Tequila Tales, by Peggy Sijswerda

July 8, 2009


Image provided by Mundo Cuervo

Image provided by Mundo Cuervo



TEQUILA stars (Guadalajara and Villa Ganz as best supporting actors) in in this month’s edition of Ventana Monthly Magazine

Forget about shot glasses and margarita mix, fine tequila is a sipping spirit. Here, we travel to the source: the birthplace of Mexico’s national drink. By Peggy Sijswerda.

To read the full article, please click on the link below (I am experiencing a glitch and this will open another window that displays the same link. Please click there as well to open the PDF file)

Ventana Monthly Magazine – Tequila


Street Food Experience in Querétaro

June 24, 2009

Julie Carmann, a native of Nebraska who blogs on Midwesterner in Mexico, the life and times of a gringa in Mexico City, recently wrote a colorful post on her experience with Queretaro street food titled  “We are one with Street Food Vendors of Querétaro”. Here’s a tasty bit…

We felt obligated to take advantage of both of us having New Year’s Day 2009 off from work, and so parlayed it into a 2-night stay in Querétaro, a town of ~1.6 million people located two hours northwest of Mexico City. Our recent string of luck continued, as we happened upon yet another holiday festival– the town squares were bustling with folks celebrating the New Year with their families & street vendors doing a “land office business”, as we like to say back in the Midwest.

I will admit, I have been a bit shy about partaking from street vendors during my stay in México thus far. The food always (well, almost always) looks amazing, but my stomach is not über-resiliant to new bacteria friends in general, and YMMV when it comes to hygiene practices at any given food cart. However, the delights being proffered in the aisles of vendors along the north & south sides of Jardin Zenea were attractive enough to inspire me to gamble.

Read the full blog post at Midwesternerinmexico

Wine Ice in Queretaro, Mexico

June 20, 2009

Travel writer Karen Catchpole recently visited the city of Queretaro as part of her Trans-America Journey. When booking Karen into the Doña Urraca hotel, our Mexico Boutique Hotels’ concierge Rocio suggested she visit a special ice cream shop. Turns out it was something to write home about…


Meson Sacristia de La Compania: “More than a hotel, a thrilling experience”

June 10, 2009

One of our clients—a traveler from NY— wrote in to tell us about the Tripadvisor review she posted upon coming back from her trip to Puebla. We thank her for sharing the experience!

My friend and I signed up for a week of cooking lessons at this delightful boutique hotel with only 8 rooms. All of the details were handled graciously by one Rocio Martinez Quintal at MexicoBoutiqueHotels.com. No question was too trivial and many suggestions for other activities were generously offered and gratefully accepted.

The hotel was converted from a Colonial Spanish mansion and furnished with antiques, each one with a story to tell. We stayed in Pila Bautismal because it had separate beds. Everything was perfect except for the noise from the street, but earplugs dealt with that. The location was superb, just a couple blocks from the zocalo.

The staff at the hotel were so welcoming; we felt like honored guests. The owner or manager, Leobaldo was even there to greet us. The concierge Alejandro did everything he could to please us. The waiters in the top-notch restaurant were all pleasant and patient with my Spanish.

The chef, Alonso Hernandez, and his assistant and translator Liz did a great job of imparting their knowledge of technique, all the way through to presentation and garnishing. We are not beginning cooks but I think the two of them could handle rank beginners with ease because the instruction was so clear.

I think I am running on too long but I need to mention that the cooking week also included extras, like a trip to the market, a walking tour of downtown Puebla and several dinners. I think this would be a splendid trip for anyone who wants more out of Mexico than lying on a beach.

Many thanks for taking the time to tell people about your experience Ms. Kroop. We appreciate it!

On The Tequila Trail, by Shane Mitchell

October 4, 2006

An interesting article about Shane Mitchells’ experience in the land of Tequila as featured in Travel + Leisure.

In the volcanic hills of Jalisco, Mexico, a new generation of distillers is focusing attention once again on premium, artisanal tequila. Shane Mitchell investigates.