I was unfamiliar with Puebla, Mexico though I've met a few people from there before. All I knew is that they had great food but what I didn't realize was that Poblanos (a term used locally for people from Puebla) are very serious about their title as one of the gastronomical capitals of Mexico. And I would soon find out why.
My alarm went off at 5:00am and I was filled with a mixture of rethinking my decision and excitement. I was browsing the ADO bus site last week for cities close enough to get to and from within 24 hours and Puebla was the first place that came up. It was about 2.5 hours from Mexico City so I figured it would be a great day adventure plus I'd be able to get some great content. The ADO bus is like Greyhound but...nice, so the $18 dollar round-trip tickets were an easy sell for me.
As I waited on my Uber I chatted with the security guard in my apartments and revealed my plans for the day. It turns out his wife is from Puebla so he told me to make sure I got some camotes. Sweet potatoes? You want me to make sure I get sweet potatoes on my day trip? I was confused but kept it in mind in case I came across them.
One of the most exciting parts about my unfolding adventure was that I did no research prior to going to Puebla. Instead, a friend of mine and fellow-content creator did all the research and jotted down things to do on tiny pieces of paper, which allowed me to structure my day as a "choose your own adventure"-style itinerary. Knowing that I felt completely comfortable with this reminded me of how much I've grown since I began traveling solo. 25-year-old me would never. And as it turns out that when you have the luxury of time without your apartment or a hotel room nearby as a base, you are able to do more than you think and I completed almost everything that was written down.
In one day I was able to eat...eat... and eat some more. Cramming in as many meals and snacks as I could before heading home. I was able to try 3 moles, chalupas, albondigas (meatballs), quesadillas, tacos arabes, and..."camotes de Puebla". Turns out they aren't just selling potatoes roadside but they have a special sweet candy unique to Puebla made from sweet potatoes mixed with sugary flavorings. Believe it or not, I didn't have to be wheeled home for reaching max consumption although I was absolutely exhausted by the time I made it in- at 12:30am the next morning might I add. One thing Ive learned is to be really clear when I say something like "I like Mexican food" since every part of the country I've visited has their unique style, flavors, and dishes. Tlayudas in Oaxaca, Cochinita Pibil in the Yucatan, Tacos al pastor in CDMX, Chiles in Nogada in Puebla, the list goes on.
Since moving to Mexico, it's been beautiful to learn about the magic and history that each state and town holds. In one day I visited a museum that brought me to tears, an ecological park with a beautiful lake in it, a bar, one of the oldest libraries in Latin America, and endless colorful markets.
I would mark this day a complete success and I look forward to the next day trip adventure!
Have you ever been to or heard of Puebla?
If you want to see the full experience, check out my YouTube vlog about it here.