Wordless Wednesday: Las Piñatas de Target

One of the great things about living in a city with a large Mexican population is that you can often find Mexican things in places you might not normally expect. This past weekend while running errands at Target, I turned a corner down an aisle I don’t usually shop in to cut through to another section and I saw these colorful piñatas.

I love piñatas because they make me think of Christmastime, spending La Navidad and las posadas with our family in Mexico.

  • Do you have any fond memories of growing up or spending time with family that involves a piñata? Leave a comment below to tell me!

Wordless Wednesday: With love from Mexico

When my suegros came to visit in July, they brought a special package in their carry-on luggage. It was carefully wrapped in paper, then plastic and secured with twine.


What was inside? Half a dozen of José’s favorite pastry from El Globo: Garibaldi. And although they never seem to travel that well no matter how many times we attempt to bring them home, they were extremely appreciated and eaten with great care. You could practically taste the love in every bite because they came all the way from Mexico City.

  • What’s your favorite treat from Mexico that relatives or friends have brought for you when they visit?

Wordless Wednesday: A tribute to Chavela Vargas

I was saddened on Sunday to hear the news that singer Chavela Vargas passed away at age 93 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Though the legendary singer was originally from Costa Rica, she emigrated to Mexico City in her teens and would eventually become known as the queen of Ranchera and a Mexican popular culture icon.

According to her official Facebook page, her last words were “I leave with Mexico in my heart.”

I’ll never be able to listen to “La Llorona”—or many other songs—without thinking of her. Here are a few of my favorites.

“La Llorona”
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“Que Te Vaya Bonito
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“El Último Trago”
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You can keep up with more information of tributes taking place in Mexico on the official Facebook fan page of Chavela Vargas here (written in Spanish).… 

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Wordless Wednesday: Flores de calabaza

My find of the week? This gorgeous and lush bunch of flores de calabaza (squash blossoms). They weren’t cheap… I think I paid about $4.99 for the whole bunch, but it was worth it when I sauteed them with a little butter and stuffed them into a quesadilla for breakfast a few days ago. What can I say? Sometimes I can’t resist a treat like this, even when the price isn’t quite right. I lament that I ate most of them so fast I forgot to take photos to share, but I’ll be on the lookout for more flores at the market this weekend so I can show you how else to use them.

  • What’s your favorite way to enjoy squash blossoms?

Wordless Wednesday: Toronjas

It’s been extremely hot here in Chicago this week with high temperatures in the 90s and 100s, so I’m using these toronjas to make a refreshing agua fresca and palomas, a cocktail made with grapefruit juice and tequila.

  • What do you like to do with grapefruit?
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