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Zarela: Oaxaca 2014 in love again

Zarela: Oaxaca 2014 in love again

Pedro, me and the view taken  by www.lauriesmithphotos.com There are people who I can hardly wait to get off the telephone with, and others, whose company I enjoy immensely and  I  can never get enough of.  So I came up…

Oaxaca Villages 1  Zaachila

Oaxaca Villages 1 Zaachila

Photos by Pedro Luis de Auuinaga One of the many charms of visiting Oaxaca city is visiting the surrounding villages.  Mostspecialize in a particular craft or product. the nearby town of  Zaachila has a curious specialty: wood for different kinds…

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…