Mexico City – the most underrated travel destination

Mexico City – dangerous, dirty, and ugly, right? Keep thinking that way, and tourists like me will get to enjoy the city all to ourselves. While border towns have become death traps due to the escalating war between federal agents on both sides of the border and criminal drug gangs, Mexico City, smack dab in the middle of the country and with over 20 million residents, is one of the easiest to lose yourself in. And while it’s not perfect, it sure as hell beats the more usual travel destinations in Europe and the US, that I’ve gotten tired of and which have eaten aggressively away at my bank account.

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Maple Mousse in a Nut Cup (Daring Bakers)

This challenge was great. First, it involved maple, and who doesn’t love maple? Second, I finally learned how to make a mousse. The hazelnut mousse I attempted in January was a disaster. Third, it was clever and all of our guests this past Sunday loved it (and they also were eating a friend’s delectable chocolate pot de creme, so the competition was fierce) Finally, it was kosher for Passover, so I didn’t even have to violate commandments against chametz to participate!

The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blogCheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at!

I made the maple mousse exactly as described, with no alterations, while I opted for the nut cup, made of walnuts, since, as a vegetarian, the bacon option just wasn’t my cup of tea. The flavors complemented each other very nicely, and this just easy enough to make again.