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Latest oaxaca Stories

Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Bite by Bite

Tortas Oaxaqueñas: The Art of the Sandwich

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By María Ítaka
Oaxaca -- The thrill of hanging out in Oaxaca’s historic city center is something that has always made me happy since I was young. Almost every afternoon, I would walk, together with my best friend, to the colonial-style streets of downtown. From buying comics to returning a book to the library, there was always some reason to go to El Centro. Read more
Oaxaca -- The thrill of hanging out in Oaxaca’s historic city center is something that has always made me happy since I was young. Almost every afternoon, I would walk, together with my best friend, to the colonial-style streets of downtown. From buying comics to returning a book to the library, there was always some reason to go to El Centro.

Before heading back home, one of our rituals was to stop at the long-gone La Esmeralda, our favorite downtown convenience store. We would sidle up to the vintage wooden counter and order a cold soda, a spicy tamarind candy or a torta, a savory sandwich that, along with tacos and tamales, forms the backbone of Vitamin T, as this holy trinity of Mexican grab-and-go foods are often referred to. Read more
April 2, 2021

Slow Drinking: The Art of Sipping at Oaxaca’s Best Mezcalerias

Oaxaca |
By María Ítaka
Oaxaca Years ago, we were traveling with a friend through Belgium during a particularly cold spring when, after a long day, we decided to warm up at a local bar. We were happy – and a bit surprised – to find that they had a decent selection of Oaxacan mezcales. Read more
February 26, 2021

Building Blocks: Chapulines, a Bug’s Culinary Life in Oaxaca

Oaxaca |
By María Ítaka
Oaxaca Some of my strongest childhood memories are of warm afternoons spent at my grandparents' garden in Oaxaca, sitting around a big table eating all sorts of snacks. My grandfather would ask all the cousins to line up, close our eyes and open our hands, into which he would place a “special candy.” Read more
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