A Glimpse Inside Mexico City’s Classic Fondas, Home of the Original Value Meal
I was a freelance journalist for a few years chugging my way through odd jobs and writing assignments for poor pay and a safety net of zero. Because of this, I became intimately familiar with the fondas in my neighborhood, the small, family-run diners...
MUNCHIES Presents: MREs in Colombia
Daniel Hernández hangs with Colombian soldiers and tries an entire MRE (Meal Ready-to-Eat) to get a taste of what military personnel eat in the field.
The Outta My Way, I’m Walking Here Issue
A Mexican School Grapples with the Disappearance of 43 Students
Founded in 1926, the Ayotzinapa school is one of only a few all-male rural teachers' colleges still operating in Mexico. They are grossly neglected by federal and state authorities and sometimes face direct threats from the government.
The MUNCHIES 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Daniel Hernandez
If you love mezcal, look no further than our host Daniel Hernandez's picks for our the MUNCHIES Gift Guide. And don't fret, teetotalers—there's Oaxacan hot chocolate, too.
The Menu of the Day: Mexico City's Traditional Fondas
In this MUNCHIES special, produced for the food symposium Mesámerica 2014 in Mexico City, VICE México host Daniel Hernández takes us on a shotgun 24-hour tour covering three of the most emblematic fondas in this huge metropolis.
The Enigma of Pulque
I've written quite a bit about pulque in passing. But in all the years that I've known about the ancient Mexican "drink of the gods," I've never been as stumped by it (as a subject) as the time not too long ago when a reader asked me to describe its...
MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca - Part 5
In our final installment of the MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, Daniel heads to coast and meets a group of freestyle divers—who fish for lobsters, oysters, and scallops with basic tools and a lot of guts—then eat a fresh sea-to-table dinner.
MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca - Part 4
Daniel meets Palo, a local Oaxacan <i>muxe</i> (Mexico's third gender), who shows him traditional food like iguana stew, turtle eggs, and armadillo.
MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca - Part 3
In the third episode of MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, host Daniel Hernández meets Don Leonardo, a native resident of San José, who guides Daniel on a very special trip with the local specialty: hallucinogenic mushrooms.
You’re Eating Fake Tortillas, and Diana Kennedy Is Pissed About It
Pushing 90, the reigning legendary dame of Mexican cooking calls for an eater’s revolt, and simply doesn’t take any bullshit.
MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca - Part 2
In our second episode, host Daniel Hernández explores the world of mezcal, Oaxaca's sacred spirit, and visits Santiago Matatlán, the capital region of Oaxaca's mezcal scene.
MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca - Part 1
Watch our first episode of MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, where VICE Mexico editor and host Daniel Hernandez dives right into the belly of Oaxacan food with a visit to one of the region's oldest markets.