Many Types of Tacos, Many Types of Informalities

One of the challenges of conducting ethnographic fieldwork with street food vendors in Mexico City is that they are, necessarily, a dispersed and mobile population.  In the center of Mexico City alone, it is estimated that there are over ten thousand vendedores ambulantes[1], and there are many tens of thousands more strewn throughout the sprawlingContinue reading “Many Types of Tacos, Many Types of Informalities”

On Street Foods and Social Movements

The last several weeks have been politically important and tumultuous here in Mexico.  The presidential elections, held last Sunday, July 1st, were marred by allegations of fraud, corruption, and vote-buying by Enrique Peña Nieto, the alleged victor and candidate of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), the political party that governed Mexico for seventy years, untilContinue reading “On Street Foods and Social Movements”

Street Food in Mexico City: The Dirty, The Clean, The Tasty

One of the first impressions that I had of Mexico City upon coming here for the first time, seven years ago was that the metropolis was saturated with food.  In addition to grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes of all types, the streets themselves teem with places to eat. White metal stands line the sidewalks nearContinue reading “Street Food in Mexico City: The Dirty, The Clean, The Tasty”