Settling

Veracruz offers a limited range of restaurant options, most of those open in the evening cradle the Zocolo (central square) and are empty much of the time, their menus a simple mix of Americana and Mexican stables, they don’t appeal much, The interesting local venues have a habit of opening weird hours, closing at 7pm,…

Pesky

It seems to me that the vast percentage of my meals are meat based, fair enough most of the time, as I do prefer to eat seafood while I am near the coast. I often worry about the freshness of fish when ordering it in a place where the majority of dishes are meat and…

Quintonil

I have been lucky enough so far to have eaten some excellent meals so far in Mexico, so understandably I was excited about this meal experience long before I sat down, as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world I was chuffed to have been able to get a booking. The meal started…

Pastel hues

  The pastel colours of the walls around town summed up my dining experiences quite well, some of the walls were bright and inviting, with fresh paint work and a great finish, some of the walls held simple colours, simply finished, and some of the walls, though colourful had seen better days, still attractive just…

Contemporary

I visited the only contemporary restaurant in town using Oaxacan inspiration as a way of adding to the collection of Oaxacan dishes in my mind. I don’t want to tire of eating tacos when I still have so much time in Mexico to go, I know the day will come, but want to delay it…

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…

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…

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…