I was a freelance journalist for a few years chugging my way through odd jobs and writing assignments for poor pay and a safety net of zero. Because of this, I became intimately familiar with the fondas in my neighborhood, the small, family-run diners that are the heart and soul of Mexico City.
Daniel Hernández hangs with Colombian soldiers and tries an entire MRE (Meal Ready-to-Eat) to get a taste of what military personnel eat in the field.
If you love mezcal, look no further than our host Daniel Hernandez’s picks for our the MUNCHIES Gift Guide. And don’t fret, teetotalers—there’s Oaxacan hot chocolate, too.
In this MUNCHIES special, produced for the food symposium Mesámerica 2014 in Mexico City, VICE México host Daniel Hernández takes us on a shotgun 24-hour tour covering three of the most emblematic fondas in this huge metropolis.
I’ve written quite a bit about pulque in passing. But in all the years that I’ve known about the ancient Mexican “drink of the gods,” I’ve never been as stumped by it (as a subject) as the time not too long ago when a reader asked me to describe its taste. I couldn’t help but think, ‘Well, pulque tastes like pulque, right?’
In our final installment of the MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, Daniel heads to coast and meets a group of freestyle divers—who fish for lobsters, oysters, and scallops with basic tools and a lot of guts—then eat a fresh sea-to-table dinner.
Daniel meets Palo, a local Oaxacan muxe (Mexico’s third gender), who shows him traditional food like iguana stew, turtle eggs, and armadillo.
In the third episode of MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, host Daniel Hernández meets Don Leonardo, a native resident of San José, who guides Daniel on a very special trip with the local specialty: hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Pushing 90, the reigning legendary dame of Mexican cooking calls for an eater’s revolt, and simply doesn’t take any bullshit. I had the chance to spend an afternoon at her home in Michoacán, where she expressed her thoughts on the state of Mexican cuisine, and told me like it really is.
In our second episode, host Daniel Hernández explores the world of mezcal, Oaxaca’s sacred spirit, and visits Santiago Matatlán, the capital region of Oaxaca’s mezcal scene.
Watch our first episode of MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, where VICE Mexico editor and host Daniel Hernandez dives right into the belly of Oaxacan food with a visit to one of the region’s oldest markets, drinks a “suero,” and eats some incredible street food.
Watch the trailer for our MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, wherein VICE Mexico editor, Daniel Hernandez takes us on a journey through the culinary paradise that is the state in southern Mexico.