The Red Tree House

7.31.2014

the red tree house

What can I say about The Red Tree House that hasn't already been said? They are consistently highly reviewed by guests, and with good reason. It was the first place we stayed, of what became an extensive list of B&Bs, during our "around-the-world" travels. The Red Tree House sets the bar high. 

Every morning you're greeted with a fresh, authentic, home-made, hot breakfast - Mexican style. If they had their own restaurant on the premises, I honestly wouldn't leave because it's that good. If nothing else, you have to go here for the breakfasts. So as not to exclude less adventurous folk, they also have fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, croissants, churros... you name it.

breakfasts at the red tree house

We've talked to so many different travellers from all over the globe at the breakfast tables. Exchanging travel itineraries with others is a great way to start the day. If you're not a social butterfly, the staff at The Red Tree House is always equipped with maps, tips, and ideas of how you can spend your day. As I've previously mentioned, we chose to go back here because we didn't have to do any planning whatsoever.

the red tree house

After a long day on your feet, in the sun, you return to a dimly lit, cozy space. A player piano sits in the corner and the wine is flowing. Alcohol and I broke up a long time ago, so I'm content with a chamomile tea, while going over the day's stories with your new BFFs (for the few days you're there, anyway).

Since the last time we were there, they've expanded to include another property, across the street. It is as impeccably decorated as the first house, with stunning, local artwork. You almost feel as if you're in an art gallery. Carlito Dalceggio is a friend of The Red Tree House and his mesmerizing murals grace many of their walls. 

the red tree house

It's tough not to wax poetic about a place that gives you so many great memories. The beautiful people at The Red Tree House helped make my birthday a night I'll never forget. I've said that I don't care to re-visit places, but I have a feeling we'll be back.

the red tree house


Mexico City Part III

7.29.2014

mexico city

On our last day in Mexico City, we just walked around the Condesa and Roma neighbourhoods. We stopped in different parks and cafes. It was the perfect way to spend our final day there. I had no clue that Alex had a surprise planned for me that evening.

mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
condesa

We walked through the same dog park where we saw those puppy parties nearly 5 years ago. It seems like nothing has changed. There was no dog piñata this time, but there was still the same obedience training and dogs chasing each other through fountains.

dog park

For lunch, we stopped at a recommendation from one of our friends (who works at the B&B we stayed at): Cafe Toscano. I feel embarrassed to share that we had pizza and tomato soup, but you can't have Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day. Well, you can but we've been spoiled by variety.

cafe toscano
cafe toscano
cafe toscano
Cafe Toscano
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crazy bus

We continued through the Roma neighbourhood, stopping briefly for a snack at La Procedencia, a fun cafe / fair trade store:

la procedenciala procedencia
mexico city
mexico city
mexico city
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A lot of people asked us whether we felt safe in Mexico City. The first time we visited, we were too paranoid to even take out our cheap point and shoot camera, but this time we felt comfortable with a bulky SLR in hand. The parks are beautiful and the people are so friendly. I hope we get to go back soon because this place has so much to offer. - Mina

rio de janeiro plaza
rio de janeiro plaza
mexico city

Mexsi Bocu

7.22.2014

mexsi bocu

We shared a French-Mexican fusion meal at Mexsi Bocu one night in Mexico City. They have dishes like "duck tacos a l'orange" and Marseille-style raw tuna tostadas, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The restaurant is fairly new and the chef personally came over to discuss the ingredients in our dishes with us. It's a stunningly beautiful place and a great spot to stop if you're looking for a break from regular tacos.  - Mina 

mexsi bocu
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