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PUEBLA..SEEKING RECOMMENDATIONS

We enjoyed La Rana for tacos árabes and tacos pastor.
I tried a cemita at El Mercado de Carmen, and while the process of elaboration was interesting, the sandwich was just too heavy for my taste.

Sep 28, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

First time to DF

Of the places on your list, we have eaten at the following:
• La Reina de la Roma: good, but not worth a special trip. There are numerous places like it.

• Contramar: I had an unsatisfactory experience there, in part due to my mood. Too much noise, though. Expensive. For seafood, I greatly prefer the more intimate, far less expensive Fonda La Veracruzana, on the corner of Calle Medellín and Calle Chiapas, Colonia Roma Norte. You won't need a reservation!
It can get very busy on weekend afternoons, and the service suffers.

• Tostadas Coyoacán. Walked past it, on our way to Los Danzantes. (another disappointment) Wish we'd eaten at TC instead.

• El Huequito (the sit down restaurant on Calle Bolívar). We have had many excellent meals and another not as good there. I would still return.

• El Hidalguense, ate there twice. Very good, but better barbacoa can be had elsewhere. The key to understanding why this is so is that the barbacoa at El Hidalguense is prepared at a location miles away, then transported in for service Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

• Rosetta. Ate there once. Disappointing. Very crowded on that occasion: flawed service, some of the fish dishes were overly subtle for my taste. The baked in-house breads were the highlight of the meal. VERY expensive. I won't be back.

•Café El Popular: It's a coffeeshop.

I agree wholeheartedly with your choice of Nico's.

Sep 08, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Ten Mexican Restaurants Rated among Top 50 of Latin America.

Where is Corazon de la Tierra?

Sep 05, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Ten Mexican Restaurants Rated among Top 50 of Latin America.

Just passing this along. Of those listed, I have only been to Rosetta. Nico's (IMO, the best restaurant I have eaten in Mexico City) remains a dark horse.
http://tinyurl.com/lq25j7q

Sep 05, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Mexico city zocalo area

I have cured brisket on two different occasions to make corned beef. It's not that hard. The hard part is finding brisket (called "pecho de res" in Mexico. Sometimes my earlier sources have it, then they don't.

Recently, we bought some tasty precooked and sliced corned beef at Costco Morelia. It was R&W brand, or something like that. Expensive but worth an occasional splurge.

Sauerkraut is available in jars, S&W brand "Col Agria", at Mega Comercial, Wal Mart, probably at Superama, likely at Trico. But that's in Morelia. Your area stores may be different.

The really challenging part here is obtaining or baking my own rye bread. (I do it, with varying success.)

Provecho.

Aug 26, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Mexico city zocalo area

There's a similar discussion about Reuben Sandwiches in el DF on Mexconnect.com Have you seen it?
http://tinyurl.com/oz8p5wq

FWIW, you can get a decent French Dip (I had one) or a Muffaleta at Macelleria Roma, at Orizaba 127, Colonia Roma Norte. The pizza is above average and enjoyable,although late one Sunday near closing time, the pizza was inferior but o.k. http://www.sinmantel.mx/macelleria/

The restaurant's very slow-loading website: http://macelleria.com.mx/index.php/ta...

Aug 25, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Cabrito at a street cart and ........

Hotel Roble, on Calle República de Uruguay: You are close to a branch of Pastelería L'Ideal, just past where Uruguay crossed 5 de Febrero. Worh a visit, even if not cabrito. About one block farther, west Calle Bolívar crosses Uruguay. Turn south (left) and within half a block you'll find El Huequito, the restaurant version, famous for its tacos al pastor, and more. Next door is Taquería Coyuco, with a good rep, but we haven't eaten there.

I just thought of another place for cabrito, but I haven't eaten there: Salon Victoria, on Calle Victoria, (which is Uruguay to the east and Victoria to the west.) Maybe it's about two blocks west after crossing Eje Central 3 San Juan de Letrán. See map: http://goo.gl/maps/lVtAl It's on López at Victoria.

That's all for now; my comida is ready.

Aug 21, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Cabrito at a street cart and ........

Yes, that's the La Naval store I've been to. Note to OP that Calle Coahuila becomes Avenida Michoacán west of Insurgentes.

We once created our own gastro walking tour of parts of Condesa. We made our lunch with wines and cheeses purchased at La Naval, then got some coarse country paté at Bistro Mosaico (they have a small deli case), around the corner on Av. Michoacán. We brought artisanal breads leftover from our breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, up Avenida Amsterdam near Calle Celaya. Lunch was on a bench in Parque México. By chance, a klezmer band was playing nearby. Where else in Mexico can you do this? :-)

Aug 21, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico
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Cabrito at a street cart and ........

La Naval, a wine, liquor, gourmet foods store is located at Avenida Insurgentes at the corner of Avenida Michoacán in the area of Mexico City where Colonia Roma Norte meets Colonia Condesa. (I am not sure of the exact colonia.)

They have a nice cheese and meats selection in their deli case. http://tinyurl.com/ms2oz66

Another place is the Mercado San Juan, Calle Ernesto Pugibet, Centro. There are several stands inside specializing in European (much of them Spanish) cured meats and cheeses. http://goo.gl/maps/h6uVH

Aug 21, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

Although I love El Bajío, IMO, the barbacoa there is not as good as that at El Hidalguense or Cocina Vianey. I like the original location best, as it has more charm. The only other branch we've eaten in was the Parque Delta location, for breakfast.

I think we had barbacoa at El Bajío for comida. Maybe that's part of the reason I thought it wasn't as good. Barbacoa is best eaten in Mexico in the morning. The best we ever had was on a Sunday morning, about 8:00, at Grutas de Tolantongo. No doubt the scenery helped season the meat. But it also was enhanced by seeing the pit being uncovered, and savory aromas arising.
http://cocinamexicana.blogspot.mx/201... (Scroll down for photos and description of the barbacoa.)

Aug 16, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

There's a lot to like at El Cardenal, the original location, on Calle Palma, in the Centro Histórico. I haven't been to their other locations. I liked breakfast more than comida.

But, I have to say that for me, the best restaurant for very well prepared Mexican food, is Nico's, on Avenida Cuitlahuac, Colonia Clavería. It's open for breakfast and comida, but not at night, and closed Sundays. A reservation is a must if you wish to eat there. http://mexkitchen.blogspot.mx/2013/07...

El Hidalguense is very good, but expensive for its class. Cocina Vianey, on Calle Ernesto Pugibet, corner of Luis Moya, Centro, serves some very good barbacoa but only on weekends. Its excellence is attested to by the long lines of waiting customers

Aug 16, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Good Food Near East Hanover/Livingston?

We had lunch at Tomo Cuisine last week. The miso soup and salads were great. We are sushi newbies, so ordering was haphazard. My wife chose 5 sushi specials from the specials board. The presentation was bare. I had chirashi, which was pretty good. My wife then had Nabeyaki Udon, which was very good.

Service was attentive and the bill was reasonable.

If we lived nearby, we would go there again and get to know the menu better.

Aug 07, 2014
Anonimo in New Jersey

Montclair - Osteria Giotto or La Scala del Nonna

Four of us ate at Giotto last year, and we greatly enjoyed our food. We did, however, found the dining room very crowded and the service hurried.

Details on my blog.

http://mexkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/0...

Aug 07, 2014
Anonimo in New Jersey

Must have mexican cookbooks

I find myself using "Mexico— The Beautiful Cookbook" more than any of others I own, including several aforementioned DK cookbooks. Also, Cocina de la Familia, by Marilyn Tausend.

But really, since moving to Mexico 9 years ago, I cook Mexican food less than before. Why bother, when I can can get it in area restaurants and from our neighbors in this small, Michoacán ranching community?

In fact, we are invited to comida later today by an amiga who lives 5 houses from ours. At this moment, I'm sure she's making tortillas from nixtamal in her tejaban kitchen. I'll bet that she doesn't own a cookbook, either.

Jul 17, 2014
Anonimo in Home Cooking
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Eating out with kids in Mexico DF, Puebla, Oaxaca

Great reply, Cristina. Well stated

Jun 27, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Eating out with kids in Mexico DF, Puebla, Oaxaca

Utrechter, I can't guarantee anything. First of all, I haven't been to Restaurant Arroyo (and probably never will), and second, what I like, you may not.

I think you are trying to do the very difficult task of bringing together two very opposite goals: a high end foodie restaurant and a place where kids will be happy.

I think that one place might succeed in meeting your needs: El Bajío; the original restaurant in Azcapotzalco, on Avenida Cuitláhuac. But it's open only for breakfast and comida, not at night. (I see that Cristina has already mentioned this restaurant.)
I like it because it's colorful but not in excess, the food is very good, representing for the most part the cuisine of inland Veracruz and Michoacán to some degree. It's also informal and friendly. I would classify the average price of a meal as moderate, whatever that means. Its location, somewhat distant from the Centro and Polanco, is a long taxi ride.

Jun 26, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico
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Eating out with kids in Mexico DF, Puebla, Oaxaca

O.k. I'll go out on a long limb and suggest Restaurante Arroyo, a huge place with entertainment in the southern part of el DF.

Not my kind of place, but I think kids would like it.
http://www.arroyorestaurante.com.mx/

Jun 25, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Tapo Mexico City

I know it isn't Chowish, but sometimes, circumstances steer us to second best choices. WE settled for a Subway low fat turkey and cheese sub, from the Subway in the TAPO food Court. The larger sandwich, cut in two, sufficed to get us to Oaxaca on the ADO bus. There was another Subway at the Oaxaca First Class ADO terminal.

Cristina; I visited the Mercado de La Merced in Oaxaca a few times. It's one of my favorite mercados, as it's quieter, un-touristy and friendly. I saw some of those fondas and although they appealed to me, I was between meals at the time and had to pass up the opportunity. I hope to eat at a few on our next visit. http://tinyurl.com/m6ponht

Jun 20, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Markets of Mexico DF

Mercado Medellín isn't very close to Polanco. It's located in Colonia Roma Sur. There are a number of interesting places to eat within, led by Ostionería La Morenita; and in the surrounding neighborhood, one is spoiled for choice.

May 24, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Long trip report: Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca

First rate reporting. Many thanks.

How did you learn of Cocina Económica Isabel? I may have walked by it but haven't eaten there.

Apr 24, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Baking supplies in Mexico City

You could ask at a Kosher supermarket, as in Colonia Polanco. Or inquire at a Russian restaurant.

Apr 15, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Off to Mexico City for 11 days!

The Ministry of Education building was a real surprise to me, when we visited it back in November, 2013. Besides the Diego River paintings within, the extensive building is very interesting.

Mar 13, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Good Food Near East Hanover/Livingston?

Irving's Deli, if that's your sort of thing.

Feb 09, 2014
Anonimo in New Jersey

Oaxaca- La Biznaga or Zandunga?

UPDATE: January 22, 2014
Zandunga has since moved next door to La Biznaga. It's a very attractive, contemporary space, with a dazzling list of mezcales. In contrast, the food menu seemed short.

We found the food to range from decent to gross. Soups: Molito de Camarón was intensely flavored with dried shrimp but enjoyable. Sopa de Frijol was oversalted.

My Cochito Horneado was homey and flavorful, but nothing I couldn't duplicate or better at home. My wife's Estofado de Res was a disgusting blob of brown pulp on the plate. Furthermore, the food was barely warm and I had to send mine back for further heating. My wife was more willing than I to eat it as is. http://tinyurl.com/pjeqeph

Based on our one experience there, we might consider it a place for drinks and antojitos, but not a full meal.

Jan 22, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Oaxaca- La Biznaga or Zandunga?

UPDATE: An expat friend in Oaxaca convinced us that we just HAD to eat at La Biznaga while in Oaxaca. We succumbed to her argument. We were not only pleased with our meal, but very impressed with the creativity in food and in ambience that made our dinner so enjoyable. For the most part, we ate antojitos but two of us followed up with soups. The Sopa de Establo was sublime.

Our final bill was impressively modest. Undubtedly, it could be higher had we chosen main courses.

There are details on my blog. http://mexkitchen.blogspot.mx/ http://tinyurl.com/LaBizOaxa

Jan 22, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Cream for coffee

When at home and I I want milk in my coffee (rarely), I use Nido Leche Entera en Polvo. It is really a valuable addition to my kitchen pantry. (I use it mostly in baking and sometimes in "cream" soups.

Jan 22, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Puebla 109, Colonia Roma Norte, Mexico City

A friend pointed out this relatively new, apparently "Mediterranean" restaurant on Calle Puebla, corner of Calle Córdoba. We'd passed it before, paid little attention to it, thinking it's just another new Yuppi bar and restaurant.

Any of you been there?

Jan 21, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Sabor a Tixtla, Colonia Roma, Closed or Moved?

Yes, that's where we were. But I didn't see it. Maybe it's closed Mondays.

So far, never have eaten there. We did have a very nice Menú del Día at Fonda La Veracruzana, $98 pesos.

Jan 21, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Sabor a Tixtla, Colonia Roma, Closed or Moved?

We walked to Fonda La Veracruzan for lunch today, and noted the apparent absence of Con Sabor a Tixtla. It may have been replaced by "Urban Pizza", an upscale looking place.

Jan 20, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico

Top 25 Restaurants in Mexico

Of that list, I have only eaten at Café de Tacuba (once for cena and another time for desayuno.) I would not describe either as a great meal. The supper was passable, the breakfast not so.

Where on that list is Nico's México Cuitlahuac? El Bajío (original)? El Cardenal? The several "Azules"?

It's notable that the list has a lot of BCN restaurants, which would appeal to DiningDiva. :-)

Jan 20, 2014
Anonimo in Mexico