Zacahuil – An ancient culinary tradition started by the Ancient Aztecs, still practiced today

Zacahuil – An ancient culinary tradition started by the Ancient Aztecs, still practiced today

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One of the reasons many domestic travelers visit the Huastec Region of Mexico is to enjoy the delicious ethnic dish called zacahuil.

Zacahuil translates as bocado grande, Spanish for big bite.  The word derives from one of the many Maya dialects specifically the Huastec or Téenek.

When I traveled to Xilitla, one of my beloved towns in Mexico, I had the opportunity to eat this succulent dish for the first time.  It is delicious to say the least; smoky in flavor and the meat in the dish provides enough protein needed to start a new day full of activities or just to start a regular workday.

The livelihood of many families in Xilitla depends upon this dish as it provides the means to generate income and support their families.

This video showcases the long process of making zacahuil, which is usually prepared by the women, just like most…

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Amazing Pictures Of A Spectacular Snowstorm In Mexico

Amazing Pictures Of A Spectacular Snowstorm In Mexico

Although you might think otherwise, Mexico gets snow every winter. This is what it looks like! Continue reading “Amazing Pictures Of A Spectacular Snowstorm In Mexico”

What a Birthday Will Teach You About Life

What a Birthday Will Teach You About Life

Birthdays are an opportunity to count blessings and life lessons. Here are a few I’ve learned. Continue reading “What a Birthday Will Teach You About Life”

10 Inspiring Mexican Sayings That Will Make You Wiser

10 Inspiring Mexican Sayings That Will Make You Wiser

Are you looking for some wisdom to guide you in life? These Mexican sayings will provide you with all the guidance you need! Continue reading “10 Inspiring Mexican Sayings That Will Make You Wiser”

5 Delightful Reasons Why You Will Love Pixar’s Coco

5 Delightful Reasons Why You Will Love Pixar’s Coco

Pixar’s movie “Coco” premiered in Mexico a full month ahead of the rest of the world, so I went to see it as soon as I could. Should you watch it? Yes!!!!!! Here’s why you’ll love it. Continue reading “5 Delightful Reasons Why You Will Love Pixar’s Coco”

The Power of Mariachi Music

Unleashing My Inner Chingona

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The Torres household was not unlike other Latino households in that, we too, had to endure early Saturday mornings with the mariachi music going full blast.  But the difference in our house was that we might be hearing those rancheras on record, on the radio, in a JUKEBOX that was in our house for years, or with Mike Torres playing and singing live!  Our father is a lifetime mariachi and regularly rocks his charro suits.  This is my very favorite picture of his, happiest when singing with the mariachi.

So I’d be in that bed trying to will myself back to sleep, trying to close my eyes, trying not to think that, along with the music, that house cleaning wasn’t far behind.   Finally, I’d give in and wake up, laying there hearing the sounds of the house, the smell of breakfast cooking, knowing that in a few minutes…

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Sweet Death

Sweet Death

Creative Hands of Mexico

The term artesanía roughly translates to “handcrafts” or “folk art” although cultural differences mean that the terms are not completely equal. For example, the adjective artesanal can and often is applied to certain processed foods such as bottle salsas, chocolate, coffee and alcohols if said products are made at a home or by a small enterprises that do not use industrial methods.

Despite the tempation cover some of these artesanal goods (as they ARE wonderful), I have stuck to products that fit the definition of handcrafted in English. However, there is one tradition that truly blurs the line between edible and non-edible “handcrafts.”

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Alfeñique is the creation of a sugar paste, which is then molded into various decorative shapes. The term is not known to foreigners, but anyone who has been to Mexico during Day of the Dead (esp. in central Mexico) has seen its most representative product… a highly…

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Blissful Mexican Recipes To Celebrate Day Of The Dead

Blissful Mexican Recipes To Celebrate Day Of The Dead

The Day of the Dead is a celebration which, like everything in Mexico, calls for lots of delicious food!  Continue reading “Blissful Mexican Recipes To Celebrate Day Of The Dead”

Mexico City: Top 7 Must-Sees & A History Untold

Mexico City: Top 7 Must-Sees & A History Untold

How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch

Mexico City, also known as, Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Distrito Federito, D.F., Mexico D.F., El Capital, or simply Mexico is the most ancient city in the Americas and was originally the center of the Aztec Empire. This is a city that offers unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a mix of ancient and advanced, creative and scientific, culture and contemporary. The entire city is a renaissance and one of my favorite places on earth.

Just some quick facts:

Mexico City is the eighth richest city in the world, boasts the most museums on the planet, is the second largest city in the Western Hemisphere, just behind New York City, and is the most ancient city in the Americas.

The remnants of Mexico City’s history are juxtaposed with its contemporary advancements. For example, ancient temples  used for human sacrifice can be found next to its sprawling financial…

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How To Make Delicious Mexican Corn on the Cob

How To Make Delicious Mexican Corn on the Cob

The fall is the perfect season is to enjoy corn on the cob, and if you make it Mexican, it’s even better. Here’s the recipe! Continue reading “How To Make Delicious Mexican Corn on the Cob”