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Thanksgiving in Mexico - Eating well in Mexico City, San Miguel and Queretaro

rrems | Dec 11, 201901:24 PM     2

My husband Stanley and I spent 9 days in Mexico, staying with our friends Danny and Patricia, and had many wonderful meals. I will submit several posts here.
Part 1 - Mexico City

We began with Saturday lunch at Villa Maria, which we have been to twice before. Again, the food was excellent, the service and atmosphere lovely. We shared a number of dishes including roasted bone marrow, two kinds of seared tuna tacos, guacamole, shrimp and octopus in garlic sauce, tongue in green sauce and a wonderful tres leches cake. The massive Margaritas were very tasty, but as in the past, contained relatively little alcohol (not a problem as we would have been unable to move afterward if they’d been more potent).


Dinner was at Hacienda de los Morales. My sister had been there over 40 years ago, and loved it. We were curious to see how it has held up. Well, apparently it has gotten a lot bigger and there were a couple of weddings going on.

It’s a formal place, with a small orchestra playing during dinner. The menu is extensive, and includes both Mexican and other cuisines. We started with lobster tacos, and my appetizer was a sea bass ceviche. My main course was a whole pompano baked in a salt crust, which was absolutely delicious. I love this preparation because the salt seals in the moisture so the fish is tender and does not lose any flavor in cooking. For dessert we shared a souffle, a mixture of chocolate and vanilla with sauces to match. The souffle could have been fluffier, but all in all, it was a lovely experience.

On Sunday, we had lunch at San Angel Inn, a former Carmelite monastery, where we had been on our 2013 visit, with Danny's mother and sister. They make a great Margarita, so Stanley and I each had one. I had an appetizer of crepes filled with huitlacoche, topped with melted cheese and a light tomato sauce, then calf brains in green tomato sauce for my main course. Both were scrumptious. For dessert, Stanley and I shared chocolate layer cake, also very good.


After all these substantial meals, we wanted something simple for Sunday dinner, and since restaurants close early, with the exception of taquerias, we went to Los Panchos. This is a simple, brightly lit place with very tasty food. We had tacos of carnitas mixed with chicharrones, and some queso fundido. Great Margaritas (I had tangerine).


More posts coming soon. More information, including sightseeing and photos, is on my blog:


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