Good food

back in CDMX

back to one of my favourite cities, CDMX.

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

Six pretty simple reasons: 

1.  unbelievably good food wherever you look from the street vendors to the local restaurants to a world top 50

market tostada <$2

market tostada <$2

2.  gorgeous - even if some is a little tired - architecture

 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

3.  old school muscle cars in regular use 

Miguel Hidalgo hood

Miguel Hidalgo hood

4.  informal urban planning from fantastic street art and sculptures

 

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5.  quirky local barrio museos and the world class serious ones too

 

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

6.  a wonderful city for walking, moving through each barrio feels like a change with new vibe and feel, always new

Deliciousness: Santiago

I wasn't expecting any kind of food scene in Santiago, but have been super pleasantly pleased to discover it definitely exists.

The deliciousness:

  • La Vega Central - fresh produce of amazing quality, dedicated stalls to just a few ingredients my quick favourite were the avocado, tomato and limón, closely followed by pickled vegetables
  • Mercado Central - fish vendors and hole in the wall "restaurants".  $1 for about 500g prawns pretty happy!
  • Barrio markets- taking up a couple of blocks, narrows fruit and vegetable and refrigerated trucks for fish.  Butchers for some reason seem to have permanent shops.
  • Ceviche to die for
  • 187ml bottles of Chilean wines is de rigour - and after the strength of the Pisco Sours in the barrio bars definitely prudent

The less so:

  • Although Santiago's fast food, "food in passing" is cooked to order, it's what meat do you want, what style of potatoes both topped with a fried egg, and some salad, not my idea of deliciousness

Decided that each Country is going to warrant one amazing rated/raved restaurant visit.

Loads of local press around this place:  www.peumayenchile.cl

sorbet palate cleanser: Atacama Desert plants

sorbet palate cleanser: Atacama Desert plants

A modern version of “ancestral food" based on the cuisine of Chilean indigenous groups. Who doesn't love a totally stunning mostly tasting menu.

  • "Bread" Tasting Board spanning whole country north to south, eight morsels the best pea purée and white bean purée
  • Palate cleansers like no other: crisps with white bean purée; fried seaweed and avocado; and plant sorbet
  • Starter tasting plate, 6 tastes proteins rabbit, chicken and cuttlefish. Standout dish was mushroom pate and smoked cauliflower
  • A la carte mains spanning horses, pork, lamb, fishes. Smoked fish amazing, just past raw vegetables highlighted with fruit and more cooked vegetable purees
  • Desert tasting plate, 6 tastes. Standout tiny tart with lucuma curd

Next we head south: penguins, black sand and houses on stilts.