Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hello, I'm Special

Stout draft beer. Popcorn with hot sauce. Book "Hello, I'm Special". Thunderstorm approaching. Perfect setting for reading on how being yourself, being unique, a rebel, special, doing "you", has become the new conformity.

Friday, July 14, 2017

unfathomable history

I've been living in the historic centre of Mexico City for some three years now. And it doesn't cease to amaze me. This is a picture of a square just some blocks from where we are. That little chapel in the middle of Plaza de la Concepción had been under renovation for quite a while. The Capilla de la Concepción Cuepopan, from the 18th century and the only example of its kind in the historic centre now stands there, proud, unique. 

That chapel has been, beyond a chapel and in different moments, a repository for bodies of those who couldn't afford burial, and a library as well. 

To my back (when taking the photo) lies the oldest nunnery of Mexico, from 1540. Behind the chapel there's a blue house with the cutest of balconies; it dates from the Porfiriato and it's either late 18th or early 19th century.  To the side is a soup kitchen for the homeless community the Comedor Comunitario Vicentino). You'll find varying numbers of homeless people and drug addicts here, depending on the day and time.

These are the corners of the historic centre which make me drop my camera and just take it all in through my eyes. Because there's just so, so much to see, and to explore, and to know. This part of my city is unfathomable in the deepest, truest sense of the word. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

todo mal

When an oddly placed fragment of a sentence becomes a commentary for current events – Todo mal (What a mess).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

more delicious Japanese home-cooking at EN

We went back to EN, that place with the terrific home-cooking I wrote about last November. Still delicious, now way bigger (it sits eight instead of four! LOL), always with something new (this time, tofu sauté and vegan sorrel ramen). We love this place. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bundist reading in Lebanese café

Because there is special pleasure in reading about the construction of a secular Jewish identity via the Bund (בונד) while sipping an espresso and munching on baklava (بقلاوة) at a Lebanese café – Café Río – in the historic centre of Mexico City...

Friday, July 07, 2017

Shakshuka at last!

Yay! We've found an Israeli style eatery (a "hummusiya") in Colonia Condesa! And they have breakfasts! And they have... shakshuka!!! I think I found this place (Merkavá) on Google on a weekday, and we were practically counting the days for Sunday to go there for brunch!

So, behold, shakshuka (شكشوكة / שקשוקה) with Israeli Salad (סלט ירקות ישראלי, also known as Arab Salad سلطة عربية), Feta cheese, Pita bread, and refreshing (if just a tad too sweet) Limonana (ليمون نعناع / לימונענע), a drink from lemon juice and spearmint leaves. Nom nom!     

I believe the first (and last!) time we might have had shakshuka was in the mountains of Lebanon, over 13 years ago. But that's a really old memory and I can't guarantee it was shakhsuka we had. 

Anyhow, if there was one kind of food we were missing in Mexico City, it was Israeli. I mean, we have rather easy access to the cuisines that matter most to us – Russian, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Lebanese...  And now, thanks to Merkavá, we can add Israeli to the list! Can't wait to go back for some Georgian Khatchapouri, or some Turkish Bourekas, or some Lithuanian-American challah and corned beef Reuben sandwich, or some Polish latkes, or some of their numerous salatim (appetizers, مزة / סלאטים). 

Bon appétit! !سحتين! בתאבון

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Sunday family brunch

One of the simple special pleasures of being back in Mexico City – family time! Hearing dad and girlfriend's travel stories and funny incidents, teaching sis the incredible art of making mimosas, eating until you're completely full... Nice.