I hope you're enjoying a lovely day with family, friends and lots of good food. Here are a few Christmas-inspired photos culled from The Mija Chronicles' archives.
A few friends in Oaxaca warned me about how crazy-insane the Central de Abastos was. It's huge. Don't expect to see it all, they told me. You're going to get lost and you have to be okay with it. I'm a fan of Mercado de la Merced in Mexico City, so my eyes light up
The highlight of my trip to Oaxaca was the one-day cooking class I took with Reyna Mendoza. She’s a Zapotec woman who lives in Teotitlán del Valle, a small town about 45 minutes from Oaxaca City. She’s been making Mexican food by hand since she was a little girl. Mendoza has impressive credentials. She is
My visit to Tlacolula made me think a lot about the type of traveler I am. Now that I have a fancy camera, I bring it everywhere, so I can take pictures to show all of you people. (And to show my parents and friends.) But really, why is it so important for me to
We spent two hours at the Tlacolula market outside Oaxaca City this morning, and the dessert above is one of the best things we tried. It's called calabaza batida and it's squash -- the tamala variety, as it's known locally -- cooked with water and piloncillo until it's thick and saucy. The mixture is then
I didn't know much about Patzcuaro, Michoacán until a few months ago, when I decided to pitch a story based here. So here I am this weekend, working on said story. Arrived at noon today and I'm already in love with this town. It's hilly, and walkable, and all the buildings are rustic and topped
I'm a huge seafood lover, and lately I've been in heaven. Last Friday, my friend Alice and I went to the market in Coyoacán, which supposedly specializes in seafood. (And they have interesting stalls that sell honeyed lime peel.) We found a cute cafe and sat out on the patio, and gorged ourselves on ceviche,