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The best pan de muerto in DF

Thanks, Cristina!!! I am looking forward to your report. I'll share any findings of mine here, too.

Oct 29, 2012
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The best pan de muerto in DF

For those of us who grew up in DF, the tradition behind this bread doesn't seem to be a big deal... So I'm not looking for original recipes from Texcoco, etc. It's just this year I'll only have one serving of pan de muerto, so I'm hoping to make it the very best one!

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Oct 27, 2012
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Dia de los Muertos 2012 - Oaxaca

Yes! I'm in! :D :D :D :D :D

Oct 07, 2012
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Sunday Brunch in Mexico city.

I'm not sure I'd call this 'the best' Sunday brunch here (I haven't been to most of the mentioned places), but it is my favorite brunch place, so I'll recommend it: the place is named Saks - http://www.saks.com.mx

Always a long line, but I don't mind waiting. Really good coffee, delicious pastries baked in the restaurant, delicious main dishes (I recommend the huevos de la campiña), fresh juices.

Oct 05, 2012
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Dia de los Muertos 2012 - Oaxaca

I live in DF and have never been to a Chow get-together, so I'd be interested in hearing about the details :)

Oct 05, 2012
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Dia de los Muertos 2012 - Oaxaca

This discussion is really interesting. I am Mexican, grew up here and everything, and so I feel very self-conscious photographing things or people when I visit markets or shops anywhere. I didn't realize it probably comes from living in a culture where photographs aren't taken so lightly, yeah.

Oct 05, 2012
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what's chuck roast called here?

Just thought I'd share this great resource I found when trying to see what I should buy in the market... All the names in both languages! It's funny: I'm Mexican, but I know more meat terms in English than I do in Spanish because of food blogs I read.
http://flavorsofthesun.blogspot.mx/20...
She also has an equivalent for pork.

Oct 05, 2012
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Torta de Chilaquiles

I was thinking about those today!

I've lived in DF all my life, and I only got to try those a couple of years ago when I did some work with a group based at Condesa. I couldn't believe I let two decades of my life pass before I tried them! They may not be good for your palate, but I think that the reason why your wife was offended is that that torta embodies the concept of 'comfort food' for us. And I'm being totally serious there.

I asked this woman why she prepares tortas like that, or how she came up with the concept to begin with. She said that, when she decided to start selling food for a living, she realized that there were too many people selling tamales in the area, and she started thinking of other types of food she could sell for breakfast. She says she immediately thought of her favorite tortas from childhood: breaded chicken, and chilaquiles with lime juice. So, why not? She put them together.

Apr 20, 2012
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Baking supplies in Mexico City

I found people who import Bob's Red Mill products. They're on the decidedly expensive side (esp. compared to their retail price in the US), but here you go: http://organicosenlinea.com/

Apr 01, 2012
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9+ days in Mexico City: Where should we EAT?!

I would like to suggest street food. You can find many examples at Casa de Toño (Cristina suggested it), but I think that the experience of eating food on a busy street should be in the list. I don't know what other CHers think of this suggestion, as there are always more food safety concerns than when you go to any restaurant... But I think it will give you a sense of what we locals eat, in addition to the info shared by Cristina on market stalls.

I am a local and I have only eaten so far at three of the places mentioned in this thread (granted, I'm a student without a job and I don't get to pick where my family will eat meals). I think you should hit as many as possible (many people come back and give great reviews about those places), but also I think something can be gained from planning a couple of meals to get a sense of how locals live.

Jan 30, 2012
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Finding produce in DF

Thank you for telling me this :) I have enough spaghetti squash in my freezer for the year, I think, but I couldn't freeze puree made out of calabaza de Castilla. I'll go see the Asian veggie stalls to try and fix that! Also, when I go I will look for your veggie vendor.

If zapallo doesn't work (only one veggie vendor in the market had heard the name when I went), try asking about the pumpkins that were sold around the city during Halloween/DOTD for pumpkin carving. That's how I got mine.

Jan 30, 2012
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Azul y Oro, Centro Cultural Universitaria: GREAT NEWS!

YES. I think I will have to celebrate my last semester at UNAM by visiting Azul y Oro this way sometime!
Going from my Faculty to this part of UNAM could take up to 50 min using internal transport. This metrobus stop will make it a lot easier for many students to profit more from research institutes... and to visit the 'real' Azul y Oro!

Jan 08, 2012
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Finding produce in DF

My experiences there haven't been great. I've been mostly on the hunt for uncommon fruit, vegetables and spices, which I think is the poorest part of the market (seen most of it at better prices and/or quality in other places, except for the Asian squash). Also, despite having spent less than an hour looking around and really just asking a limited number of questions (no more than three per stand where I stopped), I have been asked by four people if I'm really going to buy anything, or if I'm just being nosy (which had never, ever happened to me in any market or store before). And I'm not paraphrasing... that's really how they phrased it.

I guess that it doesn't help that I'm a local young woman carrying no cameras or helpers (i.e. probably a housewife or student, and not a chef, or food writer, or expat), and that I'm not looking for exotic meats or dairy. So I wouldn't tell anyone to stay out of there, but it's always been a disappointment for me when I've gone.

Oct 20, 2011
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Finding produce in DF

I FOUND IT!!! I went to do some shopping at Superama today (near WTC) and they had a lot of squashy pumpkiny goods for sale. I don't know much about them all, but I saw acorn squash, gourd? and spaghetti squash. It was all being sold per piece, rather than by weight, and all individual pieces were between 15 and 20 pesos. Spaghetti squash was at around 20 (the best 80 pesos I've spent in my life, now that I see how much it costs at San Juan).

Oh, they also had a gigantic squash (for 300 pesos), and the small pumpkins that are for sale everywhere in DF these days. It was all being sold for decoration purposes, I think.

Thank you, profmaher and NiamhR!!!!!

Oct 20, 2011
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Finding produce in DF

Thank you!! As much as I dislike the market :p, I will try to squeeze in a visit before I go. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Oct 20, 2011
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Finding produce in DF

Thank you!! If anyone is interested in knowing, they do have it there. I'm not very lucky, since they're out of stock and I'll be gone when they have it again. Here's to hoping their season lasts until January...

Oct 18, 2011
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Baking supplies in Mexico City

I don't know if this is helpful at all (I'm not a baker), but I visited this store on Avenida Revolución, close to metro Barranca del Muerto. It's called Maricú, and they have tons of baking products. Eyecandy even for someone who doesn't spend much time by the oven :)

I'm trying to remember specifically what I saw... They had very nice-looking aprons, cookie cutters in all shapes, pipes (I think that's the name in English? the things you use to 'draw' with the frosting), lots of silicone goods, molds, stands, colorful assorted goods (measuring cups, spoons)... I don't know how their pricing compares to other baking supply stores, but I did see that they offer some discount to culinary students from certain schools (in case you know any that would be willing to go there with you).

Oct 17, 2011
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Finding produce in DF

Thank you, profmaher!! I've gone to a few Superama stores now and had no luck. Would you mind telling me which one you saw it in? I'm so excited!

Oct 17, 2011
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Finding produce in DF

Thank you, Anonimo! I will report the results of my visits to both.

Sep 22, 2011
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Finding produce in DF

For the last couple of years, I have been (unsuccessfully) doing a hunt for spaghetti squash in DF. Spaghetti squash in the US seems to be imported from Mexico, but no one I've come across in markets (Pugibet market included) even knows what I'm talking about.

(If you're looking for butternut squash, though, it is locally called 'zapallo' and found at San Juan Pugibet place).

I've also been looking for nutritional yeast.

Any leads on this will be deeply appreciated!

Sep 10, 2011
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Mexico City restaurant that isn't Pujol

Thank you, Cristina!!! It is definitely helpful. I haven't gone yet (buuuudgeeeet), but I will make sure to post back once I've done it :)

Sep 10, 2011
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Mexico City restaurant that isn't Pujol

I decided to invite a friend to Jaso for her birthday and I know it's not going to be exactly low cost, but I would appreciate any help I can get to budget for this experience!
We will probably not drink any wine, and I expect we'll have a main dish each, and possibly two desserts or one dessert and one appetizer.
Thank you in advance, and also thank you Cristina for the useful blog post (that was in fact the reason why I chose this birthday gift for her) :)

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Jaso
88 Newton, Mexico City 11570, MX

Aug 21, 2011
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Street food to try in mexico city?

I don't think my dear DF can stand up to Brazilian produce, but let's see what we can think of.

- La Merced is indeed the largest, and it is also a mess. I was there today, hunting for traditional candy to take to friends abroad... It was exhausting. Everybody says it's unsafe. I really don't know what to tell you about it; I'd tell you to not carry lots of money, and to make sure you have insurance for your camera if it's a big one.

- San Juan doesn't, in my experience, appreciate visitors who aren't buyers. I went with a friend some months ago to see what they had, asked a few (honestly not many) questions and did plan to buy a few goods here and there, but by the end of our 45 min. visit everybody was like, "So are you going to buy or are you just looking?!" Maybe with a camera/notepad you'll spark their interest, though, blogger!

Unusual produce: zapote negro (if you can't find it fresh, you can try it in a sorbet in many local ice cream stores); chayote squash; not unusual, but pineapple and mango are good in this season, and much cheaper than in North America/Europe.

Apr 29, 2011
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Street food to try in mexico city?

Adding to what has been said above: tamales (usually sold early in the morning or later in the evening, starting at 7:30 PM or so); crispy things (like fried potato chips, sold in little glass carts); fruit cups (I'm seeing mango stands everywhere these days); tortas (Mexican sandwiches); corn goods (esquites, corn on the cob).

I'm really not an expert on what is the very best place to try each of those (danebaxter is the expert on that!!), but you can eat most of the fried goodies in a place called La casa de Toño ( http://www.lacasadetono.com.mx/ ), which has many locations. Some of them are open 24/7. It's technically a 'restaurant', but a rather informal one, and I can tell you their food can easily stand up to average street food.

Apr 29, 2011
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