We arrived at our hotel late at night and I was pleasantly surprised the next morning when I stepped outside to discover several vendors already up and running. Of course, I headed straight for the tacos....
|Breakfast - chicharron and rice|
|Raspados vendor in the main square of Coyoacan|
|Chili-lime grasshoppers (chapulines)|
|Mango-chili, strawberry-cream and lime paletas|
|Tacos to Canasta (streamed in a basket)|
|Street vendors for miles....|
|Hockey in Mexico...who would have thought that this would be the reason I'd end up here!|
A few days into the trip, I was able to convince the team to join me at one of the taco stands outside of the hotel. I briefed them on basic language and taco cart etiquette (order, eat, then pay). Everyone did great and it was fun to introduce my new friends to a world that I am so passionate about. Meanwhile at the cart, I also had an amazing pork and cactus guisado (stew). Comfort food at it's finest.
Our next full day off was spent exploring downtown area. I took a small group to the Zocalo where we visited the beautiful National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. We wandered the streets of the Centro Hisotrico and I found my way to El Huequito, an al pastor stand that was one of the must-do places on my street food list. The small pork tacos did not disappoint and it was coicidentally loated next to a liquor store. Hello Mezcal!
|Inside the Palacio Nacional|
|One of the many Diego Rivera mural inside the Palacio|
|Flor de calabaza (squash blossoms) and huitalacoche (corn fungus)|
|Panela, a soft unpasturized cheese. This one was made with the Mexican herb "epazote" and jalapenos.|
|Can't go the the market without getting a giant piece of chicharron!|
|The biggest trompo I have ever seen!|
|Our friendly taquero and his suadero cooking away|
|Longaniza (sausage) and sesos (brain)|
|Pyramid of the Sun - Teotihuacan|
|Queso Fundido - simply...melted cheese|
|The darkness of a mole negro|
|National Anthem. Proud team.|
|Our awesome team. Random girls from all over Ontario. Lovingly nicknamed "Plan B"|