Mezcal

Since I’m spending the summer in Mexico City visiting my wife’s family, I’ve had the occasion to eat at some good local restaurants, taquerías mostly. Today I wanted something a little bit more special, so I took the family out to a bit of a fancy place in Coyoacán, called el Corazón del Maguey.

El Corazón de Maguey

El Corazón de Maguey

We ate really well there, and the service was excellent. Ever since I went to Lisbon in February I love octopus, and when the waiter told me that they had octopus cooked with Mexican coffee and cocoa, I was sold, nevermind what else was on the menu. It was absolutely delicious!

Pulpo con Café y Cacao

Pulpo con Café y Cacao

I had read that this restaurant had hand-crafted Mezcal, so I asked for the drinks menu. After looking at it for a bit, the waiter came over and said “Here, try these two, they go well with the octopus”. And he was right. What a great salesman, because it didn’t take much to convince me to have a nice copa de mezcal, and, well, 1 turned into 3. The waiter really knew his Mezcal. He explained all about the different varieties and how they make them. I was very surprised by this: it turns out that one kind of mezcal is made by distilling it with fruits, and even more surprisingly, with raw chicken, turkey or pheasant breast! And thus, it is called Mezcal de Pechuga!

And now, back home after a nice walk around Coyoacán, getting soaked by rain again and escaping the rain by ducking into a nice ice cream and popsicle shop (I had Tequila ice cream, naturally), we finally made it back home. Dry, fed and tired,  I am now having some Mezcal de Pechuga that my mother-in-law had kept unopened for who knows how many years. And all is right in the world.

Mezcal de Pechuga

Mezcal de Pechuga

My only regret after this very pleasant day: that I didn’t bring my Jetpack team to this restaurant when they came to town last week. One of the perks of working for Automattic is that the different teams meet up, somewhere around the world, several times a year to work on projects and to get to know one another better*. I invited them to Mexico City since I was here already, and we had a great time (a post about the meetup is in the works), but I didn’t know about this restaurant then, and unfortunately, took them to the Sanborns right next door. I know, I know, Sanborns?! Right? What was I thinking?! 

In any case, today was a very good day, and I am going to bed content.

*As a distributed company, Automattic employees work everywhere around the world (my team-members live in Budapest, Uruguay, Maine, Seattle, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Carolina and New Mexico!). Because of this, face-to-face time is important. 

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