A local Mexico CIty scientist is not only developing eco-friendly technique for improving the environment in Xochimilco, but is now sharing them with farmers through her new educational center, CEDUCHI.
In the rural areas of Oaxaca state in Mexico, a writer dives into family histories, life on the farm, and artisanal mezcal distilleries that go back generations.
A young woman faces prejudice and her own grief as she tried to continue the work of her late father, a mezcal maker in Oaxaca.
What is mezcal? And which should you buy so as not waste your time and money on anything less than the best? Here is a little background and a few tips if you want to be a pro at choosing and drinking Mexican mezcal.
Tania Rosales, 37, lives with her family in the Reyes La Paz area of Mexico, just outside Mexico City. Their neighbourhood’s water comes from a local well. ‘At 8pm every night the water in our home is cut off – and there isn’t a drop until 8am the next morning,’ she says.
Most of us will think back on this year of pandemic and think only of the negatives, but the truth is there are also lots of positives if you know where to look. The struggles of the Covid outbreak have provided opportunities — of time, of space, of necessity — and many projects have been birthed over the last 13 months. Here are five of my favorite pandemic projects created in the last year in Mexico and the people whose passions started them in this year of uncertainty.
Oaxaca has so many things to offer — incredible food, beautiful landscapes, charming architecture — but one underappreciated gem is the state’s small, family-run distilleries sprinkled throughout the countryside. Here you find the masters of mezcal, the “elixir of the gods.” It’s a rapidly growing superstar among distilled spirits worldwide.
Before the pandemic, the night shift that Juan and Hugo work at a 24-hour taco stand in Mexico City’s Del Valle neighborhood did a booming trade. Nowadays a trickle of evening diners stop by for a taco, but the crowds of last year are mostly gone. It’s a common scene across the city, where those who can are mostly working from home (and no longer reliant on street food for a cheap meal) and the number of tourists, who were increasingly coming to samp
What would you do to make your dream a reality? Sleep on a stranger’s couch? Commute two hours twice a day? Live in poverty? Live in isolation? Mariana Domínguez did all that and more before she could start Cervecera Macaria, her new gypsy brewery in Mexico City, birthed in the middle of a global pandemic and one of the deepest global recessions in decades.
Time-honored pan de muerto recipes are part of what keep Mexicans connected to the intimacy of the Day of the Dead holiday, and there is nothing like being in the kitchen to give you a sense of home in surrealistic 2020.