Food is everywhere in Mexico City, especially street food, but as vegetarians we had no idea what we could eat. It tempted but bewildered us and we kept our distance. We decided to take an Eat Mexico food tour of the city’s markets which included plenty of street eats too. Food tours have become our favourite way of learning more about the culture of a new place, and they come in especially useful when you are looking for information on something specific like meat-free eats.
With meals revolving around tortillas, beans, salsa and cheese it’s pretty easy to find vegetarian friendly Mexican food. In tourist-orientated Playa del Carmen there are some excellent Mexican and international restaurants. Here are some of our favourites from our three month stay.
DAC, the organic grocery store here in Playa del Carmen has an aisle dedicated to dried chiles. They sit in giant tubs with scoops to help yourself. Some are small and blood red, others large and coal black; all are wrinkled, pungent, and equal parts bewildering and enticing. I want to buy them but have no idea which to choose or what to do with them.
I’ve been bewildered by Mexican chiles since we arrived. The organic grocery store DAC here in Playa del Carmen has a few aisles of self-service tubs of dried chiles, their pungent smell enticing me to buy but I’ve had no idea what to do with them. This week we took a cooking class with Co.Cos Culinary School and I finally learnt what all those shrivelled red chiles were and what to do with them.
Vegetarians are in luck in Jordan: it’s very easy to survive without eating meat. Although vegetarianism as a concept isn’t widely understood (Jordanians love their meat) the food culture naturally relies on lots of fresh vegetables, beans and pulses. There are plenty of salads to choose from, lots of vegetable based dips to scoop up with flatbread, and tasty cheap snacks like falafel are easily found. Everything is flavourful from tangy to spicy with olive oil, lemon, garlic, parsley and mint featuring heavily.