As weekend one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival lured in a crowd of about 75,000, Andrew and I quietly slipped away to spend the weekend in San Miguel de Allende to celebrate my cousin’s wedding.  San Miguel is one of my favorite cities in the world, definitely top three favorite in Mexico, with its charming cobble stone streets, beautifully vibrant multi-colored homes and haciendas, small and quaint town square, flower filled courtyards, and the list goes on and on.  It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity site, due to its various styles of architecture, and the religious importance that personifies the town.

The best way to explore the town is on foot (take sneakers or boots!) there’s a labyrinth of one-car one-way streets and it’s a small enough town that you can see most everything by walking.

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San Miguel de Allende festive cobblestone streets

On this weekend the city happened to be celebrating one of many holidays, Día de San Miguel Arcángel, or day of Saint Michael, the patron saint of the town and after whom the city is named.  It seemed as though all of the city was gathered in the streets and in the town square to celebrate and watch the procession pass by.  At night, people gather at the square, or Jardin Principal, and look over to the Cathedral of San Miguel where fireworks and fire crackers go off in celebration of the patron saint.

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Cathedral of San Miguel, a beautiful gothic and baroque cathedral

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Fruit cart at Jardin Principal, or the main town square

We unfortunately didn’t have much time to spend there, we arrived in the early afternoon on Saturday from Leon, with just enough time to meet up with my extended family and go have lunch. As soon as we arrived in town, we went straight to check in where we were staying, the Casaluna Boutique Hotel.  It’s a charming boutique hotel with a beautiful courtyard and it’s just minutes away from the center of the town.

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Casaluna Boutique Hotel entrance

Once we dropped off our stuff, we headed towards the square to meet up with everyone.  Because we had a little bit of time before we had to get ready for the wedding, we decided to have a leisurely lunch at Hacienda de Guadalupe, which also happens to be a boutique hotel.  The restaurant boasts some of the best interior Mexican food in the city, and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

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Entrance to the Hacienda de Guadalupe

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Chapulines, a popular dish or snack in Mexico

We started the meal with grasshoppers. Yes, that’s right, grasshoppers.  Chapulines, or grasshoppers, are a pretty popular snack or dish that is most common in the state of Oaxaca.  They are seasoned well, typically with lime, spices like chili pepper, and are then flash fried (as if they weren’t crisp or crunchy enough to begin with).  They can be eaten alone or in a taco, and the taco route is the one I took.  They have a nice crunch, mild in flavor, but are high in protein and are actually pretty tasty!

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Sopa Azteca, or Aztec soup, made with a tomato broth and served with guajillo peppers, avocado, cheese, and tortilla strips

Next Andrew and I shared the sopa Azteca, made with a hearty tomato broth, and topped to your liking with guajillo peppers, avocado, crispy tortilla strips, and table cream.  It’s a lovely way to start a good meal, and always seems to open up my appetite.

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One of the other popular starters at the table was their cream of corn soup

For our main meal, the restaurant had a variety of enchiladas with a multitude of sauces and proteins to choose from.  We got to enjoy mole enchiladas stuffed with chicken, shrimp enfrijoladas, or enchiladas stuffed with shrimp and topped with a delicious bean sauce, and poblano pepper tacos with cream and huitlacoche (a corn fungus), topped with a molcajeteada tomato hot sauce, which is a delicious sauce prepared in a stone mortar known as a molcajete.

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chicken mole enchiladas

Weekend in san miguel de allende | Poblano pepper tacos stuffed with huitlacoche and cream, topped with a spicy tomato sauce at Hacienda de Guadalupe | My Hungry Travels

Poblano pepper tacos stuffed with huitlacoche and cream, topped with a spicy tomato sauce

I decided to order their chile relleno en nogada, or pork and beef stuffed poblano pepper topped with a creamy walnut sauce and beautiful red pomegranate seeds.  This dish is really popular in Mexico, and somewhat season-appropriate.  The dish is usually seen when pomegranates are ripe, which is typically October through January in Mexico.

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Chiles en nogada

This delicious lunch was complemented with various rounds of tequila shots (sipped, not slammed), Victoria beers, margaritas, and finally coffee.  Afterwards everyone went back to clean up and get ready for the wedding which took place at the lovely Rosewood San Miguel de Allende.  It was such a shame that our time spent in San Miguel was less than 48 hours long.  If you are thinking of going, I would suggest going at least Thursday through Sunday to get a good feel for the city.  It’s relatively safe if you stick to the populated areas and are smart when you’re out at night.  If you have a chance to take a day trip to Guanajuato that’s worth your while too.  To get more information about the history and the cultural goings on of the city, along with what to do when you’re there, you can check it out here.

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Entrance to the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende Hotel