News — By Ben on 28 July 2014
21 days

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July 2010, I arrived to Mexico City full of dreams and expectations. I immediately fell in love with the city vibrance and food. There is so much to see, do, and eat. This is one of those places where you never get bored. All you have to do is step outside and something will amazed you. Right at this moment across the street from the coffee shop where I write these lines the Mexican communist party (I estimate around 50 people or so and I am not sure if all of them are members) is holding a meeting right in front of the American embassy. One chanting goes like this: “we say yes to Cuba no to the Yankees”.

As I look up, a group of about 30 teenagers skates past cyclists, taxi cabs and pedestrians. They seem to be in a hurry, maybe the police is not far behind. I don’t know if this is a typical Saturday afternoon in Mexico City. It’s hard to say what’s typical here sometimes. On my walks through the city I’ve encountered a parade of clowns, a marching band without a parade, a bus full of Brazilian carnival dancers in full costume, a group of lesbians chanting angry psalms of joy, a dwarf on a scooter going as fast as he could on Reforma avenue main lanes, arms wide open, enjoying the breeze of freedom, and many, many other visions that would fill a book of amazing things you would never believe. Being amazed every day is one of the reasons I love living here.

Food, one of my greatest passions, is another reason why I love this city. I’ve written before about the markets, restaurants, street food stalls and many other venues where food can be enjoyed here. I would be repeating myself if I tried to list them all in this post. Mexico City is my favorite place on earth for Mexican food – please remember that Mexico is a big country with many regional cuisines and many other cities in the world such as LA offer a vibrant Mexican cuisine.

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Back to 2010, that summer I was eager to capture all the colors, flavors and sensations of my new home and share them with the world. I tried to do that for a while. But something happened along the way. I didn’t lose my passion for Mexico and what makes it great. I guess I just got busy and other factors clouded my vision. When I started this post I wanted to list them, but now I’m not so sure. Even though one has to deal with those factors here every day (pollution, corruption, lawlessness, apathy, a complete lack of civic education, etc.), they complete the big picture of what really means to live in Mexico. I must confess that very often I visualize myself leaving this place for a more “civilized” city, but I can’t seem to find a way to say good-bye to the Aztec capital, or rather, I keep finding excuses to stay – and as long as I stay here, I want to keep a log of the things that amaze me.

As the years passed this blog suffered and my posts became shorter and scarcer. I stopped posting recipes because I didn’t cook as much anymore. There is so much affordable food everywhere that many times is cheaper and faster just to order in. Everybody delivers here, from the local taco place to the largest American fast food chains. I stopped writing about new ingredients because they lost their novelty. I stopped writing about traveling in Mexico because finding new beautiful towns became routine.

October 2nd, 2013, almost a year ago, that was the last time I posted something on this blog. I really feel bad about it. But feeling bad is not a solution. I want to turn that feeling into the motivation that drives me to post more often. To revive some of the joys that this blog has brought over the years: cooking, food styling, photography, experimenting new recipes and ingredients, sharing the greatness of Mexico with the world, but above all, connecting with the people that share those passions.

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I updated the blog layout a little. I made a schedule of the days I want to post something on this blog. I’ve made the commitment to make more homemade meals and share them here. I’m making a list of my photography equipment, lights, props, backdrops, etc. I want to get back to blogging. I’ll do my best to get back.

21 days, that’s how long one needs to create new habits, I read it somewhere.21 days is not a long time. Can I get back to blogging on a regular basis in 21 days? That’s the question I will be answering in exactly 21 days.

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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.

(13) Readers Comments

  1. Great to see that you are back and that you are feeling motivated/inspired again!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • Thank you my friend! I hope to keep the motivation up!

  2. He leído tu nuevo artículo, no creo mucho en las exactitudes pero quizá sean necesarios 21 días para que se vuelva un habito en ti escribir y platicar a quienes te leamos un fabuloso mundo de palabras que nos transporten al color, el sabor, la magia, la rapidez, la lentitud, la fascinación y la excitación que solo esta ciudad tiene. Quizá queda decir como México no hay dos, como no hay 2 de ningún país, pero para los mexicanos y los que vivimos en esta majestuosa ciudad la oferta gastronómica es tan amplia y variable que aun y cuando repetimos lugares para comer nos sorprendemos con nuevos platillos, nuevos sabores, aquí comes con poco o con muchos pesos, pero cada platillo que comas es algo, aun y cuando nos equivoquemos en la elección, un sabor en tu paladar. Espero leerte pronto nuevamente.

  3. Welcome home!

    • Thank you Joan! I’m happy to see so many familiar faces :)

  4. Glad you are back! Yours is one of the first blogs I ever subscribed to. Happy to note that your photography is still awesome. :)

    • Hi Jessica! Glad to see you here and thank you for the comment!

  5. Hey, Ben, I’m glad you’re doing well! I’m looking forward to your posts – your recipes are always incredible.

  6. Hi Ben, I hope you keep it up, and don’t just write about food. I first arrived in Mexico City 21 years ago in September and your opening paragraphs took me right there. I’m looking forward to following your blog. I hope it will inspire me to get on with mine

  7. We understand how you feel about the dichotomy of Mexico. Although we live in the U.S., we’ve been there many times, from Cabo to Merida, from Aguascalientes to Quintana Roo. I just wanted you to know how much my wife and I have enjoyed your blog. We’ve cooked some of the recipes and nodded in appreciation at your observations. We hope you continue, but if you don’t (we understand that blogging is a thankless job), we wish you luck.

  8. Welcome back my friend. I wish you good luck and look forward to your new posts. I try to blog about once a week or ever 10 days but it’s getting harder and harder. Maybe I need a break like yours :)

  9. Finally my friend…I have missed you. Will be in Cancun from 2/19/15 – 2/21/15 and off to the Yucatan on a cooking expedition with 6 other women. Telling my friend from La Pina en La Cocina about your blog…her is fantastic

    • Oh that trip sounds amazing. I bet you will have the time of your life. I’m checking out her blog now.

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