Mexico City, Mexico

Meringue with almonds – absurdly rich and delicious

Estoril’s Salmon tartar

Chipolte steak at Estoril

A bottle of Duetto Santo Tomas 1997 cost 740 pesos, extremely expensive in our minds considering comparable French, Chilean and Argentine wines were far less. Fortunately, the expensive Mexican vino was delicious.

The fanciest margarita we've ever seen, with tequila mix in salt-rimmed glass alongside chilled tequila in a tiny silver cooler.

Jim ate Gusanos de Maguey (worms of the tequila plant) at Casa Bell.

Sasha Sokol, Karina Velasco and Ana Desvignes: We met Sasha and Ana in India.

Reading in the park

Parts of Mexico City are well developed, as one would expect of the largest city in the world, home to over 16 million people.

Mexico City has the most active construction market we've seen in months.

Napping in Chapultepec Park

Take-away, fast-food fruit

Chapultepec Castle, with sections dating back to 1783, served as a Mexican palace, then Spanish hermitage and military college, before Emperor Maximilian made the structure his residence. Several presidents followed his lead until 1940, when the castle became the National History Museum.

Not everyone is happy with the museum.

The Museum of Modern Art is a showplace for contemporary Mexican artists. The museum is located in Bosque de Chapultepec (The Woods of Chapultepec), which is a sprawling 1600-acre park popular with families, joggers and tourists.

8 November 2001 – Recently, we have experimented with Mexican wines, which we figured would be potable, but not outstanding. A couple of nights ago, we drank a Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon 1996, which was priced higher ($400 pesos or US$44) than most of the French and Chilean wines at Fonda del Refugio. The medium colored red wine was light, a good table wine, but not one to stock the cellar. And, we're fairly certain one of the cheaper European or South American wines would have been a better – bigger and bolder – complement to our beef.

Tonight, at Estoril, we tried a Duetto Santo Tomas Cabernet Sauvignon 1997, quite costly at $750 pesos (US$83) and, again, far more expensive than equal wines from Chile, Argentina and Europe. I really liked this wine, while Jim thought it good, but not as outstanding as I did. We've not had wine recently, so this could have influenced my adoration. No matter, the wine certainly cost too much, and if we weren't in Mexico, sticking to our tradition of drinking the local drink, then we certainly would have chosen a similar tasting, but less expensive South American or French wine.


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