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Oaxaca luncheon

Oaxaca luncheon

In the true spirit of Mexican hospitality, yesterday a beautiful and delicious luncheon was given for us by Henry and Rosa Wangeman. My friends and house guests were surprised to learn that I had never even met Henry. My dear…

A most enriching working vacation and a wedding!

A most enriching working vacation and a wedding!

  Why am I working on vacation? Because I can’t help it! Every time I go to my home country, Mexico, I am filled with so much pride in our impressive history, the magnificent scenery  and beauty of the land…

Guadalajara Revisited

Guadalajara Revisited

  Photo by Pedro Luis de Aguinaga Next week, I will be traveling to Guadalajara and environs for a family wedding.  The story below is  the sanitized and unedited manuscript version of my years of higher learning in Guadalajara. It…

Dallas Trip

Less than two weeks ago I got the invitation above from my dear longtime friend, Chef Stephan Pyles.Having done a performance art act myself last year, I thought that he was premiering some sort of show and I accepted his…

Dining in El Paso

Dining in El Paso

It used to be that there were only three things I had to eat on my infrequent trips to El Paso: A fire -grilled  Charcoaler hamburger with chile con carne, an order of Chico’s Tacos, and a Dairy Queen chocolate-dipped…

Hotel Casa Real del Cafe, Coatepec, Veracruz

Hotel Casa Real del Cafe, Coatepec, Veracruz

  This year I  have traveled a lot and stayed in many hotels in Peru, California, and two states in Mexico,  Queretaro and Veracruz, and know exactly what makes a great hotel, for me at least.   I  would put…

Dining in Mexico City – Paxia

Dining in Mexico City – Paxia

Everyone says Mexico is booming except Mexicans living there.  Still  if you go to  markets in Mexico City, such as my newly discovered San Juan Exotico ,where chefs shop they are busy  and the restaurants I was able to visit…

Food crafts of Xico, Veracruz, Pueblo Magico

Food crafts of Xico, Veracruz, Pueblo Magico

My first taste of Xico was a crispy buñuelo, a fried “flour tortilla”  very lightly dusted with fine granulated sugar and topped with chicken that had  first been cooked  with  blackberry liqueur and then sauteed with garlic and onion and…

Peruvian Dried Potato Stew

Peruvian Dried Potato Stew

    Want to try something with completely different textures and flavor combinations.  It’ll either blow your mind or not. For our Peruvian dinner last night we cooked with recipes from Saveur Peruvian Cooking section except for this traditional dried…

Breakfast in Xico, Veracruz, Mexico

Breakfast in Xico, Veracruz, Mexico

  Jan, the catrina veracruzana, me and Manolo One of the things that I learned on this trip is that Veracruzans, as in other parts of Mexico, breakfast is still the most popular meal to eat out. At 8:00 AM…