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Hoorah, my first foodie blog about Mexico!
After a week in Mexico, I’m seriously obsessed with the food. Is
However, sometimes ordering new things in Mexico can be a little tricky as my Spanish is still limited (aka totally crap) so I was excited to be shown around by a local.
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Check out my other Mexico City food guides:
- Where to eat and drink in Coyoacan
- Cafes and restaurants in Condesa & Roma
- Eat Like a Local food tour review
Eat Like a Local Tours in Mexico City
Not only was I excited to eat a lot of Mexican food but I felt great about my partnership with Eat Like A Local. This sustainable tour company based in Mexico City is locally-owned and led by women. Our lovely guide, Lorenza, explained that wages are not always equal for females in Mexico. To combat the problem, her sister founded Eat Like A Local and pledged to only employ female tour guides, paying them a great wage. I love this!
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I headed on the street food at night and hidden
Tip – if you take the same tour as me, Sundays are the best days as you visit an authentic saloon (Mexican dancehall).
If you’re considering taking the tour, let’s get stuck into my tour review and see everything I ate!
Esquite O Elote (giant corn)
When we arrived at this popular food stall with queues down the street, I wondered what all the fuss was about. How good could corn be?
It turns out very good. This stand is open 24 hours a day simply because of the demand. We watched as the staff slathered corn in mayonnaise, cheese, chili
Torte de Cochinita (slow-cooked pork sandwich)
The next dish on the Eat Like A Local tour was quite possibly my
And that’s how Rose died and went to food heaven!
Seriously, I could eat this sandwich daily. My body might not be happy but my tastebuds certainly would be.
Is it even possible to go on a food tour in Mexico and not eat tacos? I don’t wish to find out.
So far I’d only tried tacos al pastor (served with shawarma meat). I have to say I preferred this new type made with beef brisket and chorizo. The brisket was smooth with a subtle crunch, piled on top of a soft corn tortilla with all the trimmings.
Stopping a saloon!
The highlight of the tour for me was stopping at this authentic local saloon open Sunday and Wednesday nights. Salon Los Angeles i
Salon Los Angeles is in the Guerrero
Mole enchillada, pambazo and tamal de mole amarillo
Mole (pronounced mol-ay) is now my
Mole has a distinct
Mole originates from Oaxaca (pronounced Wahaca), somewhere I’m visiting very soon. I can’t wait to eat it again there.
We also tried tamal de mole amarillo, another brand new dish to me. Steamed corn is mixed with pork and served in a banana leaf with a yellow mole sauce. There was something smoky and creamy about this dish that I can imagine developing a dependency on.
Starting to feel full, we shared a couple of pambazo tortas between the group. These sandwiches were filled with potato, chorizo, cheese, cream and lettuce. Carby and indulgent!
On a scale of 1-10, how unenthusiastic is my face here!?
Before we left the restaurant, we had the chance to try a traditional Mexican snack. Having eaten maggots and tarantulas in Asia, I thought why not? The grasshoppers were crunchy without much real
Traditional Mexican drinks
Most of these Mexican drinks were brand new to me. We got to try a selection served in mini cups made of hardened fruit
- Oaxaca hot chocolate – we all know hot chocolate but this was an especially sweet and indulgent variety also from the Mexican city of Oaxaca.
- Mezcal – the most famous Mexican spirit after tequila, this distilled drink is made from agave. I’m not a huge fan of sipping a straight spirit but it definitely wasn’t as potent as many others
Tapache– this fermented pineapple juice with sugarcane was delicious! A bit like kombucha.
- Tejete – made with cacao, cacao flower and mamey, this is essentially drinking chocolate.
- Agua de chilacayota – we finished our meal with a sweet pumpkin ‘water’ which had the texture of jelly. I liked it.
birria and dessert in the historic centre
We hopped in an Uber to the historic centre of Mexico City which was alive and busy even though it was 11pm on a Sunday.
The first dish we tried was a
We also tried
Finishing the night with some sightseeing
Before we caught our Ubers home, Lorenza took us for a quick guided walk through the Historic Centre of Mexico City. I’d yet to explore this area so it was the ideal final stop for me. How amazing is the Palacio de Bellas Artes all lit up at night?
We also headed inside Casa de los Azulejos, translating as the House of Tiles. From the outside, the thousands of pretty blue and yellow tiles reminded me of Portugal. Inside, the elaborate doorways and peacock paintings made me think of India. Apparently, the richest man in the city owns this building and has chosen to put a cheap food chain restaurant inside. Random but I guess he can do what he likes!
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Note: While I was hosted by Eat Like A Local, all opinions are my own.
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One thought on “Eat Like a Local, Mexico City: Tour Review”
Very interesting to learn more about local mexican food. Clearly not all hot, hot spicy food as I woukd have imagined. Love the dance hall and seeing older people enjoying life and out for the evening. Just not an English tradition sadly.