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Authentic Fare

Jul 17, 2019 07:28PM
Visitors love to eat where the locals go to sip, savor, and dine. When Las Vegas residents travel outside of Southern Nevada, they transform into gasp tourists. As a visitor, one way to navigate the culinary terrain is a food tour to explore the city’s culinary culture, and regional cuisine. For an insider’s view, Eat Like a Local Mexico City Tours with Mexico City native and founder Rocio Vazquez Landeta showcases all the hid-den gastronomic gems and food journeys in cutting-edge restaurants along with secret food stalls and street food. Born and raised in Mexico City, Vasquez Landeta loves taking tourists throughout her vibrant city to explore, taste, and connect with Mexico City’s food scene, markets, restaurants, and people.

Mexico City is one place where the best cuisine is not an eight-course tasting menu but meant to be enjoyed on the go while exploring eclectic neighborhoods. When vacationing in Mexico City, it is a must to eat its low-key, delicious street food with staples such as pozole, tacos al pastor, tamales, and quesadillas.

The Vegan Market & Roma Norte Adventure is a curated tour featuring vegan dishes served in a mix of vegan restaurants. Enjoy hip coffee shops and authentic street food delicacies at the largest wholesale flower market in the city, where visitors can sample grilled corn, squash blossom cheese free quesadillas, and a complete fruit tasting with over 12 local varieties. The tour also includes stops at non-vegan restaurants serving outstanding plant-based dishes by chefs such as Enrique Olvera, owner and head chef at Pujol, and Astrid Ceballos, a vegan chef who manages Palacio de Hierro’s healthy food. In fact, Ceballos guides the vegan tour when she is not teaching at her raw vegan cooking school. The group gets to savor craft coffee, green mole mixiotes, tamales, al pastor tacos made with oyster mushrooms, grilled corn, fruit, high-end tacos, smoothies, quesadillas, delicious desserts, and a mezcal cocktail.

The Roma Norte at Night: Mezcal & Pulque is a more relaxed tour discovering the trendy neighborhood of Roma Norte. The first stop highlights street corn covered in mayo, lime, cheese, and chili powder. Tortas are found in a hidden stall that also serves birria soup, and adventurous palates can try suadero brisket cooked in lard for several hours with cilantro and onion. One of the tour’s highlights is visiting a stall that has been serving tacos for over 60 years, featuring steak, campechano, and pork rinds wrapped in a warm freshly made tortilla. Modern gastronomy requires a visit to a fusion taco place combining Argentinian and Mexican cuisines to create a taco made with caramelized onions, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, steak, and dried chilies. Delicious quesadillas include squash blossom, chicken, potatoes, and chorizo or mushrooms with or without cheese. Fun fact: Mexico City is the only city in the country where quesadillas are made without cheese. A warm churro ends the dining aspect,and a liquor tour continues the evening. A traditional pulque place offers insights into the beverage’s history while everyone tastes three different flavors of the fermented drink made with agave juice, often mixed with fruits, caramel, or even cookies. The tour ends at a trendy mezcal and wine shop where the group can try four different kinds of mezcal, craft beer, or Mexican wine.

The Food Tour with Kids starts in a Condesa neighborhood with coffee for the parents and hot chocolate for the kids. This foodie adventure meanders to the flower market, where kids can enjoy cheese quesadillas, tacos, candy, corn, ice cream, and a Mexican treat, jicaletas sprinkled with flavored sugar. Parents relax while kids learn how to subway surf, take in interesting facts about Mexico’s history, and play with corn dough. The young visitors are rewarded with a tiny piñata, candy, and a commemorative pin for joining the Brave and Adventurous Kids Travelers Club. The tour ends with gummy bears and lime frozen treats, while the kids enjoy the playground and the parents can indulge in a refreshing cocktail at a bar nearby.

The Food Tour for Bachelors and Bachelorettes begins with coffee and coconut water. Everyone then hops on the subway to the flower market to enjoy carnitas, candy, fruit, beer, and other Mexican delicacies. The fun continues with pulque tastings at a 100 year old pulquería. Walking around Roma Norte, guests experience an alcohol-based ice-cream shop featuring mezcal and passionfruit or margarita sorbet, Mexican wine, or craft beer.

Eat Like a Local Mexico City is the only Mexican-found-ed food tour agency promoting economic growth and creating opportunities for families within the traditional markets. In partnership with Traso AC, the company offers underprivileged children weekly boxing lessons, citizenship workshops, and companionship while adults receive parenting and nutritional counseling for their families. The 80iq program developed by the tour company provides weekly English lessons and monthly inspiration workshops where children have the opportunity to meet amazing people and learn about different careers. Eat Like a Local guests can meet the children and participate in book readings. The programs also offer financial education for mothers, teaching them about credit, savings, a monthly budget, and developing strategies to achieving financial independence. As a female-owned and operated company, Eat Like a Local Mexico City’s mission is to em-power women by creating job opportunities and helping others explore economic choices.

Vazquez Landeta began her career in public relations and marketing for luxury brands such as Mont Blanc and Mercedes Benz. After experiencing a poorly run tour while visiting Turkey, she decided to create Eat Like a Local Mexico City. A world traveler who has visited over 23 countries and 65 cities, Vazquez Landeta is also a sustainable tour-ism researcher, avid reader, food expert, and entrepreneur. She loves sharing her passion for her city and its people to create a tourism product that promotes cultural ex-change and economic growth. Eat Like a Local Mexico City features an all-women team with people from different backgrounds, including sociologists, food stylists, art historians, and textile designers.

Locals live everywhere and want to share what makes their home special, and Eat Like a Local Mexico City will enhance that vacation south of the border.