|On top of the world in Mexico City's Centro Historico|
And so, after going through the 900-plus photos that I took, for my first (of many!) trip posts I settled on a recap of the casual sit-down eateries we visited. (Except for one that deserves a post all its own. Later. ) I will try not to be too wordy, as I know that most of you are here to look at the pretty pictures. I totally understand.
But I must now immediately break that promise of brevity with a short preamble in which I shall attempt to dispel some myths about Mexico City, aka the Distrito Federal, or the DF. For those of you who know this already, I apologize; however, some of the reactions and questions I have received when sharing my vacation destination have led me to believe that these words must be written:
- Mexico City is not near a beach. It is firmly landlocked. Do not bring your bathing suit. But it is over 7,000 feet above sea level and the sun is quite strong, so do bring your sunscreen. Better yet - wait and buy some at Farmacia Paris in Centro.
- Mexico City is a bustling, vibrant metropolis of 20-plus million people. It is NOT an all-inclusive resort or cruise ship destination. Thank goodness.
- Mexico City is not a dangerous hot bed of drug gang activity. That sort of thing mostly goes on along the Mexico/U.S. border. (And you can thank the ludicrous U.S. war on drugs for that.) Mexico is a big, diverse country, and most of it is not located along the U.S. border. I walked all over the place and rode the Metro - even at night - and I never felt unsafe. In fact, I felt safer than I do in my own comparatively run-down U.S. city.
We arrived, hungry and sleepy, around 10 pm on a Friday evening. Fortunately, we had already picked out our spot for a late meal - Cafe El Popular, a 24-hour restaurant just a few blocks from our Centro Historico hotel.
On the advice of a food-loving guy at our hotel's front desk, we ordered the enchiladas divorciadas, so called because of the two separate sauces:
|The first of many amazing dishes in Mexico City|
Sopa Azteca I made? This was its inspiration:
The next day we ventured to the Zona Rosa neighborhood and ate at Fonda El Refugio, which has been around for over 50 years, as you can see from the cute commemorative plate:
We began with the tacos de lengua. Yes, that's tongue, and it was tender and juicy and wonderful:
It's an unassuming place from the outside, but look - this guy serenades diners while they eat. He was awesome. If you go, make sure to tip him on your way out!:
Now you know that I am not a big sweets gal, but I had to have chocolate y churros for breakfast at least once. And so we headed to Chocolateria El Moro, where we had the Espagnol chocolate - it's thicker and sweeter than the Mexican style, and a whole mess of crispy churros:
So until next time ... buen provecho!