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A very short history of coffee in Mexico (and where to get the good stuff)

“This is where coffee cultivation started in Mexico, in 1785” said Ricardo as he hands me a cup of espresso. I taste it and sigh. It’s the first real shot of strong, tasty coffee that I’ve had this trip. Good coffee in Mexico is hard to find. For starters, when you ask for a cappuccino, […]

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Chocolate in Oaxaca

There’s an area in Oaxaca with a chocolate store on every corner. We don’t want to be so cliché as to say hit Minas street and follow the scent of cinnamon and chocolate, but on the real, you could. While the cocoa beans comes from the state of Tabasco, Oaxaca is renowned for its chocolate, […]

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About eating bugs

It’s hard to avoid eating insects here. Today we were having quesadillas with squash blossoms and a little green worm fell out of Jenny’s tortilla and onto her plate. We don’t think it was supposed to be part of the dish, but you never know. Later the waiter told us that there were gusanos de […]

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Carmen Cruz Salinas: 32 years of tamales

For a moment we thought we wouldn’t be able to find her. To be brutally honest, there is something that doesn’t quite click when Mexicans give me directions. Granted, it doesn’t help that street signs are often absent, that derecho means straight, while derecha means right, and that people, most of them trying to be […]

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