Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 69
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Mole, mezcal, ceviche, cacao. Mexican cuisine is as diverse as it
is delicious. From Cancún to Oaxaca to Guanajuato, we'll take
you behind the scenes to discover some of our favorite food
and drinks, and share how ancient Mexican traditions have
shaped the country's modern culinary scene.
Did you know chili peppers are the number-one ingredient in traditional Mexican food?
And Aztecs considered cacao to be the food of the gods? Join us for a culinary journey as we
quench your cravings for (and curiosity about) some of Mexico's most popular food and drinks.
You'll find about a dozen types
of chilies used in traditional
Mexican cuisine, from spicy
habaneros to mellow poblanos.
Sample them in the classic
dish cochinita pibil or a local
favorite, chiles en nogada.
Loved in everything from
margaritas to ice cream,
prickly pear cactus has deep
roots in Mexico, with dozens
of unique varieties. Trace its
heritage back to ancient times
on Guanajuato's Nopal Route.
After Oaxaca's restaurants and
bars close for the night, grab a
freshly grilled elote from one
of the street vendors. Or visit
Mexico City's International
Maize and Wheat Improvement
Center to discover more about
the country's most famous crop.
Used for everything from
religious ceremonies to
treating colds, cacao beans
history dates back to the
Aztec and Mayan civilizations.
Visit the ruins on the Yucatán
Peninsula to learn about cacao
beans' early beginnings.
Of course, Mexico has so much more to offer than just tequila and tamales. Breathtaking
beaches, luxurious spas and hotels, impressive ruins, world-class golf courses, exciting water
sports, and a pulsating nightlife put this country at the top of travelers' must-see list.
Whether you decide to visit for the gastronomy, the gorgeous scenery, or the glimpse into
Mexico's rich past, your Virtuoso travel advisor has the insider connections and expert
guidance to make it a vacation you'll savor for years to come.
The Southern state of Oaxaca
boasts seven types of moles,
including negro, rojo, and
verde, to name a few. Stop by
Restaurant los Pacos to sample
them all, or purchase their mole
paste to make it at home.
For more fun facts about Mexico and to plan
your trip, connect with a Virtuoso travel advisor.
Only five states in Mexico can
legally grow blue agave for
tequila and mezcal, with more
than 80% grown in Jalisco
Watch the process by touring
the area's agave orchards,
distilleries, and tasting rooms.