With our 2020 travel plans temporarily on hold, we find ourselves returning to memories of past adventures, finding joy in journeys that resonated, inspired, elevated — and that taught us something meaningful about ourselves and the wider world we share. In this new series, we revisit our best-ever trips with you, and hope you’ll do the same for us. This week, senior editor Camille Cardin-Goyer travels back to Mexico City, land of delicious hand-held treats, open-air eateries and fine dining. She visited in the fall of 2019.
enRoute Tell us why this trip in particular keeps coming back to you now – what made it so memorable?
Camille Cardin-Goyer My well-being largely revolves around food, and the people I enjoy it with. A month into lockdown, I’m in a cooking rut. My pantry is crammed with beans, I’ve lost my groove in the kitchen and my urge to eat out and discover new flavours – precisely what brought my (chef) boyfriend and I (zealous foodie) to Mexico City in the first place – is out of control. In search of recipe inspo, I’ve been frantically scrolling through the impressive collection of food photos I shot on that trip.
ER What kinds of foods did you find on your culinary adventure?
CCG CDMX is a sprawling food paradise I’ve wanted to discover the second I saw how Pujol chef-owner Enrique Olvera was transforming traditional Mexican cuisine on Chef’s Table. “I hope you’re hungry,” is what my boyfriend said when our plane circled around the monster city; we were there to eat. We spent a week following the scent of fresh tortillas, charred meats and ancho chiles wafting through warm air, biting our way through the city, from one antojito (“little craving”) to the next. We indulged in every street-food staple we came across, discussing flavour contrasts while creamy guac oozed down our fingers, debating where to head next over shots of Mexico’s best moonshine, and ended every day with an omakase dinner on fine china, in some of the world’s best restaurants.