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Ruth in Condechi

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  1. Oh and by the way, The Splendid Table came to Mexico City http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/listi...shows09_02.html and had me as their tour guide, we did have a great time, and interviewed Ms. Kennedy as well at home in Michoacan! Listen to D.K. at home where we were served home grown coffee and tamales.
  2. Since my name was mentioned above, here's the skinny (I sent this as a response to a private inquiry on the book): Diana Kennedy's book "Oaxaca" was presented on April 1 in Monterrey, see http://agencia.cuartoscuro.com/agencia/sea...63d907b646ebdcf for photos. Weighing in at a mere 3 KILOS the book is, for me, a definitive study of 11 regions of Oaxaca. As I understand the book is selling in Monterrey for $1100 Pesos ( at today's exchange rate about $84 USD), there are ONLY 3,000 copies and I know it is selling fast and furious. It is only available in Spanish and this edition may never be available as it is. Many of the photographs are by Diana and the layout is lush and colorful! So if you really want one.... I have my own copy and can get my hands on about another 4 copies. The main cost, after that of the book, is the shipping. Am trying to work something out now with a friend who is going to the states. Let me know if this interests you and we can try and make it happen. Remember, only 3,000 copies, and its selling and being shipped to D.K. devotees all over the world. And as posts like the ones above make it clear there were a LIMITED number that were sold at way BELOW the actual cost of the book. Consider yourselves blessed and hold on to those copies, they've already appreciated in value and will only continue to do so, especially if there is NO other printing!
  3. Well in Condesa, if you like seafood, Contramar on Calle Durango, almost at Plaza Cibeles, is very good. Tuna tostadas, Pescado a la Talla with both the green and red sauces is a must. Of course you have to arrive before 2 PM to avoid waiting and they don't serve after 6 PM. No reservations. Pujol or Biko for very sophisticated food, well done cuisine. Pujol for me is the Aguachile de Garra de Leon, Cactus Salad, and the Avocado Ravioli with shrimp for appetizers. For the entree any of the seafood in particular the Lenguado with what could be termed a Veracruzana sauce. For a meat dish The Mole de Olla or the Carnitas de Lechon, either. Biko is changes its menu on a weekly basis so go to http://biko.com.mx/ and take a look. For great Mole before you get to Puebla try Casa Merlos. Have to run.... Recommend Nicolas Gilman's "Good Food in Mexico City" book if you can get it.
  4. About the only thing correct about the Gourmet Sleuth entry for nacatamales was the spelling! Don't follow this recipe, my Nicaraguan ancestors would turn in their graves! Had to post, even though thread is years old. Nicaragua and nacatamales deserve better, and when my flu is gone I'll do a recipe. These tamales are a family affair and for festive occasions, normally served on weekends. And yes part of the recipe should include 'have at least 2 to 3 days to prepare and do invite the family to help', at least 2 other adult aficionados of the latin kitchen.
  5. Ricardo Munoz Zuritas much in demand book Diccionario Enciclopedico De Gastronomia Mexicana is scheduled for a new printing summer of 2009 by Larousse Mexico publishers. This is welcome news, especially since he has added at least another 200 pages to this best seller. Can't wait!!!!
  6. Hi Doc, will you be there this year? Any tips on lodgings?
  7. I'd like to make my reservation please, everything looked sooooooo gooooood!
  8. Aguila y Sol sighting! An article on tamales in September issue of Sabor magazine has a small footnote, after discussing the fab tamales that A&S does as side dishes, hinting of negotiations with the St. Regis ( not yet completed) as the next site for this Martha Ortiz led restaurant.
  9. Jacket and tie? Where? Having a meal with business associates, por supesto, jacket and tie. With family, nope! Enjoy. You might take a look at www.ruthincondechi.blogspot.com and or www.mexicosoulandessence.com
  10. Skip El Meson, big hype, big prices, not enough on substance or flavor. Casino Espanol is not a "luxe" space, it is a point of reunion for old spanish families who want good food at great prices. Casual, sometime loud, but never stuffy. I don't think they do reservations and since their hours are from 1PM to 6 PM make sure you follow the mexican "comida" times starting at 1PM. The restaurant is on the second floor of an incredible space that IS in the Centro Historico ( Museo de la Estanquilla is on the corner) , founded by spanish merchants in 1912. Try the Lechon Asado ( approximate $12 USD), individual Paella ( ditto price) and an enormous plate of duck known as Purple Rain Pato! Take my word for it, Casino espanol has it all, including a wine menu with affordable great wines.
  11. Since I live in Condesa feel free to e-mail me via egullet mail.
  12. The Vascos of Mexico City are a force to be reckoned with! circulo vasco español Especialidad: Española - Espanola Telefono: 5518-2908 Direccion: 16 deseptiembre 51 Distrito Federal,Cuauhtemoc Horario: lun-dom 09-20hrs Casino Español Especialidad: Española - Espanola Telefono: 55 21 88 94 Direccion: Isabel la Católica 29 Distrito Federal,Cuauhtemoc Referencia: entre 16 de Septiembre y Madero. Horario: Lun. a Dom. 13:00 a 18:00 hrs. Costa Dorada Especialidad: Española - Catalana Telefono: 55 31 12 77 Direccion: Ejército Nacional 648 Distrito Federal,Miguel Hidalgo Referencia: entre Alejandro Dumas y Musset. Horario: Lun. a Sab. de 13:00 a 23:00 hrs. Biko Especialidad: Española - Fusión Telefono: 52 82 07 22 / 5282 2064 Direccion: Presidente Masaryk 407 Distrito Federal,Miguel Hidalgo Referencia: entre Calderon de la Barca y Lafontaine Horario: Lun. a Sab. de 13:30 a 23:00 hrs. Casa Bell Especialidad: Española - Fusión Telefono: 52810209 Direccion: masaryk 410 Distrito Federal,Miguel Hidalgo Referencia: esq calderon de labarca Horario: Lun. a Dom. de 13:00 a 18:00 hrs. Biko Especialidad: Española - Fusión Telefono: 52 82 07 22 / 5282 2064 Direccion: Presidente Masaryk 407 Distrito Federal,Miguel Hidalgo Referencia: entre Calderon de la Barca y Lafontaine Horario: Lun. a Sab. de 13:30 a 23:00 hrs. Entremar Especialidad: Internacional - Pescados y Mariscos Telefono: 55 31 20 31 Direccion: Hegel 307 Loc. B Distrito Federal,Miguel Hidalgo Referencia: esq. Horacio. Horario: Lun. a Dom. de 13:00 a 18:00 hrs. Puntarena Especialidad: Internacional - Pescados y Mariscos Telefono: 55 20 17 23 /55 20 17 35 Direccion: Paseo de las Palmas 275 Loc. B y C Distrito Federal,Miguel Hidalgo Referencia: dentro de la Torre Optima 2. Horario: Lun. a Sab. de 13:30 a 22:00 hrs. Internet disruptions in Colonia Condesa - need to post now -- or will lose all info AGAIN>
  13. For cafe Azul y Oro: The location of the original Café Azul y Oro is: Centro Cultural Universtario Circuito Exterior sin/nombre Tel. (55) 5622-7135 Sunday through Tuesday 10:00am – 6:00pm Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am – 8:00 pm They will be opening only on weekends in July and August, call for exact dates. Pujol does not have the same menu as la Purificadora, try the tasting menu if you can only go once, good selection of wines. Izote is better in the afternoons then in the evening, in my opinion. Few things I forgot to mention!
  14. Your dilemma is down by one. Aguila y Sol is closed. Since February local wags have been trying to find out what really happened, "clausurado" - not enough parking spaces, executive chef leaves, mounting debts from million dollar move? No one is talking! So if yo are looking for Alta Cocina Mexicana, Pujol and Izote is the list. They are also opened evenings, which is not the case for all restaurants. Two that only open for comida ( comida/main meal for majority, between 2 and 4 PM -- suggest you arrive at 1:30-2 PM or be prepared for a long wait)) are: Equally famous cuisine, El Bajio for their Veracruzan influenced menu. Four locations now, Polanco is a 2 story artesian filled location, 222 Reforma is in a modern commercial center on ground level centrally located to everything, Parque Delta is on Ave.Cuauhtemoc - another commercial center, and of course the original in Azcapotzalco Ave. Cuitlahuac 709 Colonia Obrero Popular, and the web site in English http://www.carnitaselbajio.com.mx/ingles/Default.htm. Also big is Gabriella Camara's Contramar on Durango 200, just steps away from Plaza Cibeles in Col. Roma Norte ( 011-52-55/5514-3169) try the tuna tostadas, soft shell crab sauteed served with flour tortillas and salsa, and the Pescado a la Talla get it red and green. Most people pass on going to the South and CU (Cuidad Universitaria/UNAM) but for architecture and the murals of Siqueros, Orzco, O'Gorman , Rivera and for Ricardo Munoz Zuritas (author of Diccionario Enciclopedico De Gastronomia Mexicana) place called cafe Azul y Oro, it really should not be missed. Ricardo has been tireless in his promoting organic/sustainable farming and his salads are incredible. But don't pass on this season's Oaxacan Menu, apart from his regular menu. Located in the Centro Cultural, on the second floor above the bookstore (near Sala Nezahualcóyotl). These are my top 5, not to be missed, and hopefully you can get to them depending on your time frame. You have to remember though that there are more famous restaurants here in the D.F. then anywhere else so if you like reading (spanish only but easy to navigate) try this site http://www.restaurantesdemexico.com.mx/res...omida=14&Zona=1 I selected the Centro Historico and got 74 results among them El Cardenal, Cafe Tacuba, Hosteria Santo Domingo, etc. but change the zone (Seleccionar Zona) and choose Condesa, Polanco, Zona Rosa/Roma, Coyoacan, san Angel. Come with an appetite and enjoy.
  15. But of course, replicate was a poor use of the word. As with any food product, that is a regional specialty, you can't replicate you can only make/use a substitute. That is why so many people who come here to Mexico find it difficult to "replicate" the flavors of this marvelous country. The same can be said of any ethnic cuisine. First choice would be to try and get the real thing. But when you can't....
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