From El Universal Online
A wonderful old documentary on a day in Mexico City.
I sometimes fantasize about the Perfect Restaurant. The one you can go to at any time of the day, find something you really want to eat, and enjoy it in a pleasant indoor or outdoor atmosphere.
Like many people, I go to a variety of restaurants, and have favorite dishes at each place. One of the reasons is that no single restaurant covers a wide enough range of dishes to keep me interested, and even fewer have more than a handful of dishes that are really, really good.
But Sobrinos, in Colonia Roma, Mexico City, may be the Perfect Restaurant.
I’ve been going to Sobrinos since 2009, when I had Thanksgiving dinner there. Grilled octopus with black beans wasn’t a terribly traditional Thanksgiving meal, but it was absolutely delicious, and I’m Canadian, so it didn’t feel like a betrayal.
I’ve been back several times since, and have been delighted every time by the comfortable room, the nice outdoor patio, and the friendly service.
The menu is widely varied, and daily specials add to the variety. At any time, I can have any one of sevaral meat dishes, seafood specialties, or just quick snacks. A particular favorite for a light meal is the duck confit Torta Ahogada… the traditional (well, except for the duck part) Guadalajara “drowned sandwich” served on a crispy baguette and smothered in spicy red sauce.
Breakfast is a meal that usually requires specialization, but Sobrinos handles it with their usual skill and professionalism. On my most recent visit, I stopped for their “hotcakes” several times… They even put figs on my pancakes!
Sobrinos is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight, and will take care of you, no matter what your mood may be at any hour.
Address: Av Álvaro Obregón 110, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Phone: +52 55 5264 7466
A fun series of photos taken on the Mexico City subway system… from not-quite-right celebrity sightings to a clock that shows 34 hours.
From the website eslamoda.com.
Here’s the link: http://eslamoda.com/curiosidades-metro-ciudad-de-mexico
Remarkable footage of the national monument in Mexico City during the recent 7.2 earthquake.
Here’s the El Univesal link: http://www.eluniversaltv.com.mx/videos/v_6ebf4c555d6a4b3ab8401c84f0ebb072.html
I recently saw an article in which Tacomiendo’s potato taco was ranked near the top of all tacos in the United States. Located in a dreary West Los Angeles (not a notorious hot-bed of Mexican food!) strip shopping center, located between a dry-cleaner and a car repair shop, I had my doubts. In fact, I condescendingly assumed the writer had never had a potato taco before, and once he (or she) experienced the magical combination of mashed potatoes and crispy fried tortillas, declared it to be the best in the country. Today I tried it for myself, and haven’t changed my mind about the reviewer’s experience level. Don’t get me wrong – it was a perfectly presented, extremely tasty potato taco, and I will certainly order it again, but it’s not noteworthy on a national level.
What I found more interesting was an item called a Chancla. While I stood in line, I looked it up on the internet, and learned that it seems to come from the Puebla region south of Mexico City, and that it is widely subject to interpretation. A chancla is a flip-flop sandal, and what I received did resemble footwear in way. It was beautifully fried masa stuffed with black bean paste, sort of a larger version of a Salvadoran pupusa. It was covered with a spicy red salsa, and topped with carne asada, cilantro and crumbled cheese.
It was sort of a pizza experience, but very, very Mexican… and very, very tasty.
Here’s the address: 11462 W Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 481-0804
Photos by Pablo Lopez Luz for the Daily Mail, showing the remarkable population density of the huge city.
Here’s the link to the piece in Noiselab: http://noiselab.com/blog/otros/fotos-aereas-de-la-ciudad-de-mexico/