Eating Your Heart Out in Mexico's Tepoztlan

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Mexico, unfairly in my opinion, gets a repetitively bad rap. Sure, it has its problems but beneath the constant barrage of media reports, is a beautiful country full of life, passion and spirit. Not to mention food that will make you full…of life, passion and spirit.

During one trip to Mexico, I can remember eating so much that every time our car went over a rough patch of road, my belly would rattle and roll.

At that point, I knew that I had to kick my fitness into high gear but I also knew that the food ride was a good one.

Northern Mexico is known for its love of meat.

If you don’t eat meat in northern Mexico, you’re out of luck eating much at all. Sure there are salads but nobody seems to take them, or their health benefits seriously.

Meanwhile, in the south, meat still plays an important role but the cuisine in general isn’t so heavy.

But right in the middle, lies the sweet spot.

In a place like Tepoztlan, located about an hour south of Mexico City and is a.k.a Pueblo Magico, all sorts of great food is consumed and savoured. For me, it’s all about eating up real quesadillas at the local market. Tortillas hand-made and fresh, with Oaxaca cheese at the ready and chorizo on the grill at any given second.

If you’re not hungry yet, you may start to feel your stomach calling for you after watching this video. Enjoy!

Jim Bamboulis
Jim Bamboulis has held several posts over the past 12 years, including National Sportscaster, Food Host and Writer, Talk Show Host, Olympic Researcher and Travel Film-maker.

Born and raised in Toronto, Jim learned early on that the combination of travel and food meant ultimate living. Combining his insatiable creative spirit and desire to document his travels, Jim took his unshakable travel bug and set off to explore. Add the fact that Jim also grew up in a Greek household and he learned that not only does Mom always make the best meals, but as importantly learned the importance of understanding and appreciating the countless beautiful cultures and the integral role food plays in every corner of the World.

In August 2009, Jim founded Travel Mammal, a site that brings together his travels and experiences (both good and terrifying) with the hope that others are inspired to share their own. We are all storytellers, especially when it comes to travel and food. He urges everyone to be inspired, explore and love the world and the people that share it with us. Or in other words, Live to Travel and travel to live!
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