Rat soup, anyone? Mexican politician bids to restore delicacy to the menu

Guadalupe Flores, of the Zacatecas state legislature, wants to ‘demystify the consumption of field rats’ by encouraging people to eat caldo de rataAs policy platforms go, it is unlikely to become mainstream. But a local politician in the Mexican state of Zacatecas is promoting the consumption of rat soup in an attempt to rescue a local tradition and remove the stigma of eating rodents. Related: Tulum restaurant with $600 menu criticized for being 'not for Mexicans' Continue...

Mexico considers importing avocados as staple priced out of consumers’ reach

Country that produces almost half the world’s avocados contemplates the unthinkable as dietary staple becomes too costly for ordinary MexicansThe growing global appetite for avocados has been blamed for a litany of sorrows, from self-inflicted stab wounds to stopping young people from buying their own homes.But in Mexico, the world’s biggest producer, what used to be a dietary staple is now too expensive for many ordinary consumers. And, now the country where the avocado is believe to have originated is considering the unthinkable: importing avocados from abroad. Continue...

Tulum restaurant with $600 menu criticized for being ‘not for Mexicans’

Acclaimed Danish restaurant Noma opens pop-up with high prices in area where minimum wage is less than $5 a day and half the population lives in povertyIt’s a pop-up in paradise. Noma, the Danish restaurant which was four times named the best in the world, has brought its hyper-local approach to food to Mexico’s Caribbean coast.The temporary restaurant near the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum has an outdoor kitchen producing its own corn tortillas, alongside such delicacies as octopus in pumpkin seed sauce, fresh coconut cream, and caviar served in a coconut shell and banana ceviche. Continue...

Americans’ taste for Mexican beer sucking up water supply, mayor says

Municipality near the US border says brewery that makes Corona, Modelo and other beers is using so much water from wells that region is becoming bone dryA brewery satisfying Americans’ thirst for Mexican beers such as Corona is sucking so much water from wells in an arid region near the US border that it has left one municipality bone dry, according to a local mayor.“WE HAVE NO WATER FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION,” Mayor Leoncio Martínez Sánchez of the municipality of Zaragoza, wrote in single-sentence letter to Coahuila state governor Rubén Moreira. Continue...