Keeping up the Christmas Spirit
By Jade Arroyo
During these days of celebration, dieting is out and indulgence is in. To fight the cold and honor Mexican gastronomic tradition, grab a freshly made tamale and a sweet cup of atole at Ignacio Ramirez Market. You can choose from beef, chicken, or cheese tamales, and various flavors of creamy atole.
Once at the market, take the opportunity to stroll through the abundant Christmas craft stalls. You can find colorful piñatas, star-shaped tin lamps, and everything to build up your nativity scene (from the figure of the most humble shepherd to fresh hay).
Walk over to the Jardín, where you can take a photo next to this year’s cheery Christmas tree and view the charming traditional Nativity scene.
Are you hungry again? This is season of rosca de reyes (three kings cake), which, paired with steaming coffee makes an excellent snack. There are several bakeries in town where you can buy it. If you feel like having something very traditional, go to La Colmena (the blue door bakery) located on Reloj street. If you fancy something more gourmet, try those at Cumpanio (Correo and Recreo), or go to La Buena Vida, Hernandez Macias (across the street from Bellas Artes), for a healthy choice. If you do not want to make dinner, check the delicious menu at Garambullo Gourmet Fonda, Animas 46. You can call you can call 152 3388, or eat there.
When night falls, have a drink at the Luna bar at the Rosewood hotel. The place is charming, the cocktails flawless, and the night view of town fabulous.