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Moon Mexico City

Julie Doherty Meade lived as an expat in Mexico City. In Moon Mexico City, she shares the city with you, including unique itineraries like The Best of Mexico City, Historic Mexico City, Public Murals, Best Markets, and Mexico City by Design. This full-color guide to Mexico City covers: Neighborhoods Experience the life of the city […]

Taco stand in Guanajuato.

Where to Eat in Querétaro

Although it claims a few local dishes as its own, Querétaro has never been known a food destination. That said, you can find some truly good eats here. Unlike most modern cities, Querétaro managed to hang on to a number of its old-fashioned cafeterias and fondas, which maintain a loyal clientele within the local crowd. You’ll also find plenty of cheap eats and tacos.

Quince fruit and quince ate. Photo © Luis Carlos Jimenez del Rio/123rf.

Guanajuato’s Famous Sweets

The state of Guanajuato has a serious sweet tooth. Dulces típicos (traditional sweets) are produced in various cities across the state and consumed by the populace with appetite and pleasure. In the city of Guanajuato, there are wonderful sweets stands in the market and numerous traditional sweets shops boasting enormous selections and unique regional candies.

Hundreds of distilleries produce and market mezcal in Oaxaca. Photo © Justin Henderson.

All About Oaxacan Mezcal

With agave growing in hundreds of small-scale family plots, mezcal is a modern-day cultural phenomenon in Oaxaca—one with deep historical roots. Mezcal has been the “national” drink of the state of Oaxaca for centuries, and though perhaps the method to make it is more mechanized than in the past, it is mostly the same hands-on, handmade operation.

Mestizo is a favorite with locals. Photo © Julie Meade.

Where to Eat in Guanajuato

Guanajuato’s restaurant scene has made some considerable leaps forward. Not traditionally renowned for its cuisine, the city now offers a number of truly nice places to eat, some cool cafés, and a smattering of good international options, adding a measure of welcome sophistication to this student-centric city.

Shot of tequila, sangrita, and lime. Photo © Konstantin Kalishko/123rf.

Regional Foods and Drinks of Mexico

With its varied terrain and diverse local traditions, it’s not surprising that Mexican food is highly regional. Certain states distinguish themselves for particular dishes and ingredients, while other treats such as aguas frescas and thick egg custard for dessert are widely enjoyed. Here’s an overview of Mexican cuisine from region to region, along with popular items from mezcal to nieves.

A bougainvillea-draped doorway at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Photo © Justin Henderson.

Best Puerto Vallarta Day Trips

If you’re based in Puerto Vallarta and set on spending all your nights here, you can still get out of town for a day at a time. From can’t-miss outings to easy-going changes of scenery, here are some great options by car, bus, and boat.

Ek' Balam in the Yucatan. Photo © Jose Ignacio Soto/123rf.

Maya Ruins Near Cancún and Cozumel

Besides its incredible beaches and world-class resorts, Mexico’s Caribbean coast is also home to numerous ancient Maya ruins, including some of the most important archaeological sites in the country and the continent. A visit to one or more is well worth a day off the sand, even for committed beach hounds.

View from Hotelito Desconocido. Photo © furphotos, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Rustic Luxury Retreats in Puerto Vallarta

A sprinkling of secluded upscale mini resorts, perfect for a few days of quiet tropical relaxation, have opened in some remote corners of the Puerto Vallarta region. Being hideaways, they are not always easily accessible, but for those willing to make an extra effort, the rewards are rustically luxurious accommodations in lovely natural settings.

Nopales being prepped for cooking. Photo © Joep Van Der Werff/123rf.

San Miguel de Allende’s Highland Cuisine

Mexico’s color and creativity are reflected in its wonderful food. Though San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding region aren’t well known for their distinctive culinary traditions, there are several dishes and some unusual ingredients that are frequent features of regional cuisine.