The food of Mexico City

Tying in with Sunday’s column about some of the food eaten in my Mexico City vacation, here are a few representative photos.

Below is my first meal in Mexico City: a tlacoyo, cooked on a grill at an open-air bazaar, or tianguis.

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Below are al pastor (marinated pork) tacos with thin slices of pineapple. Mmmm.

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This is the quesadilla, very different from the flat, cheesy American ones, that I got from a streetcorner stand.

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Elote (or corn on the cob) with mayo, chili powder and grated cheese, eaten in Parque Mexico, a lovely park that dates to the 1920s.

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Maguey worms, a quarter-inch long and cooked in onions and cilantro, were surprisingly tasty. A little guacamole smeared on a tortilla, some worms and you’ve got yourself a taco you probably won’t find at Taco Bell.

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Here’s the root beer float I got at a ’50s-style diner. Mmmm, foamy.

At bottom, an order of empanadas, an Argentinian dish, hit the spot one afternoon at an open-air cafe as I read from Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” on my e-reader.

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  • Ramona

    Maguey worms? I should introduce you to an Australian acquaintance of mine who has been known to indulge in eating Australian Witchetty grubs.

    These are the larva of a large moth and are eaten either live and raw – tastes like almonds – or fresh off the barbie when they taste like – you guessed it – chicken.

    Google for more info if you care to.

    I admire your adventurous spirit.

    [Grubs as grub? — DA]

  • Doug Evans

    Love these columns (all of them, but the Mexico ones in particular), love the photos, and especially love the reading-log tease at the end. I’ll be curious to hear your impression of reading an e-book. Turn of the Screw is one of those classics I’ve always thought I should read but never have… in fact, I have the paperback, and I’ve taken it down from the shelf in response to your photo. Maybe this will be the month that I cross that one off the list!

    [March’s Reading Log should be up Tuesday. — DA]