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Colonia Roma -- Broka, Rosetta, and Stampa del Mar

Anonimo, I have been told by others that making a reservation is very important. If you go, please let us know about your experience.

Aug 04, 2010
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Colonia Roma -- Broka, Rosetta, and Stampa del Mar

Today I walked from Col. Condesa over to Broka, only to discover that they are on vacation until next week.

Plan B was to go to Rosetta. I walked to Rosetta, arriving at 2:30 pm (perhaps I should have arrived in a limo). Three-fourths of the tables were not occupied, and many of the dining room and kitchen staffs were standing around talking. I requested a table for one person and was told unapologetically that it was not possible.

Plan C was Stampa del Mar, on the corner of Puebla and Orizaba, were I received a warm welcome, a nice table, and a complimentary glass of wine. It is unlikely that I will return to Rosetta, but I will definitely go back to Stampa del Mar and Broka.

Jul 28, 2010
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Looking for candied ginger

The bulk candied ginger at Central Market is ginger-flavored gummy candy.

The availability of candied ginger is seasonal. Most Asian markets will have it in stock for the Lunar New Year celebration. Off-season I found the excellent quality Paradise brand at the Hong Kong Market on Bellaire Bld. at Boone Rd.

Take a look at www.paradisefruitco.com, which has a page devoted to candied ginger, and a link to the page on Amazon where it is sold.

Jul 08, 2010
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New Diana Kennedy Oaxaca Cookbook

DD,
Thanks for the tip about "Oaxaca al Gusto". The Spanish-language edition is a fine book, both in content and as an example of bookmakers' art. Today's price at Gandhi is 1,260.00 pesos, the equivalent of 100.80 U.S. dollars. The U.T. Press price of $33.50 or the Amazon price of $31.50 w/free Super Saving Shipping are too good to pass up.

Jun 02, 2010
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nouveau Mexican in Puebla?

La Casa de los Muñecos restaurant is a nice place for lunch and it is centrally located -- 2 Norte No. 2, Centro Historico. It is housed in the beautiful 18th century Casa de los Muñecos, which also contains the Museo Universitario.

Monday I had lunch there -- Avocado salad with apples, hearts of palm, pecans, and a delicious ranch dressing; Salmon in a passion fruit sauce with apple, and rice with strawberries and cherries. The salmon was cooked as I like it - medium rare and the presentation was beautiful. The service was good and the prices reasonable.

http://www.casadelosmunecos.com/casa_...

Apr 14, 2010
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San Luis Potosi

I have not found any good restaurants in the City of San Luis Potosi and would appreciate any recommendations.

Apr 11, 2010
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DF, Cafe Azul y Oro: Delicious

UNAM recently published the 3rd edition (bilingual!) of Ricardo Muñoz's "Los Chiles Rellenos en México -- Antología de Receta", (Stuffed Chiles of Mexico. An Anthology of Recipes).

There is now a web site for Café Azul y Oro -- http://cafeazulyoro.com/

and Ricardo has a web site -- http://www.ricardomunozzurita.com/ind...

Feb 21, 2010
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Mexico City Recommendations Needed

Mexichef,
Thanks for the good news about Fonda el Refugio. My first visit was in 1976 and I have been a fan ever since. I went there for the restaurant's 50th anniversary celebration. The chiles en nogada are the best I have ever tasted.
I look forward to my next visit.

Jan 18, 2010
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DF, Cafe Azul y Oro: Delicious

Thanks for the clarification.

Coincidentally, in yesterday's (15 de Enero de 2010) "Reforma", Buena Mesa section, page 6; there is a 3/4 page article about Azul y Oro's festival of Moles y Pipianes during January and February.

Jan 16, 2010
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DF, Cafe Azul y Oro: Delicious

Cristina, I agree with you. Dining at Azul y Oro is a different kind of experience than dining at the "white tablecloth" restaurants. I enjoy both types of dining.

I am one of the those who regularly makes a half-day trek to Azul y Oro for lunch. There are times when I prefer to invest a half-day of my time and 200 pesos in lunch rather than two hours and 800 pesos.

Currently Azul y Oro has a mole festival that includes moles from regions other than Oaxaca and Puebla. This week I had pavo in mole chichilo negro, which I have never seen in any other D.F. restaurant and which is difficult to find in Oaxaca. (You can find it in Diana Kennedy's new book, "Oaxaca al Gusto".) The pechuga de pavo was the best turkey I have ever tasted.

Ricardo must be doing something right. The walls of the Torre de Inginiería location are covered with awards and positive reviews. His peers from the "white tablecloth" restaurants invite him to participate in various Slow Food events. I admire Ricard for not opening yet another expense account restaurant in Polanco or Santa Fe (or Las Vegas). Ricardo is not an Emeril Lagasse. He is a chef's chef, not a celebrity chef.

If one chooses "fine dining" restaurants over casual restaurants, that is personal preference, but it is irresponsible to repeatedly post negative comments about Azul y Oro because it is not a "white tablecloth" establishment.

Jan 14, 2010
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Heineken takes-over Tecate, Sol and Dos Equis

Tambien Carta Blanca, Superior, Indio, Bohemia, y Noche Buena. ¡Salud!

Jan 13, 2010
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50th Birthday in Mexico City!

Occasionally I eat at Los Girasoles, but the quality of the food has been hit or miss, i.e. not consistent. My favorite dish is the Chile de la Moneda, an ancho chile stuffed with picadillo and fruit. The margaritas are excellent.

The food at La Tecla is an excellent value. The last time I was there, nothing on the menu was over 100 pesos. At Ligaya, nothing is under 100 pesos.

I agree with the comment of mjs about the San Angel Inn and would also apply the same comment to the Hacienda de los Morales and MP's Taberna de León. The service in all three of these restaurants is perfunctory and rushed. To me they are theme restaurants, similar to the old Mama Leone's in New York.

Near the Holiday Inn Centro, I suggest El Cardenal on Palma, between Madero and Cinco de Mayo, for an excellent Mexican breakfast in a nice setting.

I agree that the best choice for a 50th birthday celebration is Pujol.

Jan 13, 2010
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Zéfiro, Centro Histórico, México, D.F.?

I agree with DiningDiva, so I recently tried Zéfiro two times and was pleased on both occasions. It is a beautiful place with good food, but the service could stand a little improvement.

There is a daily special menu (160 pesos, which includes a glass of wine) and an ala carte menu. I started with a Mojito de Vino Blanco con Piña. My first course was Sopecitos, which was fair. Then the Sopa de Hongos was very good. The main course was a delicious Trucha Ahumada relleno con queso de cabra en hoja santa with rajas de poblano. The excellent dessert was a pastel de chocolate with helado de macademia and espuma de amaretto.

The most expensive item on the menu was a Brochetta de Camarones Campechena for 100 pesos. The Filete de Res was 82 pesos.

Although the public entrance to the university is on Call Izazaga, Zéfiro is a couple of blocks away on San Jeronimo, between Bolivar and Isabel la Catolica. It is an easy walk from the Zócalo. The nearest Metro station is Isabel la Catolica.

If you go to Zéfiro, it is worth your time to walk along Calle Regina, which is closed to vehicular traffic between Bolivar and 5 de Febrero. There are some interesting cafés and bars, plus Pitahaya, a nice little restaurant serving creative food.

Dec 08, 2009
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Pitahaya on Calle Regina in Mexico City's Centro Historico

Today I had lunch at Pitahaya Restaurante/Jugueria & Tes, located at Calle Regina 58-F, near the corner of 5 de Febrero. The proprietor/chef, Inés Monterrubio, serves some of the most creative cuisine I have eaten in Mexico City.

I had the Ensalada Mare, which featured large shrimp cooked in a parsley sauce, tomatoes, and avocado over a bed of mixed lettuces, which was covered with very thin slices of cucumber. The dressing was a cumin vinaigrette (65 pesos). For dessert, I had a tasty mamey mousse (40 pesos).

Other representative items on the menu are:
Molletes Gitanos -- serrano ham over tomatoes sprinkled with olive oil (65 pesos).
Fettuccini with a acuyo (hoja santa) pesto (65 pesos).
Tuna a la plancha ($85 pesos).
Tiramisú (50 pesos

Pitahaya also serves seasonal juices and various teas.

Srta. Monterrubio opened Pitahaya six months ago. It is a welcome addition the Mexico City casual dining scene.

Nov 19, 2009
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Aguila y Sol Closed?

The article I read said Aguila y Sol was closed by the city because in their new location they do not have off-street parking. Well, everyone in Mexico City knows that very few restaurants have off-street parking, but they continue to operate because they are paying-off the right people. When you see a "Clausurado" sign on a restaurant or bar, it is because the business has not paid the extortion demanded by city officials.

Apr 20, 2008
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Questions on Mexico City & Puebla

We had lunch at Meson Sacristia de la Compania last Monday (February 4). People at two tables that arrived long after we did were served before we were. The vegetables on my plate were cold Birdseye Frozen Vegetables -- http://www.birdseyefoods.com/birdseye...
We will not go back there.

Feb 09, 2008
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Mexico City High Tea.

Joseph,
Here is another one for you to try: The Green Park Hotel, across Av. Constituyentes from the south side of Chapultepec Park,
has afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream.
http://www.thegreenparkhotel.com.mx/

Av. Constituyentes No. 99
Col. San Miguel Chapultepec
11850 México, D.F.
Ph: (55) 5276-6565

Feb 09, 2008
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Hottest table (best fooood) in DF?

No, not closed. They moved from Av. Moliere to:

Emilio Castelar 229
Col. Polanco
11560 México, D.F.

Tel: (55) 5281 8354

Feb 09, 2008
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No, not closed. They moved from Av. Moliere to:

Emilio Castelar 229
Col. Polanco
11560 México, D.F.

Tel: (55) 5281 8354

Feb 09, 2008
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Slow Food Roma/Condesa

A new Slow Food Convivium is being organized in the Roma/Condesa colonias. The organizers are hosting a Coctel de Presentación at Restaurant Contramar, Durango 200, Col. Roma Norte, Wednesday, October 24 at 8:00pm.

Oct 21, 2007
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Kousmine Restaurant/Deli-Café

Next to Café La Rauxa on Calle Parras, between Av. Amsterdam and Nuevo Leon in Col. Condesa (on the same side of the street as the Rojo Bistro) is Kousmine Deli-Café, a great little sidewalk restaurant that serves a creative four-course lunch for 65 to 70 pesos. Included is a beverage (e.g. agua de limón), soup, salad, main dish (usually 3 or 4 choices), a delicious postre, and coffee. The service is good, the ambiance is pleasant, and the weather is usually outstanding.

Oct 02, 2007
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México Eats: Polanco and Condesa?

La Rauxa is on Calle Parras, between Av. Amsterdam and Av. Nuevo Leon, on the same side of the street as Bistro Rojo.

Oct 02, 2007
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DF, Cafe Azul y Oro: Delicious

Here is a photo of Café Azul y Oro,Torre de Ingeniería

Sep 25, 2007
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DF, Cafe Azul y Oro: Delicious

Here is a photo of Café Azul y Oro,
Centro Cultural Universtario

Sep 08, 2007
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DF, Cafe Azul y Oro: Delicious

Good news from Café Azul y Oro. Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita has opened a second location (same menu, same prices) on the UNAM campus. It is in a handsome contemporary space on the ground floor of the new state-of-the-art Torre de Ingeniería. The location is:
Torre de Ingeniería
Circuito Interior sin/nombre
Frente a la Facultad de Ingeniería
Tel. (55) 5623-3500, ext. 1065
Hours
Monday and Tuesday 8:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday through Friday 8:00am – 8:00 pm

The location of the original Café Azul y Oro is:
Centro Cultural Universtario
Circuito Exterior sin/nombre
Tel. (55) 5622-7135
Sunday through Tuesday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am – 8:00 pm

This is a great place for lunch after the Sunday noon-time symphony concerts. In good weather you can sit outside. There is ample parking for 15 pesos in lots 3 and 4.

For additional information, see page 13 of the September 3, 2007 issue of the UNAM Gaceta (Gazette) - http://www.dgcs.unam.mx/gacetaweb/200...

Sep 06, 2007
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