Allegra Ben-Amotz is a writer, editor, and amateur chef living in Mexico City. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Afar, Roads & Kingdoms, Grub Street, and more.
Where to Find the Finest Fish Tacos
The beach town of Zihuatenejo is home to some of the best fish dishes in Mexico. The article includes three recipes from local restaurants.
Why Zihuatanejo Is Mexico’s Perfect Weekend Getaway
Zihuatanejo—a nearly undiscovered town—has a white sand beach, waterfront fish shacks, cool places to stay, and a laid-back vibe. This Pacific coast paradise is perfect for a quick escape from real life.
A local's guide to Mexico City
A guide to CDMX, with breakouts highlighting three off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods worthy of exploration.
On the Trail of Cochinita Pibil, the Yucatán’s Ancient Barbecue Tradition
History behind the classic Mexican dish cochinita pibil, along with a guide to where to find the best versions of the dish in Mérida.
This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other
Sour orange brings its bright and beguiling flavor to cuisines around the world - the humble fruit's fascinating history sees it transported from Asia to places like Mexico and Italy.
How Mexico City’s Restaurant Community Is Rallying to Offer Free Food and Comfort
Food is an essential part of the Mexican identity, so it makes sense that in the days following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, chefs and home cooks sprang into action, taking their place on the front lines of disaster relief in the country’s capital.
A man set up his al pastor stand in the middle of a park, deftly carving meat off a spit and piling it into tacos to feed hungry volunteers clad in hard hats. Women zigzagged around glass-littered sidewalks to carry vats of homemade tamales to...
How an Alien Landscape Became Mexico City’s Modernist Mecca
Mid-century architect Luis Barragán fused nature with tradition to create a neighborhood that felt both new and deeply rooted in local culture.
A riot of bold colors, stucco surfaces, and geometric angles, Mexico City is a design-lover’s dream. Its unique visual language, a modernism made Mexican, owes a major debt to one artist: the architect Luis Barragán. Recently named 2018’s World Design Capital by the World Design Organization (the first city in the Americas to receive the honor), Mexic...
Personal essay about losing my Iranian family's shared summer home in Long Island, and remembering the dish, the Persian rendition of stuffed grape leaves, that my grandmother made there.
Why Doubling Down on the Chile Is the Way to Go
The inside of Mary and Tito’s Restaurant on Albuquerque’s 4th Street doesn’t look like much: vinyl tablecloths, walls plastered with family photos. But the kitchen produces some of New Mexico’s best chile—not the meaty stew, spelled chili, served across the border in Texas, but the pepper-based s...
A Design Lover's Guide to Mexico City
My picks for the best-designed restaurants, stores, galleries and more in Mexico City.
The Unexpected Ingredient Mexico Should Be Known For
A damp morning mist hung over the highlands of Oaxaca. I was poorly dressed for the July rain and frustrated; I’d been foraging for almost an hour and had yet to spot a single toadstool.
Every year at the height of rainy season, the north Oaxacan town of Cuajimoloyas is host to the Feria de Hongo...
Everything You Need to Know About Día de los Muertos
Day of the Dead is deeply rooted in the tradition of honoring the deceased, but its iconic symbols and colorful celebrations have distinct lives of their own.