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¡Viva la Vida! A Toast to Watermelon Agua Fresca

Nothing says backyard barbeque like homemade ribs, mac and cheese and a big jarra of my Watermelon Agua Fresca — and that’s exactly what’s on the menu for my sister Ivana’s 25th birthday bash tonight.

Two years ago I had the unique opportunity to travel throughout Mexico and research cooking schools outside of the popular food-lover’s destination, Oaxaca. It was in the charming city of Morelia, Michoacan that I was able to mix business with pleasure as my mother and sister joined me on my culinary investigation. Here, we took a private cooking class with Cynthia Martinez, chef and owner of the adorable San Miguelito restaurant and operator of Zirita Taller de Experiencias Culinarias, one of the most beautiful cooking schools in all of Mexico!

I have found that traveling always offers opportunities to learn something new about your travel partners as well as the destination you are visiting. It’s a matter of fact it was on this trip to Morelia that I learned about my sister Ivana’s affinity for watermelon agua fresca. Therefore, it is only appropriate that I commemorate our travels together and her birthday by showcasing this exquisite drink! To 25 years of life, Ivana, and in the words of the late Frida Kahlo, “Viva la Vida!” Read More…

Lime Agua Fresca with Chia Seeds | Agua Fresca de Limón con Chía

Chia seeds are trending these days and are experiencing a “rebirth” of sorts here in the Americas. Used by the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas for their medicinal and nutritional values, this superfood is quickly reemerging on the world stage for its health-related benefits.  Today I’d like to share a recipe that I came across for the first time while brunching at the Mercado Hidalgo in Guanajuato, Guanajuato:  chia paired with key lime juice, water, and sugar. I know you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I do – you’ll find the textures and flavors unforgettable (and distinct from American-style lemonade)! Read More…

Lime Paletas (Popsicles) with Chia | Paletas de Limón con Chía

slightly adapted from Paletas de Limón recipe in Paletas by Fany Gerson

¼ cup chia seeds
3 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
3 1-inch strips of lime zest
¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (I use the small Mexican limes or Key limes)


  1. Soak chia seeds in one cup room temperature water for at least one hour or until gelatinous (overnight soaking is optimal).
  2. Combine water, sugar, and lime zest in small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally to ensure that sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool. Remove lime zest and transfer mixture to bowl with spout for easy pouring.
  3. Drain water from chia seeds and add seeds to sugar-water mixure. Stir in lime juice.
  4. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and top with lids. If using cups, let the mixture set in freezer for 30 minutes before inserting wooden sticks. It is also easier if cups are organized onto a small cookie sheet to ensure that paletas freeze evenly.
  5. Freeze overnight.