San Pedro Atocpan is a little town about an hour southeast of Mexico City, nestled in the foothills near Milpa Alta. It's actually closer to the state of Morelos than it is to the Centro Histórico, which is sort of crazy. I like it there. The town is quiet and charming, and some of the
In Mexico, you can't just use any old pot to make mole. The best moles, it's generally known, are scraped and mingled together in a clay pot, preferably one that fits an extra-large wooden spoon. The pots conduct heat well and the clay adds an extra touch of flavor. And in my foreign eyes, you
After two days of Puebla's International Mole Festival, I came home to Mexico City with stars in my eyes. I'd learned about mole and regional Mexican food from some of the top culinary minds in Mexico. I'd met some of Puebla's top chefs, and watched mayoras make foods from their pueblos. And there was the
Mark Bittman, the New York Times columnist and cookbook author, is probably best-known for teaching people how to cook simply. His How To Cook Everything books have more than a million copies in print. He's also fan of Mexico: Bittman has written about Mexico City woman chefs and the Condesa tianguis, and his columns occasionally
I'm in Puebla for the next two days, attending the city's first International Mole Festival. Several chefs from the U.S. and Mexico -- including Rick Bayless, Marcela Valladolid, Patricia Quintana, Monica Patiño and Daniel Ovadía -- have been invited to talk about mole, its history and their experience with Mexican cuisine. Plus there's a tasting
The first time I had mole xiqueño -- mole that's made in the style of Xico, a town in the state of Veracruz -- was at El Bajío in Polanco. I didn't know much about it, so I had expected something heavy and sweet, like a mole poblano. The dish ended up being more complex:
I really, really wanted to close out The Week of Huauzontles with a spectacular new recipe. But then the weekend came around, and our friends Julie and John had a despedida, and then I got stomach sick, and then our friend Justin came to town for a few days. And next thing I know it
Last week, in the spirit of Exploring Mexico Now That I Don't Have a Full-Time Job, Alice and I took a trip to Ciudad Universitaria to see UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It's considered among the largest universities in the Americas, with nearly 200,000 undergrad and grad students enrolled this past school year.