Travel Mexico — By Ben on 11 August 2010
Welcome to Mexico!

Chiles en Nogada

Like I’ve mentioned in past posts, I feel like I’m in foodie heaven here in Mexico, and I have tasted just a very small portion of the food this country has to offer. I’ve been to some of my favorite places to eat in Mexico City, but I still need to visit a lot more and other parts of the country where food is amazing, not to mention all the stuff you can see, do and get. But I will get to it, eventually, and I’ll share here all the amazing food, places and people I encounter in my trips.

Like I mentioned on this post I want to make this blog a guide of delicious food to eat and amazing places to visit in Mexico. I will start with my hometown, Mexico City, a chaotic yet magical city where you can find any kind of cuisine and cuisine fusion that will take your breath away. Some of the places I’ve visited so far are:

Street food in the mountain

Flor de calabaza

Quesadilla de huitlacoche

Los dinamos park

Los dinamos. A national park to the southwest of the city, very close to where my parents live. Here you can find small shacks that sell tacos, quesadillas, stews, sopes, cafe de olla, pulque (an alcoholic beverage made out of the maguey plant that when is flavored with other ingredients such as coffee, pineapple, strawberry or mango it’s called curado) and fresh trout that you pick from a tank.

Coyacan

Coyacan

Coyacan

Coyacan

Coyacan

Coyacan

Coyoacán. The cultural heart of the city since the times of Frida Khalo (and even before the arrival of the Spaniards) and my favorite barrio of the city. Here you can find the best fried quesadillas ever and the best coffee in town at El Jarocho. Walk around the colonial streets, stop at the main square or any of the plazas and gardens to watch street performers or just people walk by. Have some delicious ice cream from any of the ice cream parlors around the neighborhood, also the best in the city. Sit down at any of the cafes to have a conversation or just enjoy a beautiful day. There are so many things to do, see and eat in Coyoacan that I will dedicate several posts to it in the future.

Chiles en Nogada

Chiles en Nogada

Chiles en Nogada

And of course, I can’t leave out the delicious food I’ve been having at home. My favorite dish hasn’t been the amazing lasagna my mom made the first week I was here. It was the chiles en nogada she prepared not only for one, but three dinner parties she threw in a row (yes I am my mom’s son). My sister came over to help with the preparation and the amazing chiles you see in the first and second to last pictures of this post were the result of two days of hard work. When I made them a couple of years ago in Ohio, they weren’t half as good as my mom’s. But of course she started making them with her mom when she was just a little girl.

This post is only the beginning of a series of posts where I’ll highlight a barrio, a neighborhood or a town of this country that has so much delicious food to offer. I hope you enjoy this virtual culinary tour of Mexico, and maybe in the future, you will be drinking a cup of coffee with me in this city I now call home.

¡Buen provecho!

Tagged as:
Esquites » »

Related Articles

About Author

grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(16) Readers Comments

  1. That dish looks fantastic! I would really love to visit your country and eat it's wonderful food!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. I can't wait to see all the other places you'll be showing. You take amazing pictures! I love Mexico and Mexican food.

  3. Ben, I look forward to your posts from Mexico and discovering some new neighbourhoods and foods along the way! Muchas gracias!

  4. Chiles en nogada is what i put on my to do list a couple of days back. only i see no pomegranate here now. what a beautiful photo essay!!

  5. Pingback: Tweets that mention Welcome to Mexico! | What's cooking? -- Topsy.com

  6. Oh Ben I'm so excited to see some REAL Mexican food! Bring it on!

  7. You might try selling some of these photos to the Departmento de Turismo…they’re quite an enticement.

    It must be a very emotional and exciting experience to get back in touch with your roots after a spell of living in mid-America. The contrasts are so striking.

  8. Such beautiful photography!

  9. I look forward to travelling with you on this culinary journey Ben. It is the next best thing to being there myself.

  10. Its nice to see real traditional Mexican food! My family is from Mexico and so these photos remind me to be proud of where I came from. GREAT JOB!

Leave a Reply