Vancouver & Culture Shock

I left for the Mexico City airport at 3am, taxiing through a downpour to the airport, sitting in the front with my bag on my lap and hoping I had remembered all my stuff. It felt weird to think this would be the last time I would be in Mexico for quite some time. I … Continue reading Vancouver & Culture Shock

Danza de la Pluma

This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo (Precious Blood of Christ – the name of the … Continue reading Danza de la Pluma

Street Food: Elotes & Esquites

Oaxaca has some fantastic street food, and most people living here have a favourite meal and or snack, and street cart from which to buy it. Street food vendors all have their own designated area – important so there are no disputes, and doubly important so you can easily find your preferred vendor. Elotes (e-lot-tays) … Continue reading Street Food: Elotes & Esquites

Mexican Cooking Class – Zapotec Style

Using a metate (stone grinding table) is ridiculously hard work! Having spent 7 months in Oaxaca now, I have seen metates in many different traditional kitchens, but I had never considered the strength (and endurance) you must have to use one! Grinding chilis and other spices into a fine paste so they could be used … Continue reading Mexican Cooking Class – Zapotec Style

Cuba’s Food Ration System

Each person in Cuba is assigned the same amount of food using the family Libreta de Abastecimiento ("Supplies booklet"). Food rations are not free, but they are subsidized. The libreta ration booklet was introduced in 1962 by Che Guevara, who was at that time the Minister of Economy, as a way of ensuring everyone had … Continue reading Cuba’s Food Ration System