Why Not Start With Dessert? Snap Shot of Micro Xalapa ’18 Trip

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August 10th to 15th, we went to Xalapa, Veracruz to learn from Anthropologist and Cook Raquel Torres Cerdán. Raquel generously connected us with her students and peers.

These dessert photos reflect the new and traditional- from young Chef Alejandra Ramírez of Coatepec, infusing her creations with memories of childhood amidst coffee forests, Chef Luis Palmeros experimenting with his well learned local ingredients in Xalapa (check Instagram: ___whiteroom El Cuarto Blanco) to Pujol-trained Chef Erik Guerrero, revolutionizing fishing near his hometown of Veracruz and cooking up sophisticated delights with, again, local ingredients! Of course we have classic Xalapa with Raquel Torres and her superb flavors.

Below is a slide show of our trip which included Jim Maser of Picante in Berkeley, CA, Omar Rodriguez of Oyamel in D.C. , and Churchill Orchards of Ojai, CA.

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We Are Pretty Like-able, Modesty Aside. Join Us in Mexico!

Check us out! These photos speak volumes about camaraderie, conviction, passion and purpose– join us on one of our next culinary adventures as a guest traveller in our country, not as a tourist– where we share the best of our regions’ food people with you. From chefs trips to aficionados, enjoy our 33 years of culinary friendships and family!

 

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Oaxaca, A Quick Sketch.

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I will let the photos below speak for the beauty that is Oaxaca; its gorgeous landscape, deliciously intricate foods, and marvelous people.

Chef Ricardo Muñoz, our local Chefs and Cooks, food and handicraft Artisans, guides, restauranteurs, and hoteliers enveloped our group with the warmth and profundity of this moving region: Reina Mendoza and Family, Soledad DíazPilar Cabrera, Oscar Carrizosa,  Familia Pérez, Familia Vázquez,  and Familia Cabrera.

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And, I must celebrate our travelers– it is such a pleasure to attend each one of you; every trip reaffirms what I have learned these past 33 years: food always brings people together, restoring one’s faith in humanity!

 

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Xalapa August 10-15: 1 spot left. It’s yours!

Returning early July from a setup trip to Xalapa, I am beyond happy with what is in store for you.

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The beauty of the region, the bounty of the rainy season, and the knowledge, pride and passion of our cooks and chefs is absolutely inspiring.  There is no doubt that cooking is humanity’s saving grace.

Contact us about the one spot left- it comes with a plus!                                                760-577-2810                                                                                                                                                  office@culinaryadventuresinc.com

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Yes! You will be here, learning!
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view from el Perote
No, Veracruz is not just tropical and sub-this is pine forest where we shall have a class!

 

 

The Plaza -or Zócalo- in Mexico: a Place to Reflect.

I keep thinking of the plazas- or zócalos- in Mexico.
The plaza de armas in my hometown Morelia; with Magnolia trees and roses, pink cantera stone fountains, our exquisite cathedral, and surrounding archways with cafés full of all the regional political, universities, art and music gossip imaginable.
The Port of Veracruz’s tiled square, with its rare moments of silence and long hours of vibrancy filled with music, dance and food.
Oaxaca’s majestic zócalo is filled people from every region of the state, mixed in are international visitors. In the rainy season women float by with flat baskets carrying gardenias, as in a dream.
Each plaza in each town or city is like a stage set with different casts, lighting, sounds and sets.
After learning local cuisines all day, those plaza benches are a place to reaffirm, reassess what these regional foods are all about–“take the pulse of the culture,” my father would call it.
You find yourself surrounded by the people who make these cuisines what they are. Without the Mexican people– the humble, average people– there is no Mexican food.
No matter where you are in the world, Mexican eateries cannot taste even slightly like Mexico without its people in the back or front of store or in the mind of the cook(s).
Even in home cooking, when preparing something as “simple” as a pot of beans, one’s mother, grandmother, grandfather, godmother, neighbor, friend, teacher, mentor – a real person- will be perched on your shoulder, accompanying you as you prepare what you have learned by osmosis or intentionally, tutting, encouraging, correcting, scolding.
One of the pleasures of learning through our trips is having these plazas to reflect and ponder and savor what you are absorbing daily.
Join us soon on a Culinary Adventure: Ricardo, Ana Elena, and yours truly are happy to share our country’s many foods and many cultures and bring you in touch with our people in each region- not as a tourist but as a guest!
information at: office@culinaryadventuresinc.com or (760) 577-2810

La Jornada

http://www.jornada.com.mx/sin-fronteras/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdain-el-hombre-que-bebio-tequila-amo-a-mexico-y-a-sus-inmigrantes-5767.html

This article is well worth popping into a translating application. Mr Bourdain truly understood and respected our people, our culture. Que en paz descanse. May he rest in peace.

Our Classic Culinary Trip to Oaxaca September 2-10, 2018– Filling Up!

If you have joined us in the past, you will recognized these two.

Ana Elena Martínez: quiet, dignified, tremendously talented, and kind. A chef and pastry specialist-including chocolate- in her own right, Ana Elena makes coordinating trips seem effortless. (She is also a great joy to have morning coffee with and muse on our days events.)

Ricardo Muñoz: What can I say? As pioneer chef of Mexican cuisine and ardent researcher of Mexican foods and ingredients, he has written many Mexican cookbooks including his Diccionario Enciclopédico de Gastronomía Mexicana [Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomy] (Larousse, 2012), which awaiting final editing from the University of Texas Press for its English version. In August, 2016, the “Chevalier de l’Ordre Mondial de L’Académie Culinaire de France” was awarded to him. Ricardo  is chef/owner of the Azul restaurants in Mexico City. And on our trips Ricardo brings a contagious joy and passion to his classes which is simply a delight to witness.

Mexico is a place that becomes etched upon your soul, through it’s people, and cultures. Oaxaca is one of the most dramatic of our regions. Our trip is filling up. Take the leap and sign up now!

¡hasta pronto!

Carmen

We have limited space and reservation time, so if interested in participating, a $400 deposit is due asap, balance, July 2.  Celebrating our 30 years of pioneering culinary travel in Mexico, our Oaxaca Trip 2018 is $3750 and includes daily classes and demos, 8 nights hotel, two meals a day and all fees associated with the trip, excluding airfare. (Based on double occupancy, there is a $250 single supplement fee)

office@culinaryadventuresinc.com                                            Carmen’s phone:760-577-2810