August 27, 2012

Forest Feast: Oaxaca

by Erin Gleeson

The Forest Feast is on vacation this week! The Mr. and I are in Oaxaca for a few days for our friends’ wedding. This place is so colorful and incredible! Today we went to the outdoor market and sampled some local fare, like chilacayota, a drink made of blended squash with corn kernels floating on […]

February 18, 2011

Breakfast at La Fonda Florecita (OAX)

by Kayoko Akabori

I woke up thinking about breakfast. During my time in Italy ten years ago, I picked up the habit of not eating in the mornings at all–Italians tend to just have a cappuccino and cornetto (a little croissant-like pastry) for breakfast, opting to save space for a humongous lunch instead. But I’m trying to fine-tune […]

December 14, 2010

Mezcal Tasting at Pensamiento (OAX)

by Kayoko Akabori

Going on a mezcal tasting was very high on my list of things to do in Oaxaca. I was introduced to mezcal last year at the San Francisco pizzeria Beretta, when I told the bartender to make me whatever he desired. He mentioned a spirit from Mexico which was like tequila, but with notes of […]

December 10, 2010

The Street: Fried Sweet Plantains + Condensed Milk (OAX)

by Kayoko Akabori

As Hideko always says, “Simple is Best”. Here I was, walking around the main square in Oaxaca, stuffed from a massive breakfast, but this blue tin tub spewing hot oil was calling my name. Sweet plantains on a styrofoam plate, drizzled with condensed milk and topped with chocolate sprinkles? Dreamsicle. This was the best dessert […]

November 26, 2010

Tlayudas Doña Martha (OAX)

by Kayoko Akabori

Last month, I visited Oaxaca City for a week-long, much-needed vacation. It may sound silly, but I came back a changed person. There is something magical about Oaxaca– the food, the people, the colors, the phenomenal art and dedication to culture. The Cathedrals were magnificent (I am such a sucker for Roman Catholicism, bloody Jesus, […]

October 16, 2010

Postcard from OAX: Meat Dangle

by Kayoko Akabori

Yes, I’m still in Oaxaca– it has been an incredibly special trip. The city smells like cucumbers and fresh cut flowers. It is glorious here. Just took this at the market this morning. Ya’ll know I’m obsessed with Jesus & Co. Even moreso when he is watching over dangling meat on hooks. xxk Mercado Democracia […]

October 13, 2010

Postcard from OAX: Chinese Food

by Kayoko Akabori

Thought you might like this. Gonna stay away from the Comida China and dousing myself daily in mole y mezcal. Can’t get enough. Of course, will give a full report soon. Mucho love, Martians! xxk