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Mexico City Food Tours

Experience authentic Mexican food by Christina Wylie

Experience authentic Mexican food in a way that normally only the locals do.

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Mexican food is about so much more than just tacos – it’s a cuisine that has an immense depth of flavour, combining savoury, earthy and fresh flavours to create vibrant, colourful and most importantly delicious dishes. But to really get the full, off-the-beaten-path experience, visitors need to be shown the way by a local with a real passion for Mexican food.

You’ll try both savoury and sweet local specialties while exploring the ever-colourful Mexico City through the eyes of a local.

Mexican Food Tours takes intrepid foodies on walking food tours through Mexico City to sample the very best authentic Mexican food. You’ll try both savoury and sweet local specialties while exploring the ever-colourful Mexico City through the eyes of a local. And as it’s a walking tour, you won’t miss a thing on this unique journey through a city where you never know what foodie finds are just around the corner.

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Set up by passionate local food fanatics Connie Estefan and Jimena Gil, Mexican Food Tours is all about guiding people through the wide variety of food on offer in Mexico City. They want to educate people about the intricacies of the local cuisine, such as traditional Mexican sauce mole. But not just one kind – you’ll sample three delicious and distinctly different types of mole: there’s the spicy red mole that packs a punch, the super-smooth, sweet black mole and the fruity mole, which can calm your mouth down after a dose of hot Mexican chilli. Each has a unique mouthfeel and you’ll be talked through the process involved in making this popular Mexican staple.

“The great gastronomic variety of Mexican food will pose a dilemma if you visit Mexico for only a few days.” says Connie. “To encompass all of the traditional Mexican specialties in one trip is a hard task. With Mexican Food Tours, this task is easier, since a Mexican food tour guided by a local food connoisseur will allow you to find the best and most representative culinary delights of Mexico in only a few hours. That’s probably the most special thing about Mexican Food Tours: that you get to try a lot of new dishes in a small amount of time.”

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The goal of Mexican Food Tours is to let people experience Mexico City in a way that normally only the locals do. You’ll get to try the best cochinita pibil tacos in town at a famous taco stand that has been reviewed by none other than the New York Times. “It’s a real well-kept secret by the so-calledchilangos (Mexico City’s citizens).” And the tours don’t slack on the sweets, either – a highlight of the Polanco tour is Mexican chocolate tasting accompanied by mezcal (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico). “Participants will have the chance to try chocolates from the famous Chef Jose Ramon Castillo, one of the top chefs in Mexico City.”Connie reveals.

Featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Mexico Food and Travel and many others, Mexican Food Tours is not short of international praise.

The two main Mexico City walking tours they offer are the Polanco Tour and Market Tour, and they’re both about enjoying great food while learning about the exciting and diverse cultural, historical and architectural wonders that Mexico has to offer, Connie explains: “A food tour with Mexican Food Tours is an experience you’ll never forget because it combines the best of two worlds: tasting delicious food while having a cultural walk. Our food tours are seriously fun and take place in very interesting neighbourhoods.”

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Although both the Polanco Tour and Market Tour are in Mexico City, they’re distinctly different to one another. Polanco is a chic and cosmopolitan neighbourhood where you’ll pass swanky restaurants, upscale hotels and luxury apartment buildings all the while discovering the enticing gastronomical offerings that pop up in between. It’s a fantastic place to see the old and the new come together in a uniquely Mexican way. The architecture, the culture and of course the food.

The Market Tour, on the other hand, takes more of a grassroots approach. You’ll uncover the sights and smells of locally grown and sold produce in a traditional, bustling market setting. You’ll meet local producers and learn about their products. The passion that oozes from the producers is tangible, and you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for Mexican produce in its purest form.

Featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Mexico Food and Travel and many others, Mexican Food Tours is not short of international praise. But through and through they still remain true to their roots and their goal: to allow visitors to sample the real taste of authentic, local Mexico, which is vibrant, fresh and oh-so fun.

By Christina Wylie

For more information about Mexican Food Tours, visit www.mexicanfoodtours.com.

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Gastronomic Tours: try “a little bit of everything”

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.

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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.

www.visitmexico.com/english

www.visitmexico.com/español

www.visitmexico.com/french

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Un recorrido para devorarse la Ciudad de México

La mejor manera de conocer una ciudad y su cultura es caminando de arriba para abajo sin rumbo fijo; la segunda mejor manera de hacerlo es conociendo su comida. Así fue como a Connie Estefan y Jimena Gil crearon Mexican Food Tours hace poco más de dos años.

“Nos dimos cuenta de que en México había pocas cosas para que los turistas conocieran lugares de cocina mexicana no creada especialmente para extranjeros; los tours han sido un éxito y la gente que los toma se va con una muy buena idea de lo que es la auténtica comida y gastronomía de nuestra ciudad”, dijo Connie.

En la ciudad de México hay dos recorridos: el de Polanco y el del Mercado de San Juanen Guadalajara hay un tour en Tlaquepaque. Hay horarios en la mañana y en la tarde con duración de entre dos y tres horas. El costo por cada uno es de 55 dólares.

El de Polanco comienza en el restaurante Barro Negro, que está en Moliere. Ahí los asistentes prueban una tlayuda con asiento y queso, tres tipos de moles (manchamanteles, negro y coloradito) y un agua de hoja santa. De ahí caminan a Tamalli, en Emilio Castelar, una franquicia de tamales que se ha colocado en el gusto de los chilangos, y en el cual eligen entre uno dulce o salado y para acompañar atole de cajeta, ¡súper rico!

Como un buen taco es fundamental, la segunda parada del recorrido es La Surtidora en Julio Verne, donde hay opción de taco Villamelón –cecina, chicharrón y chorizo con salsa muy picante–, ese clásico que nació al lado de la Plaza México, o de quesadilla con flor de calabaza.

Para conocer las delicias del mar el recorrido continúa en Agua y Sal Cevichería, en Campos Elíseos por la zona de los hoteles. Un lugar bien montado, agradable y con unas tostadas bárbaras (la del día fue de marlín al estilo Sinaloa), acompañada con limonada con jengibre.

Del mar pasamos a un ingrediente básico de la cocina mexicana: el frijol. Es el turno de Karisma —sí, ese lugar repleto de turistas que está frente al hotel Presidente Intercontinental—, donde sirvieron una sopa de frijol con queso de cabra.

Llegó el momento del postre y la parada obligada fue la chocolatería Que Bo!, en la calle de Julio Verne. Su variedad de sabores es enorme: café de olla, tamarindo y “Gansito”. Una gran experiencia en chocolates. Para cerrar con broche de helado, qué mejor lugar que la Nevería Roxy, en Emilio Castelar, donde la estrella de la casa es el helado de mamey.

Los guías explican de dónde viene cada platillo y además saben datos interesantes de Polanco, así que además de una muestra culinaria es una buena experiencia cultural; su inglés es perfecto y hacen que el recorrido sea muy ameno. En cada sitio hay una opción vegetariana, detalle que muchos clientes agradecen.

Connie y Jimena Gil, creadoras de Mexican Food Tours. // Foto: Mayalen Elizondo.

Si van a recibir visitas, mandarlos al tour de comida es una gran idea. No sólo es buenísimo para extranjeros, sino también para mexicanos que quieren conocer un poco más de su ciudad o de la capital del país. De hecho, al del Mercado de San Juan van muchos chilangos que quieren tener la experiencia del mercado con alguien que conozca los mejores puestos para comer. Lo nuevo es una clase de cocina ahí en el mercado, eso suena interesante.

Mexican Food Tours es una gran iniciativa para que los turistas coman como locales en una ciudad en la que la oferta culinaria es inmensa. Ojalá que abran recorridos en otras partes. ¿San Ángel o la Roma, tal vez?

Mexican Food Tours
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Polanco a Neighborhood with Tradition

Polanco is one of the most emblematic areas of Mexico City, no only for tis wide culinary offer and its beautiful buildings, but also for its history. Explore its street with Mexican Food Tours and enjoy 6 stops in which you delight yourself with traditional Mexican dishes, such as moles from Oaxaca, cochinita pibil tacos and Mexican chocolates, while discovering interesting details of this neighborhood.

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To every foodie at heart

Last weekend I received a call from my friend Connie Estefan, she invited me to learn more about a new concept she created in Mexico City, along with her business partner Jimena Gil. I’ve learnt about it and definitely have to share it.

As we walked, Connie talked to me about her business. Just over a year ago, she and Jimena decided to create Mexican Food Tours. For starters, a food tour is a gastronomic route on a neighborhood of some great town, this kind of tours began to become fashionable in cities like New York , Chicago , Rome , Tokyo, Hong Kong, among others, pioneers of this concept .

These tours usually take place in the trendiest neighborhoods of big cities, which makes them a great way to explore different places. Visionary and foodies at heart, Jimena and Connie found in these tours an excellent business opportunity and a great way to promote Mexican gastronomy.

Connie and Jimenas’ choice for Polanco for their first food tour is a great idea, since in this beautiful neighborhood you can find some of the best dining places in Mexico City.

During the tour, we visited six restaurants serving Mexican food. The setting is wonderful and the walk down Lincoln Park is a delight.

They have tours for reduced groups all year round. To buy tickets, find dates, times and availability visit www.mexicanfoodtours.com.

Jimena and Connie will open new gastronomic routes in Mexico City for 2014. Meanwhile they already have a food tour in Guadalajara, specifically in Tlaquepaque.

“To every foodie at heart and to all who like to live new and original adventures the Mexican Food Tours experience is a must” assures Connie… and I dare to say the same.

Vogue MEXICO 

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Taste of Polanco by David Lida

A former colleague, Jimena Gil, teamed up with with a friend of hers to begin Mexican Food Tours, a company which offers walking tours in the Polanco neighborhood. The tours include not only history and folklore, but samples from six different places to eat.

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Because I mostly associate Polanco with high-end restaurants, I wasn’t sure how well it would lend itself to such a tour. In Polanco there is far less street food as in other areas of the city. Instead, Jimena takes people to restaurants, such as Barro Negro, where three different kinds of mole are sampled.

At La Surtidora, you can try a taco villamelón, and at Karisma, you get a bowl of goat cheese and black bean soup. Pulque and mezcal are also sampled. Even with two desserts, at the end of the tour I felt richly satisfied rather than grossly overstuffed. Plus enlightened by some of the facts about the area that were previously unknown to me.

Click for a link to David Lida’s blog for more information about Mexico City

 

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Polanco Food Tour: Street Food for the Rich and Famous and You

Toto, this sure isn’t Kansas, but is it Mexico City? The broad, leafy boulevards are not paved with gold, but they are lined with embassies, starry hotels, and Brioni, Bulgari, and Burberry. The architecture is high-rise interspersed with California Mission, and the street names bordering a park with lakes, a theatre, bike paths, and an aviary give no clue: Ibsen, Poe, Tennyson, Jules Vern, and Dumas.

A laid-back balloon vendor waits for a sale in Polanco

In my conquest of Mexico, I conquer a neighborhood by taking a walking tour so I was delighted to find a food tour in one of the most posh neighborhoods in Mexico City. I was traveling alone and had signed up for the Polanco Mexican Food Tour for Sunday morning.

Our food tour met at Barro Negro restaurant on Moliere Street

The tour was to start at Barro Negro, a charming two-story Oaxacan restaurant in a residential area. I arrived early along with the Sunday morning brunch crowd, which was casually dressed with the women in jeans and skyscraper heels and the men in sports attire. Barro Negro’s minimal decorations include contemporary paintings and the distinctive black ceramics made from clay found only in Oaxaca.

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Connie and Jimena, co-owners of Mexican Food Tours, met 12 of us in the dining room where we learned Mexican Food Tours grew from the owners’ dream of introducing tourists to some of the most popular Mexican street foods in a hygienic, hassle-free setting. They took a course at the Chicago Food Tour Pros School, and 12 tourists were now sharing their dream. Connie was to be our guide, and you couldn’t have asked for more enthusiasm.

Thin, crispy tlayudas served with four moles are a favorite street food in Oaxaca

At Barro Negro we were served thin, crispy tlayudas, a favorite street food of Oaxaca. Think flatbread or Mexican pizza as tlayudas can have a variety of toppings. Ours came with thin ribbons of cheese and were served with four moles. Connie explained most moles contain at least 18 ingredients, including chilies, nuts, seeds, spices, and chocolate. The four moles we sampled ranged from mild to hot. All 12 of us were unanimous in our favorite: the dark chocolate one.

The popular Taqueria El Turix  is a popular stop for tacos from the Yucatan

A block away in a simple taqueria, El Turix has what Connie thinks might be the best pulled pork tacos in Mexico City. Cochinita pibil is a traditional, slow-cooked pork recipe from the Yucatán. It includes achiote (annatto), chilies, and orange juice, preferably from Valencia oranges. It was too crowded for all of us inside so we stood around blissfully ignoring the mess we were making with the finger lickin’-good pork taco.

El Turix was full of patrons so we stood outside enjoying finger lickin’-good tacos

The remainder of our tour was along the leafy borders of Lincoln Park. It was a rather magical sunny morning where toy sailboats raced around a shallow lake, a group of musicians warmed up for a performance, families (sans nannies) strolled along with ice cream cones, and the only street vendor was selling balloons. I made a note to return to have a peek inside an aviary we didn’t have time to visit.

A statue of Abraham Lincoln, in Lincoln was presented by the United States

We paused at a statue, which shouldn’t have been a surprise because we were in Lincoln Park, but still I was surprised to see a statue of Abraham Lincoln. And if that weren’t startling enough, across the street stood Martin Luther King. Both statues, Connie said, were donated by the United States.

Architecture in Polanco is a combination of Mission Revival and high-rise

She pointed out much of the architecture was 1930s Mission Revival influenced by Hollywood. Polanco was developed in the 1920s and ’30s, when it became home to Lebanese, Jewish, German, Spanish, and Russian immigrants. Many of their mansions now house restaurants and shops. Polanco’s cosmopolitan neighborhoods are dotted with non-governmental organizations, upscale boutiques, and embassies, including the new American Embassy.

The well-stocked bar at La Surtidora

Our next stop, La Surtidora, is a riff on a small town cantina. Pork and nopal (cactus leave) tostadas were washed down with pulque. Pulque, made from the fermented sap of a 10-year-old agave, is usually too yeasty for me, but this one, flavored with oats with a dash of cinnamon, was quite refreshing. Besides a well-stocked bar and interesting menu, including tostadas with huitlacoche (corn fungus), another claim to fame is Surtidora’s hidden door to a subterranean cantina entered, by those in the know, through a fridge door.

At La Surtidora, a pork and nopal (cactus) tostada is washed down with a mug of pulque

Black bean soup with goat cheese served in the shadow of the Hyatt in Polanco

It was under the shadow of the Intercon and the Hyatt hotels we grabbed a street side table at Karisma Cantina to sample a tortilla soup with goat cheese. This humble bean soup is one of my benchmarks for judging a restaurant, and I made a note to come back for more and to try their famous margaritas.

Sampling internationally famous chocolates at Que Bo!

Connie was enthusiastic about Mexican chocolate, considered “Food of the Gods” by the Aztecs when it was reserved for nobles. At Que Bo! we found a modest candy shop showcasing the chocolate gems of the internationally acclaimed chef Jose Ramon Castillo, who studied in France and Spain and has won many international awards. He returned to Mexico, where he crafts chocolate using only Mexican chocolate and no refined sugar or dairy products. From our four samples the group favorite was café olla, a coffee-flavored, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. Truly a food of the gods, it was even more heavenly paired with Casa Dragone tequila.

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A fitting finale was a stop at a popular ice cream shop called Neveria Roxy, where we had a choice of rainbow-colored ice creams flavored with exotic fruits. Our favorites were passion fruit, lemon, and mamey.

The tour had lasted two and a half hours, but we weren’t ready for it to be over. Some of us exchanged email addresses while getting last-minute tips from Connie. She told us we were within walking distance of the Anthropology Museum, a great place to walk off our foodie tour and then come back to our favorite restaurants. We were given a map and some store coupons as further enticement to return. It was a perfect tour for a solo tourist on a Sunday morning.

Toto, Polanco isn’t Kansas, but my GPS says it sure is Mexico City.

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The Culinary Face of Polanco is shown

Mexico City (February 20, 2013). – The scents and flavors of Polanco are unveiled in an unconventional way  by a group of foodies.

Inspired by common culinary tours in different cities of Europe and America, a group of three women entrepreneurs launched Mexican Food Tours,  a project that promotes three hours walks in which you can see and taste Mexico City’s local cuisine.

“The tours consist of diverse Mexican Food  tastings from different regions of the country. As participants taste  the food a tour guide explains them what they’re eating, and also the history of the places they’re visiting”  Connie, one of the founders of this business, mentioned.

For a fee of 600 pesos (less than 49 USD), tourists, foreign or domestic, can try the local dishes in the same way the locals eat. Furthermore,  their talks are enriched by historical and cultural information about Polanco.

Small groups of up to 16 people can join these tours that provide interesting facts about  Mexican food and places visited. Tours take place  Tuesday through Sunday all year.

Soon, the group will open a  tour in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, where visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about Guadalajara and its food.

www.reforma.com/buenamesa/Mexican Food Tours

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Enjoy a gastronomic tour at Polanco in Mexico City

The Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City is home to upscale restaurants, bars, traditional gelato and pastry boutiques, among others. Want to try a variety of flavors in one day? Join this culinary tour, but be warned: you’ll be wanting more.

The ice-cream that everybody talks about, legendary tacos, chocolates that are so fine that it hurts to eat them … Polanco hosts flavors so diverse that it is impossible to taste them all in just one visit. If you have no plan for this weekend, go to the heart of this neighborhood and join the tour of Mexican Food Tours. You’ll try such exquisite dishes that you will surely want to return.

This is a walking tour and covers about two kilometers. During three hours, you’ll try entrees, soups, main courses, desserts and drinks. Which is the only requirement? So simple that you’re willing to indulge yourself.

How and Where?

The tours begin in the morning. The starting point is at Barro Negro restaurant, located on Avenue Moliere, where you will try recipes from Oaxacan cuisine with a contemporary twist. Here you will taste four different types of mole with a tlayuda, a sort of giant tortilla.

Then you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most popular taco stands in the area. Delight in a delicious cochinita taco and feel like you’re at the Yucatan peninsula. During the week, workers throng the place, and sometimes have to wait up to 40 minutes to obtain a taco.

But that is only the beginning: You will also have a chance to try villamelon tacos and a black bean soup with goat cheese in one of the restaurants with the best views in the area.

The Sweet Ending

All banquet must close with a tasty dessert. And Que Bo chocolates it’s a proof of that! Created by Mexican chef José Ramón Castillo, feel how these chocolates melt in your mouth, taste flavors as strange as chamoy, tamarind, mezcal, tequila or orange soda. Finally, cool off with a delicious ice cream from one of the most traditional ice cream shops of Mexico City.

The tours are offered in English and Spanish.

www.terra.com.mx

If you want to learn more about the best tours in Mexico City follow this link.

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Polanco’s Tasty Route

If food is your thing, you’re adventurous and like to try everything, then you’ll love this gastronomic tour. It consists of a walking tour with stops at six different places where you taste Polanco specialties of the house, while a tour guide of MFT tells you stories of the neighborhood and very interesting historical info.

The price is super affordable, ideal for taking your local friends or for foreigners who want to learn more about the neighborhood while eating delicious Mexican dishes. Definitively a great plan to enjoy  the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in Mexico City.

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Si lo tuyo es la comida, eres arriesgado y te gusta probar de todo, entonces este tour gastronómico te encantará. Consiste en un recorrido a pie con 6 paradas en diferentes lugares de Polanco en donde probarás las especialidades de la casa mientras alguna de las creadoras de M.F.T. te acompaña con historias del barrio y datos históricos muy interesantes.

El precio es súper accesible, ideal para llevar a tus amigos extranjeros o incluso nacionales que quieren conocer mejor el barrio y comer rico. El plan ideal para disfrutar a fondo una de las zonas más compolitas de la Ciudad de México.

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Foodies: Agenda for Mexico City

The year just began, so take your time to book some activities during the weekends

Gastronomic Tour

Mexican Food Tours is a business that offers gastronomic tours in Polanco. For two hours (or three) your friends can go around by different regional cuisines. The tour  takes place no matter if it rains or pours.

You can book a place to join a group a or  a private tour  at: contact@mexicanfoodtours.com

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Reserva tus fines de semana para realizar alguna de estas actividades artístico/culturales/altruistas/gastronómicas.

Tour gastronómico

La empresa Mexico Food Tours ofrece un recorrido gastronómico en Polanco. Durante dos horas y media (o tres) tu amigo turista podrá dar la vuelta por diferentes cocinas regionales. El tour se realiza llueva, truene o relampaguee.

Puedes reservar en su página para sumarte a algún grupo o reservar un tour privado.  contact@mexicanfoodtours.com

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USA TODAY: Small-scale and private tasting tours are available in many cities

Pack your bib and book these:

Small-scale and private tasting tours are available in many cities. A sampling:

Hong Kong

Little Adventures in Hong Kong charges $100 an hour for custom tours of a minimum of four hours for up to three people. Meals and transportation are extra.

Mexico City

Mexican Food Tours offers two-hour tours in Mexico City and Tlaquepaque,CQ Jalisco State. Tours are $51, including food. Private tours can be arranged. mexicanfoodtours.com

Paris

Culinary Tours of Paris guides a maximum of eight for $130 per person for three hours, including food and drink. Private tours can be arranged.

The Paris Kitchen offers private three-hour tours for up to four people for $280 per person, including food and drink. 

Rome

Eating Italy Food Tours guides up to 12 people for four hours for $84 per person, including food.

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Celebrate Friendship in a Delicious & Original Way: Mexican Food Tours

What about trying with your friends a delicious culinary tour in Polanco with 100% Mexican dishes?

A very original idea to strengthen your friendship next 14th of February is the gastronomic tour at Polanco neighborhood in Mexico City. It’s fun, for almost three hours you have an opportunity to try food from six different locations: Barro Negro, El Turix, La Surtidora, Que Bo!, Karisma and Roxy.

When we did the tour, our tour guide was Jimena Gil, co-founder of Mexican Food Tours, while we were visiting restaurants,  she explained us the origin of the food that we were tasting. In Barro Negro, for example,  we tried a holy leaf  drink with orange, lemon and chia, and we ate a tlayuda with Oaxaca cheese and three types of moles: stain-tablecloths, world famous black mole and coloradito. Our favorite was the second because it has chocolate.

The place that conquered the stomach of all of us was Taqueria El Turix, where we ate a taco of cochinita pibil, the best of our lives! From there we walked to La Surtidora where we ate a taco Newbie or “Villamelon” (jerky, sausage and pork) and a shot of mezcal.

The sweet touch came with Que Bo!, a chocolate boutique by chef José Ramón Castillo, but  it wasn’t less delicious the bean soup with goat cheese and pasta that we sampled in Karisma Cantina, simply deeeeeeliciooussss!!!

Roxy, the classic ice cream shop, was our last stop.  And although their best seller is the lemon one, we opted for the mamey flavor, which fascinated us.

The tours are given almost everyday, and if your group of friends is large you can even book an exclusive tour.

For prices and more information, follow them @mexicanfoodtour

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Daily Secret Mexico City: Mexican Food Tours

“Welcome, I will be your guide today”. We decided to throw our maps away (carpe diem, why not?) and we got ready for the first stop: Cochinita Pibil. By the way, this was a food tour and our mouths were watering.  Not only we had a wonderful time in Polanco on saturday, but we also discovered and rediscovered exquisite flavors. On top of that, between sample and sample we ended up having lunch.  There are tours all year round between tuesday and sunday. For those intrepid and craving palates, this is your chance, don’t let it get away. ¡Provecho!

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“Bienvenidos, yo voy a ser su guía el día de hoy.” Decidimos tirar nuestros mapas a la basura (carpe diem, por qué no) y nos preparamos para la primera parada: cochinita pibil. Por cierto, el tour era gastronómico y a nosotros se nos hacía agua la boca. No sólo la pasamos agustísimo caminando por Polanco el sábado, sino que descubrimos y redescubrimos sabores exquisitos. Además, entre probadita y probadita terminamos almorzando. Todos los días del año entre martes y domingo hay recorridos. Paladares intrépidos y antojadizos, ésta es su oportunidad. No se la pierdan. ¡Provecho!

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Polanco anda de boca en boca

Conquista tu paladar con los mejores sabores de la cocina mexicana 

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Echarse un taquito en uno de los barrios más cosmopolitas de la ciudad es sinónimo de debilidad por romper la dieta. El castigo: pagar las consecuencias en el gimnasio los días subsecuentes.

Si no te importa la penitencia, levántate muy temprano y ve directo a Barro Negro. En el número 48 de la calle Moliere estarán Connie y Jimena, dos guías foodies,  expertas también en arquitectura e historia.

La primera parada está dedicada al estado de Oaxaca, Barro Negro se encarga de fusionar las recetas tradicionales con elementos apegados a la cocina contemporánea.

Entre las sorpresas hay  una degustación de tres moles y una tlayuda cortada como una rebanada de pizza. El mezcal queda fuera, pero no por mucho tiempo, se cambia por un agua de hoja santa que limpiará muy bien el paladar para la siguiente parada. No comas a prisa, el tour está diseñado para ir al ritmo de tus bocados.

El recorrido es a pie, hacia la avenida Presidente Masaryk, donde están las mejores boutiques.Llegan a la calle Emilio Castelar, a un negocio llamado  Tamalli, que  lleva años ofreciendo los sabores tradicionales, dulces y salados del envoltorio, pero también encuentras tamales gourmet. Prepárate para uno de pibil o nutella con champurrado.

Una caminata por el Parque Lincoln bajará la comida. Entre espejos de agua sabrás que ahí está la mayor concentración de judíos, libaneses y españoles que habitan residencias de estilo neocolonial.

Los glotones estamos listos para La Surtidora, una cantina moderna con degustaciones de curados: frambuesa, mandarina y tamarindo son sus mejores creaciones, además del taco villamelón.

Ahora directo y sin escalas a Karisma, un restaurante mexicano donde está la mejor sopa de frijol con queso de cabra y agua de horchata. El postre está listo.

La parte más dulce del tour está en Que Bó! El paladar es sorprendido con una cata de chocolates finos y bombones en  sabores de zanahoria, panqué de plátano y brownie de nuez, que van  acompañados con un buen mezcal.

La comilona llega a su fin con otra caminata con un helado artesanal en la mano de la nevería Roxy, la tradición de este postre se remonta a 1946, siguiendo la receta de las nieves de Jalisco.

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Polanco, meca de la nueva gastronomía mexicana

Hay muchas formas de conocer la ciudad, una es a través de su comida y arquitectura. Mexican Food Tours tiene como meta redescubrir la cocina mexicana y conocer Polanco en el camino.

Ciudad de México. Hay muchas formas de conocer Polanco, ese barrio cosmopolita, una de ellas es a través de su gastronomía y arquitectura. Es la meca de la nueva gastronomía mexicana, pero es mucho más que simples restaurantes.

Más allá de Masaryk y sus tiendas de lujo, el lugar está compuesto por casas de estilo californiano, casonas barrocas y construcciones art decó, que al avanzar por sus calles revelan la evolución de la colonia a través del tiempo.

Redescubrir la comida mexicana y conocer Polanco en el camino es la meta de Mexican Food Tours, un tour gastronómico único en la capital. Con seis paradas para degustar comida típica mexicana, Jimena Gil y Connie Estefan, recorren las calles de esa colonia guiando a extranjeros y connacionales por los sabores del país.

El recorrido arranca en Barro Negro, que se especializa en comida oaxaqueña. Aquí probaremos tres tipos de mole, una tlayuda frita en manteca y agua de hoja santa.

“La Ciudad de México está entre las cinco ciudades donde mejor se come en el mundo, según la revista Forbes” dice Connie. Y cómo no, con la variedad de platillos y sabores con que cuenta nuestro país, el DF se encuentra en el puesto número cuatro, solo detrás de París, Roma y Tokio.

“Polanco es una colonia cosmopolita, sus restaurantes abarcan todo tipo de cocina, nacional e internacional, y la verdad es que los restaurantes de comida típica que hay aquí son de gran calidad y mucho prestigio, vale la pena venir a comer aquí”, asegura Connie.

Sentados en una mesa del segundo piso el grupo, integrado por las guías, cuatro estadunidenses de Nueva Jersey y dos jóvenes de las Islas Caimán, comienza a escuchar un poco sobre la historia de Oaxaca, dónde está ubicado y por qué mantiene una rivalidad culinaria con Puebla en cuanto al mole se refiere.

Las tlayudas llegan mientras un mapa del país se muestra en la pantalla de una tablet para ayudar a los turistas a ubicar Oaxaca. “¿Cuál es el ingrediente secreto en el mole?”, pregunta Connie. “Chocolate”, responde Charles, uno de los turistas de Nueva Jersey.

Definir el tour no fue fácil, las jóvenes empresarias tardaron dos meses en recorrer restaurantes para probar los platillos y definir cuáles podrían ser atractivos para los citadinos y los extranjeros.

 “Cuando llevamos a la gente a probar la cocina oaxaqueña le damos agua de hoja santa, y nos sorprende que muchos mexicanos que vienen al tour nunca la habían probado antes”, dice Jimena.

Cuando todos terminan su comida, el grupo sale y camina hacia la siguiente parada: Tamalli. Allí se pueden degustar dos platillos típicos de la cocina mexicana, los tamales y la cochinita pibil.

Mientras todos buscan donde sentarse, las guías entregan un tamal de cochinita pibil envuelto en una hoja de plátano y un atole de chocolate a cada uno. “Esto es achiote, eso lo que le da ese color naranja a la carne”, dice Connie mientras les enseña a todos una foto en un tableta.

Caminamos sobre la calle Emilio Castelar y nos detenemos en el parque Lincoln, justo frente a la Torre del Reloj. “Este reloj es el símbolo de la estación del metro Polanco”, explica Connie. “Muchos capitalinos no lo saben, por eso nos gusta explicarlo en el tour”, dice Jimena.

El parque es un espacio a dónde la gente lleva a pasear o entrenar a sus perros. “¿Cómo hacen para tener esos 50 perros todos echados?”, pregunta Jeremy, quien visita la ciudad por primera vez. Él viene de las Islas Caimán.

“Oh, son los perros de la gente que vive aquí. Hay un entrenador que todos los días los pasea y recibe aquí en el parque, siempre se portan así”, responde Connie. Y es que el parque Lincoln es uno de los pocos espacios públicos a dónde se puede llevar mascotas sin que los vecinos protesten.

Caminamos. Nos detenemos frente a la estatua de Abraham Lincoln que el presidente Lyndon B. Johnson regaló en 1966. “Este es el primer parque se construyó en la zona, de hecho la colonia se empezó a desarrollar tal y como la conocemos ahora en 1937. Antes de eso era la Hacienda de San Juan de Los Morales y aquí solo había cultivos”, cuenta Connie.

Damos vuelta en Julio Verne, enfilamos hacia una auténtica cantina mexicana nos dicen. Así llegamos a La Surtidora. El menú aquí es pulque de mandarina y tacos. Al fondo suena música norteña.

“Lo que van a comer se llama taco “Villamelón” tiene chicharrón, que es la piel del cerdo, nopales y chorizo, lo pueden acompañar con tres tipos de salsa una de chiles rojos, otra de chiles verdes y una hecha con aguacate que se llama guacamole”, explica Jimena a los turistas.

Envalentonados, los turistas se despachan la salsa “con la cuchara grande” para terminar sudando y diciendo que está muy picante. Mientras esperamos por unos vasos de agua simple Connie no explica que un 70% de los que toman el tour son extranjeros. “Hemos tenido gente de los cinco continentes, literal”, asegura.

Enchilados pero contentos, los integrantes del tour salimos de la cantina y enfilamos hacia Campos Elíseos. Esta calle al cruce con Reforma era antiguamente la entrada para la colonia, también nos cuentan que sobre Masaryk están las tiendas más lujosas. “Es como un Rodeo Drive de Los Ángeles o una Quinta Avenida en Nueva York”, dice Connie.

Cuando llegamos a la esquina de Aristóteles y Campos Elíseos tomamos posesión de unas mesas al aire libre del restaurante Karisma. “Nosotros estamos hospedados aquí enfrente” dice sorprendido Dough, el otro visitante de las Islas Caimán.

Mientras esperamos por una sopa de frijoles con queso de cabra y fideos, acompañada de un vaso de agua de horchata. Jimena cuenta la historia de la estatua dedicada a la charrería que adorna la glorieta.

Conocer las ciudades es a través de los tour gastronómicos, una fórmula que se conocen muy bien en Roma, Nueva York o París, ciudades reconocidas mundialmente por la calidad de sus restaurantes pero también por la belleza de sus construcciones.

“El agua se prepara con arroz y canela”, dice Connie a los estadunidenses que le preguntan de qué está hecha. Cuando todos terminan su sopa, enfilamos otra vez hacia el parque Lincoln, al aviario.

Antes de llegar a él nos detenemos porque nuestras guías querían mostrarnos el teatro al aire libre Ángela Peralta, una soprano mexicana muy famosa del siglo XIX, era conocida como ‘El ruiseñor mexicano”. Seguimos avanzando hasta llegar al aviario. Frente a él, Connie y Jimena explican lo importante que es ese lugar como parte del atractivo del Parque Lincoln.

Seguimos avanzando con la idea de llegar otra vez a Julio Verne, allí nos detenemos en Que Bo!, una chocolatería de sabores únicos. El menú aquí incluye chocolates con sabor a pan de muerto, café de olla, tamarindo y guanábana.

Para limpiar el paladar, entre cada prueba nos ofrecen a todos un poco de caballito con mezcal. “Esto es un poquito más fuerte que el tequila”, advierte Jimena. “Por las nuevas amistades” dice Charles. “Es al centro y pa’ dentro o ¿cómo dicen ustedes?”, pregunta Dough.

Un poco acalorados por el mezcal que acabamos de tomar, seguimos caminando y entramos al Pasaje Polanco. El lugar está lleno de tiendas y restaurantes, pero lo que más sorprende a los turistas es la arquitectura.

“Es como un patio español, abajo hay comercios y arriba viviendas. Fue diseñado en 1938 por Francisco J. Serrano, un arquitecto mexicano muy famoso. La construcción es estilo californiano. Es un lugar muy colorido”, dice Connie.

Regresamos hacia el Parque Lincoln, listos para la última parada de nuestro tour. Llevamos más de dos horas recorriendo Polanco. Llegamos a Emilio Castelar y enfilamos hacia la nevería Roxy.

El sol está en lo alto y todos llegamos muy acalorados. Las chicas se sientan con nosotros y nos dan un helado de mamey. Connie aprovecha la pausa para mostrar en la tableta una foto del mamey y explicar un poco más de la fruta.

Mientras todos comemos nos piden amablemente que digamos que nos gustó más del tour.

Después de tres horas de tour, todos nos despedimos. Estamos frente al parque Lincoln, pero el parque ya no se es el mismo, ahora ha cobrado una perspectiva. Así que decido caminar a través de él un poco más antes de enfilar hacia Reforma.

Milenio Diario

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More reasons to travel to Mexico City

Mexico City. Food is absolutely a vital engine. And Mexican food is the perfect excuse to get 10 hours in an airplane. The city knows its power in this respect. Mexican Food Tours Great culinary tours of neighborhoods. Book your place and let yourself in the hands of experts that will take you to six different places you probably will have never known about them.

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La comida es un motor vital absoluto. Y la comida mexicana es una excusa perfecta para meterse 10 horas en una avión. Como la ciudad conoce su poder en ese aspecto, le saca el mayor partido. Ahora se han creado los Mexican Food Tours. Son recorridos gastronómicos por barrios. Se reservan y uno se pone en manos de expertos que los llevan a seis lugares diferentes a los que, probablemente, nunca hubiéramos accedido.

Via: Vanity Fair

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Going on a Mexican Food Tour in Mexico City by Johnny Ward

Only 2 cuisines in the world are protected by UNESCO (the United Nations cultural heritage division), and that’s French and Mexican. Pretty hard to argue with. So here i was finally in Mexico, I’m gonna attack that cuisine like never before.

Now whilst it’s one thing to munch down on nachos and coronas morning, noon and night (God knows there’s nothing wrong with that) I pushed myself to sample the whole array of Mexican food. I had heard that there was a company running full on food tours in the city, I was sold instantly. Step forward Mexican Food Tours.

The tours themselves run in the snazzy Polanco area and last around 3 hours or so and they run around early lunch (11am) or early dinner (5.45pm), it costs around $50 USD which isn’t cheap but it includes all food (and a bit of booze) so was well worth it for me. Oh, and even if you’re alone, they still run – that’s brilliant if you’re traveling solo, as I am.

I swung by for the lunch tour and it was just Letty and me for the afternoon. Check out what I tried, unreal:

First up was the meeting place, and I ate Rest Barro Negro along with Tlayuda with Oaxaca cheese accompanied by 3 different types of mole: negro(with Cocoa), mancha manteles(sweet) and coloradito(spicy). For the drunk it was Hoja Santa with chia seeds water. I ate the whole thing in about 4 minutes falt, it was a kinda pizza type dough but thin and crispy – so tasty. Awesome start, but be warned – don’t over eat, like me, because there’s a lot more to come!

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The tour then leaves the first restaurant and you go for a nice, relaxed stroll around the neighborhood, hearing a little history along the way until reach the second pitstop – the Tamalli stop:Here I had a “pollo pibil Tamal”. A Tamal is a staple of the Mexican diet, it’s a corn-based food with different fillings – traditionally chicken, beef but now it can be Nutella, strawberries etc. Reallt delicious and you can get them on the side of the road for anout $0.40.

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I was already feeling the burn, so it was time for another walk.The area is one of the most affluent spots in Mexico so there are so many sexy bars and restaurants around. If you have been to Mexico City before, and stayed in the old city (which is a good idea, so you can explore), then this is the next spot to find a hotel.

Anyways, we got to a really funky cafe which doubles up as an underground bar on the weekends. And finally it was time for a taco! That combined with pineapple pulque, the weird alcoholic drink coming from the sap from a tree that I tried yesterday. A taco is a place renowned for tacos, in Mexico City, of course it was amazing. I horsed it down in 2 minutes flat.

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By now I was pretty bloody full. These Mexican Food Tour guys really put you through your paces. The tour knew that us foreigners are gonna eat everything in front of us, so it’s really well spaced out both with time and distance. Each pitstop allows you a casual 10-15 minute walk between venues. So off we went..

This place was my favourier. Goa’s cheese in bean soup with noodles.Goat’s cheese, in soup?! Sounds weird, tasted unreal – maybe the best soup I ever had. The drink was called Horchata – some kind of sweet rice milk, so tasty. The recipe is below, check it out.This meal was lighter, and it marked the end of the savoury course – we made our way to the boutique chocolate store for some Mezcal and expensive chocolate.

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This leg was a bit of a disaster for me! I don’t know if you have ever tried Mezcal, but alongside Tequila it’s Mexico’s most famous booze. 47% of filth. The chocolate is the brainchild of a celeb chef in Mexico, but to cleanse your palet between chilli chocolate and mango chocolate you sip on the Mexcal, I was literally gagging each time. But I made it through – my advice? Skip the Mezcal and chilli chocolate. Stick to coffee and dark chocolate – so delcious. Chili chocolate? not for me.

The last leg was upon us. I waddled to the icecream parlour, about 5kgs heavier than 3 hours ago but very satisifed and a delcious homemade mexican ice cream was just what the doctor ordered. I chilled in the parlour for 20 minutes or so to recover from the food coma I found myself in.

The Mexican Food Tour was genuinely a highlight of my whole time in Mexico, for a country with such a famous and distinct cuisines, it’s cool to try the whole spectrum of what they have to offer. It was so delicous. Now it was time for a serious late afternoon nap. Happy travels!

One Step 4ward by Johnny Ward

 

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Mexico City by Mercado Bilingüe (Day 1: Mexican Food Tours)

Mexico City, or “el D.F.”as it’s commonly known in Spanish, has always held feelings of both curiosity and fear within me. Curiosity because it is the capital and heart of my father’s home country (my mother is Cuban) and fear because of always hearing how “dangerous”of a city it is. However, when I was approached by the super-gracious folks at AeroMexico about a familiarization trip (or FAM trip) to “el D.F.”, my cultural desires won out and I simply said, “I’d love to!”I wanted to walk the land where my ancestors walked and at the same time create my own opinion based on my personal visit to the city.

I am so glad I did!

AeroMexico has two daily, non-stop flights out of D/FW (one morning and one afternoon flight) operating out of Terminal D. If you’re an early riser (like I am) I highly recommend taking the 7am flight as you’ll arrive in Mexico City at approximately 9:40am. I’m all about maximizing the day, so the earlier the better. One of the things that first struck me on our flight to Mexico City was that all announcements by the crew and pilot were first delivered in Spanish then English. Not a total shocker but it was my first experience on a Mexican-based airline and Spanish usually plays a supporting role on my other flights.

Day 1

After a smooth and very quick flight (just over two hours) we landed at Benito Juárez International Airport around 9:30am and were shuttled to our hotel – Hotel Camino Real Polanco – but only to drop off our bags. We quickly realized that our jam-packed schedule would require us to be on-the-go, all-the-time!

As a self-professed “foodie”, our first tour stop was right up my alley – a walking food tour! Connie Estefan with Mexican Food Tours was a fantastic guide who took us on a culinary journey throughout the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. Some of the foods we sampled were authentic Oaxacan “botanas”, authentic tamales from Tamalli, tacos from a true “Mexican cantina”and insanely delicious and Mexi-centric chocolates from Que Bo! by Master Chocolatier, JoséRamón Castillo. In addition to knowing all about the different regional cuisines throughout Mexico, Connie was also able to tell us about the famous and very wealthy Polanco neighborhood. It was a beautiful neighborhood which reminded me of a combination between Greenwich Village and Fifth Avenue in NYC.

After sufficiently stuffing our faces, we made our way to the Museo Nacional de Antropogía where we were allowed to explore the countless Mexican treasures – archaeological and anthropological artifacts from prehispanic Mayan civilizations to the Spanish conquest. The museum is a must-visit when you are in Mexico City. From there we finally made it back to our hotel but only for a brief stop to refresh and get ready for our tour of and dinner at the St. Regis Hotel.

“Puro fancy”…it’s the phrase that adequately describes my opinion of the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City. Located on Paseo de la Reforma in the city’s center, the St. Regis Mexico City sits in the beautiful 31-story Torre Libertad overlooking the Diana la Cazadora fountain. As I stood on the outdoor patio, taking in the architectural, urban and metropolitan beauty of the city, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride, even if it meant my preconceived ideas of the city were totally wrong.

Day 2

We started our second day with a delicious breakfast and hotel tour courtesy of our hotel host, Hotel Camino Real Polanco. At the end of our room and hotel tour, we were surprised with this Dallas tie-in —the hotel’s architect, Ricardo Legorreta, is also the same architect for the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, TX. How awesome is that?!

From there we headed over to the Zócalo, otherwise known as the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. We were able to head into and tour the Palacio Nacional which once housed the ruling class of Mexico and for some time was where some Mexican presidents made their home. Inside were breathtaking murals by the famous Mexican painter, Diego Rivera (and husband of Frida Kahlo), most impressive of which is the 4,800 sq. ft. mural in the stairwell near the main entrance which depicts Mexico’s history from 1521 to 1930.

We also visited the Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, Palacio de Bellas Artes as well as many other smaller stops in the “centro histórico”area of Mexico City. For lunch we stopped into a Potzollcalli which was as Mexican as Mexican food can get. It was delicious! Unfortunately, because I wanted to try a little of everything, I had to be rolled out of the restaurant in a food coma. And I don’t regret it! Our evening was capped off with a very nice dinner at “Restaurante el Lago”which is located in Chapultepec Park.

We never made it back to the park but from the description and overall size of the park (more than 1,600 acres with forests, lakes and several important sights and attractions like the Residencia Oficial de Los Pinos – or just “Los Pinos”- which is essentially Mexico’s version of the White House in D.C.) I have added this to my “next time”list for sure.

Day 3

We were back at it the following morning with a very unique stop in Xochimilco, one of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City. Xochimilco is most famous for the “trajinera boats”(think Mexican Gondola) that travel in a huge network of canals between artificial islands called “chinampas”. Our tour was led by Ricardo Rodríguez with “De la chinampa a tu mesa” who explained Xochimilco’s history and how his company is leading a movement to help revitalize the area while also promoting organic and all-natural farming to local families and restaurants.

From there we went to another borough named Coyoacán (whose name means “place of the coyotes”). The historical center of this borough is the second most-visited place in Mexico City. After experiencing the beautiful plazas, delicious restaurants and shopping in the mercados, it’s easy to see why this area would attract so many people. In addition to its rich pre-Hispanic history and current cultural richness, Coyoacán is also home to the Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as “La Casa Azul”, the home where Frida was born and where she spent the last 13 years of her life. At one point it was also the home of both Frida Kahlo her husband, Diego Rivera.

While we originally had more activities on our agenda, we ended our day with a late lunch at the fabulous Corazón de Maguey. What made this meal extra special was that it was guided by the Operations Manager, Eduardo A. Lucero Picazo. He explained each course which were also paired with two types of mezcal. His insight made each bite and sip that much more enjoyable. ¡Bravo, Corazón de Maguey!

Day 4 — last day

While our tour was officially over, I would be remiss not to mention Salon Premier by AeroMexico. Our host treated us to a morning of VIP treatment where we were attended to with a variety of breakfast foods, plenty of beverages and a super-relaxing atmosphere for us to recharge after an exhausting three days of non-stop touring, walking, eating, drinking, etc. Being a super-tourist is serious business! Haha!

A lasting impression

Mexico City was nothing short of amazing. As a tourist, the city had just about everything you would want in a world-class destination – the arts, sights, sounds, foods, activities, etc. This FAM trip did just that – I am now familiar with Mexico City and can say it was a destination I would highly recommend to friends and family. However personally, this trip was so much more.

I’ve always been proud to come from Mexican heritage but my Mexican pride has never been as strong as it was in those hours I stood in the Zócalo on our second day. As I looked around, I imagined Mexico’s history taking place before me and could feel my ancestral heritage being formed within me. The only thing that would have made it better was if I could stand there with my father, mi abuelita and mi abuelo. México lindo and querido indeed.

Mercado Bilingüe would like to give a very special thanks to Fondo Mixto de Promoción Turística del D.F. The entire team was wonderful and very helpful in keeping us on schedule and providing a wide variety of activities to truly explore Mexico City in such a short amount of time. You can find more information at: http://www.fmpt.df.gob.mx

And last but not least, THANK YOU to AeroMexico for the opportunity to be part of such a beautiful experience. You can find more information about AeroMexico at:http://aeromexico.com.

Mercado Bilingüe

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Best Food Tours in Mexico City - The Latin Kitchen

By Julie Schwietert Collazo

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Disfrutando la Ciudad de México al Máximo

Gracias a aeromexico visitamos la ciudad de México que sin duda es una hermosa ciudad que a pesar de ser muy moderna y cosmopolita sigue guardado sus raíces en cada lugar que visitamos.

El barrio de Polanco justo al norte del Bosque de Chapultepec es una muestra de ello; una zona de afluencia económica reconocida por su gran avenida de compras, con tiendas de diseñadores de prestigio como Burberry, Gucci, y Louis Vitton, famosas joyerías como Tiffany’s, reconocidos restaurantes y muchas galerías de arte. La arquitectura en su mayoría del estilo colonial californiano, se mezcla en armonía con las nuevas construcciones súper modernas.

Empezamos haciendo un divertido recorrido gastronómico por el barrio guiados por Connie Estefan, co-fundadora de mexican food tours. El tour tipo food tasting fue maravilloso, llevándonos a probar diferentes sabores de la cocina Mexicana como tres tipos de mole de Oaxaca en el restaurante Barro Negro, tamales y atoles gourmet en Tamalli, y otros deliciosos platillos en los restaurantes La surtidora y Karisma. “En México la comida tiene el factor de unirnos como Mexicanos” nos mencionó Connie. Para terminar el tour dulcemente, visitamos la chocolatería Que Bo! y la Nevería Roxy, pasando por el Pasaje Polanco, una tipo de patio Español muy chic.

Turix Polanco

Si tienes tiempo de visitar algunos de los muchas museos y galerías hazlo, pero si no, es un must tomar el tiempo de visitar el museo nacional de antropología e historia, donde encontraras salas de exposición donde se exhibe la diversidad y multiculturalidad del México prehispánico como del actual.

Museo de Antropología

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One of the best food tours in the world!

It was a real pleasure to taste 6 different awesome food locations in Polanco, Mexico City with Jimena and the team of Mexican Food Tours.

I have tried many food tours in different cities and I have to say this in one of the best food tours the world tourism industry has to offer.

I really loved the mix of Mescal and crafted chocolate. Having the opportunity to mix local specialities like these were a big hit for me.

Thank you for the great experience!

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Much more than a food tour!

If you only have a few hours to spend in Mexico City, this has to be a brilliant way to experience a little of the taste, flavour and atmosphere of the city.

The choice of 6 restaurants were all so different and the food was delicious. Walking and chatting en route to each restaurant with the tour leaders and other participants added an extra dimension to the food tour.

Connie’s enthusiasm for her City and local area shines through and is very infectious.

Would definitely place this on the ‘Must Do’ list! Add Form

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Lots of fun and some truly great food!

We had a lovely time with Connie walking around Polanco and trying some fantastic food.

She was very nice, answering all our questions, pointing out interesting places and explaining the history of the area while we walked, and even stopping in a park so we could take pictures of some great dogs who were attending obedience school. :)

Connie was knowledgeable about all things Mexico City, so she gave us some good suggestions for places to visit on our trip in addition to where we went on the tour.  And she has traveled extensively, so we talked about several other wonderful travel destinations as well. All in all, it was a great couple of hours… especially the food.

Amazing moles at the first stop, a completely killer pork taco at the second stop, an interesting, completely different taco and a cool alcoholic drink called pulque at the next stop, the best quesadillas ever at the next stop, then some fantastic black bean soup, and we topped it off with some ice cream in flavors Connie suggested that we would have never otherwise known to try. we left happy and full.

If you’re in Mexico City and are a foodie, you’ve got to do this tour. it’s a no brainer. Enjoy!

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Eating Mexico City

Helping introduce visitors to the culinary passions of the Mexican capital since 2012, co-founders Connie Estefan and Jimena Gil of Mexican Food Tours have created a sumptuous gateway with their Polanco neighbourhood tasting tour. “When Chilangos want good food, they come to Polanco,” our hosts assert, using the colloquial slang for the residents of the Distrito Federal. It’s not difficult to assess what anyone with an eye for quality might see in this elegant enclave – crisp, modern architectural lines; broad, shaded avenues named after famous authors and philosophers, such as Galileo, Emerson, Poe, and Molière.

Flower shops spill out onto sidewalks bustling with businessmen enjoying an extended lunch hour. In this neighbourhood, the stylish Mexican elite patron designer boutiques and galleries, leaving their purebreds to be walked around the fountains of the garden parks. One of the wealthiest of the city’s districts, Polanco is as luxurious and modern as Beverly Hills but with an appetite that is undeniably Mexican.

Barro Negro Mole SaucesSo when we begin the tour with a stop at Barro Negro, a restaurant dedicated to the preservation of traditional Oaxacan (wa-ha-can) cuisine, we start with the founding principles of authentic Mexican food: Chilies and corn. The dish is a crisp, tostada-like base topped with white Oaxacan cheese. We use it to scoop up three types of house-made sauce – a glossy black mole (mole negro), a spicy burgundy mole (coloradito) and a fruity mole known as mancha manteles or “tablecloth-stainer,” due to the vibrancy of the chilies’ colour. The taste of each sauce is deep and complex – an accidental success given the legend of its origins… As the rumour goes, the nuns of the Santa Rosa convent in nearby Puebla panicked because they had nothing to serve the archbishop during an unannounced visit. The artful ladies managed to assemble what ingredients they had on hand: chili peppers, stale bread, nuts, spices and chocolate. The archbishop was smitten with the nuns’ last-minute creation. With over forty ingredients in a typical mole, this improvised yet time-honoured mix has come to define traditional Mexican cuisine.

http:::tamalli.com:Given a standardized base of ingredients, Mexicans have become skilled at inventing new variations on a theme. Our second stop,Tamalli, is proof that nothing lends itself better to experimentation than the humble tamal. Aztec and Mayan civilizations used the tamal – a corn dough flavoured with spice and meat then steamed in a corn husk or leaf – as a portable food for soldiers and hunters, although at that time they came stuffed with earthworms or iguana meat. Even today, the tamal remains standard street fare in all corners of Mexico. But the owner of Tamalli has given this pre-Hispanic staple a more delectable, contemporary twist, offering sweet and savoury riffs that range from raspberry and ricotta to ratatouille. The endurance of the tamal speaks volumes for the Mexican love of comfort food as well as their propensity for endless customization and appropriation of new influences.

Surtidora Don BatizNo place better illustrates this homage to the Mexican past as the cantina. We leave Tamalli and step into Surtidora Don Batiz, with its décor of lucha libre masks and neon Catholic icons – a cleverly inconspicuous throwback to the pueblo watering hole where both women and men in uniform were once forbidden from entering. This cantina’s version is rooted in a similar nostalgia, one of tacos de longaniza, a sultry mix of spiced chorizo topped with silky cactus, and one that reveals the flip side of this establishment as an underground pulque bar (through a false refrigerator door and down a set of unassuming cellar stairs hides the hottest speakeasy in the barrio). Both the cantina and pulque itself, a thick, yeasty cider of fermented cactus sipped from terracotta shot glasses, have reclaimed their popularity in the social agendas of the moneyed Mexican youth. The drink hints at a pastoral ideal of poncho-saddled mules and mustachioed men dozing beneath sombreros – a time of ease and unhurried contentment broken by the odd pistol shot. Don Batiz proves there is value in reaching to the past and infusing it with some good, old-fashioned social capital.

For the tourist, a line-up stretching out of anywhere is proof enough the food is worth the wait. Mexicans take word-of-mouth recommendations seriously and none so much as for seafood. There is a love affair between Mexicans and their mariscos that is near obsessive in its passion and endurance. Connie and Jimena bring us to Agua y Sal, a lively Zagat-rated ceviche and seafood bar that has solidified itself along Polanco’s Campos Eliseos.

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We taste a richly marinated marlin-fish tostada followed by a heavenly cold glass of house-made ginger lemonade – chef Rodrigo Estrada’s updated homage to the traditional taste of the country’s coastal fishing villages. The emphasis, reflected by the atmosphere of the restaurant and its ultra-fresh dishes, is on quality – a broader theme demonstrated by each one the food tour’s curated stops. Mexican food has a sleazy, refried reputation to dispel; Polanco’s restaurants are obviously up to the challenge.

As if confirming this point, our tour ends in Que Bo!, the chocolateria of renowned chef Ramon Castillo whose cacao creations seem lifted more from a cosmetic counter than a confection one. Hand-painted chocolates in the brilliant indigenous palette of Frida Kahlo’s dresses sit like polished sculptures next to whole candied figs in climate-controlled display cases.

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Some sweets are shaped like breasts – a cheeky innuendo to the succulently sour tamarind fondant inside. Paired with a smoky shot of mezcal, the agave-distilled cousin of tequila, Castillo’s chocolates leave us with a taste of decadent artisanship that has not forsaken its roots simply because it has left the pueblo for the Ritz of Polanco.

Connie Estefan & Jimena Gil - Mexican Food Tours

Connie and Jimena’s Mexican Food Tour expertly accompanies their visitors through the story of Mexican food, from its Aztec and Mayan roots to its modern twists and variations. Strolling back through the impeccably manicured Parque Lincoln, you will certainly leave the tour feeling as though Mexico City has revealed a side of its personality overlooked by contemporary caricatures. Polanco retains an artisanal sophistication that refuses to market itself bullishly. Instead, the neighbourhood’s eclectic mix of restaurants sit sure of themselves, custodians of a world-class cuisine that lures diners to its rich tradition by delivering on an exacting local reputation.

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Fantastic tour

The highlight of our trip to Mexico City.

We booked this tour from the UK having read the reviews on Tripadvisor and it certainly lived up to expectations.

It was lovely to try food from different areas in Mexico, walking between each place gave us the opportunity to explore and to talk to Connie about not only food, but life in Mexico.  She is very knowledgable and a pleasure to spend time with.

I would highly recommend this tour.

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Tasty, efficient walking tour. Great value.

At only 2.5 hours, this tour is the perfect length and a great introduction to Mexican food. The company is just getting started but already has an excellent set up. Tables are waiting for you when you arrive and the small bites are explained before you devour them. Make sure you limit your breakfast to a coffee before arriving though so you have enough room!

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One of my best Mexican experiences

Polanco has got to be one of my favourite suburbs of Mexico City and this is largely due to the most incredible time I had on the food tour.

As a big ‘foodie’ person, this tour was a must for me-and it did not disappoint! It was a great way to start my mexican adventure and Connie’s knowledge on the food and history is incredible.

The best is she goes way out of her way to not make u feel like a typical tourist and taking in all this amazing culture more like a local was an experience I will never forget.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! If you are looking for a great overview of mexican street food and the best conchinita pibil u have ever tasted, this tour is a must :)

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Excellent way to know food and Polanco

Spent an amazing two plus hours filled with wonderful food tastings, and knowledge of regional cooking. Connie led the tour and she was so knowledgeable not only of food but history and architecture. It was a wonderful and great introduction to Mexican cuisine. I ate more than i could possibly want and i’m a foodie at heart, so i know she did an amazing job picking restaurante and
food choices. Also she is a really fascinating person. Highly highly recommend this tour!

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Tasty and informative

This tour is a wonderful way to get to know real mexican food… the kind of food the locals eat. You get to sample small portions of many different dishes that showcase Mexico’s great varitey of regional cuisines. You also get a little bit of history of the Polanco area while walking in between the restaurants. This was a great way to spend a sunday morning!

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Great Food Tour

Awesome tour. Perfect if you don’t have weeks in Mexico City to find all the right places yourself. Highly recommended.

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Very Good Experience

I had the opportunity to be part of this tour and I think it was very nice. I didn’t know some of the places that we visited, and they gave me a cultural and historical explanation of the neighborhood, which I believe enriches you as a person. Also the people in the tour were really nice. Truly worthy!

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Highly recommended!

Loved it! It was a fantastic experience as a Mexican returning to live in Mexico after a time abroad. I’m sure that I will return to all the visited places. It was a fantastic way to spend my Sunday morning. Highly recommended.

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Pola's way to cook: Polanco Mexican Food Tour

On Sunday I woke up with a champagne hangover, and not because I had drinken much champagne, but because I am a girl and can not stand anything. It was one of those days when you’d rather sleep and nobody bothers you. The bad thing was that I had made a commitment . The good thing was that it was going to a gastronomic tour with my friends Pau , Julia and Caroline . So I took a bath and stood up. I sent my friends a message reminding them about the food tour, and even promised them the story of why I had my little heart broken. You know, to engage the public.

We were greeted by Connie , the creator of Mexican Food Tours, and we were joined by Daniela and Christopher , whoever they were. The Tour began in Barro Negro , a Oaxacan restaurant. There we tried a tlayuda, and four types of mole : negro, mancha manteles, amarillito and other whose name I fail to remember : S. I had never tried the mole amarillito. Now I am fan of amarillito mole. I want more amarillito mole .

Then we walked to Turix , a cochinita pibil place. I mean a place with the best cochinita pibil I have eaten in my life. Julia was about to stop being vegetarian.

Now some of you know I do not drink mezcal. Get to know that I do not drink mezcal either. In The Surtidora I drank two mezcales (mine and Paulina’s ) and half Villamelon taco, it’s not that I dislike the taco is that I couldn’t eat more.

When I finished the tour I felt happy because I had tried everything.

Want to learn more about Pola and her blog, follow this link.

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