Jul 09, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
When I got back to the hostel in the early afternoon I just crashed and fell into a food coma. I needed the extra sleep!
Around 5PM I took a final walk to the zocalo. There were some performers that I watched for a little while. Then I took a 20 minute walk down a pedestrian street until I reached the Torre Latino. I paid to go to the top floor (the 37th). From there I had 360 degree views of the entire city. Unfortunately a storm was approaching and my line of sight from there was not as good as it could have been. Sure enough the sky opened up and it began to pour. Although my opportunity to view the city from the top floor had expired I could at least watch the storm over the city. It was fascinating and exciting to see lightning strikes from that high up.
In the evening I met up with Bryan and some new friends: Etan from Israel, Mohammad from Egypt, Annica from Australia and David from Spain. We went down the block for some beers. Frfom there we went for a dinner.
This morning I went on a unique tour; it was a street food tour of Mexico. We went to various street food vendors to try a variety of goodies. At the first stop I had a tamal which is basically corn masa thatīs mixed with corn lard and inside was filled with pork. Next we went to a place that made tortillas and I tried a couple that came out fresh. The next food stand I tried a tlacoyo which is a grilled corn-dough patty stuffed with huitlacoche (a plant fungus that infects corn of all things!). Because I am a glutton, at this stop I also had another with chicharron and veggies (gordita de chicharron). Next up was a food stand with quesadillas. Then we made a stop at a place that made fruit smoothies. My smoothie was called "The Vampire", but I do not remember all that was inside. Next stop was tacos de canasta with pork marinated in citrus. Then another health stop for mixed fruit with chilli powder, lime and salt sprinkled over it. For the next food vendor I had a burrito. The burrito was sauteed squash flowers, onions, beans and cheese, drizzled with salsa and wrapped in a flour tortilla. At the next place I had a taco with pork and green mole sauce. Mole is famous for having at least 20-30 ingredianets in the sauce. I have tried it about five times on this trip, but today was the first time I had it as a green sauce. Then it was on to tacos al pastor whichwas pork filets marinated in dried chilli and spice and stacked on a spit, then they are roasted until dark brown and carmalized. I added a squeeze of lime and green spicy salsa. The final stop was for carnitas tacos made from a mix of pig parts (tongue, snout, uterus, oh my!).