FWAL Travels to Mexico City

FWAL Travels to Mexico City

Breakfast of avocado toasts, granola parfait, espresso and lattes.

Breakfast of avocado toasts, granola parfait, espresso and lattes.

This month I took a short holiday in Mexico City to visit my friend Serghio.  I had no expectations really, although I heard a few “be careful”s and “the food scene is supposed to be great, but be careful.”  To be honest, I hadn’t done much research besides a quick highlight reel on TripAdvisor, but Serghio is a total foodie and the ideal cultural tour guide so too much research would have been for nothing.  He had plans.  My idea was to walk everywhere, seeing the city from the ground up; visit museums (there are about 160 within the city limits) and eat indigenous food.

Just to be clear, I never felt unsafe or had an issue with theft.  Maybe that’s luck or maybe it’s a result of the city working to rejuvenate its perception.  Either way, Mexico City was a wonderful host.  I have to thank Serghio for showing me sights I would’ve never had an opportunity to see in a four-day trip, not to mention feeding me some of the best cuisine I’ve had in years.  It wasn’t all ritzy pompous hipster spots.  It was a beautiful cross-section from every day local eats to off the beaten path dishes you’d never see in the States (crispy worm tacos, anyone?).  Again, thank you Serghio for being the most generous and enjoyable tour guide.

Here is a foodie photo tour of our adventures!  I hope you enjoy.

9am and the masa dough is fresh! Soon this will be a heap of corn tortillas.

9am and the masa dough is fresh! Soon this will be a heap of corn tortillas.

The gated entrance and former home to the president of Mexico City.

Gated entrance to Castillo De Chapultepec, the former home of Mexico’s president.

The hidden park inside Castillo de Chapultepec.  Music and a table of books lull visitors to relax into the space.

The hidden park inside Castillo de Chapultepec. Music and a table of books lure visitors to relax in space that is all its own.

An outsiders view inside Castillo de Chapultepec.

An outsiders view inside Castillo de Chapultepec.

Local noshes of fried chips, spiced meat snacks and dried fruit.

Local noshes of fried chips, spiced meat snacks and dried fruit.

Eating like the locals, this line is impressive but apparently "not bad".

Eating like the locals, this line is impressive but apparently “not bad.”

We had our tacos in hand before we could finish saying our order.  These are called tacos sudados.  Translated at sweaty tacos as the tortilla is greasy and damp from them being stacked in this tub.  This is lunch served in seconds before your eyes!

We had our tacos in-hand before we could finish saying our order, literally served in seconds!  Tacos sudados is translated to “sweaty tacos” as the tortilla is greasy and damp from being stacked in this tub, which was completely full!

Our plates of tacos sudados garnished from basins of fresh avocado tomatillo salsa

Our plates of tacos sudados garnished from basins of fresh avocado tomatillo salsa.

Frida Kahlo's kitchen on display in La Casa Azul.

Frida Kahlo’s kitchen on display in La Casa Azul.

Day 1 and we walked over 23k steps, not bad!

Day 1 and we walked over 23k steps, not bad!

My favorite tour guide!

My favorite tour guide!

We woke up early and drove to the historical site of the Pyramid of the Sun. The place has heavy energy!

We woke up early and drove to the historical site of the Pyramid of the Sun. Every year on March 21st, people from all over dress in white and watch the sun glide over this pyramid throughout the day.  It is said that you can see a serpent moving across the hand built structure.

Working on our fitness!

Working on our fitness!

A view from the top, a flat pyramid built at the crest of Tepozteco.

The Historical District Post Office (Palacio de Correos) is cool, quite, clean and still in operation!

The Historical District Post Office (Palacio de Correos) is cool, quite, clean and still in operation!

Breakfast and coffee at Panaderia Rosetta.  Quinoa muffins, pastries galore and brunch to die for!

Breakfast and coffee at Panaderia Rosetta. Quinoa muffins, pastries galore and brunch to die for!

Panaderia Rosetta

Panaderia Rosetta, can this be my dining room?!

Lunch at La Gruta in Teotihuacan, a cave lined with candles.  Once inside it's at least 10 degrees cooler than outside.

Lunch at La Gruta in Teotihuacan, a cave lined with candles. Once inside it’s at least 10 degrees cooler than outside.

Marcado Roma, a MUST!

Marcado Roma, a MUST!

The view inside Marcado Roma.

The view inside Marcado Roma.

A beautiful play on texture at Marcado Roma.

A beautiful play on texture at Marcado Roma.

Everyone enjoys Sunday funday.

Everyone enjoys Sunday funday.

A twist on lamb gyro and tostata de tuna tartar.

A twist on lamb gyro and tostata de tuna tartar.

Wall art that plays with the mind.

Wall art that plays with the mind.

Hiking Tepozteco, it was a long way up!

Hiking Tepozteco was a long way up!

A view from the top, a flat pyramid at the crest of Tepozteco.

A view from the top, a flat pyramid at the crest of Tepozteco.

The hike was more of a primer to lunch found in the market at the base of the mountain.

The hike was more of a primer to lunch, found in the market at the base of the mountain.

Our chef showing us corn varieties, ground by hand and pressed into tortillas before our eyes.

Our chef showing us corn varieties, ground by hand and pressed into tortillas before our eyes.

Salsa bar!  The real reason we chose this stand above all others... cocoa-cola, guava, habanero and hibiscus, just to name a few.

Salsa bar! The real reason we chose this stand above all others… coca-cola, guava, habanero and hibiscus, just to name a few.

Lunch of cactus tacos with   fresh cheese.

Lunch of cactus tacos with fresh cheese.

Our welcoming chefs!

Our welcoming chefs!

We had such an amazing trip, I'd go back tomorrow!

We had such an amazing trip, I’m ready to go back tomorrow!