Merida Journals

Merida the "white" city

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A March 2010 trip to Merida by JesusW

Taqueria Nuevo San Fernando Photo, Merida, Mexico More Photos
Quote: The slogan of "white city" is lost in history, the city is not THAT white anymore, but it's totally worth visiting in search of culture, food and a nice (but extremely hot) place to stroll in the evening.

El Negro Gil

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Restaurant | "Cochinita at Wee Hours"

El Negro Gil Photo, Merida, Mexico
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As I mentioned, the Cochinita Pibil is mainly a breakfast dish, I learned very well when staying at a friends house. One night the grandma asked what we were craving for dinner, being my first night in Merida, I quickly asked for Cochinita Pibil, I got a stare from most of the family members -like I was from another planet- but was sweetly corrected, the cochinita is only for early morning and in certain places. Well, that was many years ago, and recently I visited Merida again, this time as part of a concert touring staff. After the first day of setup we were hungry and asked the drivers for a place to eat, we asked for something very typical of Merida, not a fast food chain restaurant or some...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2010

El Negro Gil
Plaza Santa Ana, Calle 60 X Calle 47
Merida 97000

Merida Events

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Attraction | "Marquesitas - a Regional Snack"

Merida Events Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Whenever you attend a public event in the evening (and if you are lucky during the day) in the streets of Mérida, be it a concert, a puppet show, a poetry recital, or even just strolling around the Zocalo (main square) you will find some carts selling snacks, the most common being the "Marquesita" (little marquis), something that is a blend of an ice cream cone with a crepe. They are crunchy as the cone, but are rolled up and filled with gouda or edam cheese, or maybe cajeta (caramel) or nutella. The marquesitas are only available at the Yucatán peninsula as far as I know, they were invented in 1945 by a the owner of an Ice Cream parlour, it was a very cold winter and the sales of the ref...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2010

Merida Events
City center and parks
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Restaurant Bar Eladios

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Restaurant | "A Bar to Taste the Local Food in Merida"

Restaurant Bar Eladios Photo, Merida, Mexico
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When we asked for a place to sample as much Yucatecan food as possible in Merida, we were directed to Eladio's which has more a name as a bar than a restaurant in the city, but the delicious surprise is that if you order son drinks be it some beers or some cocktails or straight ones, you are offered the traditional "Botana" for free.Botana (snack) is a tradition in cantinas all over Mexico, they serve you not just peanuts and chips but high end dishes, normally the variety is fixed (in other parts like Mexico city the botana varies from day to day to lure the clientele to an specific day or time). The Botana at Eladio's is mostly Yucatecan specialties, in their webpage there is section wit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 7, 2010

Restaurant Bar Eladios
Calle 92 #593
Merida, Mexico
(999) 984-0057

Smoking club No. 1

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Restaurant | "Second Best Place for Cochinita Pibil"

The second places goes to Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Years ago on my first visit to Merida, I stayed at the house of some friend's Grandmother, a truly Yucatecan family.The first evening the grandma asked us what we wanted for dinner, I immediately asked for tacos de cochinita, I got a very surprised look and got a little speech about Cochinita Pibil only being a breakfast staple, and that if I wanted to have some I should wait until next EARLY morning to go to Smoking Club. For me it was a bit weird, as pork meat is more a lunch or dinner fare, but wherever you go, you have to adapt to local traditions. Next day I woke up late, but my friends had gone to get some tortas de cochinita to my benefit, it was very good.That was like 8 y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 7, 2010

Taqueria Nuevo San Fernando

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Restaurant | "This Is THE Place to Have Cochinita"

Taqueria Nuevo San Fernando Photo, Merida, Mexico
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In this taquería they only have 2 options: cochinita pibil or lechon (tender pig), but that is the only reason to come and eat here.For me, being from Mexico city, eating pork tacos is something to have at lunch or dinner, but in Merida and the Mayan region in general, is specifically a breakfast fare (in the afternoon is a bit heavy due to the heat). When asking my local friends on a spot to eat, this is the place they all pointed (the only two other options were the Mercado Santa Ana and a taqueria one block from this one).Cochinita pibil is a version of "pulled pork" or pork cooked in a pit or similar, but with a special Yucatecan touch, they marinate de pork in a sauce ma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Taqueria Nuevo San Fernando
Av Cupules entre 60 y 31
Merida, Mexico 9700
+52 999 925-7298

Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon

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Restaurant | "A Sweet and Fresh Reward "

Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Mérida is a very nice city, the main problem I find is the heat, in summer it can reach 120F, in several visits in Winter, I had to wear long sleeves and a baseball cap because the Sun was way too strong. So, what to do on a hot day or extremely warm evening???There are some oasis in the city, mainly in the form of a traditional ice cream parlor, Dulceria y Sorbetería Colón (translated literally into Columbus, sherbets and candy store).There is one at the main square and the one nearest my hotel is on Paseo Montejo and 41 street, I can even walk there in the evening, during the day it may be too hot to walk, so take a cab.What is so special about this place? why no...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon
Paseo Montejo Entre 41 Y 43
Merida 97000
999)928 14 97