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Felices fiestas!

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.

Wandering through Oaxaca’s Central de Abastos market

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

A visit to the Teotitlán del Valle market, with Reyna Mendoza

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

Calabaza batida from the Tlacolula market in Oaxaca

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

Charming, rustic Patzcuaro

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

Visions of shrimp and octopus dancing in her head

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,