Destination Guides

The Best of Oaxacan Chocolate in San Dionisio Ocotepec

If you want to taste and make real Oaxacan chocolate, this is the place.

Five More Restaurants to Visit in Oaxaca

While I’m actually pretty satisfied with a yellow mole empanada on the street corner every night, I also found some five course meals and tacos this time that gave me…

Where to Drink Mezcal and Eat in Denver

If you happen to be in Denver and like mezcal, here’s a little roadmap. Finn’s Manor From the moment I saw the citrus, frangipanis, pineapple slices and cinnamon sticks floating…

Six more places to eat and drink in Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe (with a stop for coffee in Tijuana)

It had been a year since I’d been to the Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada because clearly my brain was taken over by aliens and I forgot how much I…

Talking perseverance, sisterhood and Tlacolula’s gastronomy with Oaxacan Cocinera Tradicional, Catalina Chávez

I met up with Catalina Chávez at a gas station in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, where she and her husband picked me up in a tuktuk and immediately took me to eat…

A Few Favorite Tacos from Taqueando, and where to find them

I mostly avoid food festivals these days (long lines, hungry people, ugh) but a festival called Taqueando? Of course I was there. The all-you-can-eat taco festival featuring chefs and taqueros mostly from Southern California and…

A night in San José del Pacífico

Where to eat, sleep and get some peace in Oaxaca’s magic mushroom town Between Oaxaca city and the pacific coast there is a notoriously precarious road through the mountains. Midway…

Five More Places to Eat Breakfast in Oaxaca

It could be the reverberation of a night of mezcal, but breakfast tastes better to me in Oaxaca. It might also be that it satisfies my need for variety. Breakfast…

Where to Eat in Oaxaca: Alfonsina

“I wasn’t trained formerly as a chef but growing up in Oaxaca, you know the taste of a good tortilla, a good mole, corn…” Jorge León, the chef and owner…

More Eats on the Oaxacan Coast

Floating in the turquoise bays of Huatulco and emerging just for a fresh coconut and garlic shrimp heads is my perfect beach day. Here are a few more things that…