Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mexico City

For some time, Mexico City has been on the top of my list of cities to visit.  I’ve always been intrigued by the history, the markets, the art and of course, the food!  After all, it’s considered by many to be the culinary capital of the world. 

My dream came true last month when I traveled there with Copita's new Executive Chef, Daniel Tellez.  Daniel was born in Mexico City and I was delighted to explore it with him.  We were invited to represent Copita at a charity event for children with cancer and money raised would enable them to have life-saving treatments.

The event was a huge success and when were done serving ceviché to our guests, Daniel led me through markets filled with incredible ingredients and more varieties of chilis than I knew existed!  Then we sampled dishes at some fabulous restaurants, including Quintonil, Nicos, El Bajio and La Utica.  The food scene was incredible and I was honored to to meet several prominent Mexico City chefs. We walked around Polanco on Sunday and I thought I was on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.   

In the market with Elsie Mendez, Daniel and his kids

I love the warmth of the people, the delicious food, and the vibe of this gorgeous cosmopolitan city.  

This kitchen gypsy arrived home enthusiastic and excited planning my return.  The next morning over coffee, I opened the New York Times travel section and what do you think was the numero uno travel destination in 2016?   Mexico City!!  Click here to read all about it.

I can't wait to get back there and would love to take you with me.  Imagine us-- taco-stall hopping with the aroma of fresh tortillas wafting in the air,  tasting a mescal or two, selecting unbelievably fresh ingredients at the local markets, cooking flavorful dishes together and taking an excursion to Xochimilco, the Venice of Mexico City.   Of course we'll stay at a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Polanco....what do you think?  

Culinary Journey to Mexico City, anyone?