Estela de Luz – Mexico City, Mexico

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Estela de Luz

Monument
Paseo de la Reforma 509,
Nueva Cobertura, México, D.F.

To honor Mexico’s 200th year of independence from Spain, an open competition produced the impressive Estela de Luz.
The winning design by architect César Pérez Becerril consists of 1,700 panels of  translucent quartz designed on a 104 meters height structure.  It is a real marvel, this ‘Pillar of Light’.
César Pérez in conjunction with Austrian Robert Müller, devised a special engineered material that expands the light homogeneously across the entire panel creating the strong effect.
Located next to the main entrance to Chapultepec Park, we found one of the more interesting things about the Estela de Luz to be how it easily transformed in perspective.  Sometimes it would seem it’s normal size, other times it would feel like it was a 1,000 meters tall … but kilometers away!
Viva Mexico!
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Celeste House – Mexico City, Mexico

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Celeste House

(55) 2 614 6031
(55) 5 531.8309
11590 Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
(corner of Darwin & Kepler)
C.P. 11590, México, D.F.

www.celeste.com.mx

OPEN HOURS:
Champagne Tea Room
12:00 pm – 2:00am Monday Saturday
12:00 pm – 7:00pm Sundays
Cebeth Apothecary & Gallery Store
10:00 am – 7:00pm Monday Saturday

Envisioned in 2010 by Celeste Magazine editor Vanesa Fernández and her husband artist Aldo Chaparro this amazing gallery lives in a very chic 1940s house restored by Productora Architects.  The result is a truly amazing job – specifically the ingenious placement of the cement tiles and the design of a modernist Vienna coffee shop.

 

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The house is located in the Anzures neighborhood of Mexico City, a lovely area where every street is named after a literary author.

The House has three sections:
First is the Concept store/gallery, were one can find all sort of interesting items. They include paintings, functional and nonfunctional objects, rare fossils, collectible fashion, jewelry and more.  Products from around the globe, and others ether designed by Aldo and Vanessa or the top designers in Mexico.  Celeste House really shows breadth of design contained in this world-class metropolis.

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Continuing on one finds a homeopathic apothecary specialized in phytotherapy treatments.  Here, personalized formulas are created in a very Victorian way for each customer.

The third, and most delicious part, is the champagne tea room.  While Viennese in design, they serve the classic English ritual; complete with tiered plates of pastries, scones and small sandwiches.  They also offer a rich Champagne menu as well as an extraordinary selection of teas.   Top this off with Cantonese-style  Dim Sum, and during the late evening, Celeste transforms to a destination for the  trendy and happening.

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Celti Restaurant – Tulum, Mexico

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Celti Restaurant

(52) 1 984 108 0681
Calle Polar Ponte S/N, Centro,
Tulum Quintana Roo. CP 77780, Mexico

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Open Hours:
17:00 – 22:00  Thursday – Tuesday

On a quiet back street of downtown Tulum on February 2oth 2004 chef Claudia Perez Rivas, turn her house into a most delightful and charming restaurant, a destination

The complimentary tasting plate is alone a marvel,  with Xicatic sauce, mini requeson and chile serrano quesadillas, pelliscadas, a miniature tostadatopped with beans and cheese,  the best bread and queso fresco with betavel (beet) jam and a vegetarian tamale made with corn, butter and garlic – it is quite the experience.

Be sure to have a Topil soup and a Tamarind Margarita to round out the starters.

 

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The menu was authentic and varied to suit a variety of palates and is vegetarian friendly.

The Mexican zucchini, stuffed and baked with vegetables and chaya (wild spinach) over a bed of roasted tomatoe sauce and Stuffed poblano pepper with huithacoche (corn fungus) and red peanut mole are two standouts.

On our second visit a  year later – same menu -  we tried the same dishes plus the fish with huithacoche sauce.  This combination was not as successful as the others; but overall it was a nice, if similar, experience.

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