One of the biggest benefits of moving abroad is the opportunity to explore a new city, and country in an intentional and in-depth way. I can't wait to start traveling around Mexico, but for now, we're excited to see, eat, and do everything we can in our new home. Mexico City itself has roughly 922 square miles of space for us to discover, which is almost double the size of NYC. During the week David goes to work, and I go to school, but we are already taking advantage of each weekend to start working through our ever expanding To Do List. If you want ideas for your next Mexico City visit, or are just curious about a typical weekend for us, keep reading for a glimpse into our most recent 24 hours.
We were lucky to move to Mexico City with a few contacts, one of which invited us to join him for dinner at Limosneros, a trendy, and upscale Mexican restaurant in Centro Histórico. This is by no means an inexpensive meal, and would qualify as $$$-$$$$ in Mexican standards, but the food was delicious. Three non-alcoholic beverages, one appetizer, one meat entrée, tax, and tip amounted to $50 USD for two people. Not the kind of place we will eat often, but if you are here for a short trip or vacation, I would highly recommend it. Reservations are helpful, and I would definitely point you toward the mollejas (sweetbreads) appetizer.
We started our day with a trip to our neighborhood grocery store for a few items, and then back to our Airbnb for a quick lunch. After thoroughly applying sunscreen (it's very needed here), we headed out to the Castillo de Chapultepec, which showcases the building itself, but also houses the Museo Nacional de Historia. Once you enter the Bosque de Chapultepec, the massive park in the middle of the city, it's about a 10 minute walk to the ticket office. Admission is $75 MXN, but since I now have a student ID, I get in for free! A few things to note:
After a sitting break, we walked to the Chapultepec metro station and headed toward Roma Norte to check out the monthly Tráfico Bazar, which brings together local, up-and-coming clothing, jewelry, food, and drink vendors. To say that this was one of the most hipster experiences we've had in a while is an understatement. While I would consider going back, the overly hot venue caused us to leave pretty quickly, and instead check off another To Do List item; a coffee and pastry at Panadería Rosetta. This trendy, and small bakery is the sibling of Rosetta, a well-known restaurant across the street. In fact, the kitchen in the panadería is too small to accommodate the daily baking needs, so they use the space in the main restaurant. Cooks and bakers are continuously walking back and forth with trays of delicious treats balanced on their shoulders, which adds a layer of authenticity to the incredible food. This is a must visit.
We meandered our way back home through parts of Roma Norte, but eventually grabbed a Beat ride the rest of the way. We were pretty hot and tired by this point. We spent a few hours at home working on life items like completing a rental application, and generally enjoying some quiet. When our stomachs started to indicate that it was dinner time, we ventured back outside in search of tacos. Our tour of La Merced last weekend has given us a better sense of what to look for, and how to order at food stands. David's eyes grew big when we walked past a stand selling suadero tacos, among other filling options like mollejas, lingua, and cabeza. We were not disappointed. Below is David's plate filled with one suadero, one mollejas, and one cabeza, accompanied with cooked spring onions, which are typical with suadero.
Our entire meal, which included 5 tacos plus one portion of suadero en trozos (basically just the cut of meat) only set us back $75 MXN = $3.87.
While our bellies were happy, Saturday night in Mexico isn't complete without a stop for ice cream. Luckily there are options on every corner. One of the things we've already noticed is that even the same chain, like Michoacana, has different pricing and serving sizes at each store. This particular location was very generous with each scoop, which I am not going to complain about.
After enjoying dessert we made the short trip home (less than a block) and pretty quickly headed to bed. After a full day of activities in the sun, and very full bellies I could barely keep my eyes open.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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