Archive for the 'Mexico City' Category

Xochimilco is known for its 100-mile network of canals. A World Heritage Site, these canals are remnants of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past in what used to be an extensive lake and canal system that connected settlements of the Valley of Mexico. Today, locals and tourists alike enjoy Xochimilco as a peaceful respite from the bustle of Mexico City, riding on colorful boats called trajineras around the canals and system of artificially-made islands called chinampas. The chinampas are now home to a number of farms growing organic produce. Here to guide us through the canals and take us on a farm tour are Ruth Alegria and Ricardo Rodriguez, CEO and General Director of De La Chinampa, an organization promoting organic farming and ecological restoration of Xochimilco.

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Chef Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil shows us a signature dish of sardine in a green sauce, with purslane, arbequina olive oil, cactus, oyales herbs, white onion, serrano, and cilantro oil.
 
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Chef Jorge Vallejo is chef-owner of Quintonil, which opened in 2012 and has since become a top dining destination in Mexico City, and landed him a spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Chef Vallejo worked at noma, and under Enrique Olvera at Pujol for three years. Chef Vallejo creates unique dishes that show his passion for sourcing local and ancient Mexican ingredients while using modern cooking techniques.

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Chef Daniel Ovadia is the young and ambitious owner of an empire of acclaimed restaurants. Inspired by his travels around Mexico, Chef Ovadia’s cuisine focuses on traditional recipes and native ingredients that he playfully transforms by creative culinary techniques. His menu shows his deeply rooted respect for perfection of traditional recipes and his ability to express his life and roots through food.

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Chef Edgar Nuñez is pushing the boundaries of modern Mexican gastronomy at his restaurant Sud777, which is on the list for Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants. Sourcing much of his produce at Xochimilco, his creative menu celebrates seasonal and indigenous Mexican products.

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A native of Mexico City, Enrique Olvera graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1997, and is the chef-owner of Pujol, Eno Petrarca, and Eno Virreyes, in Mexico City, Maíz de Mar in Playa del Carmen, and Cosme in New York City. Chef Olvera’s reinterpretation of Mexico’s popular recipes as well as his experimentation with contemporary and millennia-old culinary techniques, has brought him fame well beyond the nation’s borders. Pujol has steadily climbed Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant list—a first for a Mexican restaurant with a Mexican chef—reaching number 16 in 2015. Chef Olvera’s culinary philosophy has been defined by his deep exploration of Mexico’s universe of ingredients, and gastronomic techniques and traditions.

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Next, we head to Restaurante El Bajío in northern Mexico City. Cármen Ramírez Degollado, known as “Titita,” has owned and operated El Bajío since 1972. With the help of family, including her daughter María Teresa Ramírez Degollado, she has opened 10 more El Bajío restaurants in Mexico City.

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For something sweet, we visit José Ramón Castillo, renowned chocolatier and owner of Qué Bo in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood. His chocolates are made using indigenous Mexican ingredients and flavors, with an emphasis on sourcing and strengthening the quality and supply of Mexican chocolate.

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Ruth Alegria and Sergio Remolina discuss the traditional dishes served at Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s Azul Histórico. We sample Molletes, Enchiladas with Black Oaxaca-style Mole, Memelitas, and Blue Corn Mushroom Quesadillas.

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Birria is hearty Mexican stew originating from the state of Jalisco. Here at Birria "El Paisa" in Mexico City, food guide Francisco de Santiago shows us how to how to tuck into a bowl of “birria de chiva” or goat birria.

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Barbacoa is Mexico’s pit barbecue. Wrapped in maguey leaves and slow roasted underground, barbacoa meats are steam-cooked for hours until they are “fall off the bone” tender. Usually barbacoa calls for lamb or goat or beef, even cow's head, but many regional variations occur throughout the Mexican states. Here, in Mexico City, Ruth Alegria and Francisco de Santiago show us the best way to enjoy barbacoa at Barbacoa “El Calandrio” owned by Teresa Jesus Alvarez.

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Pozole in Mexico City

Francisco De Santiago, a.k.a. "Paco," and Ruth Alegria take us on a pozole crawl in Mexico City, and tell us about this traditional Mexican soup, with hominy, meat and garnishes of Mexican oregano, chiles, white onion, radishes, avocado, and lime. Our first stop is at Casa Tixla, a pozolería specializing in Pozole Guerrero. Here Ruth and Paco have green pozole, made with green pumpkin seeds, epazote, and chile serrano. Next, at Poctzin, they sample Jalisco-style red pozole made with chile guajillo and shredded chicken.

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Mexico City native, Sergio Remolina, Chef Instructor and Director of the Latin Studies program at The Culinary Institute of America, takes us on a tour of his favorite tacos stalls in Mexico City’s Tizapan neighborhood. His favorites are Taquería Pedro for tacos al pastor and Taquería Los Arbolitos for sweet bread tacos such as tacos de cabeza, de suadero, de tripa and de cesos.

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Street food in Mexico City is ubiquitous, and some of the best in the world. The endless array of antojitos or “little cravings” that are sold in street stalls and markets can be daunting. Culinary guide, Francisco De Santiago, a.k.a. "Paco," leads us on a late night taco tour of Mexico City. As he explains, tacos are more than a food, but a way of life. Taquerías are a traditional gathering place for friends and families as well as an important part of nightlife in Mexico City. Stopping at El Tizoncito and Taco "El Greco" we'll sample some of the city's favorite styles of tacos.

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Ruth Alegria, Mexican cuisine historian, and owner of Mexico Soul and Essence, takes us on a tour of sweet street foods in Mexico City’s Coyoacán neighborhood. She shows us coconut-stuffed candied limes, candied apples with chili salt, sugared nuts, pepitas, and much more.

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Ruth Alegria, Mexican cuisine historian, and owner of Mexico Soul and Essence, and Chef Roberto Santibañez, discuss the pre-Hispanic tradition of markets in Mexico. Ruth takes us on a tour of the Xochimilco Market to show us an array of Mexico’s lesser known indigenous produce, and to try a thousand-year-old recipe for atole.

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One of the world’s largest cities, Mexico City seems to run on adrenaline. From its rich history as a pre-Colombian metropolis, to its Spanish colonial grandeur, to its now bustling contemporary edge, Mexico’s nearly 500-year-old capital is a synthesis of the old and the new. Mexico City abounds with enticing food, and its ancient and treasured culinary traditions can be enjoyed on almost every street. From the sizzling taquería stall, to a smoky barbacoa restaurant, to a steaming bowl of birria, to a world class fine dining experience, Mexico City’s world of food takes us places beyond imagining. Join us on this appetizing tour of Mexico City, as we discover its culinary traditions that are captivating diners around the world.

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