Yesterday something quite extraordinary happened to me: I had a day off.
Of course it wasn’t a real day off – I answered about 25 work-related emails in the morning and did a few house-keeping jobs on the website in the afternoon – but, as you can see, I also found enough free time to finally write a new blog post.
Life has been pretty hectic recently. This time last week I was in Mexico with my colleagues from FoodieHub (formerly ‘Chowzter’).
FoodieHub have been making massive improvements recently so the trip to Mexico was a great chance to catch up with old friends and discuss how everything is going. For those unfamiliar, FoodieHub is a network of independent food writers located in cities all over the world. Each expert recommends the essential places to eat in their city, from street stalls and traditional family-run establishments right the way up to luxury fine dining. As the FoodieHub expert for Rio I guess I am duty-bound to recommend the service, but as it happens I’ve been using the site for all of my travels over the last 18 months and I’ve found it to be a brilliant way to track down the essential eats in unfamiliar cities (check out my list for Rio here).
This was my third visit to Mexico City and I knew exactly what I wanted to do first. Eat!
After I’d got my taco fix (the first of many for the week) I moved on to a market which I fell in love with on my previous visit: Mercado San Juan. Regular readers will know I have a bit of a thing for food markets and this one is not to be missed.
Regular readers will also know that I love a bit of cool street art and Mexico City has it in abundance.
I had wandered the streets of Mexico City almost exactly a year ago so parts of the city looked familiar. However, this time I was accompanied by food experts from all over Latin America including Nicholas Gilman, an expert of much of Mexico. With Nicholas on board we visited a ton of amazing little hole-in-the-wall places – something Mexico has got down to a fine art.
And the winner is…
And finally the main event: Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards.
Whether or not these glitzy events are your thing, it’s still great that they’re recognising the hard work and creativity of chefs and restaurateurs from across Latin America. I was especially pleased to see good showings for Rio’s top chefs, Roberta Sudbrack, Claude and Thomas Troisgros and a new entry on the list for Rafa Costa e Silva from Lasai. Reviews for all three restaurants (Roberta Sudbrack, Olympe and Lasai) coming soon to Eat Rio!
I’ll leave you with the only shot I have of the moment I met Roberta Sudbrack – we actually had a very nice chat but sadly this looks a lot like she’s scolding me for some childish misdemeanour!