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: Sweet childhood memories

When I was a little girl, I remember my dad used to bring me Canel’s chewing gum as a treat. Sometimes he even kept it in the glove box of his car for me. I never really knew where he got them from, but he seemed to always have them. Now, whenever I see them being sold on the street in Mexico, I have a hard time resisting buying a few little packs.

  • Are there any candies that remind you of your childhood?
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