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R&K Insider: Ave atque vale from Cara

Hail and Farewell, Friends

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Happy Thursday, dear readers, and welcome to March! It is, sadly, the worst month of the year, but it also has a pretty good view of spring, so it’s a lot like the Mexico City apartment I stayed in recently, in which the cabinets literally fell off the walls but the picture window vantage was A+.

I’ve been meaning to tell you about my quick trip down to CDMX, where I’d like to return immediately. The weather was beautiful, the museums superb, and the food! The food. I had some lovely fancy meals, although I missed out on the taco omakase at Pujol, which is basically why I have to go back. However, I can’t imagine a more sublime eating experience than sitting on a park bench eating a bag of tamales from Tamales Cintli after exploring the galleries at Museo Universitario El Chopo. Or popping a sweet orange slice dusted with chili and salt at the mezcaleria La Clandestina.

I can’t believe how many times I stopped by Panadería Rosetta for cardamom rolls and strong coffee, and let’s not even get into the amount of fish a friend and I consumed during lunch at Contramar, where we feasted on fish grilled with red chili and parsley. I both respect and am embarrassed when restaurants provide the weight of the food you’ll be consuming, making it impossible to pretend that one did not just eat a kilo of snapper.

What I’m getting at is, get going! We have a whole guide of tips and tricks for visiting the city here. If you’d like to spend a lot of money you don’t have on really amazing perfume, go here. And if you’d like a book to read on the plane/train/road, perhaps this little debut is up your alley.

This is, however, both a return and farewell. I’m back from my travels but about to begin a new adventure, taking on the role of editor-at-large for Roads & Kingdoms while I get on with some more traveling and writing projects. I will very much miss the day-to-day of R&K life, and the chance to interact with so many of you on a regular basis, but it’s time for me to focus on projects I’ve long left simmering on the back burner. I leave confident that Anup Kaphle, who will be joining the team in March, will do an excellent job carrying R&K into 2018 and beyond. And I won’t be far away! Please keep in touch! I’m on Twitter and Instagram, and I spend a lot of time skulking around southern Brooklyn. So hail and farewell, my dear friends, and thank you for letting me have a little place in your inbox this last year. It was a shit one, but we got through it, and for me, that was in no small part thanks to knowing we were on this ride together.

That’s it for me! But the team at R&K will be back next week with more newsletter fun

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