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mlgb Jan 22nd, 2020 11:54 AM

Checking in from Puebla
 
Took Estrella Roja from CDMX, no traffic. Uber from 4 Poniente station and am now checked into the "Botero Suite" at Hotel Casa de la Palma. Thanks crellston . Lots of character so far so good!

crellston Jan 22nd, 2020 09:23 PM

Excellent mlgb! Will be following along. Have a taco and mezcal for me!

mlgb Jan 23rd, 2020 12:17 AM


Originally Posted by crellston (Post 17051020)
Excellent mlgb! Will be following along. Have a taco and mezcal for me!

Tacos at Las Ranas accomplished.

Ice cream for dinner.🙂

ekscrunchy Jan 23rd, 2020 04:34 AM

I liked Las Ranas! There are two, facing each other. One is prettier than the other.

Daniel_Williams Jan 23rd, 2020 03:36 PM

Love the energy Puebla, particularly around the Plazuela de Los Sapos. So glad you made it there without a hitch. Enjoy the mole poblano and the chiles en nogada.

Have a great time! Daniel

mlgb Jan 23rd, 2020 06:22 PM

Thanks. Today rode the Turisbus to Cholula, Santa Maria Tonanzintla and San Francisco Acatepec. Ask for senior discount & it worked. Good guide and I felt it was enough time at the two small churches. Unfortunately too hazy to see volcanos.

Ice cream lunch.

El Mural de los Poblanos highly overrated. Dry as dust chicken filling in the enchilada that came with three moles. The dark one was nice but I shouldn't have had to ask for tortillas. Nothing else in the tasting menu was memorable, either. I did like the fresh churros from Puebla La Churreria.

Any better suggestions for mole poblano? I may just try one of the places across from the hotel, Loncheria de Cuchita or Casa del Mondrugo.





mlgb Jan 23rd, 2020 06:37 PM

PS did have delicious enchiladas with mole at Restaurant La Ceiba near Palenque.
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baldone Jan 23rd, 2020 07:12 PM

We've visited Puebla probably a dozen times or so over the last 15 years. Usually for just 1 or 2 nights on the way to Oaxaca or Veracruz. But we typically go to Mesón Sacrista, except for the last visit when wifey had some dietary restrictions. It was close to our go-to hotel, Hotel Colonial. But their Poblano has never disappointed, nor their sampler plate, which was a bit spicier. But I've also read a couple of TA reviews where they've slipped? I dunno. It's one of those places that we know, and that we know we like, but because of limited time we've not tried other spots. There may very well be better options.
As a PS, a recent article indicated that according to Mexicans, Puebla was considered the most dangerous city in Mexico. I've never felt that way at all. I'll look for the article and post it.

Daniel_Williams Jan 24th, 2020 04:41 AM

Great mole poblano? I thought the tres moles at la Mexicana, which I just happened upon across the street essentially from the NH Puebla in the Centro, was terrific.

mlgb Jan 24th, 2020 03:21 PM


Originally Posted by Daniel_Williams (Post 17051617)
Great mole poblano? I thought the tres moles at la Mexicana, which I just happened upon across the street essentially from the NH Puebla in the Centro, was terrific.

Thanks Daniel I have two more nights...

mlgb Jan 24th, 2020 05:27 PM

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This was dinner from Cemitas La Poblanita. They couldn't have been nicer and even take credit cards if you spend 100 MXN. It was enough for three people. And I could tell it was chicken, not beige dust. The roll was super. The regular Cemitas also looked good.

I had to visit La Pasita.
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I tried the one at lower right corner. Was warned that it was "a little strong".


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Daniel_Williams Jan 25th, 2020 06:01 AM

Cemitas are huge! Don’t know if they’re exclusively a Puebla thing but I’ve never seen them elsewhere in the country.

crellston Jan 25th, 2020 06:51 AM

That is one serous drink! Did you get back to the hotel ok?

mlgb Jan 25th, 2020 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by crellston (Post 17052217)
That is one serous drink! Did you get back to the hotel ok?

Much better than after my Pisco Sour experience when I got turned around leaving Plaza Bolivar!

I went to the museum at the ex convent Santa Rosa. Around the corner is El Mesón de Don Pancho. Satisfied with the Mole Poblano and excellent horchata that picks up the spices.
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MmePerdu Jan 25th, 2020 10:24 AM


Originally Posted by baldone (Post 17051498)
. . . As a PS, a recent article indicated that according to Mexicans, Puebla was considered the most dangerous city in Mexico. I've never felt that way at all. I'll look for the article and post it.

I'd like to know more, baldone. Dangerous how? For locals, certain areas or for everyone everywhere?

baldone Jan 25th, 2020 12:16 PM

Fwiw. And again, I've never considered Puebla unsafe. I also don't give much credence to 'feeling safe/unsafe' as a good barometer of actual safety.
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/73-...ere-they-live/
And this article, in Spanish, gives a graph of where/why Poblanos feel unsafe:
https://www.elsoldepuebla.com.mx/loc...t-4707702.html
Love the pics, mlgb. ˇSe me antoja mole!

mlgb Jan 25th, 2020 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by MmePerdu (Post 17052312)
I'd like to know more, baldone. Dangerous how? For locals, certain areas or for everyone everywhere?

I'm curious too. Not anything I had picked up in planning. Or in person.

MmePerdu Jan 25th, 2020 12:35 PM

Thanks, baldone, very interesting. I took note of Merida's standing as it's a place I've often thought about trying on for size. I wonder what the results would be for a similar survey of American cities?

mlgb Jan 25th, 2020 06:05 PM

Our guide from Celestun said that Yucatan is considered quite safe (except for the hurricanes). There are some really fancy houses around the north coast.

Today Popo seems to have belched. I briefly felt lightheaded but it could have also been the Tequila ice that the old lady sold me! I wandered up to the Teleferico in time to see the volcano at sunset.
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mlgb Jan 25th, 2020 06:28 PM

Wrapping up Puebla, I really enjoyed the time here. I'll remember the amazing colors of the churches and old structures, Museo Amparo prehispanic collection, buildings decorated with talavera and Baroque frosting, the original Talavera tiled kitchen at the ex-convent and the young guide there who did his best to lead me around in English and also suggested Don Pancho (walking part way there), the Saturday artesan market, churros, dulces tipicos, giant Cemitas and finally a good mole poblano (60MXN!).

Now on to Oaxaca tomorrow.
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