mexico city

Dinner with Kinfolk in Mexico City - L'Esprit De La Mer

A few months ago, I went to Mexico City to experience a global event hosted by Kinfolk Magazine. The theme was L'esprit De La Mer - a finely curated multiple course menu focused on seafood, as well as local cuisine. Kinfolk may look calm on paper but in Mexico City things are a bit spicier. 

Maria demonstrating how to drink mezcal properly. 

Maria demonstrating how to drink mezcal properly. 

This is Ana. A very talented photographer in Mexico City. She also did some of the organizing for this event, held at an incredible home in Roma Norte.

This is Ana. A very talented photographer in Mexico City. She also did some of the organizing for this event, held at an incredible home in Roma Norte.

Through the kitchen and up these stairs was where the party started.

Through the kitchen and up these stairs was where the party started.

This is Daniel, Ana's husband. A fantastic DJ for the night.

This is Daniel, Ana's husband. A fantastic DJ for the night.

Maria and me.

Maria and me.

A guest room on the roof.

A guest room on the roof.

The good folks from Mezcal Bruxo were kind enough to mix and muddle for us. The drinks even came with a couple How-To lessons. 

The good folks from Mezcal Bruxo were kind enough to mix and muddle for us. The drinks even came with a couple How-To lessons. 

We were taught some simple techniques in handling mezcal, and also got a demo from chef Diego on how to make salt froth instead of salting the rim of a margarita. The idea here is that the salt should be the second thing to hit your lips, not the first. This allows for the flavor of the mezcal to be savored, before the salt kills your ability to taste.

We were taught some simple techniques in handling mezcal, and also got a demo from chef Diego on how to make salt froth instead of salting the rim of a margarita. The idea here is that the salt should be the second thing to hit your lips, not the first. This allows for the flavor of the mezcal to be savored, before the salt kills your ability to taste.

The first one was passed around and shared by everyone- a rite of passage. 

The first one was passed around and shared by everyone- a rite of passage. 

Beautiful Blair on her rooftop.

Beautiful Blair on her rooftop.

Diego hard at work in the kitchen. 

Diego hard at work in the kitchen. 

Reading selection. 

Reading selection. 

We were put to work so that everyone had a part in creating the nights meal. I really loved this part, since especially as Westerners, we are so used to sitting down and being served without question. This infused the entire experience with so much more joy. Each of us observed, learned, worked, got to know each other, and somehow managed to get a few beers down in between slicing and dicing. 

We were put to work so that everyone had a part in creating the nights meal. I really loved this part, since especially as Westerners, we are so used to sitting down and being served without question. This infused the entire experience with so much more joy. Each of us observed, learned, worked, got to know each other, and somehow managed to get a few beers down in between slicing and dicing. 

A fresh bowl of nopal, softened and flavored with garlic grass salt we had just made. 

A fresh bowl of nopal, softened and flavored with garlic grass salt we had just made. 

Once the food was ready, chef Diego served us one by one as each course was revealed. 

Once the food was ready, chef Diego served us one by one as each course was revealed. 

This is Dante. A resident of Mexico City, he's a filmmaker and photographer, having worked on several films. One of them was Frida. I asked how locals thought of the representation and he said it was seen as  a great success. He also is passionate about fresh organic produce, and provided all of the nights greens and herbs from his own garden.   "It's not about dinner, it's about intervention of life!"  - Dante 

This is Dante. A resident of Mexico City, he's a filmmaker and photographer, having worked on several films. One of them was Frida. I asked how locals thought of the representation and he said it was seen as  a great success. He also is passionate about fresh organic produce, and provided all of the nights greens and herbs from his own garden.

"It's not about dinner, it's about intervention of life!" - Dante 

As the night went on, the music got louder, the bottles emptied, and the cheer became tangible. An elegant meal transformed quickly into a dance party. 

As the night went on, the music got louder, the bottles emptied, and the cheer became tangible. An elegant meal transformed quickly into a dance party. 

The evening started beautifully on the rooftop of a glorious home with incredible people, and ended just as good with the same great folks- if not a bit blurry.

The evening started beautifully on the rooftop of a glorious home with incredible people, and ended just as good with the same great folks- if not a bit blurry.


! OMG MEXICO CITY !

A few weeks ago I ventured to Mexico City for a fancypants dinner with Kinfolk (to be posted soon) and some personal perusing. I'd never been to Mexico City, and there were a few things I'd wanted to do around there since I was little. I've had a deep desire to visit Teotihuacan since stumbling upon the world of Mesoamerican History when I was 15. I've also wanted to visit Frida Kahlo's house for a long time too. I got to do both of these things, along with a lot of spontaneous adventuring through different boroughs of the city, which is gigantic. 

I was so taken with all the color, and found myself hunting for as much as I could find. It wasn't the most impossible task in a place like Mexico City.

Meet Alex! Musician and professional interpreter. The man speaks English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and dabbles in several other languages. Also a history buff with an expansive knowledge of Mexico City. Incredible AirBnB host as well as human being. 

Meet Alex! Musician and professional interpreter. The man speaks English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and dabbles in several other languages. Also a history buff with an expansive knowledge of Mexico City. Incredible AirBnB host as well as human being. 

Alex and I had decided (after seeing the tattoo on my arm of Quetzalcoatl) a few days prior that we would take a trip to Teotihuacan, the sacred grounds once inhabited by the Aztecs, and birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent. The bus ride was about an hour long; the perfect nap.  This was one of the craziest days I had in Mexico. A woman nearly died while climbing a pyramid, but was revived with the help of others. I was a bit in shock over it for a while afterwards. Nothing will jumpstart your fight or flight mechanisms like the possibility of death! I was also given small stones by a man trying to sell trinkets. "Do you believe in energy?" he asked in Spanish. "Yes," Alex said. He then gave us both some tiny stones and whispered over our hands in Nahutatl.   The disappearance of the Aztecs is still a mystery, but I noticed a lot of fire ants in the ground and thought, "they make pyramids, protect the land, and blend in. Nice try, guys."

Alex and I had decided (after seeing the tattoo on my arm of Quetzalcoatl) a few days prior that we would take a trip to Teotihuacan, the sacred grounds once inhabited by the Aztecs, and birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent. The bus ride was about an hour long; the perfect nap.

This was one of the craziest days I had in Mexico. A woman nearly died while climbing a pyramid, but was revived with the help of others. I was a bit in shock over it for a while afterwards. Nothing will jumpstart your fight or flight mechanisms like the possibility of death! I was also given small stones by a man trying to sell trinkets. "Do you believe in energy?" he asked in Spanish. "Yes," Alex said. He then gave us both some tiny stones and whispered over our hands in Nahutatl. 

The disappearance of the Aztecs is still a mystery, but I noticed a lot of fire ants in the ground and thought, "they make pyramids, protect the land, and blend in. Nice try, guys."

The Temple of the Moon.

The Temple of the Moon.

This is Maria, my match made on instagram. This doll reached out to me and we spent a day downtown visiting the Picasso exhibit, and she took me to one of her favorite places to eat. Back home I don't eat a ton of meat, and won't do much cheese or bread at all unless it's gonna be super memorable. I thought this would definitely fall under that category. And hey, it totally did! This was taken outside of a beautifully tiled building downtown, not an uncommon feature.

This is Maria, my match made on instagram. This doll reached out to me and we spent a day downtown visiting the Picasso exhibit, and she took me to one of her favorite places to eat. Back home I don't eat a ton of meat, and won't do much cheese or bread at all unless it's gonna be super memorable. I thought this would definitely fall under that category. And hey, it totally did! This was taken outside of a beautifully tiled building downtown, not an uncommon feature.

Coyoacan is an especially lovely old-town part of Mexico City, and is also where Frida Kahlo grew up. Her house as well as Leon Trotsky's is there, preserved as museums. This district is particularly colorful.

Coyoacan is an especially lovely old-town part of Mexico City, and is also where Frida Kahlo grew up. Her house as well as Leon Trotsky's is there, preserved as museums. This district is particularly colorful.

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Trotsky's super uncozy house. 

Trotsky's super uncozy house. 

At La Casa Azul. 

At La Casa Azul. 

A small collection of some of Frida Kahlo's clothes and jewelry. The woman had incredible style.

A small collection of some of Frida Kahlo's clothes and jewelry. The woman had incredible style.

Frida's journal.

Frida's journal.

Best interpretation.

Best interpretation.

There's no shortage of iconography all throughout Mexico City.

There's no shortage of iconography all throughout Mexico City.

Figs, ricotta, pecans and local honey.

Figs, ricotta, pecans and local honey.

So much bri. 

So much bri. 

At Las Tapas in the El Mercado en San Juan, downtown. If you're into cured meats, incredible cheese and red wine this is not to be missed. 

At Las Tapas in the El Mercado en San Juan, downtown. If you're into cured meats, incredible cheese and red wine this is not to be missed. 

Mole!

Mole!

I read an article on the flight over about the magic of honey and how if you truly want to experience the flavor of a place, you must seek the bees. It makes a lot of sense when I think about it. Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil, and it's made from both the flora and fauna of the region. I ended up buying some from this vendor and have been limiting my intake. For most things I'll still use my other honey. This stuff is precious.

I read an article on the flight over about the magic of honey and how if you truly want to experience the flavor of a place, you must seek the bees. It makes a lot of sense when I think about it. Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil, and it's made from both the flora and fauna of the region. I ended up buying some from this vendor and have been limiting my intake. For most things I'll still use my other honey. This stuff is precious.

This reminded me of the meal from Hook. 

This reminded me of the meal from Hook. 

I had spoken to some locals about the landscape of business in Mexico City. It was clear that though gender issues still left a mark on their society ("machismo is a big thing here," I heard), women had a large upper hand in the businesses. Many restaurants and stores were owned and operated by women, some on their own, others with employees.

I had spoken to some locals about the landscape of business in Mexico City. It was clear that though gender issues still left a mark on their society ("machismo is a big thing here," I heard), women had a large upper hand in the businesses. Many restaurants and stores were owned and operated by women, some on their own, others with employees.

There were endless rows of used book vendors, as well as bookstores lining several streets. 

There were endless rows of used book vendors, as well as bookstores lining several streets. 

In any convenience stall you can get singles. Watch out though, because lungs and babies both hate these things.

In any convenience stall you can get singles. Watch out though, because lungs and babies both hate these things.

A lot of people were concerned by the fact that I was traveling to Mexico City by myself. I can definitely suggest it as a place to check out if you're looking to get out and see something new. It's not the easiest place if you don't speak Spanish, so if you're lacking then brush up beforehand! However, the people of Mexico City are very friendly and accommodating. It's just like any other city. Don't go to drug dens, try to not look like a target at night, and be friendly. I saw a lot more flowers than guns, just sayin. 

A lot of people were concerned by the fact that I was traveling to Mexico City by myself. I can definitely suggest it as a place to check out if you're looking to get out and see something new. It's not the easiest place if you don't speak Spanish, so if you're lacking then brush up beforehand! However, the people of Mexico City are very friendly and accommodating. It's just like any other city. Don't go to drug dens, try to not look like a target at night, and be friendly. I saw a lot more flowers than guns, just sayin. 

If I had to use one word to describe Mexico City...

If I had to use one word to describe Mexico City...