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New video: Morenita Street Food Tour

The Morenita Street Food Tour is a 3-hour morning, afternoon o nighttime activity where we showcase the most delicious tacos, tortas, homemade mole, tostadas, churros, coffee, chocolate and fresh seasonal fruit. Guests visit colorful food markets and street stands alongside a local bilingual chef.

Morenita Street Food Tour

Photo by @elhuequito IG

Photo by @elhuequito IG

Of all the gastronomic range that exists in Mexico, there is a dish that has given us worldwide fame: el taco. Just a few months ago, el taco al pastor was recognized as the “Best Dish in the World” according to the ranking prepared by Taste Atlas, an awesome website of international food recommendations.

Netflix has also joined the furious rage with the series "Crónicas del Taco." Ubish Yaren, a local gastronomic expert, is featured in the first episode and now forms part of Morenita's select group of tour guides. Here are some details on the wonderful & educational caloric feast that is the Morenita Street Food Tour:

Photo by @elhuequito IG

Photo by @elhuequito IG

This downtown walking tour lasts two to three hours, which is plenty of time to savour and learn about tacos, tortas, homemade mole, tostadas, churros, coffee, chocolate and fresh seasonal fruit. Guests visit colorful food markets and street stands alongside a local bilingual chef.

You’ll tour two traditional taquerías, El Huequito and Los Cocuyos.

El Huequito opened at its first branch on City Hall Street, in 1959. Its star product is the taco al pastor, which is served in a very peculiar way, because the tortilla is rolled in a cylindrical way and the meat is seasoned differently from other places and the pork is slow-cooked before its charred.

Photo by:    chilango.com   .

Photo by: chilango.com.

Los Cocuyos is known as an "institution" of late-night tacos. The tiny locale (just two square meters) has been visited by chefs such as René Redzepi (from Noma in Copenhagen) and the beloved late Anthony Bourdain. This place has been open for over four decades and without a doubt is one of the classic premises of the Historic Center, one you can visit at any time, as its open 24/7/365.

Photo by @Morenita.Experience IG

Photo by @Morenita.Experience IG

The Morenita Street Food Tour also includes a stop at Mercado de San Juan on Calle Ernesto Pugibet, one of the oldest food markets in Mexico City. It was built inside the old cellar of the Cigarrera de Buen Tono. This market gained popularity due to its specialization in unique products & ingredients: from fine cheeses and imported meats, to insects, live lobsters, edible flowers, large game meats and even pre-Hispanic foods.

Photo by @eater IG

Photo by @eater IG

The tour ends with a sweet surprise, visiting the original 1935 El Moro churrería, and a traditional bakery called Ideal patisserie, also known as the “cake museum” for their huge cake towers.

For availability and rates on this delicious Morenita Tour please email: info@morenitaexperience.com

Jewish History of Mexico

Photo by: Sinagoga Justo Sierra.

Photo by: Sinagoga Justo Sierra.

I’ve been wanting to showcase the history of the Jewish people in Mexico and am so pleased to officially launch this new Morenita Tour. Here are some details:

Your guide is none other than Monica Unikel-Fasja, the director of the first synagogue in Mexico. She is the granddaughter of Polish-Jewish immigrants, and for more than 24 years, has dedicated herself to trace the legacy of Jewish migration in the early 20th century in the streets of the downtown of our Mexican capital.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

Her experience led her to participate in the restoration of the Justo Sierra Synagogue, a space that for the last decade has operated as a cultural center. Monica is also the author of the book "Synagogues of Mexico" and producer of the television documentary "The synagogue of Jesus Mary and other stories".

Photo by: Sefarad Asturias.

Photo by: Sefarad Asturias.

In this guided morning walk, guests encounter the living history of neighborhoods where Armenian, Lebanese, Spaniards and Eastern European Jews cohabited. Monica will take you into what once-were Kosher butcher shops and grocery stores that sold "der alter heim" (household goods), Yiddish bakeries and houses of prayer and study.

In Jesus Maria Street, you’ll visit the old shops where Jewish tailors made socks and underwear. There too are the patios of the "vecindades" (ghettos) where the Jews nurtured their social life and learned Mexican traditions. Monica will explain how during the process of cultural adaptation, polish immigrants replaced their names with Mexican versions - for example Masha became Maria.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

The grand finale of the route takes place in the same synagogue our hostess presides over. The enclosure is a faithful copy of a temple in Shavel, Lithuania. Once inside, you’ll see how it is divided into two floors: the upper gallery benches are occupied by women, while the lower ones are assigned to men and children, and in this part there are the sacred scrolls of the Torah.

Behind the bimá, the pulpit from which the prayers are directed, is an arc called "arón hakodesh", which protects the sacred texts under a blue velvet curtain.

For availability and rates on this fascinating Morenita Tour please email: info@morenitaexperience.com