Craftspeople show off their work in the market in Tequisquiapan, Queretaro. These colorful candles are crafted by hand. © Daniel Wheeler, 2009

Tequisquiapan: provincial Mexican charm in Queretaro

Only a two-hour drive from Mexico City, Tequisquiapan is the second most important tourist destination in Querétaro. Although it comes to life on weekends, it retains the charm of a Mexico’s provincial towns. Pleasant hotels and restaurants abound. There are trails for mountain biking. Underground rivers flow to the surface in thermal springs that can […]

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Native to Mexico, poinsettias come in a variety of sizes and their colors range from spectacular red to the less popular — but very beautiful — pink, white, and orange. © Diodora Bucur, 2009

New Year’s Eve traditions in Mexico

The year-end holidays in Mexico are always known for time honored traditions and a family oriented spirit. You can sing Christmas carols with your friends and family and enjoy some buñuelos, tamales and ponche spiked with rum. Then comes New Year’s Eve. And while it has its traditions, this holiday is not so family-oriented. The most important beach destinations in […]

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Mexican beer meets lemon, ice and salt in the michelada: step by step

GastroNomad in Mexico One of young Mexico’s favorite drinks, the michelada makes sense in all ways. Let’s face it — you think of the ingredients and you know Mexico’s got it right. A fresh and clear Mexican lager is always a must in this classic beverage. Mix it up with some lime juice and rough sea salt […]

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Ingredients for the classic margarita include tequila, Cointreau, the juice of fresh limes (limones) and bar syrup, a sugar-water mixture. Salt adorns the rim of the glass. © Daniel Wheeler, 2010

Classic and refreshing: Mexico’s margarita tequila cocktail

GastroNomad in Mexico When you think of Mexico and its hot summer days, think of a cool, and flavorful cocktail with the national drink, tequila — like the classic margarita. Many legends surround the margarita, but all of them affirm that this drink was created for a special lady who — in most of the stories — […]

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