Mexico City, Day one

I am in Mexico City with my very best friend celebrating her birthday.  Why Mexico City?  A few reasons.  Warmth, Art, Food, Culture and we have both wanted to go for many years.  You certainly need to be relatively aware of where you are and what you are doing but Rio is the same and NYC used to be much more so. 

We are staying at Las Alcobas.  Great hotel in the perfect location.  Any area you can stroll around and is right off the park.  Simple modern rooms.  Also a great restaurant, Dulce Patria that we are going to tonight. 

Celery water
We walked around the corner for lunch and had ate Urbana.  Loved this.  Cucumber water.  Like being at a spa. 

Grilled shrimp
Grilled shrimp with this sweet sauce with pieces of pineapple.  The rice was amazing.  Tasted like cilantro for those of you who like cilantro.  I do.

Asparagus cheese
Split the grilled asparagus wrapped in an Oaxaca cheese that was just baked to perfect over a mixture of sauces.

Took a stroll through the neighborhood.  The architecture is pretty cool.  We walked into this building and this was the ceiling of the foyer.

Benessere is a concept shop.  Really put together well.  Clothes, furnishings, soaps, tea…you name it.

The building around the corner had a chocolate shop, a Japanese restaurant, an outdoor bar, a clothing store and a furniture store.  Architecturally just awesome.  An old building redone in a modern style. Check out this floor when you walk into the building.  All glass.

This is part of the building too.  Saw this from outside. 

The chocolate store, Fuga was there too.  Loved these tiny little chocolates.  They look like tiny cupcakes but they are made of chocolate. The sign inside said…chocolate doesn't make the world go round but it makes the ride worthwhile.  So true.

Stopped in this cute store that carried work from local artisans.  Food too.  Arte Indigena Contemporane

Kept walking and ended up in a gallery.  A photography gallery, Patricia Conde Galleria.  Loved this piece.  One of us is going to buy it.  They took us in the back and showed us everything they carried.  It was really interesting seeing all the Mexican photographers they carried.  Most of the work didn't resonate with me but was interesting their look on life in Mexico.

Back to the hotel for some r and r before dins…