We indulged a little bit of sleep in during the morning and then checked out a busy and upscale shopping area called Polanco in Mexico City DF. In the past few days, we managed to sneak in some time to check out different shopping areas such as San Angel and Zona Rosa. Compared to those two areas, Polanco is more approachable and more upscale, the shops are also more condense. Randomly, we walked around, checking out the chic looking restaurants, car dealers and shops. Sometimes a colonial style building will appear from nowhere. We reached Liverpool, a big department store that is probably the equivalent of Nordstrome in the US. The store has a food section where we found Mexican wine Casa Madero and Casa Grande. Casa Madero priced at a reasonable 300 pesos range but Casa Grande easily doubled that. No wonder it is not easy to find Mexican wines abroad, their limited production along with high prices make it hard to export outside.
In the afternoon, we navigated the airport to find the Aeromexico Airline terminal which has its independent location and takes longer time to arrive. Although not the cheapest airline, Areomexico proved to be valuable when we arrived at Guadalajara.
As we arrived, we were stranded. Even Lonely Planet did not have any information about public transportation to downtown centro. We asked an airport staff who advised us to wait for a free shuttle to Terminal Terestre, and then switch bus to Centro. Striked by luck, we got on the Aeromexico shuttle and he told us that the airline offered service of taking us to the downtown office free of charge. From there we have the choice of taking a taxi which will be only 70 pesos. The full taxi fare from airport to Centro is 260 pesos. It’s also a much faster service as taking a public bus would be a 3 hour ride.
Sitting in the car, the ride to Centrol was boring and scary because there was absolutely nothing interesting, beautiful or descent to look at except a few restaurants and private school buildings. I was shocked at the difference between the capital city and the second largest city.
Our hotel is within walking distance to downtown, so we spent the evening walking around and hunting for good food. The Centrol area was crowded and fun. The Dias de Los Muetos decorations were still around, along the plaza in front of the cathedral.
We also saw an interesting fire ball game played by some Indian kids who were celebrating the pre-hispanic tradition.
Interestingly, within a two-block walking distance, we saw 5 Chinese restaurants, which was more than the total amount we saw in Mexico City DF in three days! However, the food they are selling looked aweful and the menus are full of deep fried stuff.
Dinner was settled at La Chata, a frequently recommended place by hotel and tourist information center staff. The restaurant has quite some history and the interior was painted with bright yellow and lined with blue tiles. Guadalajara sits in a different state called Jalisco and the famous dishes seemed to be quite soupy. We ordered Zopole, the signature dish to try among other things. Zopole is a thick soup with chicken meat and oaks, barley, like porridge. With three days of spicy oily tacos in my stomach, Zopole felt like heaven to me.
At night, we opened a bottle of Mexican wine, a 2008 L.A. Cello Petite Shiraz from Valle de Guadalupe. The retail price was 986 pesos. It was delicious beyond my imagination. The body was meallow yet smooth, the flavor was earthy, strong yet well balanced. unlike a lot of bitter petite syrah I tasted in the US, this one was very well composed and simply tasted great without much decantation. It totally knocked my socks off!
Although not a lot happened today, I was very happy and content with good food and wine wrapping up in high notes.