Hot Tamales!

Whether you’re a serious foodie or just love Mexican cooking, here’s a culinary adventure you won’t want to miss. In a country where the food is so varied that it can claim 50 different regional cuisines, it’s no surprise that guided tours have cropped up featuring Mexican nosh. Mexico: Soul and Essence is one. Led by Ruth Alegría – founder of the Princeton Cooking School and former owner of the New York Times-recognized Mexican Village Restaurants – the “non-tour” tour explores Mexico City’s restaurants, markets, specialty shops and street food hangouts, offering a glimpse of the capital that few but native dwellers get to see or taste. As one TripAdvisor review raved: “Ruth was able to get us into some of the most sought after restaurants and we were able to get a glimpse into some of the working kitchens…. We toured the markets and had some amazing street food including the best tamales.” There are other tours as well: the vanilla route in Veracruz, the Cacao-chocolate route in Oaxaca and coffee plantations in Coatepec and Teocelo – and any made-to-order culinary adventures you can think up.

You can track down Mexico: Soul and Essence here. Unfortunately, there’s no video highlighting the tour, but here’s a taster (no pun intended) on Mexico City’s street food:

Hasta la próxima!

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