Days 3-5 Mexico City

Day three of our Mexico City explorer’s trip starts with a tour of Teotihuacan, what was once one of the largest cities in the world. We then had a lovely comida at a remodeled hacienda that is now the Monte Cristo restaurant. That night was our first class with Rick Bayless, ably assisted by his sous chef, Shaw Lash, and his wife, Deann Groen Bayless.

Day four began with breakfast at the legendary El Cardenal with its wonderful pan dulces and then a tour of one of the three largest public squares in the word, the zócalo where we walked quietly through the Catedral Metropolitona followed by a tour of the Templo Mayor, once the most important religious structure of the Mexicas (Aztecs), and then the Palacio National, the site of the Mexican government with its impressive Diego Rivera murals. Comida that day was at Ricardo Munoz’s Azul Historico where mezcal was free flowing……some of us managed to make the Museo de Artes Popular (not to be missed!) before it closed. Of course, there wasn’t enough time spent there for some of us. We raced back to our second class with Rick.

Day five began at the Xochimilco market with its selection of local herbs, vegetables and various ingredients for moles, as well as many premade mole pastes. There was a quick stop at UNAM for purchasing some of the those mezcals……then to Museo de Frida Kahlo followed by a visit to the magnificent Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino to see the collection of paintings by Frida and Diego Rivera that Olmeda gathered throughout her lifetime. Our very special comida was at the Coyacuan home of the esteemed chef Elsa Kahlo who is related by marriage to Frida.

Thanks again to Kathy Martinides for her video.

Rest. El Bajío Anniversary

Carmen Rest. El Bajío

Carmen Ramírez Degollado
Photo by Ignacio Urquiza

Our congratulations and admiration go to our good friend Carmen “Titita” Ramírez Degollado chef/owner of Rest. El Bajío and her staff as they celebrate their 40 year anniversary. Carmen now has nine locations in Mexico City: Azcapotzalco, Parque Delta, Polanco, Parque Lindavista, Reforma 222, Santa Fe, Tezontle, Acoxpa, and Insurgentes. Although the menus are almost the same, my favorite is the orignal El Bajío in the northern part of Mexico city, in Azcapotzalco where I ate my first meal there over 30 years ago with Diana Kennedy. Like our friend Diana, Carmen is a wonderful ambassador of Mexican cuisine.