Chowing Down with Chowzter
It was an honor to be invited to participate in Chowzter’s second annual “Tastiest Fast Feast Awards” ceremony in London recently. As representative of several key cities in Mexico as well as Havana, Cuba, I arrived in the foggy town with rather heavy gustatory weight on my shoulders. Mexico did indeed take home a trophy, for the Tastiest Dish in Latin America: Mole Poblano @ La Casita Poblana, Puebla, nominated by fellow chief Chowzter Rebecca Smith Hurd. Havana’s Pollo Aljibe, my nomination, lost out, but it’s always nice to be recognized, as Joan Crawford would say.
The event-packed weekend took place at the same time as S. Pellegrino’s “50 Best Restaurants” awards, as an antidote to the pomp of said extravaganza. At the Chowzter event, sixty dishes from around the world were nominated, and sixteen were awarded at the final gala event held at L’Anima Café, a tony new Italian venue.
Outstanding Contribution: Maria Luisa Ríos, an extraordinary woman who faces adversity every day while continuing to promote the gastronomy of her native country, Venezuela. See her blog: www.milsabores.net
Mercado Roma is open. The beautifully designed space features upscale but accessible dining and shopping. A welcome addition to the constantly morphing Colonia Roma. Querétaro 22, between Medellín & Monterrey, open 9-7 daily.
Casa Virginia is chef Mónica Patiño's latest venture, located above Delirio at the corner of Alvaro Obregón & Monterrey, the Porfiriana house is beautifully restored and home-style food is delicious - but noise can be a problem. Tel. 5207 1813; you'll need a reservation.
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