As one might expect from a university town, Guanajuato is awash with incredible street food low in price and high in quality, from mom-and-pop cafés to stalls at Hidalgo Market. How do you justify shelling out extra cash for a restaurant meal, especially when it should have more than magical ambience? Casa Mercedes, perched on the second floor of a bungalow-style building, has the requisite ambience from its luminous interiors to views of Santa Cecilia Castle and the expanse of downtown Guanajuato City. Executive Chef Jesús Cárdenas and his staff do a fine job filling in the food elements and following through with founding chef Luz María González’s vision.
While Cárdenas’ resumé includes stints in Europe, seeing and tasting how he’s applied those skills to native seasonings and produce makes the experience near priceless. There are several renditions of the chile relleno — stuffed peppers — considered a Guanajuato staple, none of which resemble the deep-fried snacks served at Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico. These alone could comprise a whole meal, from a tempting appetizer plate of bite-sized banana pepper to elegant main course-sized peppers filled with braised lamb or pork, baked and dressed in different savory sauces. Soups are another strong suit. A delicate black huitlacoche, or corn truffle soup, pairs beautifully with rosé or white from a San Miguel Allende winery. The Dos Cremas, a gravity-defying dish pairing thick bean and pork soups in the same bowl and topped with chicharrones, or pork cracklins, pairs with a red, or sipping Añejo tequilas from the nearby Hacienda Corralejo.
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United Airlines opened a Club lounge inside Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in November 2019. The lounge, near gate C7 in the airport’s new terminal, seats 95 guests and offers free WiFi, and ample power outlets and USB ports. COVID-19 may temporarily affect the lounge’s operating hours and procedures.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
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Hotel Indigo Madrid Princesa opened in Madrid’s primary shopping district (temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but expected to open soon), adjacent to Parque del Oeste, giving first-time visitors to Madrid a perfect location for city exploration. The property offers more than 100 guestrooms, with two designs found throughout, both inspired by the natural greenery found in Parque del Oeste and reflecting the spring and fall seasons. In-room amenities include smart televisions and complimentary WiFi.
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Saint Lucia announced a phased plan to reopen island tourism responsibly, beginning June 4. Phase One includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only. In preparation, 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to open. The approach to reopening continues through July 31.
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Karisma Hotels & Resorts, with luxury hotels in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, announced its Holidays for Your Heroes initiative. The program will donate 150 luxury, all-inclusive resort stays to essential workers and their families with its Karisma Foundation and partners.