days, that was a good plan. We voted yesterday, partly to get it over with and to avoid the crowds on what promises to be an election day for the record books.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
In the summer of 2011, a dollar bought you 11.5 pesos. Five years later, a dollar buys you 19 pesos, basically making one peso equal to a nickel. After the initial response of, "Yasssssss, I can buy lots more stuff!", I know this is not a good thing and will further damage Mexico's recovery. We'll see how it looks on the ground.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Conzatti Park photo via Flickr by Ron Mader