Taco Count Update: 965

I was in a rush yesterday to get from the British Embassy (which has nice cookies) near Tabacalera to Polanco.  The journey on foot takes about 20 minutes and passes through the business district just north of Reforma and west of the park.  I had only been through here on weekends and in the evenings, when the area is pretty much deserted… but at lunchtime on a Wednesday, the changarros bloom like desert flowers after a rain.

Of course, when there are large numbers of taco stalls, competition usually results in some excellent eats.  I stopped at a stall on Calle Tolstoi (south side of the street. between Escobedo and Dante), that was really just a big flat grill affixed to a bicycle.  Appropriately, the laminated menu proclaimed the name “Bicitaco.”  The steak was so-so, though it seemed to be on par with Mexican tastes that have an affinity for fatty strips of beef, but the longaniza (a type of chorizo), was really nicely done, and, covered in cheese, it was like a little bomb of “sabor.”  What had attracted me to the stall was the pile of alambre (prepared meat, mixed with grilled onions and peppers), which I didn’t end up trying, and a row of interesting, and, as it turned out, fire-breathing salsas.  Definitely worth a return visit.

The count so far: 965.

 

México. D.F.

In Pictures: Xalapa, Veracruz

Xalapa, or Jalapa, is a city of several hundred thousand and the seat of government of the State of Veracruz.  At 4000′ above sea level, Xalapa doesn’t have the obscene heat of many cities along the Gulf of Mexico, but it still has a green, lush feel and a photogenic hillside setting.  Xalapan culture runs strong, with several universities, a definitive regional cuisine, and popular venues for live, local music.  

Up the Hill

This is the first of two posts pictures of Xalapa… these happen to be taken from the zocalo, or adjacent buildings.

 

México, D.F.