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Mexico trip, November 2012

Visited Mexico for business and pleasure during November. We stayed in the Condesa neighbourhood in Mexico City and a short time in Acapulco. All the photos here in Flickr, as usual a selection below.

Day of the Dead candy
Day of the Dead candy

Day of the Dead altar in Plaza Satélite
Day of the Dead altar in Plaza Satélite

Bikers' pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Bikers’ pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pancita
Pancita

Day of the dead altar
Day of the dead altar in the market square

La suavicrema
La estela de luz, a.k.a. la suavicrema

En camino
On our way

Day of the Dead altar at the hotel
Day of the Dead altar at the hotel

Parque México
Parque México in Condesa

Church
Church

Mexico Stock Exchange
Mexico Stock Exchange

Day of the Dead decor
Day of the Dead decor

Sushi street stall
Sushi street stall

Day of the Dead decor

Alebrijes
Alebrijes, nightmare creatures

Cochinita Pibil en Azul Condesa
Cochinita Pibil en Azul Condesa

Driving to Acapulco
Driving to Acapulco

Tough life
Tough life part one: coconut juice, coconut “fruit” and piña colada

Tough life
Tough life part two: the Mexican Pacific
Dawn sequence
Dawn sequence

Dawn sequence
Dawn sequence

Dawn sequence
Dawn sequence

Autopista del sol
Driving back to Mexico City

Autopista del sol
Guerrero State landscape

Authentic Mexican restaurant in Finland: Cholo Street Mexican kitchen

Cholo Mexican Kitchen

The team behind Patrona decided to try a new concept in the place where it all began. Café de Nopal is no more, but now Cholo offers a much wider variety of Mexico City style tacos and even Northern Mexico style burritos that the previous restaurant ever could and it is open for lunchtime during weekdays and Saturdays too.

This is one taquería I will be frequenting as much as I can 😉 .

Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Finland: Patrona

Birria & Consomé @ Patrona
The team behind Café de Nopal has done it again. Now with a much larger space, a fixed menu and an alcohol sales license this place is always packed with food lovers, including the occasional Mexican resident in Helsinki.

Unfortunately it’s not open during lunch time and bookings are still difficult to get, but hey, you can’t have everything.

Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Finland: Pueblo

Tacos de carnitas @ Pueblo

The proper Mexican food invasion in Helsinki continues. After Café de Nopal opened at the end of 2010, a separate team set up Pueblo in Eerikinkatu 25 during 2011.

I know some of the Mexican staff personally. Their tortillas are excellent and they have my favourite beers on offer, but the food is sometimes a little too salty for me (I cook without salt, so that might be the problem). Regardless, it is very nice to have an alternative open during lunchtime in the heart of the city.

Beans = Kryptonite

Huarache
I’m allergic to beans. Maybe that’s why I had to flee so far I ended up in Finland 😛 .  Take the delicacy above, called huarache, for example. It happens to have beans inside the dough, and made me sick the whole night after I ate it.  At least I didn’t end up in hospital with serum like the time before that.

It’s ridiculous. It’s akin to a Finn being allergic to potatoes or a Japanese being physically unable to eat seaweed.

Mexico, summer 2011

We spent 2 excellent weeks in Mexico visiting my family.  With the new member of the family in tow we didn’t do a lot of tourism so I do not have that many “publishable” pictures this time, but below you can find some.

The rest, as usual, in the set.

Jícamas, 3 kinds of mangoes, prickly pears, mameyes, guavas
Lots of fruits you cannot find in Finland: jícamas, 3 kinds of mangoes, prickly pears, mameyes, guavas
Mole de olla
My mom's wonderful mole de olla. I've had it in restaurants and it isn't nearly as good.
México, U-17 World Champion
Mexico won the U-17 world football championship while we were there and the whole country celebrated.
Tuna / Prickly pear
How to peel a prickly pear. Stuff that grows wild in Mexico costs 7€/kilo here and doesn't taste as good.
Pancita
Pancita, cow's stomach soup. Might sound disgusting, but it's great for hangovers.
Mexican breakfast
A healthy hotel Mexican breakfast. No wonder we can stand without having lunch until 3 or 4 p.m. after one of these.
Beach in Ixtapa
Beach in Ixtapa, Guerrero, in the Pacific coast.
View from my hotel room
View from our hotel room in Ixtapa