While I generally write about the state of Puebla, recently we decided to try out a restaurant in a tiny neighboring state, Tlaxcala. Tlaxcala has a beautifully rustic downtown area and the town hall is decorated with murals depicting its rich and complex history. It is one of my favorite places to visit for a day trip.
However, this time we went about 10 minutes outside of the downtown area to a restaurant called, “El Molino de los Reyes” (The Kings’ Mill). Originally constructed as grain mill in the 18th century, it was converted into a military post during the Mexican Revolution. It was later bought by Don Joaquín Cisneros, a former governor of Tlaxcala and restored to become his country home. Doña Lolita, his wife, was well known for her cooking, paintings and hospitality. Their descendants, who still own this lovely treasure, have created a restaurant above the mill.
It was a chilly day when we arrived, and due to its location at the bottom of a hill and next to a river, it felt even colder. However, inside there was a warm fire in the fireplace, and the décor was lovely. The table where we were seated overlooked the water, and after we finished eating traditional dishes from Tlaxcala (it makes its own bread, tortillas and mole), we enjoyed a cup of coffee and dessert in front of the fireplace. Afterwards, the manager took us for a tour and explained both the history of this unique place and future plans for it to become a boutique hotel as well.
We left feeling like we had entered another time and era, when the accelerated pace of daily life did not crowd in, and every pleasure could be thoroughly enjoyed.