Amazing Mezcal

My Mezcal

I’ve been a fan of premium tequilas for a decade now but had never had mezcal before my trip to Puebla.  Partially this was a function of my ignorance of this spirit, assuming as I did that it was the stuff of drunken cowpokes swigging down the worm. What I learned was that mezcal, like […]

Talavera Pottery: Feats of Clay

Uriarte Talavera Virgin of Guadalupe

Talavera pottery, how I love thee! Until now, that love has been from afar. Having visited your home in Puebla, my love burns stronger than ever. Okay, so I may be exaggerating a bit, but I have loved these brightly colored tiles and dishware since I hit the West Coast many moons ago. That one […]

Puebla: Four Fabulous Food Finds

Chilaquiles with verde sauce

  When one thinks of Puebla, one thinks of mole poblano, but as I discovered, the Puebla food scene has other delights. Chilaquiles: At our wonderful hotel, El Sueno, I had chilaquiles and fresh fruit every morning. While there are many variations to this dish, what I enjoyed was quartered corn tortillas, lightly fried, then […]

Puebla: Boutique Hotel Heaven

La Quinta Luna Hotel

While in Puebla, I stayed at El Sueno Hotel and Spa, a boutique hotel possessing just the right mix of the historic with a hip and witty charm thoroughly modern in origin, a modernity increasingly evident in Puebla as a new generation takes hold. El Sueno sits on a quiet street just blocks away from […]

Puebla: Ole Mole

Ingredients for mole poblano

Like many Americans, I think of mole as the dark chocolate chile sauce served over chicken – the sauce so complex and rich that I sometimes eat it with a spoon trying to catch all of the subtle flavors. This mole, mole poblano, is but one of many moles made in Mexico, the word “mole” […]

Puebla: Four Recommended Restaurants

Traditional Mole Poblano

A city with as much gastronomic history as Puebla undoubtedly has more restaurants worth visiting than the ones named here; nevertheless, I strongly urge you to try these restaurants based on the meals I enjoyed there. Mesones Sacristia de la Compania: Located on a picture-perfect pastel-colored street, this restaurant opens into a courtyard whose rich […]

Delegation of Namibians participate in Austin-Lehman Adventures “No Borders” Tour through Montana and Yellowstone

The group at Yellowstone National Park.

The inspiring group of 14 Namibians who I was honored to meet, share, and tour with this past week included representatives from the private sector, government, land conservancies, conservation experts, and tourism operators. They were warm, welcoming, intelligent, and most strikingly, passionate about their work, promoting and protecting their country. I look forward to reconnecting […]

Summertime Family Fun In Whistler – Feeding the Kids

Elements Urban Tapas with furry friend

A Variety of Food Choices and Prices There are many choices of restaurants in Whistler, you can get anything from Dairy Queen to sushi.  The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center Café is an ideal place to start off an afternoon.  Leave your fear of carbs behind:  both my little girl and I fell in love with […]