Thursday, January 8, 2009


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We started in Mexico city and stayed at the Four Seasons which was very good. The concierge services were even better: excellent.
My favorite restaurant was Izote, owned and chef-ed by the remarkable and lovely to look at Patricia Quintana. There is an English language menu, but no condescension to the taste of gringos.
I knew from the start that we were in for a wonderful meal when the tortillas came to the table. There were white corn and blue corn ones far better than I have ever eaten. They are made from roughly ground whole corn and are crisp with lots of texture. Beware! I was tempted to make a whole meal of them.
The rest of the menu borrows from all over Mexico and is creative as well as traditional. There is a ceviche of scallops marinated in a Seville orange and soy vinaigrette, more traditionally a roasted duck in a Oxacan mole negro sauce, more unusually a shrimp in a mole of Jamaica (hibiscus--usually served as a bright red drink) and a shredded venison in achiote and vanilla with Seville oranges, radishes and cilantro. I could go on and on writing and eating.
Suffice it to say that this is a must stop.
It should be noted that she has written many books in English and Spanish and is a star on Mexican television.


Ruthalegria said...

Mexico City, hot and getting HOTTER!
First we have Tony Bourdain doing a show (available on ITunes), and today the Wall Street Journal does its own report on "The World's Greatest Food City ?"(

Of course it is, and has been for over a hundred years. Buen provecho to all.

Barbara said...

Yes, always good but getting better and more innovative. For traditional, I prefer Oaxaca. More info please