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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

December 14, 2019

Don Lázaro El Viajero: Lunch School

Mexico City |
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Mexico City -- In the tale of Don Lázaro El Viajero, a Spanish Jew named Lázaro L. Torra, escaping the fascist advance in that nation’s civil war, fled in 1939 to Mexico City – one of tens of thousands that then-President Lázaro Cárdenas invited to find refuge in Mexico amid the black conflict of that war. Read more
May 8, 2019

Kebab Nation: Spit-roasted Fusion

Mexico City |
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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

Mexico City |
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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