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Lunch, Chiapas-style

We are finally getting a few moments to edit the pictures we shot on on our recent trip to Mexico, and I noticed a theme: FOOD FOOD FOOD. Anyone who knows Matthew knows his brain is hard-wired to think about food, 24/7.

We traveled to Chiapas, the fascinating state that borders–and actually was part of– Guatemala until relatively recently. Then an overnight bus took us to the rural coastal town of Zipolite in Oaxaca, one of our favorite places on the planet. Mexico City, one of the world’s greatest food towns was last on our trip.

If you’ve never had a fresh corn tortilla right off a wood-fired comal, you are missing something really, really special.

Mexico is magical, colorful, wonderful. If you are turned on by exposure to different cultures, and the different ways that people live, eat and make their living, I am not sure you can beat Mexico. We never felt the least bit in danger. The people of Mexico are lovely and gentle and warm. Don’t pay attention to the sporadic news reports. Go. Eat.

 

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

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Making tortillas on the wood-fired comal  in a  home kitchen in a Chiapian village
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Produce at a Chiapan market
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Very fresh chicken at the main market in Chiapas
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Mexican mangoes, a fantastic snack from the San Cristobal Market
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Traditional Caesar Salad – invented in Mexico

 

Zipolite, Oaxaca

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Fisherman net-fishing at sunset
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While we were there, Zipolite was seeing a run on fish of almost biblical proportions
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Breakfast at Zipolite’s version of a road-side “diner”
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Breakfast is served. Fresh crispy tostada with spicy salsa and local Oaxacan farmer’s cheese
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Devouring those tostadas
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A bubbling pot of rustic chicken soup over a wood fire

 

 

Mexico City

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A perfect El Pastor Taco (made with pork and pineapple) from a street vendor
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Margaritas are really not all that Mexican, but a great way to end a trip!

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