Have you heard?! We are now curating Culinary Tours to Mexico, Eat.Drink.Cook.Mexico. Currently we have 5 trips planned to Oaxaca in 2016 - January, March, 2 in July and October/November for Day of the Dead. What can you expect? Lots of delicious food and beautifully handcrafted folk art. We take cooking classes, tour the markets (lots of sampling), dine at Oaxaca's top restaurants, meet & greet with the chefs, visit the sites and shop!! And, our service is top-notchOur groups are kept to a maximum of 14 people, including my husband and myself, to ensure a personalized experience. 

Check out what we have planned for January 7th-14th.

Travelers will experience hands-on cooking classes using sustainable, locally sourced ingredients, special dinners at some of Oaxaca’s top restaurants, tours of its vibrant markets and visit the art studios of some of Oaxaca's most popular artisans. We’ve hand-picked each location, dined at each restaurant, and taken every class to ensure its quality – we do our research! Depending on our tour dates, itineraries will vary depending on different seasons and holidays within the region. 


Accommodations: You’ll stay at one of Oaxaca’s top-rated hotels located in the heart of the “Centro Historico” - just two blocks from Santo Domingo and 3 blocks from the Zocalo.
Transportation: All transportation is covered to take you to and from your scheduled cooking classes, shopping day-trip, and airport transfers while in Oaxaca. You will fly into Oaxaca where you will be greeted by your driver and taken directly to the hotel where we will be waiting for you with welcome drinks!! 
Cooking Classes: Chefs will take you to the local markets, teach you how to shop for the best local ingredients, show you the way around a traditional Oaxacan kitchen, and share their culinary secrets and recipes with you. Just a few items on the menu are various types of mole, tamales, salsa, stuffed flor de calabaza, arroz con leche and lots more!
Market Excursions: Soak in the enchanting atmosphere of Oaxaca’s popular markets. With a wide array of traditional Mexican crafts, household items, leather goods, native textiles, ceramics and more food than you can imagine, you will be immersed in a world of colors, flavors and textures.
Meals: 7 Breakfasts / 5 Lunches (Beer and Mezcal Included) / 5 Dinners at Oaxaca’s top restaurants (2 drinks included)
Happy Hours: We will enjoy some tasty cocktails at our 2 favorite rooftop bars with the best views of Santo Domingo.
Tastings: 1 Agua de Chocolate (BEST Mexican hot chocolate) and chocolate tasting, multiple Artisanal Mezcal tastings where you’ll learn about the process, categories and the proper way to sip, and a delicious sampling of all natural, freshly made ice cream and paletas.
Folk Art Shopping with Artisans: We'll venture out to the surrounding villages where you’ll be invited into the workshops of various artisans.


A Quick Trip to Tacobar

On my most recent visit to Fillmore St. in San Francisco, it took a glance at a delicious plate and a whiff of tacos to draw me into Tacobar for a quick bite.

The small Mexican restaurant offers traditional street food, cheap-ish specials (I had a beer battered shrimp taco with jicama and mango for four bucks! Not bad for SF dining), and a sweet selection of aguas frescas. The interior is clad in saturated yellows, blues, and reds that represent the aesthetic of street and baja buildings, and a large Loteria "Mano" covers the bathroom door. Definitely a fun place to try!


Workshop & Wine Wednesdays: Sacred Heart Piñatas

Join us at Casa Artelexia as we learn how to make Sacred Heart Piñatas on July 29th from 6-8pm. Bring the gals and make it a ladie's night!  You're welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks (21 and over only).  

Buy your tickets here. $20 per person - Limited seating and tickets must be purchased in advance.


New Arrivals at Casa Artelexia

Hand-embroidered cobalt blue Otomi
Corazones de Papel Greeting Cards
 Eat Mexico Cookbook by Lesley Tellez
 Original Frida Kahlo Watercolor Paintings 

Huevos Motuleños

Meet my all time favorite breakfast.  Two years ago the Señor and I were on vacay in Isla Mujeres when we were introduced to Huevos Motuleños. Huevos Motuleños are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. You get a nice kick of spice from the chile serrano, salty goodness from the ham and sweet deliciousness from the plantains. When you combine all of these ingredients you are left with magic.
For two years now we have been reminiscing about our breakfast on that island off the Yucatan Peninsula. The breakfast that changed our lives. Okay, maybe not our lives, but it was amazing. We decided it was time to recreate that one fine dish. We pulled a recipe from Mexico: The Cookbook  and put our own spin on it. 

1. Instead of making the sauce from scratch we used El Pato tomato sauce (2 small cans of the salsa de chile fresco and 1 small can of the salsa de tomate con jalapeños). If you want your dish more spicy you can add another can of the salsa de tomate con jalapeños or add chopped chile serrano as a garnish.

2. We  switched out the ham for some Polish Kielbasa.  
So how was our version of Huevos Motuleños? Wonderful. For now it will satisfy our tastebuds until we can return once more to Isla Mujeres.  Provecho!!


Lil'Libros - Bilingual Books for Children

We are so in love with these adorable children's bilingual books by Lil' Libros.  Learn to count with Frida, your colors with Zapata and your first words with Loteria. All three available in store and online
Check back this Fall for the three new additions to the Lil'Libros collection, La Llorona, Lucha Libre and Guadalupe.