JUST BACK FROM MEXICO CITY: What to do, eat and where to stay in CDMX
Eat Like a Local launches new tour in May
For an insider’s view of Mexico City’s food scene, look no further than Eat Like a Local. Born and raised in Mexico City, Rocio Vazquez Landeta takes travelers through the streets of this vibrant city to taste, explore and connect with Mexico City’s food scene, markets, restaurants, and people. Discovering all the hidden gastronomic gems that only locals know, Eat Like a Local’s food journeys showcase the cutting-edge restaurants along with secret food stalls and street food that offer the most authentic Mexican cuisine. Starting in May, Eat Like a Local is launching a new tour called “Cook with Local Women”, a four-hour culinary experience where travelers learn how to cook homemade traditional Mexican food with local women. The cooking class takes place right in the family’s homes and guests will cook, prepare and eat a four-course traditional meal together, sipping mezcal, drinking Mexican coffee and enjoying a first-hand Mexican food experience and cultural exchange. Eat Like a Local supports four local hard-working women, a cultural exchange that inspires people and showcases the diversity of the local community. The tour is $130 USD per person, everything included. Available every Monday starting May 7th, 2018.
Chic Boutique Bed & Breakfast: Ignacia Guest House
Located in the gastronomic center of Mexico City in the vibrant Colonia Roma neighborhood, Ignacia Guest House is an exclusive bed and breakfast with just five suites, uniting Mexican artisan tradition and history with contemporary design. The restoration of this 1913’s mansion celebrates the personality of Ignacia, the mansion’s housekeeper for more than 70 years. In partnership with the interior design studio A – G, Factor Eficiencia developed Ignacia Guest House a year ago. The cooks at Ignacia Guest House hit the pantry bright and early to prepare each day’s selection and source all ingredients at traditional neighborhood markets and prepare everything—salsas, condiments, everything—from scratch. For more hands-on culinary experiences, take one of Casa Jacaranda’s cooking classes to learn true beauty of Mexican cooking—and Mexican life—at home with Beto Estúa and Jorge Fitz in gorgeous Casa Jacaranda (above Ignacia Guest House). Casa Jacaranda offers by-request cooking lessons for every kind of cook, at every experience level focusing on the market’s top seasonal offering. And liquor enthusiasts can soon enjoy the new mezcal tastings at Ignacia Guest House this spring.
The New Favorite in Mexico City – Meroma
With its recent opening at the end of October 2017 in bustling Roma Norte, Meroma is quickly becoming a hotspot in Mexico City’s buzzing food scene. Mercedes Bernal and Rodney Cusic are the minds and hands behind this new restaurant in Colonia Roma. One of the main objectives of Meroma is always to work with local suppliers that share their passion for sustainability. The result is contemporary cuisine that focuses on the local produce. The chefs have created a very special network of small producers, in which they provide quality products with unique local ingredients. Meroma is a place that seeks to use avant-garde culinary techniques and take advantage of the best ingredients that Mexico offers, resulting in a unique, accessible and delicious experience.
Condesa’s Newest Boutique Hotel: Casa Decu
Located in trendy Condesa District, a neighborhood energized with galleries, bars, and restaurants, Casa Decu is a new boutique hotel that just opened at the end of 2017 offering a cosmopolitan stay for the global traveler. A restoration of an Art Deco building, the beautifully renovated hotel is managed by Nice To See You and brings a new dimension of luxury and design to Mexico City. Architects Mikel Merodio and Salvador Arroyo developed the concept that blends contemporary design with elements of the indigenous Mexican Art Deco style. Casa Decu features 27 luxury suites distributed between four floors. 24 of these suites are fully equipped with a kitchen and TV room. The building offers a fitness center, beautiful rooftop garden terrace, continental breakfast and more. Get to know the city, walking its streets by foot or with the bicycles that the hotel offers for its guests.
New Restaurant in San Miguel: Masala y Maiz
Norma Listman and Saquib Keval met in the kitchen tracing notes of ancestral recipes and community food-ways. As chefs, they have committed themselves to creating unique dining experiences rooted in using food as a means to tell complex stories of food migration through beautifully curated meals. At their newly opened Masala y Maiz in Mexico City, Norma, and Saquib research the migration of spices, chiles, ingredients and cooking techniques between Mexico and South Asia. Their menus present unique recipes and stories that bring people to the table to reflect the depth and history of ancestral foods. Chefs Norma and Saquib are based in Mexico City, but travel internationally giving lectures, food demonstrations and hosting pop-ups featuring their signature foods.