Since you are reading this post, the world has apparently not ended, whew.  What better way to welcome the New Year than with one of the gifts the Mayans introduced to the world — chocolate — more specifically, chiles and chocolate.  While the Mayan prediction about a major event occurring during the winter solstice 2012 … Continue Reading

  I first discovered pipián verde or green pumpkin seed sauce back in my Chicago days, initially at a restaurant called Ixcapuzalco (now unfortunately closed; they had some incredible mole sauce).  They served their pumpkin sauce over salmon.  With toasted and ground pumpkin seeds as its base, this sauce has layers of flavor — nutty, … Continue Reading

 You’re probably not thinking about soup with the hot and humid summer we’ve been having [at least here in the States]; but this is a soup fit for summer.  Corn, poblano peppers, tomatillos…all at their peak of season.  The soup is thick and creamy due to the addition of corn masa — as opposed to … Continue Reading

 This is how I like to start my day. So tasty, actually had one torta for breakfast and a few hours later, a mid-afternoon snack. Although, I must admit, I can’t entirely take credit for this scrumptious creation. I’ve had a torta of the likes at Xoco in Chicago, which I’ve enjoyed on numerous occasions. Sadly, no longer … Continue Reading

Being back in Chicago, if only for a long weekend, was fantastic. After living in the windy city for the past 10 years, there are a few restaurants I really miss (recently moved to Washington, D.C.). Not sure if Big Star fully qualifies as a restaurant, more of a bar that serves good food. Nonetheless, it has … Continue Reading