Few places in the world offer such contrasting and diverse dining options as Mexico City. Here, in every corner, as well as in its finest restaurants, converge fresh flavors from the sea, juicy northern style steaks, and exotic spices from the south. Here, coexist 50 regional cuisines from all over the country, with their own ingredients and procedures. There also is a blend of ancient culinary practices and the latest trends in international cuisine.
In this city you can crave something every hour. In the morning, as you turn a corner, you will be assailed by the warm aroma of tamales, which are always served with a thick atole (gruel); at noon, you will not be able to resist the craving for some tacos de canasta (basket tacos), of head (of beef) o even of cochinita pibil (piglet meat cooked with axiote sauce). At lunchtime, allow your imagination to run free with the certainty that you will find more than one option to satisfy you. In the afternoon, the coffee shops with aromatic blends coming mainly from Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca, will invite you to delight with the creativity of their bakers, or the cakes and sweets created in exclusive pastry shops.
This large gastronomic variety will pose a dilemma if you visit Mexico City for a few days: to encompass all of the traditional dishes in just a few days is impossible – a whole lifetime would not be enough for this. However, some food experts and connoisseurs of the most beautiful corners of the Mexican capital have engaged in the task of creating tours during which you can find the best and most representative culinary delights in this city.
An example of this is the tour designed by Mexican Food Tours to get to know Polanco, an upscale area where most of the most elegant restaurants in the city open their doors, such as the Pujol and the Biko, recognized as two of the best restaurants in the world. Here, you will also find open air markets, crowded taco stands, and carts selling tamales, corn on the cob and corn esquites.
This tour can be joined by people of all ages and physical conditions. You will walk somewhat less than 1.5 miles over approximately three hours. The only requirement is that you are willing to indulge.
Great flavors here, great flavors over there …
The gastronomic tours offered by Mexican Food Tours are perfect for tasting entrees, soups, main courses, fruit juices and typical deserts. They begin in the mornings, and the starting point is a Oaxacan restaurant located on Moliere Avenue, where traditions blend with the latest culinary trends. Here, you will be able to taste the tlayuda, a giant corn tortilla marinated in lard, served with beans, meat and melted string cheese. You will also enjoy four types of mole: the yellow spiced mole, the spicy red mole, the sweet black mole and the fruity mole which stains the tablecloths. And to cool off, an hoja santa (holy leaf) juice, with caya and lemon.
Then you will visit a place where they serve the best tacos and baguettes with cochinita pibil in the area. The cochinita is a typical dish from southeastern Mexico, and consists of pork meat marinated in axiote sauce, wrapped in banana leafs and cooked underground. It is served with habanero chile sauce and red onion, marinated in vinegar. On weekdays, this is one of the most popular sites for the area’s office workers.
The tour continues in a restaurant-bar resembling an old saloon, with long tables, and popular sayings painted on the wall, and swinging doors. Here you will enjoy tasting a mezcal and a villamelon taco (of cecina (salted dry meat), sausage and chicharron (fried pork rind). The next destination is a restaurant with open air tables, located in front of a beautiful fountain. Here you will taste a traditional bean soup with a touch of goat cheese.
To end the gastronomic tour, nothing better than some delicious chocolates made from organic cocoa. You will find exotic blends with flowers, fruits, salty ingredients… where else can you taste a chocolate with jamaica flower jelly or filled with tamarind? And on the way home, a delicious ice cream in one of Mexico City’s most traditional ice cream parlors: the Roxy ice cream parlor.
In addition to tasting these delights, the experience will allow you to get closer to the local culture through anecdotes and historical information offered by the friendly guide.
The tours are offered in English and Spanish.
For more information: http://www.mexicanfoodtours.com/