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Funky Fungi: Wild Mushroom Season in Mexico

Editor’s note: We’re celebrating Mushroom Week here at Culinary Backstreets, and guest contributor Nicholas Gilman kicks things off with a report on seasonal fungi in Mexico. Continue »

Mexico City
Cafetería El Cuadrilátero: Torta (and Wrestle) Mania

Mexico City’s Centro Histórico is never a dull place. Combined with the massive crowds and the constant roar of honking horns, passing buses and shouting vendors, the sheer visual stimulus is enough to make one weak in the knees after an hour or so. Continue »

Mexico City
Merendero Las Lupitas: North Star

In the U.S., chimichangas and burritos are always associated with Mexican food, but in the central part of Mexico those words don’t mean a lot. Continue »

Mexico City
Riviera del Sur: The Neo-Cantina

A few months ago, El Portal, one of our favorite cantinas in the Colonia Roma, shut its doors without any warning or fanfare. As we had been customers there for about 15 years, this was a great disappointment, and we were curious when we found out it had reopened. Continue »

Mexico City
Mariscos Frescos del Mar: Hoppin' Good

When it comes to finding new places to eat in Mexico City, we’ve learned not to be too quick to judge a place by its looks. A very good example of this is Mariscos Frescos del Mar, a hole in the wall we had passed without noticing many times before. Continue »

Mexico City
Conde Sandwich: The Royal Treatment

The torta – Mexico’s answer to the sandwich – if not precisely a work of art, is a touchstone of craftsmanship. In a toasted roll, in addition to meat and cheese, the torta is painstakingly adorned with refried beans, avocado, chili peppers, onions and tomatoes. It’s one of Mexico City’s street food staples, with literally thousands of dedicated stalls spread out over various neighborhoods. Continue »

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CB on the Road: The Magical Mining Towns of Hidalgo

A few weeks ago we wanted to get out of bustling Mexico City, but we only had one day free, so we decided to look for a place where we could see some sights, eat, enjoy ourselves and still be back before the day was over. We found not just one, but two gorgeous towns that fit the bill in the state of Hidalgo, just over an hour north of Mexico City. Continue »

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Papalotl: Vegetarians, Rejoice!

The first inhabitants of what is modern-day Mexico City subsisted on mostly plants and grains. Their daily protein intake came from nixtamalized corn, beans, insects and, in smaller amounts, fish and game. When the Spanish brought pork, chicken and cattle to the New World, the local diet changed forever. Continue »

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Hamburguesas a la Parrilla: The Real Hamburgers of Mexico City

In the past couple of years, in the fashionable neighborhoods of Mexico City, a panoply of high-class hamburger joints has opened. Continue »

Mexico City
Cantinas and Botanas: (Mostly) Free for All

For those of us who like a long, boozy lunch unimpeded by thoughts of going back to work – at least once in a while – there is no better place for it than a Mexico City cantina. Although they are mostly no-frills establishments lit by fluorescent bulbs, cantinas have as much personality as London pubs, Paris cafés or New York bars. Continue »

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