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James Young

James Young

CB Mexico City correspondent James has lived in the Mexican capital since 2000. He has a degree in experimental nuclear physics and has been published too often. He is a writer now for 13 years. He loves Mexico City and finding its hidden edible treasures.

Recent stories by James Young

May 8, 2019

Kebab Nation: Spit-roasted Fusion

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Mexico City -- At Culinary Backstreets, we tend to opt for tradition over trendy, street over chic. We delve into a city’s blind spots when it comes to local favorites. Taking that approach makes it too easy to dismiss new spots out of hand. Read more
March 23, 2019

Behind Bars: The Ghosts of Drinkers Past at Tío Pepe

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Mexico City -- For every level of society inside and outside Mexico, cantinas serve as both toxin and tonic for drink, song, jocularity, wit, mayhem and mishap. Tio Pepe, now thought to be the oldest such bar in the old Aztec capital, has provided both in equal measure since way before it received its present name in 1878. Read more
March 11, 2019

Sanadoras La Caldería: Slow Soup

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Mexico City -- We grew up in a household where drinking soup directly from the bowl was frowned upon, done only surreptitiously when Mom was looking away or as an act of impish rebellion, a bold unshackling from the spoon and its torment. Read more