Tacos

It seems that tortillas in Mexico are synonymous with food, I had not fully understood what a pivotal and substantial role they played within the Mexican food culture until I arrived in the country, now I have barely had a meal without them. I don’t yet understand the complex list of items the tortilla dough…

Authentic

Puerto Escondido town for all its functionality is worth a stroll up from the beach, sure it’s not got any tourist sights and isn’t all that nice to look at but it does demonstrate a slice of real life. In town you can find genuine locals going about their day, there are bakeries, fruit vendors…

Puerto Escondido

The outskirts of Puerto Escondido town are quite grim, the sub-tropical foliage scattered amongst the low rise modern and functional buildings doing little for their visual appeal, I didn’t want this view from the minivans window to become my fixed first impression of the town. I am glad I waited, the van pulled through town and reached its…

Tlacolula

Standing outside the baseball stadium in the early to mid-morning waiting for a collectivo, I was a little unsure, unsure if I was in the right place, what the said collectivo looked like and how I was going to communicate my needs to the driver effectively. I was told the destinations will be firmly shown…

Mole and meat

Mexican moles are what makes the cuisine interesting, they are the long slow cooked sauces that are used to flavour a special occasion, to enhance a dining experience through robust flavours and culinary skill. Most people are familiar with Mexico’s most famous mole guacamole, the one made with avocado, even those not interested in food…

Tostadas and tortillas

As much as I am enjoying the wonderful corn aroma tortillas deliver when dry cooked on a large convex skillet and the delicious popcorn aroma when the tortilla dough is fried in the concave cooking surface of the skillets other side. I found myself looking for more Mexican culinary interest in some of the better…

Refined Oaxacan

Oaxaca is known as one of the centres of gastronomy within Mexico so it is understandable that I would want to seek out some excellent food while I am here. From what I have seen of the street food I will easily find excellent tortilla based dishes but none of the complex dishes that have…

Exploring the valley

A simple planned excursion from Oaxaca city seems like a good way to visit some of the regional sights I would not bother to make an independent trip to reach. The countryside views from the minivan window were nice throughout the day, offering scenic glimpses of the currently arid Oaxacan countryside. The minivans first stop…

Holy Frijoles

My early morning arrival into Oaxaca city had me hungry, not wanting to eat in the hostel I appreciated the staff suggesting the nearby local market, less than a block away, as a convenient place to get some food. The market partially refurbishing the dining areas and these traders have set themselves up under a…

Oaxaca City

Arriving early into Oaxaca city, my eyes hurt in the way they do when I’ve gone a full night wedged into an budget airline economy class seat, I envy the people that can sleep on these painfully awkward seats. I am happy to have arrived into the city and am eager to have a nap,…

Inter continental

The last few meals in Colombia were intentionally not Colombian, having just spent a few months in South America the idea of finishing the trip with a nod to some of the places I had experienced seemed like a great idea. The first restaurant was Peruvian inspired, the country I spent the most time in…

Comida gloriosa comida

The culinary experience in a town as heavily tourist-ed as old Cartagena can go sideways pretty quickly, with plenty of restaurants and large numbers of non-resident diners it’s not uncommon for a city like Cartagena to supply poor quality food at quite high prices. I didn’t find this to be the case, as I was…