Metepec was our home base for two weeks in Mexico. A suburb west of Mexico City, gated neighborhoods and big box stores dominate the landscape.
This is where we met Bariloche, the humongous and loveable dog of our host – my aunt’s cousin. The best host ever, she took as all over Mexico City and the surrounding region. We never had a dull moment, out from morning to evening getting a taste of Mexico.
Aside from touring around, we also ate our way around town – from taco stands to fancy restaurants. The many delicious meals I had really put Mexico on the map for me in terms of culinary favorites. I would say Mexico is on par with France and Italy for the amazing regional dishes offered. However, it is true that I hardly ate any vegetables the whole time. Salads are not big there, nor is serving meals with a side of veges. But I made do with mushroom empanadas and nopales (cactus) tacos.
These are a few places you must try if you find yourself in Metepec:
- Cócono – a higher end restaurant with impeccable service, amazing desserts and tasty drinks
- Los Focuitos – the best al pastor tacos, ever!
- Toks – a classy diner, we ate breakfast here almost every day; I loved their omelet stuffed with squash and spicy tomato sauce
One of my favorite parts of Metepec was downtown, the primary location of the many artisans in the city. Clay is the main medium of choice, with shop after shop selling cooking pots, jarros (similar to a coffee mug), and wall decorations in the shape of the sun. In particular, Metepec is famous for the Arbol de la Vida (tree of life) – a sculpture of a tree depicting images of the biblical creation story.