Lunch at Karisma – Apr 2, 2015

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This photo is from YuppieTraveller. Originally posted here)

We played tourist our first few days in D.F. since it was the Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter) and there weren’t many people around. What we discovered is that there weren’t many locals around, but the touristy places were rife with people from all over the country. At any rate, we decided to fuel up with some tortilla soup before heading to the Chapultepec Castle. My husband said he’d tried Karisma’s tortilla soup and loved it, so off we went. I’ve had and made tortilla soup many times and I know that there are many slight variations on how it can be prepared, so not every version can be your favourite. Sadly, this version was not for me, although my husband still loved it. What I didn’t like is that there was way too much mozzarella cheese. Some variations don’t use any mozzarella, so it’s not a cornerstone of this traditional dish and I prefer it sans this heavy cheese. The bowl was mostly mozza, in a huge congealed ball…so while I imagine there are many people who’d like – or even love – that, for me it was unappealing. Another thing that didn’t sit well with me – although this one was my own fault – were the guajillo chiles. They were included in the soup whole. I’ve never seen that before; they’re usually sliced. And I usually eat the small slices in my tortilla soup, so I didn’t question whether or not I should eat the 2 whole chiles in my bowl, I just ate them. At this point you might be thinking that my mouth was on fire, but no, the guajillo chile is not spicy. It has a distinct and delicious flavour, but you shouldn’t eat large quantities of it at a time. When I ate them, it was fine…but due to all the cheese and chiles, I spent a horrible night with stomach pains, gurgling, indigestion, and general unrest. If you can tolerate lots of cheese, then I’d recommend the soup, but don’t eat the whole chiles!

Ratings (on a scale of 1-5):
Food taste: 3
Food portion size: 5
Food health: 2.5
Service: 3.5
Value: 3.5
Décor: 3.5 (we ate on the patio)
Ambiance: 3.5
Music: n/a (if there was music playing, I don’t remember it)

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Breakfast at Sanborns – Apr 2, 2015

We landed in Mexico City late at night on April 1, and had brunch plans with the fams early the next morning. We chose family-friendly Sanborns for the kids’ menu. What I happily discovered is that they also have a “ligero & saludable” menu (light and healthy). So I ordered the light chilaquiles. They are corn tortilla triangles cooked with salsa (either red or green – I definitely prefer the green), topped with cheese and sometimes cream. What I enjoyed about the light dish is that the size was more reasonable, and there’s only a light sprinkling of cheese and cream. It had the great flavour without leaving me overstuffed and bloated. I’d highly recommend this dish. We really like Sanborns for its value & convenience (there are many locations & it feels as though you’re never more than a few blocks from one). And the classical music playing softly in the background is a nice touch. I’m looking forward to many more Sanborns meals!

Ratings (on a scale of 1-5):
Food taste: 4
Food portion size: 5
Food health: 3
Service: 3.5
Value: 4.5
Décor: 3
Ambiance: 3
Music: 4.5

Bellopuerto, dinner. Mar 5, 2015

Disclaimer: If the details are a bit fuzzy, please forgive me. We ate at Bellopuerto more than a month ago, and at that time I had no intention of writing about the meal.

A month before our move to Mexico City we took a short trip here to look for an apartment. We found one we loved, but due to some shady contract negotiations from the owner, it didn’t work out (and we’re still living in a hotel now, while waiting on a new apartment). But that’s a story for another day. This is where I want to talk about the wonderful (and sometimes less than wonderful) restaurants we’ve been frequenting. We only ate one meal outside of our hotel during that trip, at Bellopuerto in the neighbourhood of Polanco. The hotel concierge recommended it to us, and he clearly knew what he was talking about. They started us off with some tostadas (baked or fried corn tortillas) and various salsas. This is very common for the restaurant to bring tostadas or totopos (homemade corn tortilla chips) while you wait for your meal. It’s one of the customs I wish Canadian restaurants would adopt! We tried all 3 sauces, which got progressively spicier the greener they were. I only tried 2 drops of the hottest sauce and my mouth was feeling hot until the meal arrived. I had the pulpo chamuscado (scorched or blackened octopus). This wasn’t a big stretch for me, as I grew up eating octopus. In fact, one of the last meals I cooked in Canada was my mom’s octopus recipe, which turned out great, but just a bit overcooked. The octopus at Bellopuerto was cooked, I’m happy to say. It was grilled to perfection and full of flavour. It was served with a side of rice and potatoes (for the starch lover who can’t make up their mind). It was a large portion, but I made sure to have every last bite of the octopus. As for atmosphere, it was a very windy night so we ate inside the restaurant. It was dimly lit, as I’ve noticed most restaurants are, which was fine. My only complaint was that the in-house DJ was not playing very good music, but he was playing it loudly!

Ratings (on a scale of 1-5):
Food taste: 4.5
Food portion size: 5
Food health: 4.5
Service: 4.5
Value: 3.5
Décor: 3.5
Ambiance: 3
Music: 2

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Welcome to my Mexcelente Journey!

My husband and I recently moved to Mexico for his work. I tagged along and I’m currently not able to work here, so I’m trying to figure out ways to fill my time. Since we’ve been living in a hotel for 2 weeks now, we’ve been eating 3 meals a day out at restaurants. And we’ve had some incredible food, which led to the idea of writing about the various restaurants and delicious meals. So I hope you’ll join me on my appetizing adventures!