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Pujol2010_0361 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF

Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico

Pujol2010_0361 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo © Pujol)

PUJOL

(52) 5 545 3507
Francisco Petrarca 254 Polanco
México, D.F. 11570

www.pujol.com.mx

OPEN HOURS:
2:00 pm – 3:30pm  Monday – Saturday
8:00 pm – 10:30pm  Monday – Saturday

The above photo illustrates the combination of traditional and modern culinary thought  by celebrated chef Enrique Olvera.  Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America Snr. Olvera set himself back in the culinary mecca of DF.   Rather then imitating the New York food scene, Enrique opened Pujol with a daring approach – combing modern culinary techniques with the traditional ancient jewels of Mexican cuisine.

You can taste his success, but if you are looking for rankings, in 2012 Pujol ranked number 36th best restaurant in the world.  In 2014 we see a big jump up to number 20.  Kudos to well deserved accolades.

Pujol offers two tasting menus: ocean and earth.  We ordered both, only adjusting Earth to be vegetarian.  Thankfully – and contrary to many cities – this request was not an issue; quite contrary, the chef was pleased to adapt and create special courses for us.

As an overture to our evening we were presented with perfectly round pumpkin emitting a aromatic smoke.  Inside, to our delight, were smoked elotes skewers (baby corns) with a dipping coffee mayonnaise and ant dust.

An then the parade of mezcals and memorable delights began, starting with an extensive list of mezcals and the best sangritas we had in all of Mexico!

Service was to the top, no pretension and just lovely service. Again, like  Biko and Dulce Patria, the sommeliers and waiters, were educated patient and knowledgeable; giving detailed descriptions and answers to our endless list of questions.

 

Pujol_005 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   the salsas

From left to right:
Salsa Roja: roasted garlic, onion, manzano and habanero chiles
Salsa Yucateca: pumpkin seeds, chamomile, lime and cilantro
Salsa Verde: habanero chiles, cilantro with its roots y and tomatillo

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Pujol_006 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo chicharron de queso © Pujol)

Chicharron de Queso is a cheese tuile topped with three different avocado puree; one with chapulines (grasshoppers); the second one with pico de gallo (fresh chopped red onion, tomato, chile and lime) and the third avocado pure topped with tomatillo, cilntro and a bit of green chile.

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Thin avocado slices replacing a traditional deep fried flauta tortilla, filled with shrimp and octopus and a crunchy surprise, along with a chipotle mayonnaise on cilantro emulsion

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Pujol_004 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo © Pujol)

Inflaita de huevo is an inflated fried tortilla filled with potato mousse, a little bit of black bean puree, red chile sauce with chapulines (grasshoppers) and wild cilantro topped with a perfectly cooked egg.  Yes it is a sous vide cooked egg – perfect texture all around.

Pujol_010 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   Heirloom tomato salad with breaded Oaxaca cheese balls resting over avocado puree, fried tomato skin, bean leafs, sesame and chili vinaigrette.  On this dish the fried tomato skin was a revelation on color, texture and flavor

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One grilled octopus tentacle tempura’d on one end and topped with pico de gallo (fresh chopped red onion, tomato, chile and lime) on the other.  Adorned with olive sauce and basil reduction.

This dish has a striking presentation and is cooked point to perfection.  This is one of the menu items were you can clearly appreciate the quality and freshness of the ingredients and see where the top ranking is deserved.

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Fish (robalo) ceviche taco; the tortilla was made with chayote and hoja santa topped with black bean puree, serrano chile, totomoxtle (the dried husk of an ear of corn) powder and dry chiles with lime juice.

Pujol_ Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   above photo © Adam Goldberg

Pan seared Guachinango (red snapper) with ginger orange mojo (garlic sauce) and tatemado (tatemar is a special charring technique in Mexican culinary that utilizes a cast iron pan)  male plantain and onion puree

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Thinly blown sugar sphere filled with piloncillo  (unrefined sugar that is commonly used in Mexican cooking), ice cream and guava puree.  It is topped with tiny lime meringues, peanut powder, amaranth crumble and mandarin gelatin.

We don’t know what was more impressive, the texture or the flavours – not to mention the super skilled pastry kitchen, blowing sugar so thin and perfect requires years of practice and patience.

Pujol__04 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   above photo © Adam Goldberg

Cremoso de Aguacate is an avocado cream with salted macadamias coconut ice cream almond crumble  and coconut gelatin

 

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Caramelized camote (sweet potato) crunchy amaranth tuile, yogurt ice cream, milk panacotta y  guayabato (large guava with pink flesh) puree all the ingredients complemented each other seamlessly.

 

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Lime margarita granita with cointreau cream and meringues topped with lemon zest and  begonia dragon petals, not only beautiful but very refreshing like a bowl of snow.

Pujol__05 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   above photo © Adam Goldberg

At the very end of our meal we had the Chipilín Sorbet.  Chipilin in an herb similar to the verdolaga and it grows in southern Mexico places like Chiapas and Oaxaca. It was flambe’d in mescal in a colorful last performance.

Pujol_000 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo The very skilled team that makes it happen)
Pujol_001 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo The Sous Chef)
Pujol_017 Pujol  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Michelin Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Glorious Food Food Fine Dining DF   (above photo Super Chef Enrrique Olvera © Pujol)
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Sense Appeal – Toronto Canada

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Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters

(1) 416 203 0023
6 Spadina Ave,
Toronto, Canada

www.senseappeal.ca

OPEN HOURS:
7:30  – 18:00      Mon – Fri
9:00  – 17:00      Sat – Sun
Bar far the best coffee we found in Toronto – happily complimented with amazing pastries and a perfect baklava.  The croissants are perfect due to obvious top-notch baking skills combined with high-end (mostly organic) ingredients.  A winning combination every time.
Delicious daily planed lunch menus round out a lovely location.  These tasty lunches sell out early in the afternoon – so don’t dawdle!
Note that the the entrance is not obvious as you go through the lobby of an office building.  Keep an eye out for the window display.
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Nyood Restaurant – Totonto, Canada

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Nyood Restaurant

(1) 416 466-1888
1096 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, Canada

www.nyood.ca

OPEN HOURS:
DINNER
6:00 pm – 10:00pm    Wednesdays  –  Thursday
6:00 pm – 11:00pm    Friday -Saturdays
BRUNCH
11:00 am – 3:00pm    Saturdays – Sunday

Beautiful contemporary design with a dash of an austere industrial look – striped marble counter tops decorated, attractive wall textures and custom lighting by design firm Commute Home –   belies the warmth found with the staff and food.  One special detail we loved was they presented us the bill inside a book.  Nyood is quite stylish and still retains charm – worth checking it out.

Executive chef Ariel Copland, created a menu with a little of everything. We went for brunch and had a very pleasant experience – with food and excellent service; our bartender was very attentive and offer great tips about the city.  He even helped me work through some morning crankiness with an espresso and a smile!

During our visit the the ambiance was quite chill and relaxed, but we hear the restaurant takes a very different direction at night.  Word is it becomes a full on party scene – and with the plethora of open space, one could easily envision a chic crowd getting down!

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Nyood_-014 Nyood Restaurant  -  Totonto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Nyood Restaurant Nyood Food Canada   Spanish Flatbread  sunny-side up eggs, roast tomato, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeño

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Nyood_-012 Nyood Restaurant  -  Totonto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Nyood Restaurant Nyood Food Canada   Egg white omelet hen of the woods mushrooms, rapini, cashews, gruyère

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Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen – Mexico City

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Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen

Arcos de Belem y Lopez
Centro 06010, México, D.F.

Mexico city has numerous food markets and some of them share the same name, which makes it a bit difficult for the visitor to get to the desired destinations.  The Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Belén,  is different from the famous Mercado de San Juan – which was our destination.  Since we were never able to get a set address and following a multitude of different directions, we found ourselves at here.  Funny enough, it was after a few days later that we realizes it was a different Mercado de San Juan!!!

Fortunately our surprise detour brought us to roughly 125 square meters and 400 stales of fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, nuts & seeds, meats, chiles, moles, juices and so on.  At first the view of hanging strings with colorful plastic bags and signs everywhere advertising all the wonders of a traditional Mexican food market was a bit overwhelming.

After walking the through all the stimulating aisles of market, we decided to eat at Gloria y Familia Taco Placero located in stalls 191, 208 & 209.  Her selection of prepared foods grilled vegetables, rices, stewed huitlacoche, salsas, salads, tamales, beans and soups, seduced our senses each time we passed by.  It was also appeared as the most veggie friendly place with its series of ceramic trays displaying all kinds of delectables.

Our lunch really consisted of food that could be used as vehicles for all the different hot sauces.  Gloria had at least 10 different kind of freshly made salsas and hot sauces in her booth; all delicious and full of happiness!  So much so, that at the end, we asked here to fill our empty water bottles to carry these bursting flavors with us.

We ate grilled nopal cactus, sated onions, yellow rice and vegetable rice, many herbs native to Mexico, as well as stuffed poblano chiles, tamal (a corn based dough wrapped in a leaf, which is steamed or boiled) and elote.

After lunch, we stopped at a few stalls to buy moles and chiles. Our favorite stall being Moles Sarita (55182235) stalls 194 & 195.  Here we stuffed our bags with a generous sampler of moles and chiles.  In general every place we inquired the people seemed friendly and prompt to answer our many questions regarding names, origins and usages on all the wonderful foods.

Mercado-de-San-Juan_-003 Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen  -  Mexico City Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Food Market   Fruit salad with topped with grated cheese
Mercado-de-San-Juan_-008 Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen  -  Mexico City Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Food Market   Foreground – chiles cereza ; Background – chiles mora (measures about 4 cm in length)
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Mercado-de-San-Juan_-006 Mercado de San Juan Arcos de Bélen  -  Mexico City Mexico Mexico DF  Vegetarian Friendly Mexico City Mexico Mexican Food Food Market   Moles Sarita, stalls 194 & 195
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Ursa Restaurant – Toronto, Canada

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Ursa Restaurant

(1) 416 536-8963
924 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M6J 1G9, Canada

www.ursa-restaurant.com

OPEN HOURS:
6:00 pm – 11:00pm    Daily

Our favorite restaurant in Toronto by far, Ursa takes a modernist approach to the local, farm-to-table, blah blah blah.  Chef Nathan utilizes techniques such as sous vide, dehydration and fast freezing combined with high quality, guilt free ingredients to create something truly world class.

Reservations are highly recommended for tables, but if you are a bar-diner, Ursa is a great location for it.  We were supremely grateful and happy to have met the head bar tender and exceptional mixologist Robin Goodfellow (beware his bionic hearing!).  True to his namesake, his drinks were magical and easily could have featured in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Among his many whimsical potions, Robin introduced us to the shrub, also known as drinking vinegar. These infused vinegars originated in the 17th century as medicinal tonics, and are completely addictive.

Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to go a second time, but we will deferentially go back. Friends have since dined there and have agreed 100% that Ursa is the best of Toronto.

Here is our meal.  Just know that the aesthetic was completely secondary to the flavor and texture  🙂

Ursa-001 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   To accompany our wonderful cocktails we ordered the dehydrated raw bread with cultured butter.
Ursa-011 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Raw kona kampachi with hazelnut apple compote burdock and maltodextrin love

 

Ursa-007 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Georgian bay white grilled fish with confit leeks and potato, cottail aebleskiver (danish doughnut) and lingonberry bourbon bernaise.

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The Living Sprout Salad was a melange of colours, textures and play.  The plate was more a landscape design then a salad.  Each vegetable root or flower was carefully placed to be admired, be they dehydrated, cooked or marinated.  On the side was a tray cradeling a small garden box of sprouts and a pair of Japanese gardening scissors.  You cut the sprouts yourself and garnished the salad along with the most amazing verijus dressing.

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House made tofu with crispy edamame, yuba (tofu skin), okara, dashi foam with enoki and shimeji mushrrooms
Ursa-012 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Hazelnut bon bon cannelle decorated with pink lady apple chips

 

Ursa-014 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Athol Brose cocktail; blended scotch, oatmeal, honey, egg white and nutmeg.
A meal on it’s own!  I had one for dessert!
Ursa-019 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Robin Goodfellow, mixologist supreme