Julie Meade

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Around the 13th century, the Xochimilcas cultivated manmade islands, building a network of floating gardens to help support a continual harvest. Today, these remaining gardens are a popular destination in the south of Mexico City.

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Capital Tastes: Popular Garnachas and Street Snacks

While Mexico City boasts food from across the republic, it also has its own distinctive flavors, including a rather serious taste for tacos and other garnachas (simple snacks). In fact, these quick bites, sold in parks and on street corners, might be the most distinctive aspect of the capital’s food scene.

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Dining Options in Mexico City

Throughout the city, in any neighborhood, you’ll find a plethora of puestos, or street stands, often crowded around areas where there’s lots of foot traffic, like outside a Metro station. A step up from balancing your plate in one hand and taco in the other, taquerías are simple sit-down eateries (sometimes with a bar and barstools only) that serve tacos and other snacks, while a tortería is the same, but for tortas.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.