Oaxaca Trip February 3-11, 2018: A visual prelude… Thank you to our friend, photographer Ignacio Urquiza, for his beautiful eye. (Trip info posting very, very soon…)

Tejate
Woman mixing the indigenous tejate drink made with cacao. © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza
armadillos oaxaca
Woman selling armadillos in market in Oaxaca. © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza
Woman with comal
Woman carring a comal atop her head. © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza
Reyna
Reyna Mendoza using the local string cheese called quesillo. © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza
Iguana
Indigenous woman carrying an iguana to the local market. © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza
Abigail Mendoza
Zapotec Abilgail Mendoza making masa on her metate, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza
Tortillas
Tortillas or blandas from Oaxaca. © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza
Clayuda
Clayudas, giant crispy tortillas from Oaxaca. © 2012 Ignacio Urquiza

“Should I? Can I? Why Didn’t I?” A last call… Chefs’ Trip to Mexico City, January-deep winter- 2018 By Carmen Barnard (Marilyn doesn’t know I wrote this…yet!)

Deep into winter, brooding and shivering, these questions could echo in your mind as you lament not having reached out to see if there was maybe, perhaps, one spot left for you on that Chefs’ trip to Mexico City.

As you ponder the depths of your despair, you envision chefs intently observing a class, ricardo-muncc83ozver17-carmenbarnardb.jpegin a beautiful room filled with mind-boggling aromas and scents; market scenes try to form in your head; sounds of laughter and joy as you lift yet another copita de mezcal…(¿qué es mezcal? Why do I now speak Spanish? Why in italics? eh?) You recall Carmen’s much touted,  “kitchen dynamics” and “banter,” between chef and staff–what banter? Why? How do Mexican chefs banter, for Pete’s sake?  Who is Pete, anyway? Pedro? What does Carmen know about chefs or banter? Who is Pedro? Was he at the mezcalería or the cooking demo? at Azul?

All these troubling thoughts and longings could be avoided if you get a hold of Carmen today and see if there is still, perhaps, one spot remaining, just for you. office@culinaryadventuresinc.com

Life is short, Mexico is eternal. Our trip- now almost full.  Mexico City average January daytime highs: 71˚F.  You deserve to learn from the best chefs of Mexico, while you take a break. In a temperate climate.

¡Hasta pronto!

Carmen

Update on Chefs’ Trip January 2018 by Carmen Barnard

Our trip is filling fast and yes, moving forward!

For  people who live in areas prone to natural disasters tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, wild fires, volcanoes, tsunamis we know life moves forward no matter. With characteristic passion and vigor, all of Mexico affected by recent temblors works together to go forward and we do the same.  Our heart and aid go out to all, in every nation and region.  Likewise to the families of victims in Las Vegas; gun law reform NOW is all I will say here.

While set back a little with the earthquakes, thankfully all of our respective loved ones, friends and colleagues are okay, and I am even more intent on creating new culinary trips with Ricardo and Ana Elena to our unique, beautiful country.

I am still working to pin down Oaxaca dates, but it will happen! And I will announce just as soon as they are set.

Here is a link to a beautiful song about Mexico City https://youtu.be/ky3ZqOHkRHU (thank you to Ana Luz Mac Gregor, you-tuber, for posting this with a good vista of Mexico City to whet your appetites) by the incredible José Alfonso Ontiveros Carrillo, better know as Guadalupe Trigo (from Mérida, Yucatán, a musically rich región along with culinary–but that’s a future trip and I could wax poetic endlessly, just wait until we go there, you’ll see!) and lyricist Eduardo Salamonovitz Weinstock (Eduardo Salas) (from Mexico’s Jewish community no less). It will run through your head when we are going about our trip as it truly is a lovely tribute to that city. Come on the trip and I’ll translate the lyrics for you!

You may notice hyper links hither and thither throughout my postings. Some are about our chefs and cooks but I love music too. And Mexico is also extremely rich musically, region by region. Therefore, I will continue to add said hyperlinks (bless technology) as acoustic illustrations of what you’ve been missing and to hopefully keep an ear open to when travelling with us.

If you’ve been contemplating the Chefs’ Trip, I shall now delicately state you had better get a move on it as we are almost at our limit!

Relish your loved ones, work and daily life.

Hasta pronto,

Carmen