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Exciting News: Lola’s Mercadito is Open for Business + Giveaways

Lola's Mercadito | #lolasmercadito |

2016 has been quite a year for Lola’s Cocina. As my three-year blog anniversary approaches I’d like to share some exciting news. First and foremost, I’ve finally launched my line of specialty food products and online store! That’s right, Lola’s Mercadito is just a mouse click away.


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Jesús Alvarado: From Field Worker to Farm Owner, the American Dream Realized


Jesús Alvarado, Fresalva Berry, LLC #CAStrawberries

On June 6 – 8, I had the unique opportunity to join the California Strawberry Commission for an educational retreat that provided insights into the labor-intensive strawberry industry. Nine other bloggers and I participated in engaging and tasty activities as we toured the heart of California’s agricultural industry and learned about the human hands that drive it. Read More…

#PaletaWeek 2016: 35+ Paleta Recipes for Summer


Last Monday, I launched the first annual Paleta Week, which kicked off on June 20th — the first day of summer. Check out the hashtag #PaletaWeek and you’ll find a roundup of one of Mexico’s sweetest treats: paletas (popsicles). This year 25 bloggers and Instagrammers contributed over 35 popsicle recipes with a Mexican twist. I also partnered with Mexico in My Pocket to host daily paleta-inspired giveaways that included everything from my favorite paleta molds to books, Paletero Cart air fresheners, and handmade paleta cookies and cards. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute a recipe, to my giveaway sponsors, and to everyone who followed along last week! Until next year…

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Summer Kick Off: Paleta Week, June 20 – 26

Paleta Week

Next Monday I’ll be kicking off summer with #PaletaWeek where I’ve invited some of my favorite bloggers and Instagrammers to share a delicious popsicle recipe, inspired by Mexico. I’ll also have some fun paleta-inspired giveaways, so stay tuned and be sure to follow along on Instagram (@lolascocina) and Facebook (Lola’s Cocina)! Read More…

Strawberry and Vanilla Cream Paletas with Chia

12-Strawberries and Cream Popsicles_Lola's CocinaMay was National Strawberry Month, which means that the sweet aroma of fresas is still in the air. Strawberries always make me nostalgic for Mexico because they remind me of family road trips where we barreled down the carreteras of Irapúato on our way to visit my father’s family. As we passed the baskets of sweet smelling strawberries off of the highways, my mother would urge my father to make a pit stop so that we could indulge in the strawberry capital of Mexico’s tasty treasure: fresas con crema.

Chino Strawberries

Nowadays I enjoy visits to my hometown of Chino where I take my son Amado to buy crates of fresh strawberries from the nearby puestos. As I look forward to summer, and reminisce about our past road trips, I decided to create a fresas con crema paleta for my Amado to enjoy. I incorporated the super healthful chia seed for an added nutritional punch of protein, antioxidants, and omega-3s. Mexican vanilla bean imparts rich woody notes and spice to the crema mixture, which I made with Cacique’s Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie and Crema Mexicana. Cheers to summer road trips and all of life’s sweet treats! Read More…