There aren’t as many VW bugs on the streets of Morelia as I would have expected. Apparently, they are quite prominent in Mexico City. But I spotted this one parked on a quiet side street here in the capital of the state of Michoacan. Day one at the Morelia International Film Festival was jammed with getting oriented and meeting new people, always a bit harder when a fest has already been underway for a few days. Amidst all the running around, writing and networking, I also got in a few excellent meals.
At the bountiful daily lunch that runs from 1 – 5 p.m., I was urged to try to the festive Chiles de Nogada, a stuffed pepper dish that is apparently only whipped up for special events and holidays. Filled with meat, the green chile is topped with a white crushed nut sauce. Tasty. During dinner later, at the absolutely excellent La Casa del Portal (address: Guillermo Prieto 30) overlooking the busy Plaza de Armas, I was told to order their Sopa Terasca (a bean based tortilla soup with cheese and avocado), which friends say they do better than anyone else… another highlight, aside from their top notch enchiladas, were the Huchepas, a sort of sweet corn tamale with a softer cornmeal masa and a warm, tasty cream sauce