MEXICO CITY

In this episode we travel to Mexico City. You will hear from a Mezcal connoisseur who teaches us how to properly find and drink Mezcal, the operations director of a high fashion brand who empowers indigenous populations through high-end fashion, and a fourth generation legacy chef who is incorporating traditional Mexican ingredients (like bugs) into his dynamic menu.

Before we launch into that, we’ll start off each episode with three essential tips about the destination we’re covering to keep in mind on your next trip. Click play to hear your three for Mexico City.


ANDREA VILLELA
FOUNDER OF LA FIERA MEZCAL

Why are we fascinated by her?

She's Original: Andrea sources mezcal from Guerrero NOT Oaxaca. 

She Enlightens: Green Chile + Lemon + Mezcal = life changing to opening up your palate. 

AND finally, Andrea has a friend named Pinguino aka Penguin. 

She recommends that you sip on mezcales from Guerrero at the dive bar Bósforos.  

 

 

 

"THERE IS A SAYING THAT SAYS YOU SIP MEZCAL LIKE KISSES. YOU DO NOT TAKE IT LIKE A SHOT... YOU TAKE KISSED OF MEZCAL."


CRISTINA RANGEL
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR AT CARLA FERNANDEZ DESIGN 

Why are we fascinated by her? 

She's Brilliant: Cristina can talk the intricacies of business and international development like a boss. 

She Cares: Cristina is passionate about ensuring that her work leaves this world a better place. 

AND Cristina led us to her favorite burrito joint right around the corner from her office. 

She recommends that you check out La Lonja Mercantil to meet emerging local designers. 

 

"WE TRY TO STICK TO JUST WHAT WE KNOW HOW TO DO, WHICH IS CREATE EMPLOYMENT THROUGH WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR OVER 500 YEARS."

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"THE CHARROS ARE THE COWBOYS OF MEXICO. THEIR COSTUMES ARE MADE BY SKILLED TAILORS, ARTISANS AND FRETWORK CUTTING ARTISTS THAT SAW AND HAND-DRAW LEATHER DECORATING GARMENTS. THESE LEATHER PATCHES HAVE THE FUNCTION OF PROTECTING THE FABRIC FROM THE ROPES TYING WHEN CATTLE IS HOOKED, THAT WAY THE LEATHER WILL RECEIVE THE IMPACT AND THE FABRIC WILL NOT TEAR.

THE DRAWINGS ON THE LEATHER ARE A MIXTURE OF BAROQUE AND PRE-HISPANIC IMAGES. OUR DESIGNS COMBINE THESE TWO SIDES OF MEXICO, PLUS A FUTURISTIC ONE REINVENTED EVERY SEASON.

AT FIRST IT WAS A DIFFICULT COLLABORATION SINCE THE CODE OF HONOR OF THE CHARROS PROHIBITS THE CONFECTION OF MALE SUITS FOR WOMEN. GRADUALLY WE GAINED THEIR TRUST AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM FOR OVER 8 YEARS, NOW SPECIFICALLY WITH THE WORKSHOP OF DON FIDEL MARTÍNEZ.

THE IMAGE OF THE CHARRO AND ITS SUIT SYMBOLIZE FOR MANY THE MASCULINITY OF THE MEXICAN MAN. FOR US IT SYMBOLIZES UNISEX MASCULINITY OF WHO CARRIES IT." --Video and excerpt from the Carla Fernandez website. 


JUAN PABLO BALLESTEROS
RESTAURANTEUR BEHIND LIMOSNEROS

Why are we fascinated by him? 

He's Adventurous: Juan Pablo uses untraditional ingredients like bugs in high end places. 

He's Detail Oriented: Juan Pablo is all about the details, the taste, the smell, the look of the whole experience. Nothing passes him. 

AND he got us to nom on some buggers like a champ. Enough said. 

Juan Pablo suggests getting the carnitas tacos at El Hidalguense, barbacao tacos at basement of Enrique's restaurant, and the Suadero, Campechano and Tripe tacos at Cocuyos. See the map to the left for exact locations. 

 

" Now it's time to look inside and really inside. That is what many chefs are doing. They are finally supporting Mexican fields. Because if we lose that, we lost everything. We lost our health. We lost our flavors. We lose our culture."


HOW TO PROPERLY ENJOY MEZCAL

And just in case you need a friendly reminder, save this illustration to your phone. It will help you not look like a fool when drinking that good sh*t. 

ILLUSTRATION BY: JACKIE DIEDAM

ILLUSTRATION BY: JACKIE DIEDAM

SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS 

Use the public transportation in Mexico City! It is very easy to use and environmentally friendly. 

Mexico City is named World Design Capital in 2018 by the prestigious International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. 

UNESCO names Mexican cuisine a cultural treasure.