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Foodie destinations in Mexico + Vallarta Gourmet Fest 2011?

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Foodie destinations in Mexico + Vallarta Gourmet Fest 2011?

chloehk | May 25, 2011 05:38 PM

Hi there,

My sweetheart and I are traveling around the world this coming year, scouting places we might live in the future -- and making a trip of a lifetime out of it too.

I'm from California originally, so have eaten Mexican food unthinkingly for years. But am reading more and more that Mexican cuisine has as much complexity and variety as French or Chinese (we now live in Hong Kong).

We've both traveled briefly to Mexico before, but never with the express goal of eating!

We're definitely planning to visit Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta (perhaps during the 2011 Gourmet Fest in November).

Wondering if anyone can suggest...

Which of the Gourmet Fest events is not-to-be-missed?
http://www.festivalgourmet.com/progra...

The best part of town to stay in Vallarta if we were to rent a VRBO-type spot for two weeks?

Any advice on how to approach visiting Mexico City (so we don't get kidnapped, basically -- I've heard not to take a cab unless someone I know arranges it)?

Specific places in Oaxaca and Puebla that would be good food destinations?

Any great cooking schools?

(I have functional Spanish from being an exchange student in Costa Rica many years back, btw.)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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