Travel stories, city guides, travel tips, recipes, and more inspired by one of our favorite food places on earth, Mexico.
Cheater's Super Simple Chicken Posole |

Cheater's Super Simple Chicken Posole

Look, we're all for authenticity but sometimes ease beats it out. And yet we don't think laziness should get in the way of deliciousness. So we've compromised with this posole recipe – it's all the deep rich flavors classic to a posole, but with the brightness of tomatillos, and topped with all your super fixins.

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Spicy Guava Cadillac Margarita Cocktail |

Spicy Guava Cadillac Margarita Cocktail

When it comes to margaritas, I like them on the rocks and Cadillacs, because it's the luxury car of margaritas and the addition of premium orange liqueur makes all the difference to me. But this cocktail is inspired by a road trip I took from Los Angeles to Austin,  made with guava juice and a splash of soda for a Guava Cadillac of sorts. 

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The Simplest Most Classic Guacamole |

The Simplest Most Classic Guacamole

Sure, we could go forever and a day jazzing up our guacamole (adding in charred corn! fresh goat cheese! tons of herbs! mango!) but most the time we keep it super simple. Like a well-executed margarita, we believe good guacamole doesn't really need anything more than really good quality avos, fre...

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Guava Mezcal Mule Cocktail |

Guava Mezcal Mule Cocktail

There's a liquor store in Baja California that might just have the best Mexican liquor selection I've ever seen. I'd tell you where it is but I've been sworn to secrecy by the friend who first showed me the place. What I can tell you is I make sure to buy my 1L worth of alcohol and I bring back a...

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Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup |

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Look, tortilla soup is like chicken soup in that there are as many versions as there are abuelitas. What I know is that I love mine blended rather than soupy -- even if it makes some of my traditionalist friends crinkle their nose in disapproval -- and I like to mix it up, garnishing with avocado, radishes, scallions, and, of course, lots and lots of crisp tortilla strips. 

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Squash Tacos with Toasted Garlic Chipotle Peanut Salsa |

Squash Tacos with Toasted Garlic Chipotle Peanut Salsa

On a taco-eating trip to Baja California, I became completely obsesed with the tostadas at La Guerrerense. And every tostada was even better when topped with their salsa; it's a toasted garlic and peanut salsa that was hot, smoky, crunchy —  pretty much it was instant love. Since then, I reverse engineered that salsa and put it on everything from grilled chicken to seafood and, most recently, these squash tacos. 

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Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos  |

Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos

This weekend Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos is where it's at. This a perfect recipe in that they're super easy to make but elegant enough to be from a restaurant. Which is likely because these Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos are highly inspired by the Sopa de Crema dish at Taco Maria restaurant. The recipe reflects the restaurant because Taco Maria is pretty unassuming when you first walk in but a few bites and it'll knock your calcetines off (see what I did there?).

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Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktails |

Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktails

I’ve been obsessed with all things verde lately, ever since returning from my trip to Baja California, be it salsa verde or Aguachile Verde. So, naturally, when I created a twist on a Bloody Mary for my fellow Californians at Hangar 1 Vodka, I went verde and made this Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail. 

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Charred Jalapeño and Carrot Margarita Cocktail |

Charred Jalapeño and Carrot Margarita Cocktail

Baja California, I've got a thing for you. We've hung out a fair amount and made some good memories. Like that time I had beginners luck and caught a marlin within 1 hour of setting sail? Or that time I off-roaded for 45 minutes all in the name of a meal and then came across Flora Farms? That's where I first came across the idea of a Carrot Margarita: like a pressed juice gone rogue and totally worth every bit of effort. 

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Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa |

Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa

We did it — we cracked the code. True it was years ago but I still do a little victory dance everytime I think about it. Back when I moved to San Francisco and in the very first days of my life as a recipe tester, my then-boss was obsessed with figuring out how to make the Roasted Tomato Salsa from his favorite taqueria, Papalote.

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Black Bean, Toasted Quinoa, and Feta Cheese Tacos |

Black Bean, Toasted Quinoa, and Feta Cheese Tacos

I've had my car since I was 16, so there are some awesome artifacts that pop up every once in a while. Things I've found most recently include: a Hello Kitty mechanical pencil, a 90s-era scrunchie, that Bob Marley album I had on repeat in high school, lots of change, an old Tortilla chip that I s...

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 Hangover Chipotle Chilaquiles |

Hangover Chipotle Chilaquiles

I'd like to think that with age comes a little bit of wisdom -- I really would like to believe that. But then there's the fact I will go to sleep with my makeup on and then act like I have no idea why my face breaks out. Or abandon my plant unattended for days and wonder why it looks pallid (or w...

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