On the List


If anyone has Mexico City on the bucket list, it is also important to put “El Moro” on that same list. After all, it’s on the list of Bon Appetit’s 100 most important food experiences in the world. Or something like that.

The place is a holiday tradition. They pretty much serve only two items. First, they serve churros, shown below, deep fried and then rolled in a sugar-cinnamon mix. It’s a good break from a baseline healthy diet.


Second, this place serves hot chocolate. But it is the Mecca of hot chocolate. People forget chocolate is an Aztec word. The stuff is indigenous to Mexico and brought back to Europe by the Spanish. Europeans from Belgium to Switzerland then launched their imitations.


El Moro serves several kinds, each with a different flavor, each slowly cooked up on a giant stove top by people who have worked here for decades. The four varieties of hot chocolate are Mexican, Spanish, French, and Swiss.

El Moro has been open every day since the Revolution, and usually 24 hours a day. I’m telling you, no one does chocolate better.

I took good photographs. While I figured out my over-exposure problem with the D300, I still have not figured out how to transfer photos to my laptop. It’s a different system than the D90.

Meantime, I went to the camera district and purchased, for just 100 dollars equivalent in pesos, a Pentax K1000 from the late 1970s – which I once had when I was a teenager. I also got black and white film and will eventually outfit a working darkroom once again.

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I will post tomorrow evening, after flying from Mexico City to Panama City.

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