Local 59

 

Local 59 is the latest cafe to open in the popular barrio of Santiago in the historic center of Merida, Yucatan.  You can go with a big group and sit at the community table or you can hide in the garden behind the orange tree with a friend.   The atmosphere is fresh and clean and fun.  The staff is friendly the  service is excellent.

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Community Dining Room
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The Front Dining Room

It´s the food that is a problem for me.  But it might not be a problem for you. I am really finicky about eggs and I don´t really like to eat eggs in restaurants.  There isn´t much else on the menu and what there is tends to be heavy like the poblano strips in cream or the tomato hash with bacon.  I´m not ever going to have pancakes or cake for breakfast. I have seen how slowly those calories burn off on tread mill.  I think a lot of people will really enjoy having breakfast in this artsy space.   I will enjoy having my breakfast in bed and occasionally I´ll drop in with guests like I did today.

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Daily Bread
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Frittata and Salad

Holé Molé

Ever since  the Restaurant Reforma changed hands I have not had a dive for mole and my lunch life has been sadder for it.  Yesterday, on a Sunday no less, I ended up going to a very hippy dippy hole in the wall with Oaxacan fare on the menu. At El Apapacho half the menu is vegetarian.  I had the red mole (spicier) but most of the plates I noticed coming out of the kitchen had black (sweeter).  I had the emmoladas stuffed with potatoes and Oaxacan cheese.  My other veggie options were nopales or mushrooms. My friend had a beef huraches.  It´s also nice at lunch when there are fresh fruit juices by the glass or carafe on the menu.  Natalie had lemonade and I had Watermelon.  I cannot wait to go back.  The only down side was the slowness of the service but it seemed we arrived right after 3 other tables and it is a small kitchen.  El Apapacho Calle 62 no. 354 x 41 & 43 it´s an art gallery, it´s a bookstore, it´s a restaurant.

On my second trip this month I had the black mole which was even better than the red mole!   I would recommend you come before you are starving as it seems they make everything to order and the service is good but the cook is not fast.

Merida´s Cemeterio General

A walk down the main road of the cemetery in Merida, Yucatan where the wealthy hacienderos made their Mausoleums in the 19th and early 20th century mostly in the Victorian Neo-Gothic style.

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marble monument signed Almo Strena 1879

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Most of the monuments are virgins, angels and Jesus on or off the cross. but there are few interesting monuments like the girl with a duck from about 1920

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girl with a duck circa 1920

There guided tours of the cemetery at night.  On the day of the dead the paseo de animas starts in the graveyard and parades up the Camino Real de Campeche past the Ermita de Santa Isabel Church and up to the Parque de San Juan.

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Should be on your top ten list of places to visit in Merida and it´s open every day.

Casa T´ho Pops Up

Not sense never have I ever seen an evening like Oct 12 in Merida.  A new concept store Casa T´ho has finally opened after months of teasers on social media.  It was like opening night at the opera.  In the first room the center piece was a tiara of old mexican coins from designer Daniela Bustos Maya whose things we have seen at Coqui Coqui´s boutiques but here she has more space to feature he clothes, jewelry and home decor.  Across the hall is the very popular Carla Fernandez of Mexico City´s first boutique in Merida and it does not disappoint.

Then you walk into a splendid Porfirio courtyard. It is rumored to become a cafe and that could be a very pleasant addition to this end of the Paseo.   On the left is a guayabera shop and on the right was my favorite shop, Made in Mexico con Amor.  MIMA is a very chic selection of well curated crafts from all over Mexico.

Shoppers that lament the lack of stock recently at Coqui Coqui since the owners took off to Bora Bora will find what they were missing at this new group of boutiques. So many of my girl friends were happy to see their favorites bags back on the shelf and some new models as well.  Now if only a nice shoe designer would pop up.

 

One of my favorite discoveries last night was a soap and perfume maker from Merida.  I loved their candles that were busts of famous Yucatecans called Sandovalis.

 

Breaking Fast + Coffee

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Eclipsed in Mayapan

Yesterday I posted some photos of Mayapan on my guide to the Yucatan city of Merida.  We have been renting houses in and around Merida for the past 15 years.   I love the little visited sites of the Yucatan.  Mayapan is just less than an hour from the center of Merida.

Whenever I find myself in the ruta puuc area I head over to Mani for lunch at El Principe de Tutul Xui.  It´s the very best place to have a poc chuc or relleno negro. I was happy with the hand made tortillas and guacamole since I no longer eat meat.  The convent was closed after lunch so we strolled around the grounds before heading back to Merida.hipstamaticphoto-525062098.482920hipstamaticphoto-525061941.611274If you are coming to the Yucatan check out my blog and website.