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North America

Food and drink

Tuxedos and dive bars

It all started, as many big nights out do, with a quick beer. We were sitting with our friends Kelly and Jim in a sunny plaza in Guanajuato when we spotted our friendly American landlady and called her over for a chat. We told…

6 October, 2015
Food and drink

Hot chocolate in Oaxaca: don’t forget the froth

At the back of the El Pochote organic market in Oaxaca, there are two (very) grumpy ladies who make an absolutely rocking cup of hot chocolate. They take a caked block of chocolate – it looks similar to a brownie – and add it…

17 September, 2015
Food and drink

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day

It’s Mexican Independence Day today, and like many people here, I am nursing a bit of a hangover. I’d like to think of it as a step towards assimilating into local culture, but I’ll have to do it quietly because… Mezcal. Confusingly enough, Independence Day doesn’t actually…

16 September, 2015
Food and drink

Oaxaca diary: Our month with Mexican grandparents

Day one We’ve just moved into our new apartment in Oaxaca! It’s nothing fancy, but we have a comfortable bed, a lounge (with a sofa, no less!) and all the amenities we need… including a kitchen so small it might be considered a cupboard.…

11 September, 2015
Food and drink

Eating Playa del Carmen

I got off to a shaky start with food in Mexico. My usual (and now I think of it, flawed) strategy when arriving in a new country is to go to a local restaurant, point to a menu item that has the most fun-sounding…

11 August, 2015