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Black Farmers, Traditional Food and Good Vibes at Oakland’s Freedom Farmers’ Market

Oakland farmers markets, my friends and family are a few reasons why I love coming home. Now I’m adding a new market to my weekend lineup: the Freedom Farmers’ Market,…

Oaxaca Raw: Mexican Food at the Mar Vista Farmers Market

I usually roll my eyes at anything advertised as raw food or vegan. Neither of those labels indicates that a meal will be balanced, healthy or taste good. In LA “healthy” food…

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…

Good Food on the 101: Road Trip Stops from the Bay to LA

I’m driving from the Bay to LA a lot these days— and I don’t have AC, so summertime means I’m taking the 101. It’s a longer ride, but cooler and…

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…