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On the heels of his successful Spanish-language series Las Crónicas del Conde (“The Chronicles of Conde”), Francisco de Santiago (“Paco”), our lead guide in Mexico City who goes by Conde Pétatl on Instagram, will be launching a new round of English-language Instagram Live conversations on Monday, June 22. Over the course of 10 talks, he will delve into Mexican culinary culture, history and tradition with a wide range of esteemed guests, including chefs, journalists and experts.

Paco is a Mexico City native who has a deep passion for his country’s cuisine. He is also a kind of renaissance man – a former champion chess player, bullfighter and more recently, a professional gastro-guide. These days, Paco focuses on the antojitos, or little culinary cravings of his hometown, which are a hallmark of a culinary tour of the city with him.

Here is the full line-up, with all talks starting at 7 p.m. CDT:

Monday, June 22 – Alondra Maldonado, The Hidden Flavors of Nayarit

Thursday, June 25 – Alejandro Escalante, All About Tacos

Monday, June 29 – Pete Mezcales, The Mysteries of Mezcal

Thursday, July 2 – Chef Bossuet, Chiapas: Mexico’s Next Culinary Hot Spot

Monday, July 6 – José Ralat, Not All Tacos Are Mexican

Thursday, July 9 – Scott Koenig, What’s Cooking in Baja California’s Wine Country

Monday, July 13 – Rafael Mier, México Tastes Like Corn (México Sabe a Maíz)

Thursday, July 16 – Ruth Alegría, Taste Routes of México

Tuesday, July 21 – Rick Bayless, Culinary Exploration in Mexico City: An Anthropologist’s First Experiences

Thursday, July 23 – Lillian Avilés, Tourism in the Time of Coronavirus

Monday, July 27 – Nick Zukin, A Barbacoa Tour of Mexico

Wednesday, July 29 – Cristina Potters

To join the live videos, head to our Instagram account. When we’re live, the @culinarybackstreets profile picture will appear with a colorful ring around it and the word Live. Tap the profile picture to view the live video. When our live stream ends, the video will be available to watch on IGTV.

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