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,…

Carnival

The Veracruz carnival is the largest in Mexico, and unlike the famous carnival of Rio de Janeiro, the Veracruzan carnival is a local procession with a solely amateur cast of thousands. The streets are lined with free seats along the entire parade route from the centre and along the coastal road south from the city,…

Veracruz

One of the closest coastal points to Mexico City of any size, the port city of Veracruz holds a significant place in Mexican history, being the place the Spaniards set up their first settlement. Depending on your viewpoint this was either a monumental occasion worth celebrating, or a horrific event needing commiserating, needless to say…

T-o-tee-waa-can

It’s hard to explain the experience of visiting a place like Teotihuacan, to try quantify the vast works undertaken here effectively is not something I feel able to do. As much as I find Teotihuacan impressive in both scale and design I don’t find the buildings attractive and find it hard to relate to the…

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…

Ciudad de Mexico

As much as I try not to form any preconceived ideas about a place before I arrived, I had lowered my expectations of having an enjoyable time in Mexico city in readiness for my arrival, just in case all the negative comments I had heard from fellow travellers turned out to be true. The pollution…

Ruined

Sitting on the ruins of a Mayan temple overlooking the lush jungle is exactly what I wanted to do when in Palenque, the height of the temple and it’s elevated hillside location rendering superb jungle and lowland vistas. From up here I could see the other magnificent ruins within the open nature of the ruins…

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…

Crisp air

I had expected my back to hurt more and to be crankier, but as the overnight bus rolled into San Cristobel de las Casas I felt surprisingly well rested, not quite ready to step into a new city, but pretty well rested considering I had just spent the last 14 hours on a bus. I…

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…