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Month: August 2013

Cherry Tomato Tart with Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomato Tart with Arugula Salad

This was our first summer planting cherry tomatoes and from the generous yield and ease of growing (they practically take care of themselves), we will definitely be planting more next year. The plants were bursting with sweet and juicy tomatoes and believe it or not,  […]

Mercado Hidalgo {Tijuana}

Mercado Hidalgo {Tijuana}

Due to its close proximity and abundance of tasty eats, we are finding ourselves more and more willing to cross over and brave a long (or short if you’re lucky) border wait time. Of course, we ALWAYS walk. No more 2.5+ hour car wait for […]

White Nectarine Breakfast Cake

White Nectarine Breakfast Cake

Here’s an oldie but goodie. This cake recipe is so simple and easy to make, you really can’t go wrong. Even better is the versatility of the batter- everything from stone fruits to fresh berries can be baked into the base recipe; simply change your spices to accommodate whatever fresh fruit you are using.

When my mom showed up with a box full of nectarines and of course they all ripened at the same time, I instantly knew I was going to make this cake again. Although I prefer to enjoy my summer fruits all natural, plain and simple, there are a select few recipes I do enjoy adding fruits to and this is definitely one of them.

I like the outside of my cake with a bit more color than usual for added depth of flavor since the cake and fruits are sweet. It’s nice to have a slightly textured outer crumb, especially if you are enjoying it with coffee.

Here’s the part where you realize this is an oldie but goodie. It’s from a 2009 issue of Gourmet Magazine and the recipe can be found here: Nectarine Golden Cake.

Mercado la Merced and El Farolito

Mercado la Merced and El Farolito

Built sometime time in the mid to late 19th century sits La Merced. Possibly the largest traditional market in North America. We arrived via Metro and as we walked out into the labyrinth I knew something was different. I felt claustrophobic, like the stalls and […]

Pujol {Mexico City}

Pujol {Mexico City}

Right after making our Mexico City trip reservations, we started looking for some restaurants to try. Of course, I had my favorites that I would have loved to revisit, but I also wanted to try something new. After all, this trip was about discovering new […]

Xochimilco and La Isla de las Munecas

Xochimilco and La Isla de las Munecas

It takes effort to get to Xochimilco, effort and the courage to endure steaming hot metro rides along with a trip on the local train which can cause motion sickness in the most seasoned travelers. Our trip started as such, and took no less than 90 minutes. Followed by a walk to the embarcadero, which many will always assure you that it’s just around the corner, however its never really “just around the corner”. Your efforts however, are well rewarded should you be up to the task.

Once there, we negotiated the ride out to what we decided was our destination, La Isla de las Munecas. The trip out there is an experience in itself. Xochimilco is an extensive network of canals deep in the south of the valley that Mexico City sits in. Once you’re in the trajinera its a slow meandering ride, first through the traffic and madness out of the embarcadero. Here you weave your way around zillions of trajineras loaded with people celebrating who knows what, others carrying mariachi, ranchero and marimba bands, and a few selling food and beer. It’s impressive since the trajineras are always colorfully painted and their sheer numbers fill your eyes.

However, once out of the main canal it is a completely different world. You float down a chain of canals past farms and ranches. You don’t see another soul, save for the occasional goat, sheep, or cow. It’s quiet. The birds singing are beautiful and exotic, their chirps and the sound of water make you understand exactly why this is a world heritage site.

About an hour and a half into the trip we finally make it to the Isla de Los Munecas. This island is actually a fairly well known chinampa that once belonged to a man named Julián Santana Barrera, who unfortunately had passed sometime in the early 2000’s. Julian “decorated” his chinampa with old dolls for purposes of protecting it from evil spirits. They were hung from tree branches, tied to trunks, impaled with sticks and speared in the ground, they are everywhere.

This wasn’t the first time we’d made a trip out to the island either. We’d visited about 10 years ago and this was very much a different experience. 10 years ago, the island was essentially deserted, except for its doll inhabitants of course. There was no outhouse, there were less dolls, certainly no other people. It was pretty much how Julian had left it. It still has an eerie feel tho. I would say its still absolutely worth the cost and the effort as I’m quite sure, you’ll never see anything like this anywhere else in the world.
Rosetta Bakery and Mercado San Juan {Mexico City}

Rosetta Bakery and Mercado San Juan {Mexico City}

Before our trip began, I scoured the internet for bakeries, cafes, and anything food related. Of course, I found much more than we could have possibly hoped to check out. Plus, I still wanted to hit up my favorite, El Globo for the banderias that […]

Mercado 100 {Mexico City}

Mercado 100 {Mexico City}

It’s a well known fact that when we travel I seek out the best markets and plan our trip around the food. Mercado el 1oo was new to us and I was particularly looking forward to experiencing it because the philosophy behind this farmer’s market […]

La Clandestina and Cueva de Leon {Mexico City}

La Clandestina and Cueva de Leon {Mexico City}

I’ve never really been a fan of tequila or anything that remotely smelled like tequila. One too many tequila sunrise drinks will do that to a person. Let’s not revisit that time. So we’re here in awesome Mexico City after an hours long airport delay thanks to Popo. It’s late, we’re hungry, and a bit tired. In true fashion, we cannot just resign ourselves to the comfortable bed at our hotel. Oh no, we decide to get out and about, hit the ground runing with a little mezcal tasting at La Clandestina in Condesa. It’s a small mezcal bar that is hiding in plain sight. We had to ask a couple of different shop keepers and bars where this place was. Nothing fancy and certainly not flashy. It was a dark bar known for their handpicked selection of mezcal and as it turned out, a great place to unwind and put a few down. This night, I discovered three things: 1. I really like mezcal, especially the one with lime infusion and subtle smokiness, 2. I love Indio beer! It’s crisp, clean and refreshing, on  the light side kinda like Japanese beer but maybe darker, 3. I can eat pumpkin seeds, learned how this night and was hooked on the salty shells.

Below, you can catch a glimpse of what came next. we headed down the street to get some micheladas and see a live band at Caradura:

Afterward, as we headed back to the hotel, we passed a taqueria and K casually asked if I wanted to check it out. Um, YES! Later, I would find out he was just asking to be polite but c’mon, doesn’t he know who he’s dealing with? We’re in Mexico City and I’m ready to indulge some tasty eats. Sidenote, I never pass up an opportunity because I know all good food comes to a screeching halt once we leave.

Here we are across the street at Cueva de Leon. I wasn’t starving, but you know I just had to try a handful of tacos because it smelled so good in there. There’s no time like the present to dive right in.

Chorizo and potatoes

Asada & onions

More chorizo

Al pastor (pork)

Chicken al pastor

By the way, I think this place beat the pants off of K’s favorite taqueria here in DF, but we shall see…

La Clandestina: Alvaro Obregon 298 (between Oaxaca and Huichapan)/Colonia Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico

Caradura: Melchor Ocampo 306 int. tres, Esq. Rio Guadalquivir/Colonia y Delegación Cuauhtémoc.

Cueva de Leon: http://cuevadelleon.com/


Mexico City

Mexico City

Pyramids, churches, street food and colorful buildings come to mind when I think of Mexico City. It is all this, but also so much more. On this visit, we were on the hunt for the new (to us) and the exciting. It’s been nearly 10 […]

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