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Mexico City

Mexico City

A visually and culturally rich weekend get-away. 

I've found that with a demanding work schedule, quick weekend trips are my means of escape for staying sane.  A 2.5 hour flight from DFW to MEX, and you're in a different world when you touch down. Upon landing, our AirBnb's house assistant picked us up from the airport and drove us to our townhouse on Calle Chihuahua in Mexico City's charming La Roma neighborhood. The house was designed with an interesting blend of rustic and refined finishes- this design guru was instantly captivated. 

 The parlor adorned with plaster of paris picture moulding. 

The parlor adorned with plaster of paris picture moulding. 

 The homeowner used reclaimed building materials like these old doors.

The homeowner used reclaimed building materials like these old doors.

 Feeding my hand-made rug obsession. Rugs are my all-time favorite decorating item.  

Feeding my hand-made rug obsession. Rugs are my all-time favorite decorating item.  

 Black and white catwalk with a winding staircase leading to the balcony. 

Black and white catwalk with a winding staircase leading to the balcony. 

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It didn't take us long to find food after we settled in. One of the fabulous things about Mex City is that there are restaurants and eateries everywhere. Food is never far away. 

 It's all about the salsa.&nbsp;

It's all about the salsa. 

 Guyabera and a mescal based mixed drink- I was a mescal pro by the end of the trip!&nbsp;

Guyabera and a mescal based mixed drink- I was a mescal pro by the end of the trip! 

The climate is surprisingly cool, with temperatures around 75 degrees during the day, dropping into the mid 60's at night. Sunny and perfect every day of the trip- really the perfect weather for walking around town. The city is very walkable, which is a good thing, because the traffic is twice as bad as LA, and so is the smog!

The architecture is a beautiful blend of ancient and modern- I was hooked! 

 Facade of the Mexico National Palace&nbsp;

Facade of the Mexico National Palace 

 The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral with it's beautiful relief carvings.&nbsp;

The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral with it's beautiful relief carvings. 

There are so many beautiful structures to admire, but it's impossible to ignore the grandeur of Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico with it's massive Tiffany stained glass ceiling. How can you not stand in amazement of this (insert heart eye emoji here)?

 There's no way pictures can do her justice.&nbsp;

There's no way pictures can do her justice. 

 Hotel Cuidad de Mexico&nbsp;

Hotel Cuidad de Mexico 

 Catching up over drinks on the roof deck. The beautiful and gracious host of our trip- my friend Michelle.&nbsp;

Catching up over drinks on the roof deck. The beautiful and gracious host of our trip- my friend Michelle. 

We took some time to visit the museum district. The Andy Warhol exhibit that was on display was the largest and most impressive collection I have ever seen in one place. 

 Soumaya Museum&nbsp;

Soumaya Museum 

 Basic blogger move.&nbsp;

Basic blogger move. 

 I fell in love with this colorful cafe, caddy corner to our townhouse. The perfect spot for my morning cup.&nbsp;

I fell in love with this colorful cafe, caddy corner to our townhouse. The perfect spot for my morning cup. 

This brings us to the food. The fare is not what we Texans are accustomed to when we head out to Joe T's for Mexican food. The food in Mexico is much lighter, and for the most part, very fresh.

The most remarkable meal of the trip was my very first Michelin rated dining experience at Chef Enrique Olvera's restaurant, Pujol- A meal so incredible that I kept the wax sealed and date stamped menu. 

 Elote dipped in a sauce made of ground ants. Yes, you read that correctly.&nbsp;

Elote dipped in a sauce made of ground ants. Yes, you read that correctly. 

 Octopus.&nbsp;

Octopus. 

 Softshell crab. You eat this with blue corn tortillas.&nbsp;

Softshell crab. You eat this with blue corn tortillas. 

What do you do in Mexico City after waking up from a Mescal hungover food coma? You take a trip out to a remote part of the city to Xochimilco to ride the boats down the river. Pro tip- bring someone who is well versed in spanish. My team didn't fare too well on this particular excursion, but an adventure is an adventure! 

 Xochimilco

Xochimilco

 One of Mexico City's beloved fountains.&nbsp;

One of Mexico City's beloved fountains. 

On the last leg of the trip, we gathered at the Four Seasons to relax with some drinks to calm the pre-flight jitters. As always, the Four Seasons never disappoints! 

 Salud! To making new friends in Mexico. I love you, Catie!&nbsp;

Salud! To making new friends in Mexico. I love you, Catie! 

 It's no secret that i love a fun drink. One last tequila, and then Hasta Luego, Mexico City!&nbsp;

It's no secret that i love a fun drink. One last tequila, and then Hasta Luego, Mexico City! 

Warner Road/Fort Worth, TX

Warner Road/Fort Worth, TX

Mid-Century Morrissey

Mid-Century Morrissey