Thursday, 22 December 2011

Video: 24 hours in Mexico City - Shanghai Expo

Mexico City premiered this short video – featuring images from the city during a 24-hour period – at the Mexican pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010. The video was produced by the Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund and co-directed by Luis Mandoki and Mariana Rodriguez. Other credits: Photography and editing by Alberto Anaya, Estaban Arrangoiz and Yaome Escamilla. Music by Alejandro Castaños.
Even though this video was shown one year ago, remains relevant and current. Mexico City is full of life, during day and night, and this video pictures it perfectly. Lose the fear and visit Mexico, you will not regret it.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Pictures of Mexico City's landscape during a clear day.

Sometimes smog makes Mexico City's landscape kind of murky, but last week we had some nice clear days. I took the opportunity of taking some nice pictures since I work at a 27 floor building in the NW of the city, near Reforma Avenue. 

The view from the 22th floor.

In a clear day, we could see the mountains that surrounds the valley.

The building left to the flag, is the "Auditorio Nacional" or National Auditorium, a place for big concerts and cultural gatherings. 

All those buildings are in an area called Polanco, and the tallest ones are hotels over Reforma Avenue.

All those trees are part of "Bosque de Chapultepec" or Chapultepec's Forest.

Monday, 1 February 2010

The Chocolate Experience Trade Show 2010, Mexico City.

Experience chocolate with all your senses, join chocolate chefs from Canada, USA, Mexico, UK, France and Italy in a journey about the history of chocolate, and learn to cook different dishes (sweet and salty). Here is a list of the chefs that will be there:
  • José Ramón Castillo
  • Paulina Abascal
  • Edgar Nuñez “Sud 777″
  • Sonia y Jared “Jaso”
  • Juan Pablo Cortes “Xcanda”
  • Maricú Ortíz
  • Sebastian Michon “2 Estrellas Michelin”
  • Ernst Knam “Representante de Italia en Chocolate Masters 2009″
  • Louis Barnett “Chokolit UK”
  • Chef Corbin “Iron Chef”
  • Patrick Wiese “Chef Oprah Winfrey”
  • Jean Marie Auboine “Hotel Bellagio, Las Vegas”
There will also be chocolate selling, a chocolate spa, some conferences, tastings and even a fashion show by "L0ve is back", named one of the best fashion designers by GQ Magazine Mexico.

Where: World Trade Center, Mexico City

When: February 11, 12, 13 and 14 , 2010

Cost: $150 pesos ( about $11.50 USD) per person (sold at WTC and TicketMaster)

Capacity: 10,000 people (per day)

If your are visiting Mexico City within these days you can't miss this great event, it will be a nice way to spend Valentine's Day at Mexico's Capital.

The Chocolate Experience website here

Sunday, 17 January 2010

God's Control Panel seems to work in Mexico City pretty well.

When I saw this cartoon at Gizmodo, I immediately thought it is quite applicable to Mexico City, mostly to January 2010. We survived the swine flu, and the hard economic atmosphere, but now cold weather and strong winds are trying to kill us all. I know this is nothing compared with other cities where hurricanes and snow is common, but for us hasn't been any common or enjoyable at all. Hope things get better, actually I am sure they will be...

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Mexico gets to today's Trending Topics list at Twitter.

Mexico is now a Trending Topic at Twitter. Why? Because of soccer:

Mexico beat Costa Rica, to meet U.S. in final
Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:14am EDT

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mexico beat Costa Rica on penalties in a tense semi-final on Thursday to reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup final where they will play the United States, 2-0 victors over Honduras.


Costa Rica had plenty of chances to get the lead against Mexico, Armando Alonso hit the post in the 12th minute, but Mexico should have been ahead at the break when Giovani Dos Santos headed wide from in front of goal.

Mexico were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute when Costa Rica defender Freddy Fernandez was ruled to have handled the ball but Miguel Sabah's soft penalty was easily saved by Keilor Navas.

The Mexicans looked to have grabbed a fortunate victory when they went ahead in the 88th minute, Guillermo Franco scrambling the ball home, but the celebrations from the large Mexican crowd at Soldier Field proved premature.

In the second minute of injury time Ledezma raced on to a flick on from Alvaro Saborio, ran past the hesitating Mexican defense and rocketed home a fine shot.

Again Costa Rica had the better opportunities in extra-time but with no breakthrough the game was decided by spot kicks -- Ledezma being the only man failing to score.

The forward's well struck penalty was superbly saved by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa and Carlos Vela kept his cool to give the Mexicans a chance at revenge for their loss to the United States in the final two years ago.

Sunday's final will be held at Giants Stadium in New York. (Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Greg Stutchbury and Peter Rutherford)

Via Reuters

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Mezcal: history and cocktail recipes.

First some History:

The word "mezcal" comes from the Nahuatl word "mexcalli" which means cooked maguey (pronounced ma-gay, no pun intended). Maguey or Agave is the plant (pictured above) from which tequila and mezcal are distilled. Both spirits are produced in Mexico, but Tequila is native of the town called Tequila, in the estate of Jalisco while mezcal is native of the estate of Oaxaca. While the worm at the bottom of a Mezcal bottle is not esential it helps to diferentiate it from Tequila, which will never have a worm at the bottom. Mezcal also comes in different flavors, depending on the fruit or substance used during the destilation process, some of the flavors or types of mezcal are: "de gusano" (with worm), "tobalá", "pechuga", "blanco" (white, plain), "minero" ("the miner" traditional flavor, without worm), "cedrón" (cedar flavor), "de alacrán" (with scorpion flavor), "crema de café" (coffe cream) and many other fruital flavors (read more).

Now some cocktails (yeah!):


This cocktail uses coffee liqueur, the original recipe calls for Kahlua, but you can use any coffee liqueur like Tia Maria. It also calls for a coffee bean garnish on top.
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • 0.75 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 spoon of coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 oz orgeat (almond syrup)
Shake and strain into a tumbler with crushed ice. For garnish you could use a pineapple spear, zest of lime and a cherry. Be ready for the strong flavor of mezcal, but don't worry, after two of these you would not notice it anymore (ha ha).

"Smoky Beet"

In a chilled martini glass mix:
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • Top with fresh beet juice mix
  • Stir in the glass with ice.
  • Add a sprinkle of lime.
Garnish with a few of the fresh young beet leaves, or with celery. I know that a lot of people can't stand beet, but if you can, give it a try, it is fresh and looks healthy (as seen in A Mountain of Crushed Ice blog).

Apple Mezcaltini

  • 2 oz. Mezcal
  • 1½ oz. Bols sour apple liqueur
  • ½ oz. Lemon juice
  • Apple slice for garnish
Pour ingredients into mixing glass or shaker, add ice and shake to chill. Strain into a Martini Glass and garnish with an apple slice. You could use apple Schnapps instead of apple liqueur. In other words, the Apple Mezcaltini is prepared like any Apple Martini but with mezcal instead of vodka.

My personal favorite is the last one, it tastes great! I hope you enjoyed these cocktail recipes.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Follow the spread of swine flu in US and Mexico with Google Maps

The spread of the swine flu is all over the news, but here is a usefull tool to follow the spread. Just click the link below to open Google Maps:

I just hope that everything gets controlled soon, I live in Mexico City and things don't look good.