Spicy Serrano Latkes and Blending Cultural Traditions

Have you read the children’s book Jalapeño Bagels? One of my best friends gave it to me when I was pregnant with Amado, and it tells the story of a little boy named Pablo whose father is Jewish and mother is Mexican. Pablo is faced with the decision to present a food at school that represents his culture for International Day and he is torn. Ultimately he decides to take jalapeño bagels, which represent his culturally rich American family. The story reminded me very much of my Amadito and our little familia. If you’d like to read more about our Jewish-Syrian-Mexican-American cultural traditions, check out this month’s isssue of Parent’s Latina! Read More…

Cooking for a Cause: Tamales, Traditions, and Toy Drives

The holiday season is in full swing and I’m preparing for my trip to California where the women in my family come together to make hundreds of tamales for Christmas. It’s one of my favorite family traditions and I can hardly wait to catch up with all of the ladies as we spread, fill, and pack our delectable treats. Read More…

Mollete Recipe + Oaxaca’s Estancia de Valenica Bed and Breakfast

Estancia de Valenica is a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the heart of Oaxaca, just a short walk from cafes, parks, restaurants, and the historic Santo Domingo church. While it is centrally located, once you step into the beautiful three-bedroom home, you won’t want to leave. It’s lovely outdoor fountain and patio emit tranquility and the colorful kitchen and perfectly curated art collection show a deep appreciation for Mexican culture. Read More…

What the Health + Delicious Hibiscus Tostadas Recipe

It seems like recently everybody I know is talking about the Netflix documentary What the Health. The film sets out to examine the link between diet and disease and has quite a few people considering going vegan. Even one of my favorite chefs, Marcela Valladolid, began sharing plant-based recipes and talking about how much better she feels since cutting out animal products from her diet. Read More…

Ricardo Soltero’s La Calavera Catrina Exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens

Last week Amado and I went on a fun little treasure hunt at the Denver Botanic Gardens. We were in search of Ricardo Soltero’s iconic skeleton sculptures known as La Catrina. Smiling skull figures on our maps identified eight locations throughout the gardens where we could see the elegant female figures and we had a wonderful time exploring the fall flora and fauna in pursuit of the Catrinas. Each one of Ricardo’s larger-than-life Catrinas is inspired by Day of the Dead traditions and Mexican icons. The sculptures in La Calavera Catrina are currently on display now through November 5, 2017. Read More…