Sunday, October 3, 2010

La Casa del Pan, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

La Casa del Pan - San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
Usually, finding a hotel with a great breakfast included is a good thing. When you visit San Cristóbal, you’ll discover most hotels don’t include breakfast in their prices. That’s also a good thing, because there are many outstanding cafes, bakeries and breakfast spots.
The aroma of roasting coffee permeates the air of this beautiful colonial city which sits in a valley at 7,100 feet and is in the midst of one of Mexico’s most prolific coffee growing areas. It would take weeks to visit all of the cafes, some of which grow and roast their own beans. Cooperatives that are run by or benefit indigenous people, who populate the majority of the state, are very prominent here.
La Casa del Pan emphasizes “buy local” by sourcing its coffee, flour, corn, eggs, honey, marmalade, and chocolate from local producers. On top of all this feel-good local sourcing, the food is darn good.
A nice assortment of baked goods, fresh bread, house made tortillas and good coffee go a long way toward making a good breakfast (and lunch) menu. Add a variety of sauces, tamales, enchiladas, chile rellenos, muesli, a large selection of teas and free wireless and it’s no wonder that this place, and its second location are very popular.
The huevos rancheros are served with a nicely balanced nopalito green tomato sauce and tasty black beans. The fresh butter and marmalade make the homemade whole wheat bread complete.
On another trip the enchiladas and tamales were quite good, even without the flavor boost of pork. Everything is vegetarian here, which seems to fit with all of the Buddhist related posters on the wall. 
Round out the meal with coffee, smoothies, tea or fresh juices. If that sounds too healthy, you could get a bottle of Bohemia or a glass of wine. I would stick with the coffee for breakfast.
La Casa del Pan
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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

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