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A Weekend in Mexico City

Back in February I was lucky enough to go to Mexico City for work. It’s always been a dream of mine to go, as I am a massive fan of Mexican food and culture, and I spent one of the best weeks of my life there. I was there for a week, and most of it was spent working – it ended up being an extremely hectic week. I managed to extend the trip so I got the weekend there, and was lucky enough that one of my friends from school recently moved back, so I was able to get some incredible recommendations.

I absolutely fell in love with the city, and would love to go back one day – but I managed to pack quite a bit into my weekend!

Sightseeing, Museums and Culture

I started out staying in the Reforma neighbourhood, so extremely near the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, Bella Artes, and the Franz Mayer Museum.

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I’ve loved Frida Kahlo’s work ever since I can remember, so a visit to Casa Azul was an absolute must for me. I had one of the most memorable mornings of my life there, and couldn’t recommend it enough. I thoroughly recommend buying tickets in advance though, as you’ll be queuing for hours otherwise.

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After Casa Azul, I spent some time wandering around the Coyoacan neighbourhood, too – although the market there was pretty overrated (I’ve got some great recommendations for shopping coming up).

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The museums in Mexico City were really amazing – I managed to get to the National Museum of Anthropology, which was also walking distance from the Museo Tamayo.

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I also wandered around Zocalo, and walked up to the top of Chapultepec Castle.

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Shopping and Eating

My wonderful friend Mercedes gave me the best recommendation for shopping in Mexico City – Bazaar Sabado (or Saturday Bazaar) in San Angel. It’s only on Saturdays, but they had the most beautiful and unusual pieces – not your usual tourist tat. We also stopped off at La Camelia Cantabar for delicious ceviche and chicharrones (pork crackling). It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

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That’s not to say I’m above the usual tourist tat – I managed to pick up several souvenirs at the Mercado de Artesanias, where they had some amazing agua frescas and quesadillas, too.

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Other foodie highlights included La Cerveceria de Barrio for their fish tostadas, and Taqueria El Caifan for their tacos.

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Going out

The nightlife was excellent in Mexico City, but two particular highlights were a Mezcal bar called Bosforo (where they also served quesadillas with crickets) – they had excellent Mezcal and cocktails there. For dancing, I had an excellent time at Cafe Paraiso – it was so much fun.

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Getting around

I spent most of the time getting Ubers, but spent the last day getting a Turibus around, which was cheap and a fantastic way to see the whole city.

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Paradise Cove

No trip to Hawaii would be complete without visiting a luau.

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It’s unbelievably touristy, and incredibly kitschy, but it’s just one of those things you really have to throw yourself into. We went to Paradise Cove on my last trip, and I had such a fun evening – it was really fun to be surrounded by people visiting from totally different points in their life. You’d be sat next to those celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, to those on their honeymoon – all sitting round a big table, family-style.

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Whenever you book any touristy trips like luaus, scuba tours, or even when you are getting souvenirs, I’d thoroughly recommend going to the Swap Meet and Market Place at Aloha Stadium. It’s on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and you can find your usual tourist tat as well as deals on tours for a fraction of the price you’d find in Waikiki.

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You have to go in prepared for the level of cheesiness, but watching people dance with fire is always a good time, especially when there are Mai Tais involved!

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The sunset alone is worth going for – it’s absolutely breathtaking.

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Bottomless Brunch at Tootoomoo

I love bottomless brunch.

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But there’s only so much enthusiasm you can muster up for poached eggs and avocado on toast (again) with a couple of watery mimosas. So when I was invited along to try Tootoomoo’s offering, I was pretty excited – Pan-Asian tapas is exactly what I crave on a hangover, so I dragged along a close friend (also similarly hungover) to check it out.

We popped into the Islington branch of Tootoomoo for their Bottomless Brunch offering, which is £35 a head for 1.5 hours, or £45 per person for 2 hours with drinks. You can get unlimited drinks and food between 12-6pm, and pretty much get your pick of the menu – a wide range of Asian tapas.

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We started off with a jug of the Elderflower Tootoomoo, a gin, elderflower and mint cocktail before ordering our first round of dishes – wanton soup, chicken gyoza, salmon sashimi and soft shell crab tempura.

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All the food was delicious, although the soft shell crab was a particular highlight – the only downside being that there was only one waitress who seemed to be rushed off of her feet, so there was a little bit of a wait.

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Despite the slight wait, the brunch was extremely good value, and really delicious. Once we polished off our gin, we moved onto the passionfruit caipirinha which was also really good, along with an order of BBQ Pork Ribs, vegetable potstickers and spring rolls.

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All in all, I thought that the bottomless brunch at Tootoomoo was fantastic value for the quality and the quantity of food. The only thing I would hope is that they hire more staff for the weekend – especially around 1pm when it gets a little busy!

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Hawaii Food Tour

One of the things I love the most about Hawaii is how multicultural it is. The different cultures and traditions really come alive in the cuisine – so during my last visit, we decided to go on a food tour.

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There were quite a few options to choose from, but we decided on the Hole-in-the-Wall tour from Hawaii Food Tours. It was by far the best reviewed, and just what we were looking for – we wanted to explore Honolulu a little more. $129 a head includes all the food for the day and transportation. The tour bus will pick you up from most of the hotels in Waikiki, but as my mom is kama’aina (a local) now, we headed for the Ala Moana Hotel pickup at 9.30am.

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The tour included a great mix of cuisines, and it was really interesting to learn a bit more about Hawaiian history, too. My particular favourites were the manapuas (Hawaiian cha siu bao) and the malasadas.

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I definitely recommend going on an empty stomach, as you will be stuffed by the end of the tour! The guides, Daniel and Krystal, were extremely friendly, lovely, and knowledgable – and the day we went on the tour was one of the highlights of my last trip.

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I was also really glad to have been able to take my mom on the tour as well, as she now knows a few more places than she used to.

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The Kitty Hawk

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I find Finsbury Square a bit of a funny one when it comes to restaurant recommendations – particularly when it comes to recommending somewhere that isn’t just a Pret, or isn’t too casual. If I want a meal that comes with nice wine, I’d usually head a little further east, away from the usual pizzerias. I found The Kitty Hawk to have a really nice atmosphere – the decor was spot on, and the service was really fantastic.

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We popped in on a Thursday evening, and the bar upstairs was heaving. We were based on the lower ground, which was thankfully a lot quieter, and we were really taken care of extremely well by the staff.

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I opted for one of their West Country steaks, served rare, which came with chips cooked in beef dripping. I also ordered the chimichurri sauce –  if you are a coriander fan, I’d definitely recommend it.

My date opted for the steak tartare – one of my absolute favourites.

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I don’t usually go for desserts, but I really couldn’t resist the warm winter crumble – the almonds in the crumble topped with the creme anglaise was seriously good. My date opted for the tarte tatin, which looked stunning.

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I really enjoyed my meal at The Kitty Hawk, and would highly recommend it as a nice place to take business clients to – our meal, along with a couple of glasses of wine each set us back just over £80, so it’s not somewhere I’d pop in for a quick bite! However, the wine was delicious, the service excellent, and the location perfect, and has a nice atmosphere too.

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