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Ben Herrera

Recent stories by Ben Herrera

October 14, 2014

Cafetería El Cuadrilátero: Torta (and Wrestle) Mania

By Ben Herrera
Mexico City -- Mexico City’s Centro Histórico is never a dull place. Combined with the massive crowds and the constant roar of honking horns, passing buses and shouting vendors, the sheer visual stimulus is enough to make one weak in the knees after an hour or so. Read more
June 5, 2013

Azul Histórico: From the Files of the Culinary Detective

By Ben Herrera
Mexico City -- There wouldn’t be much of a revived culinary scene in Mexico City without chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita. A kind of recipe detective and writer of several well-regarded Mexican cookbooks, including the superb Diccionario Enciclopédico de Gastronomía Mexicana, he has been even more successful in his restaurant ventures. Read more
May 27, 2013

Restaurante Nicos: A Family Affair

By Ben Herrera
Mexico City -- Restaurante Nicos got its start back in 1957, when María Elena Lugo Zermeño opened a small cafeteria in the middle-class Colonia Clavería neighborhood offering family recipes passed down through the generations. Over the years, the cafeteria evolved into a full-scale – and well-known – restaurant, one that pulls in customers from across the city with its excellent dishes and warm, inviting atmosphere. Read more