Food and toys. / by Ellen Ziegler

Facade in the historic center of Mexico City.

Facade in the historic center of Mexico City.

Tom is a one-man taste tester of Mexican street food. And it has endless variety.

hard-boiled egg with salsa and toothpick.

hard-boiled egg with salsa and toothpick.

Resting after a morning of gordita eating -- blue corn tortillas stuffed with you-name-it.

Resting after a morning of gordita eating -- blue corn tortillas stuffed with you-name-it.

Trying to do my part.

Trying to do my part.

The Church of Santo Domingo, near the Zócalo, the main square.

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More food on the street, grandmother-style.

More food on the street, grandmother-style.

The Museum of Antique Toys (MUJAM). Check out their Facebook page...

The Museum of Antique Toys.

The Museum of Antique Toys.

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The collection of street art is the work of curator Roberto Shimizu, the son of Mr. Shimizu who founded MUJAM. He curates street art with the goal of making the three upper floors into a center for street art. He commissions artists, both local and international. The museum is meant to inspire pride and a sense of identity in the working-class neighborhood of Doctores in Mexico City.

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So excited to begin planning an artist's book with the Shimizus.  This collection was amassed by Mr. Shimizu on the left, more than 1 million toys collected since he was five years old in Mexico City. His son Roberto is now the creative director of the museum. He is mission is to bring street art to the neighborhood and the world. More later!

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