After spending the first half of November 2019 in Saudi Arabia
, we capped the month off with a long Thanksgiving weekend in Mexico City!
We stayed in La Condesa, a walkable neighborhood adjacent to Bosque de Chapultepec. La Condesa is so typical of the areas in a city that we love to stay in because it has a little bit of everything within walking distance. You've got delicious small restaurants with al fresco seating. There are quaint coffee shops where locals frequent and you can people watch. There are side-street bakeries that waft their aromas of freshness in a 3 block radius. There is street food close to the highly accessible public transportation entrances. There are plazas and parks to relax and people watch. There are trees that provide shade to siesta-time nappers. And there is vibrant character in the people, the art, and the overall feeling of the bustling area.
For 4 days we immersed ourselves in the Mexican city-life. We used the Metro if we could not walk, or called Uber if we public transportation couldn't get us to a specific destination. I practiced my Spanish with the locals who were often surprised by a Chino speaking their language. We broke our fast at local hotspots, took coffee from hole-in-the-wall shops, and dined finely at some of Mexico City's best restaurants. And this is what we really find to be the best way to get in touch with a culture. Eat and drink with them.
|Teotihuacan. Yea, we did some sightseeing too. |
For us, it's not about all the sightseeing, though we will do some. It's about the feeling of the city / town / village, wherever we might arrive. And what better way to feel good than through fare and drink.
Here are links to the highlights of our 4-day feeling/feeding-frenzy:
It would be impossible for me to share all the food photos, so I'll just mention the locales by name and let you have at it to try for yourselves. In a way, this is kind of like those lists, like 96hrs is Mexico City or something like that. Anyway...
That was a lot of great eating in some of the most local of places to the most chic of restaurants that CDMX has to offer. Food will never cease to immerse me into the best of a culture.