The city of SMA continued to receive awards in 2016: The best city of Mexico, Central and South America and third in the world byTravel and Leisure magazine and fifth in the world at Conde Nast Traveler. Chefs and restaurants acquired them as well; Chef Matteo Salas winning Best Chef during the Food and Travel Readers Awards, along with other major awards.
Eating over 600 meals out last year, we uncovered many restaurants that surprised and delighted us. We also attended the largest food festival in Latin America, MISTURA. Last year, we were privileged to finally meet the “Julia Child of Mexico”, Diana Kennedy, fulfill the lifelong goal of cooking with Susana Trilling at Seasons of My Heart in Oaxaca and met many other celebrated chefs from this part of the world including Chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz of Central, Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino of Malabar, Chef Micha Tsumura of Maido and Top Chef Mexico Rodolfo Castellano of Origen Oaxaca.
The best meal we ate outside of SMA last year was at Maido, a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant in Lima owned by Chef Micha Tsumura. In fact, it was the best lunch we’ve ever eaten anywhere; all 10 courses.
We also loved the food at Origen Oaxaca from Chef Rodolfo Castellano. Food is the reason we travel.
Our 3-part review will begin next week with the Best Chefs, Best Restaurants and Best Food in San Miguel de Allende from 2016. Come hungry; we'll provide the visuals.