notes from the mexican kitchen
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Slideshow: Rick in Mexico City

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I’ve loved Mexico City since I was 14 years old.  Never been there that my heart didn¹t beat a little faster (and not just because it’s at nearly 8,000 feet!).  I love the pace, the stew-pot of culture from high to low, from traditional to modern.  I love the serendipity that floats in and out of every visitor’s experience, […]

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Mango guacamole and oyster mushroom tamals—it’s Frontera’s new spring menu!

Camote Cake / Super moist cake of local carrot & Mexican white sweet potato, cream cheese frosting, Xtabentun-cream cheese ice cream, coconut cookie crumble.

Mangos show up a couple times in Frontera’s spring menu: There’s mango in the guacamole (don’t dismiss the power of fruit in guacamole, people) and mango sorbet in the sopa de frutas. But mangos aren’t the only signs of spring: We’ve got fiddlehead ferns in our chicken fideos, shrimp in a herb-packed adobo and carrots in […]

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Ramps are here. Let’s make them stay.

Ramps

Here’s a dirty secret of the food world: Ramps aren’t actually that special. They’re wild leeks (though these days they’re also cultivated), and while, sure, they taste really good (like a slightly sweet, garlicky spring onion), it’s not the ramps themselves that everybody freaks out about—it’s what the ramps symbolize. And what they symbolize is […]

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Xoco’s new menu is overflowing with spring

Purple Asparagus Salad

There’s so much spring in Xoco’s new menu. Where do we even begin? Let’s start with the caldo: a lemongrass broth with woodland mushrooms and oyster mushroom chicharron (what, you thought only pig skin could fry?) Even springier: the salad, with purple asparagus, pea shoots and special fried balls of our housemade queso fresco. Finally, there’s the new […]

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Cook Topolobampo’s chilaquiles for dinner (or breakfast, or lunch) tonight

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We can think of many words to describe chilaquiles. “Sophisticated” is not necessarily one of them. But when we saw what Julio DeLeon, a cook at Topolobampo, is doing with chilaquiles on the new lunch menu (that’s his dish pictured above), “sophisticated” is exactly the word that came to mind. There’s nothing rustic, nothing “artfully messy,” about […]