Mexico

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 Two 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…