We begin our afternoon together grazing at a weekly open-air market. You’ll try fresh produce that, for the most part, is still grown using sustainable agricultural practices and enjoy a variety of traditional corn-based antojitos topped with/containing various plant-foods indigenous to Mexico. You’ll be surprised how many choices there are!
After building up a little bit of produce-knowledge and whetting our appetites, we’ll take a short walk to Pasillo de Humo, one of Mexico City’s most-loved restaurants, where Chef Alam Méndez Florian has created a special plant-food lover’s menu for us.
The 4-course menu* has been designed to highlight emblematic ingredients essential to the cuisine. During the meal, we’ll also have an opportunity to explore some of the fresh ingredients the chef used to prepare the menu.
This tour suits plant-food lovers of all persuasions –vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike.
*The meal includes a fruit agua fresca. Delicious cocktails, mezcal etc are available at the restaurant for purchase but are not included in the price.
This experience price includes 4+ snacks at the tianguis followed by the meal. The pacing, plus a little walking, will ensure you’ll feel full, but not stuffed.
Tour booking closes 24 hours before start time.
This 3 hour tasting tour is anchored by two key ingredients most associated with Mexico : cacao (can you think of a better fruit?) and corn. We start out in the morning getting a natural energy boost at Central Cacao, a collective space that promotes Mexican cacao. Our tasting session focuses on this sacred food of Gods and nobility, the processes from harvest to bar and this very special fruit’s significance both in history, and now.
From there, it’s a short walk to the Metro to travel a few stops to Mercado Jamaica. (Trust us, it’s usually way faster than by car!)
While this central market is known for its flowers, it’s also perfect for learning about Mexico’s plant food traditions. Here, we’ll snack our way through the milpa – enjoying cord and other plant-based foods that have sustained Mexico for millennia. Just as the squash vine weaves its way through the corn fields, we’ll be weaving in stories throughout to illustrate how important plant food traditions are to Mexico and its people.
And fruits! Luscious fruits, sweet and tart, some that you’ll rarely taste outside of Mexico will complete the tasting journey.
But this isn’t just about eating. You’ll meet some of the vendors for whom these plants we love to eat are their livelihood. They have wisdom to share, and a great love and pride for the foods they offer. This experience is about sharing, most of all.
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