Category: Mexico City
|January 18, 2017||Filed under Mexico, Mexico City||
The New York Times touted Mexico City as the #1 place to visit in 2016. Now I understand why. Comparisons to major world capitals cannot be helped because CDMX (“Ciudad de Mexico”) has it all – history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and wonderful people… lots of people (21+ million)!
Art Nouveau on the outside, Art Deco on the inside, the above-pictured Palacio des Bellas Artes opened in 1934, some 30 years after start of construction due to a hiatus during the Mexican Revolution. Today, it houses various exhibition spaces, concert halls, and murals by Mexican masters. (Local secret: the cafe at the Sears department store across the street grants you this superb vista!).
While I expected amazing street food and taquerias, I was delighted to discover the elevation of traditional recipes to gastronomic levels. For example, as a play on the common street vendors’ grilled corn, Chef Enrique Olvera’s signature dish at world-renowned Restaurante Pujol is staked baby corn with creamy coffee mayonnaise and ant powder, emerging from a smoking gourd. Other remarkable meals I had include Contramar (seafood among the trendy and beautiful), Azul Histórico (modern Mexican in a lovely courtyard in Centro), and El Huequito (a simple diner underneath some freeway with great tacos al pastor!).
Among the over 1,100 museums in Mexico City, the most famous and iconic has to be the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Anthropology Museum). Opened in 1964, the visually arresting complex is at once contemporary and timeless, featuring an immense concrete “umbrella” with a cascading waterfall underneath. Organized around a serene reflection pool of reeds and coi, the exhibition halls contain artifacts from all cultures of the pre-Columbian eras. Of particular note are the massive stone carvings in the Mayan and Aztec galleries. (more…)