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Price Check: a Mexico City Shopping List

Price Check: a Mexico City Shopping List

Mexico City is super affordable and some things are dirt cheap, making it a brilliant budget destination and a great place to settle in for a while. Cervezas (beers), for example, cost around $1, the same price they cost when we first visited 17 years...
Huevos Revueltos con Chorizo Recipe

Huevos Revueltos con Chorizo Recipe

About fifteen years ago, on my second trip to Mexico, I arrived from San Francisco to meet Lara who was already in Mexico City. The next morning, bleary eyed, we headed off to a small cafe near our cheap hotel that served brilliant breakfast eggs....
Mexico Take-Homes: Mexican Folk Art and Handicrafts

Mexico Take-Homes: Mexican Folk Art and Handicrafts

Calaveras, alebrijes, muñecas… what’s on your shopping list? Mine always includes Mexican folk art and handicrafts when I’m here. If my story on Mexico City’s Museum of Popular Art inspired you to shop Mexico, then here’s a list of some of my favourite things to buy...
Mexico City’s Marvelous Museum of Popular Art

Mexico City’s Marvelous Museum of Popular Art

Those kooky skeletons, colourful tapestries and crazy masks you see at the markets in Mexico all have stories. The Museum of the Popular Art in Mexico City is the place to learn about them. Mexico’s arts and crafts are so much more than souvenirs for you...
Mexico Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

Mexico Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

I’m obsessed with stationery. I seek it out and buy it wherever I go. Take a look at my purchases so far this year from New York, Tokyo, Venice, and Paris. Why? It’s a light souvenir (not as heavy as books for instance) and it’s practical. Yes,...
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City

Frida Kahlo with a monkey on one shoulder, a black cat on the other, and lush jungle-like vegetation in the background. It was that painting by the artist that first captivated me and motivated me to travel to Mexico. Yes, it was a painting that...
Mixing with the Mariachis on Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City

Mixing with the Mariachis on Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City

“Whatever you do, don’t go to Plaza Garibaldi, you’ll be robbed!” is the stock answer you’ll get if you mention a desire to visit the square, the home of mariachi music in the capital. But for us, a night on Plaza Garibaldi is a must and...
Local Knowledge: Fernando from Mexico City

Local Knowledge: Fernando from Mexico City

It was on the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City, that we met Fernando Revilla on our first trip to Mexico City (gulp) some years ago. We’d been watching, and Terence was photographing, a riotous demonstration by university students on the square. Terence had been getting...
Just Another Day on the Zócalo, Mexico City

Just Another Day on the Zócalo, Mexico City

The Zócalo is in many ways the true pulsating heart of Mexico City. Established on what was the Nahua city of Tenochtitlan, it’s been the modern city’s main square since 1813 when it became the Plaza de la Constitución, although it’s more commonly known as...
Our Home Away from Home in Mexico City

Our Home Away from Home in Mexico City

The smell of freshly cooked corn tortillas mingled with traffic fumes, the sounds of organ grinders and street criers, and the myriad sights out our window, from indigenous women in bold-striped skirts selling handmade dolls to limbless beggars in tattered clothes looking for handouts… These...