Experience authentic Mexican food in a way that normally only the locals do
Mexican food is about so much more than just tacos – it’s a cuisine that has an immense depth of flavour, combining savoury, earthy and fresh flavours to create vibrant, colourful and most importantly delicious dishes. But to really get the full, off-the-beaten-path experience, visitors need to be shown the way by a local with a real passion for Mexican food.
You’ll try both savoury and sweet local specialties while exploring the ever-colourful Mexico City through the eyes of a local.
Mexican Food Tours takes intrepid foodies on walking food tours through Mexico City to sample the very best authentic Mexican food. You’ll try both savoury and sweet local specialties while exploring the ever-colourful Mexico City through the eyes of a local. And as it’s a walking tour, you won’t miss a thing on this unique journey through a city where you never know what foodie finds are just around the corner.
Set up by passionate local food fanatics Connie Estefan and Jimena Gil, Mexican Food Tours is all about guiding people through the wide variety of food on offer in Mexico City. They want to educate people about the intricacies of the local cuisine, such as traditional Mexican sauce mole. But not just one kind – you’ll sample three delicious and distinctly different types of mole: there’s the spicy red mole that packs a punch, the super-smooth, sweet black mole and the fruity mole, which can calm your mouth down after a dose of hot Mexican chilli. Each has a unique mouthfeel and you’ll be talked through the process involved in making this popular Mexican staple.
“The great gastronomic variety of Mexican food will pose a dilemma if you visit Mexico for only a few days.” says Connie. “To encompass all of the traditional Mexican specialties in one trip is a hard task. With Mexican Food Tours, this task is easier, since a Mexican food tour guided by a local food connoisseur will allow you to find the best and most representative culinary delights of Mexico in only a few hours. That’s probably the most special thing about Mexican Food Tours: that you get to try a lot of new dishes in a small amount of time.”
The goal of Mexican Food Tours is to let people experience Mexico City in a way that normally only the locals do. You’ll get to try the best cochinita pibil tacos in town at a famous taco stand that has been reviewed by none other than the New York Times. “It’s a real well-kept secret by the so-called chilangos (Mexico City’s citizens).” And the tours don’t slack on the sweets, either – a highlight of the Polanco tour is Mexican chocolate tasting accompanied by mezcal (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico). “Participants will have the chance to try chocolates from the famous Chef Jose Ramon Castillo, one of the top chefs in Mexico City.”Connie reveals.
Featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Mexico Food and Travel and many others, Mexican Food Tours is not short of international praise.
The two main Mexico City walking tours they offer are the Polanco Tour and Market Tour, and they’re both about enjoying great food while learning about the exciting and diverse cultural, historical and architectural wonders that Mexico has to offer, Connie explains: “A food tour with Mexican Food Tours is an experience you’ll never forget because it combines the best of two worlds: tasting delicious food while having a cultural walk. Our food tours are seriously fun and take place in very interesting neighbourhoods.”
Although both the Polanco Tour and Market Tour are in Mexico City, they’re distinctly different to one another. Polanco is a chic and cosmopolitan neighbourhood where you’ll pass swanky restaurants, upscale hotels and luxury apartment buildings all the while discovering the enticing gastronomical offerings that pop up in between. It’s a fantastic place to see the old and the new come together in a uniquely Mexican way. The architecture, the culture and of course the food.
The Market Tour, on the other hand, takes more of a grassroots approach. You’ll uncover the sights and smells of locally grown and sold produce in a traditional, bustling market setting. You’ll meet local producers and learn about their products. The passion that oozes from the producers is tangible, and you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for Mexican produce in its purest form.
Featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Mexico Food and Travel and many others, Mexican Food Tours is not short of international praise. But through and through they still remain true to their roots and their goal: to allow visitors to sample the real taste of authentic, local Mexico, which is vibrant, fresh and oh-so fun.
By Christina Wylie
For more information about Mexican Food Tours, visit www.mexicanfoodtours.com.