News, features, and commentary from the biggest city in the Americas, Mexico City.

Coffee Update: Adios, Coffee Bean; Juan Valdez Expands

Mexico City’s ever-expanding coffee house scene has lost its California flavor. Los Angeles-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has decided to abandon the Mexico market, and has closed their … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Mystery of the Disappearing Half and Half Cream

This is a photo from Starbucks. Can you guess where this photo might have been taken? Well, don’t bother guessing Mexico, because if it were, you’d never see half and half cream … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

DF Government Ruins Popular ‘Feria de las Culturas Amigas’

It’s time once again for what used to be one of the most fun events in Mexico City — the Feria de las Culturas Amigas. The key phrase here is … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Popeye’s, Where Have You Gone?

Once upon a time, Mexico City was home to a great fried chicken restaurant. Popeye’s. In fact, there were once a number of locations – 10 in all – notably … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Superama’s Insane Price of the Week

We’ve already demonstrated how out of line supermarket prices are at Superama, as compared to their big brother Wal-Mart. (Our story: The Cost of Convenience.) Well try this one on … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Cost of Convenience: Superama vs. Wal-Mart

Just how much of a premium are you paying if you do your grocery shopping at Superama? Plenty. The advantage of Superama is its convenience; its disadvantage is price. So … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Juan Valdez Café – Now Open in Mexico

Yet another famous café has arrived on the coffee house scene in Mexico City. This time, it’s Colombia’s own Juan Valdez Café. The company’s first Mexican café is now open … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Smoking Continues at Starbucks Mexico, Despite Ban Elsewhere

An Open Letter to Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks — Dear Mr. Schultz: As a long-time Starbucks frequent customer, I applaud your move to make the company’s US and Canadian stores … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

At the Fair: Feria de las Culturas Amigas

By Darren M. Popik — One of Mexico City’s most interesting fairs is now underway! This year’s edition of the Feria de las Culturas Amigas (running May 25-June 9) is … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pizza Mafia: Good Food, at non-Condesa Prices

* NOTE: As of November 2013, Pizza Mafia is OUT OF BUSINESS. By Alex Paschuk — What would you say to good food, good service, and a nice atmosphere — all at … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment