Mexico

Where to Eat Breakfast in Oaxaca, Part Two

After late nights in Oaxaca kept up by the creep of the mezcal high, I’m always excited for the rewards in the morning: frothy hot chocolate, fresh juice, crispy-edged fried…

Where to Eat and Drink in Rosarito

Rosarito is right on the Pacific coast and in between two great food destinations, Tijuana and Ensenada (including the increasingly trendy wine destination, Valle de Guadalupe) but I think a lot of Americans…

Five More Places to Eat and Drink in Tijuana and Ensenada

Tijuana and Ensenada continue to charm me (and my taste buds). Here are a few more places to visit. Tijuana Cine Tonalá This three-story movie house, cultural center, rooftop bar and restaurant…

el guero ensenada

Eating and Drinking in Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe

Did you know there’s a wine valley in Baja? In Valle de Guadalupe you’re sure to find good food and wine, beautiful views and probably at least one wrong turn down…

24 Hours in Morelia, the Coolest Mexican City Left Off the Tourist Map

“We’re still the place that people stop through on their way somewhere else,” said Antonio Guzman, the manager at Lu Cocina Michoacana. We’re sitting across from the plaza, having coffee…

5 Reasons To Love Lu Cocina Michoacana in Morelia

It’s rare that I’ll go twice to one restaurant when I only have 24 hours in a city, but Lu Cocina has the kind of menu that gave me FOMO…

To Quiroga, Home of Carnitas

While everyone has their opinion on where to get the best carnitas in Michoacán, Quiroga is widely acknowledged as the hometown of carnitas. “But everyone has a different idea of…

Peace and Barbacoa in Paracho: When a Guitar Town Goes for a World Record

A few weeks ago a town in Michoacán tried to do what only the city of Wroclaw, Poland had done before: Bring together 6,346 guitarists to break the Guinness World…

Sampling Michoacan’s Soul Food in Patzcuaro

When I told friends in the U.S. and Mexico that I was going to Michoacán I got one of two responses: A warning or concern with the state’s reputation for…

Lunch with Victoria Gonzalez Chavez, Maestra Cocinera from the Tierra Caliente

There are 8 maestras cocineras (master cooks) in Michoacán, a title and honor given to traditional female cooks who are preserving and promoting the state’s ancestral cuisine. Victoria Gonzalez Chavez…

My Favorites From Tacolandia

With 140 taqueros I was officially overwhelmed at LA Weekly’s Tacolandia event last weekend. Luckily, there was a lady handing out shot glasses and I always have something to put…

The Best Things I Ate in Mexico City

I went to Mexico City with two chefs and one of them said that it may be possible that I like food more than he does. That could be true—…

Where to Drink in Oaxaca

I should have called this post Where to Drink in Oaxaca If It’s Not From a Plastic Bottle of Mezcal You Got From the Palenque Today. But on the real,…

Talking Oaxaca’s Culinary Traditions with Celia Florián

I haven’t spent enough time in Oaxaca to make an accurate count but seems like these days there’s a new restaurant or mezcal bar popping up in the centro with the frequency…

Where to Eat Breakfast in Oaxaca

I love breakfast. My boyfriend is not a big fan. Anytime I ask him if a certain place is good for breakfast he says, “I don’t know, it’s breakfast,” with…

Drink the Day Away at These Two Cantinas in Oaxaca

I like cantinas, as I do dive bars, especially when I’m traveling. I like being in them during the day, the feeling that I should be doing something productive wearing…

Treat Yo Self to These Three Restaurants in Oaxaca

As a journalist who recently quit my day job,  I was in heaven eating cheaply in Oaxaca. I cooked with beautiful market ingredients and ate at cocina economicas, market stands, and drank green juices…

Mezcal and More: Rolling through Oaxaca with Neta Mezcal

Max Rosenstock is from New Mexico, lives in the Bay, and knows the Oaxacan countryside so well I’m surprised when he hits a tope too fast. His project, Neta Mezcal,…

Ranch to Table in Oaxaca with Chef José Luis Díaz

I met José Luis Diaz at his restaurant, Chilhuacle Rojo, in the Oaxaca centro. He has a deep voice, two chile pepper tattoos on his forearm, and uses yadadayadayada to finish…

Oaxaca Day Trip: Etla Valley

The days of the week in Oaxaca are told by market days. Sunday is Tlacolula, Friday is Ocotlán, Thursday is Zaachila, and Wednesday is Etla. These are the days when…

A Night in Latuvi: Visiting Los Pueblos Mancomunados

The morning in Latuvi smelled like fire and smoke, and purple shadows draped over the curves of the Sierra Norte as I looked out from the balcony. At night the…

Day Trip From Oaxaca City: Ocotlán

On Fridays it’s market day in Ocotlán de Morales, a town about 20 miles south of Oaxaca city. Like any market day in Oaxaca tarps web out from the permanent…

Eat, Play, Stay in Huatulco: 48 Hour Guide

Huatulco’s marketing problem, as a friend reminded me, is that there is no actual town called Huatulco. Nine bays, 36 beaches, small towns, and over 20 miles of coastline make up…

A Trip to Oaxaca’s Mercado de Abastos for Oaxacalifornia at Origen

Friday is a good day for the Mercado de Abastos, Oaxaca city’s wholesale market. On Fridays and Tuesdays the señoras come from different parts of Oaxaca to the market to sell…

Where to Eat on the Oaxacan Coast: Puerto Escondido to San Agustinillo

I’m pretty sure I learned the magic of eating garlic shrimp, down to the shells and heads, when I was six on our first family trip to Mexico, in Puerto Angel, which happens to…

Hotels in Mexico

I am booking another trip to Mexico and remembering how annoying it is to look through hotel reviews. Especially if you are like me and want the finer things in life— on…

Where to Eat in Tijuana: Five Places to Sample the City

From old school to brand new, street side to white table cloth, Tijuana has a crazy range of eating options. Here are a few to get started with. Tacos Franc…

Where to Drink in Tijuana: Mezcal, Cocktails and Craft Beer

Sorry lonely promoters and tequila girls hanging on the balconies of empty super nightclubs, Tijuana has moved on from the Coko Bongo days. Don’t get me wrong, this is a…

Where to Eat in Tijuana: Three Food Colectivos

I don’t blame you for the question mark in your tone when I tell you that I just got back from Tijuana. You’re thinking spring break or narco violence or…

In Between Meals on Holbox

It would be easy to spend most of your day lounging in a beach hammock on Holbox. But then you miss smobbin’ around in a golf cart to find the…

Where to Eat on Holbox, Part 2: Lunch and Dinner

Before there were ferries and before there was refrigeration, Holboxeños used to eat the eggs of wild birds, all kinds of fish, and on a special night, a manatee that could…

Where to Eat on Holbox: Mandarina Beach Club

I didn’t want to leave Mandarina, Hotel Casa Tortuga’s restaurant. I went on my last night, after my travel companion left, and sat under the palapa, on the rooftop bar with a mezcal…

Where to Eat on Holbox Part 1: Breakfast

At 7 AM on Holbox I woke up and walked the beach, stopping to swim in the Caribbean sea with no one else in sight but two fisherman untangling the…

Where to Drink in Merida: La Negrita, An Exceptionally Pretty Cantina

La Negrita was just a regular cantina when I lived here, which means it was the kind of place my university friends and I would go to after finishing afternoon…

Cooling Off In Chicxulub

On a 100 degree day in Merida the centro is like a fiery pit of cement. I know I went to school in heat like this when I lived here,…

48 Hours in Mexico City

Leaving Mexico City after two days is like leaving a really good party at 10 pm. Granted, I had been before with my sister and done a lot of the…

Meet The Yucatan’s Culinary Soldiers

I met Chef Wilson Alonzo in the patio of Restaurante Frailes, plucking flowers from the chile xcatik bush, a bright orange chile the shape of a tiny christmas light, with…

Five Restaurants to Try in Merida

I’m headed back to Merida soon, and I can’t wait to eat all of this. Here are five restaurants that represent a spectrum of food in the Merida area, and…

Treat Yourself: Ice Cream and Chocolate in Merida

Boy, have my taste buds changed. Ten years ago when I wasn’t drinking a beer in the Merida plaza I was sitting across the street at Helados Colon enjoying an…

Three Food Markets in Merida

On my return to Merida after ten years a lot has changed. Back in the day if you said the word vegetarian you’d get a bewildered look and a plate…

24 Hours in Valladolid

Ten years ago I came to Valladolid for a night with my fellow study abroad students. It was my 20th birthday and we set out to find a bottle of…

Guide to Eating, Drinking and Exploring Isla Mujeres

Well, Cancun pretty much sucked like I thought it would. Thank god Isla Mujeres is a 20 minute ferry ride away. Isla’s got turquoise waters, a good mix of tourist…

Bucerias and the Quest for Good Food in Tourist Towns

Bucerias is a low-key beach town that gets most of its charm from the fact that it’s not a big resort city like its neighbor to the South, Puerto Vallarta.…

Puerto Vallarta for a Night

I don’t usually find myself in places like this. It’s very touristy here. There’s a Señor Frogs. But a friend and I were staying about 30 minutes away in a…