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Holiday trip to Mexico 2013

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I ended 2013 with a wonderful 9 day trip to Mexico City and Nayarit/Jalisco. Three days in bustling Mexico City went by far too quickly, but whet my appetite to return at least a couple of times in 2014. I relaxed in the laid back beachside town of Sayulita for three days. And then we drove to El Carmen and Tequila - about an hour west of Guadalajara, to capture some of the charm of Jalisco.
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
While staying in Polanco at the luxurious Las Alcobas, my colleague and I had breakfast in the hotel every morning before heading to the office. Our friendly waiter brought us fresh fruits topped with dried coconut and drizzled with coconut milk...
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Anatole France 100, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The author of a half dozen Mexican cookbooks and former owner of such lauded Mexico City restaurants as Águila y Sol, chef Martha Ortiz Chapa opened Dulce Patria in 2011. The daughter of an artist, Chapa prepares modern Mexican fare—from squash...
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Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
You can't go to Mexico City and not know who Frida Kahlo is. My friend suggested I read up on her before she comes up in conversation. Locals are very proud of their talented artist, Frida Kahlo. I didn't make it inside because there was a long...
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San Ángel Inn, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This used to be a hacienda, but it was turned into a restaurant almost 50 years ago. The food is phenomenal and the margaritas are famous—in fact, they’re my favorite thing on the menu. There is always a band or a pianist playing. 50 Diego Rivera...
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Local 2, Bahia del Espiritu santo 21, Anáhuac I Secc, 11320 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
You won't find tourists here, and it definitely is not fancy, but you will find lots of locals enjoying delicious food. As I said in the title, they have great pozole - my local friend assured me the best in Mexico City. The quesadillas are great...
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55800 San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico

This view is from the top of the "Moon Pyramid" in Teotihuacan looking out over a 2 kilometer stretch that's been excavated. It's a common misconception that the Aztecs built these structures, but they actually discovered  and inhabited them...

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Av Revolución s/n, Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
This was my favorite place to eat in Sayulita. Everything is prepared fresh. The ceviche is amazing. Also the shrimp burro. And don't forget to ask for guacamole.
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Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Antonia and Mecario serve you right out of their home. She makes the breakfast and he makes the juices - fresh chopped and blended while you sip your coffee. Tell them Greg and Joe sent you to try the juice.
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General Aguirre 183, Centro, San Sebastián del Oeste Centro, 46990 San Sebastián del Oeste, Jal., Mexico
Walking around the delightful colonial town of San Sebastián, we asked one of the locals where we should have lunch. We were glad she pointed us to Comedor La Lupita. We had machaca tacos, chicken mole, refried beans and rice, all prepared on the...
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46730 Centro, Morelos 210, Centro, 46730 Ahualulco de Mercado, Jal., Mexico
This is a beautiful historic hotel, going back to the colonial era. Although just 27 rooms, it is a surprisingly large place, with a huge spa and horseback riding. It feels like a step back in time; for better or worse. The rooms are charming in...
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Carretera Estatal 604 Guadalajara-San Marcos, Gral. Lucio Blanco, 46762 Teuchitlán, Jal., Mexico
We stopped by here while traveling through Jalisco. I hadn't realized prior to my travels that there were so many archaeological sites in this area. This particular site goes back possibly as far as 300 BC. The most notable feature of this site is...
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Las Fuentes 5, Zona Restaurantera, 46760 Teuchitlán, Jal., Mexico
After visiting the pyramids at Los Guachimontones, we were ready to eat. Just a five minute drive through the town of Teuchitlan, and across the main road (to the left), there are several restaurants right on the small lake. We didn't know how to...
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José Cuervo 73, Centro, 46400 Tequila, Jal., Mexico
Jose Cuervo dominates the central part of the town of Tequila. It has put a lot of money into its facilities to make them hospitable to visitors. They have some tours that take you through the tequila making process that are pretty interesting,...
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Ramón Corona & José Cuervo, Centro, 46400 Tequila, Jal., Mexico
Cholula is a restaurant owned by Jose Cuervo - right across the street from their distillery/emporium in central Tequila. The restaurant name comes from the hot sauce sold across the US that I love - and hadn't realized was tied to Cuervo. The...
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México, Centro, 46400 Tequila, Jal., Mexico
Just down the road from the main town square is this little bar that was made legendary by its owner, don Javier Delgado Corona. He created the Batanga cocktail in 1961. Its tequila blanc with coke, lime and salt. Not at all fancy, and Don Javier...