Recently, Martha and I were invited to the launch party for Swallow Magazine's newest issue, and it was quite the affair. Each issue of Swallow, which was first published in 2009 and calls itself the "anti-foodie" foodie magazine, features the foods, as well as the art, design, and culture, of a different destination. It's a really interesting take on different lifestyles around the world, and each issue has explored it's chosen destination with a fresh eye. After exposing the up-and-coming Scandinavian food scene in their first issue and stopping along a handful of cities on the Trans-Siberian railway for their second, they alighted to colorful and exciting Mexico City for their most recent publication.
The food in Mexico City is some of the best I've had, and what excited me more than anything else about this party was the fact that Jair Tellez, the chef of Merotoro restaurant in Mexico City, would be staffing the magazine's party. Merotoro is part of Grupo Contramar, owned by the brilliant chef Gabriela Camara, who Martha and I had the chance to meet during a trip to Mexico City last year. I was certain that a chef who works at one of Gabriela's restaurants would be nothing short of fabulous, and we weren't disappointed: the food was delicious!
Martha and I had a great time, and when we tired of sampling the delicious Mexican-inspired dishes, we met some interesting staff members and took a look at the newest issue. The magazine is bright, large, and more akin to a coffee-table book than a traditional magazine, and their images of Mexico City were almost as vibrant as the city itself - definitely take a look!
Visit Martha's blog for even more photos of the event, including the delicious food.