Day of the Dead Pumpkin Painting at Casa Artelexia

Last night we had such a fun turnout for our Workshop and Wine Wednesday Pumpkin Painting Workshop. Students had the option to paint in the already outlined pumpkins or they were free to "wing it" and get creative all on their own! Bummed you missed the class?! Not to worry. We have 2 more coming up. Join our family friendly workshop on October 10th from 12-2pm or stop in on Oct. 7th for a Workshop and Wine Wednesday. Check out these and other upcoming workshops at Casa Artelexia.


Day of the Dead Portraits at Casa Artelexia

Back by popular demand!! We are having our Day of the Dead Portraits on October 10th from 9AM - 6PM at Casa Artelexia. Show up in your best Dia de los Muertos outfit and let Debi work her magic! Here are a few of my favorites from last year's photo shoot with Roxana Lopez Photography. Purchase your tickets before they're gone!!

Face painting by the super talented Debi's Doodles 
10 5x5 photographs mailed out to you in 7-10 business days 
High resolution original files emailed in 2-3 days. 
Props and backdrops 
Drinks and snacks
Price: $75 per person, 2 for $130, 3 for $180, 4 for $220
All photos shown below by Roxana Lopez Photography

"Maize to Tortilla" Class & Lunch // San Diego

Are you ready to dip your hands into the masa and press your own tortillas? Join Eat.Drink.Cook.Mexico. for our first ever "Maize to Tortilla" workshop with Galaxy Taco's chef and owner, Trey Foshee. We'll learn all about Macienda's non-GMO heirloom corn and the necessary tips and tricks to making the perfect tortilla. Lunch and tortilla starter kit included!
10:30 - 10:45 "Tortilla Talk" with Trey Foshee
10:45 - 11:15 "Maize to Tortilla" class with Christine Rivera. We'll go into the kitchen to learn the process from start to finish, including taking a turn to press our own tortillas.
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch // 2 Tacos and 1 Agua Fresca
Date: October 21st
Time: Workshop starts promptly at 10:30AM
Address: Galaxy Taco 2259 Avenida De La Playa, San Diego, CA 92037

Lunch at Galaxy Taco // La Jolla, San Diego

The seƱor and I had the pleasure to try out Trey Foshee's new restaurant, Galaxy Taco, and boy was it tasty!! 

My Top 5 on the Menu: Grilled Elote, Taco de Birria, The Tacolandia (marinated, braised and seared pork shoulder, jalapeno slaw, chicharron), Grilled Octopus Tostada (bean puree, avocado, tomato, burnt orange-habanero salsa) and the Churros with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Haven't been?! Join us for a kitchen tour and Happy Hour on October 15th!!

Gift Cards Available at Casa Artelexia

Looking for a unique gift?! Casa Artelexia (voted San Diego's Best Gift Shop) has just what you need. Purchase one of our new gift cards good for product, art workshops or even towards one of our travel packages over at Eat.Drink.Cook.Mexico. Each gift card comes with a card, confetti and candy! After your order is placed we will contact you for the recipient's info and any special instructions that you may have. Happy Gifting!! 

Day of the Dead Workshops at Casa Artelexia // San Diego

It's that time of year again and we have quite a bit planned for our Day of the Dead season. Here are just a few of the crafty workshops we've set up! More info and tickets available on our site.
Workshop & Wine Wednesday - Day of the Dead Pumpkin Painting
September 30th // 6-8PM // COST: $20 // Ages: 21 and over BYOB

Day of the Dead Celebration at Casa Artelexia
October 3rd // 6-9PM  // COST: $8 // Ages: Family Friendly
Ticket includes entrance, tamales, pan dulce, drinks, Oaxacan chocolate tasting & a goodie bag!

Workshop & Wine Wednesday – Sugar Skull Cross-stitch
October 7th // 6-8PM // COST: $20 // Ages: 21 and over BYOB

Day of the Dead Photo-shoots
October 10th // 9AM – 6PM Please call to schedule your time slot
COST: $75 per person, 2 for $130, 3 for $180, 4 for $220
Ticket includes: Face painting by the super talented Debi's Doodles, 10 5x5 photographs mailed out to you in 7-10 business days, High resolution original files emailed in 2-3 days, props and backdrops, drinks and snacks. 

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Painting
October 10th // 12-2PM // COST: $20 // Ages: 6 and older – 1 Pumpkin per child please

Sugar Skull Planter Painting Workshop
October 17th // 12-2PM // COST: $20 // Ages: 6 and older – 1 Planter per child please

Workshop & Wine Wednesday – Sugar Skull Decorating
October 21st // 6-8PM // COST: $20 // Ages: 21 and over BYOB

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop
October 24th // 12-2PM // COST: $20 // Ages: 6 and older – 1 Sugar Skull per child please.



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.