Homemade Hibiscus Syrup

1-hibiscus-syrup-lolas-cocinaJanuary has been a month of birthday celebrations and it concludes with mine on the 29th and Amado’s on the 30th. I hosted a brunch for Amado on Saturday and wanted it to be an adult-friendly affair so we set up a waffle and bionico (Mexican fruit salad) bar for the niños and a taco bar for their parents. What did we drink, you ask? Flavored milks and agua fresca for the kids and the 21 and over crew sipped on hibiscus mimosas. Read More…

Mezcal Mule

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Today is the U.S. Presidential Inauguration and whether you are raising your glass in celebration or need a little something to drown your sorrows, I have a remedy, I mean recipe for you. Read More…

DIY Chipotle Sage Butter

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In November I hosted an Edible Gifts for the Holidays Workshop where students learned to make homemade vanilla extract, infused booze, and prepared sweet treats that made perfect gifts for friends, family, and coworkers. We also made this chipotle sage butter and it was all the rage.

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The Three Kings and the Gift of Presence

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Today’s guest blog post is written by Vanessa Wiarco, by my sister who has traveled extensively throughout Israel and spent last Christmas at the birth site of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. She is an avid student of history and dreams of spending a year in the Holy Land studying theology.

El Día de los Reyes commemorates an event that took place well over 2,000 years ago when the Three Kings from the east traveled a great distance to visit a newborn child born in Bethlehem. Guided by a bright and shining star, the kings arrived bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. More important than the gifts that were bestowed upon the child, the Three Kings offered the gift of their presence and thereby an acknowledgment that they were paying homage to baby Jesus.

Today, we too have the opportunity to share presents with others during special holidays and commemorative events. But the greatest gift that can be shared today and every day is the gift of presence. It is a gift that is not to be found in a shopping mall, entertainment park, or on technological gizmos and gadgets. It’s a gift that has no price tag and can be shared with others through a kind thought, word, or action. Three Kings’ Day is not just a celebrated story of the past. It depicts a way of life that we can choose to live today and every day if we embrace the spirit of what it represents through our conscious presence with others.

Photo: Rick West

Lola’s Mexican-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

 

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If you’re anything like me, that means you enjoy giving and receiving gifts that are unique and made with mucho amor. This personally curated guide to regalitos includes some of my favorite products and purchases of 2016 — all from small business owners, some of whom are my friends. The common thread is that each item on this list is inspired by a shared love of Mexico and its vibrant culture. The best part is that most gifts are under $25, some start at only $5, and they’re all perfect for spreading a little cheer for the holidays and throughout the year. Happy shopping!
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