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It's not a blue stool, but roasted chicken on a plastic grey stool will do as breakfasts go. 35 pesos (1.65$) for a quarter chicken, rice, and lime-drenched cole slaw. Usually includes pasta on the side but can't eat that one! So tasty.
Peekaboo Santo Domingo.
Cotton ball sunset on the walk to meet friends for a drink last night. So beautiful.
First pork chop I've cooked! Made a tomato and mango salsa with onion, hierba buena, cilantro and like juice. Steamed green beans with olive oil and sea salt. Cooked yams. Super tasty! Marinated the pork in fish sauce, soy sauce (GF of course), and smokey macha salsa. Wee!
Loved this picture from my first of the Jodi Eats food walks in Oaxaca! For those just joining in, readers asked me to feed them in Saigon, and asked me to take them to my fave stalls and 🍜 spots. When I moved to Oaxaca, I was asked to do the same. I waited till this January so I could plan out a route that satisfies, and have now done a bunch of them during the last week. Super fun, great way to meet my readers who have long read the site, and I love showing them my street food choices around Oaxaca. Thanks @a2fet for the picture! This is her cousin Rach drinking tejate for the first time 🖤
Beautiful hand-woven, natural dyed rugs from Teotitlán del Valle. The city is known for its weaving, and multicoloured carpets and table runners and coasters cover the many walls and stalls around town. This was a loan recipient from @fundacionenvia , and where I bought my new rug for my apartment here. All of the wool is treated by the women who work the rugs, and it is dyed using natural substances: cochineal, indigo, marigold buds, and more. Amazing to see the hard work that goes into each of these, which take weeks to treat the wool, then dye it, then weave into a finished product. En Vía has given thousands of interest free loans (which come with mandatory business / entrepreneur classes) to women in the Oaxaca Valley. I took one of their tours recently, as you may have seen in my Instagram story, and it was truly a fascinating day. If you're visiting Oaxaca I strongly recommend you take one too. Your proceeds go back into the loan pool for the foundation. (No, they didn't ask / pay me to post - I am a paying tour customer and wanted to encourage your support for sustainable tourism here in Oaxaca). My new rug looks great, by the way 😊
This is Caldo de Gatos, "Cat Soup" - but don't worry, no cats are in it! It's a hearty, full broth with four meats & tons of veggies, and a specialty of the Oaxaca province in Mexico. I'll be putting up a recipe soon! Delicious.
Inside Santo Domingo last night, right before the Three Kings made their way from this church down to the cathedral below. Such intricate work.
Sun beams and palm trees, #oaxaca
Last wandering of 2016.
Guardian of the mezcal.
Kicked off New Year's Eve with rooftop mezcal margaritas (cucumber of course, the best!) with friends, looking around at the city I now call home. Health-wise this year has been a challenge, but it has also brought me a new city I love, many friendships and partnerships that I am grateful for, and a reminder that life does not go as planned, even if you try to control the details. We don't have that kind of control, so all you can do is work on yourself to be the person that you want to see reflected in your day to day, and to try and build things that mirror the values you believe in. If you had told me not that long ago that I wouldn't be a lawyer any more, and instead I would be a public speaker, writer and storyteller who sells maps of food that I designed... well, I'd have laughed long and hard. Despite the changes in my life that I've had to make to manage the pain, I am very grateful for the little, wonderful things in my life that fill it with joy. You never know where your wanders will take you, or how long you will get to enjoy them. If you try to be good, to treat others well, to learn as much as you can in life - at least then you can look back and say, "I tried my best, and I made some incredible memories along the way." Happy new year everyone! May 2017 bring you balance, acceptance, joy, and many many good meals. 💙
Sparkling light on La Olla restaurant on the walk up from my apartment to Santo Domingo yesterday. Regardless of where you're living in this fine town, the light is a special thing to behold!
New on Legal Nomads, best photos of 2016 -- as chosen by you. 📷 These are the top Instagram pics by likes, and I've put them and my plans for 2017 on the site in a short post. In 2016, I visited Oaxaca, Belize, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Austin, NYC, Seattle, Ottawa, and Montreal. A less exotic year than my last few, mostly as I focused on my own health issues and trying to find some stability within an unconventional career & nine years of having no home base. 2017 plans are already in the works: food walks for my hungry readers, a writing course per your request, to learn how to tell better stories, more food maps (Japan is next!), and continuing freelance work. Link in my bio! Thank you for reading & for interacting here 💙🙏🏻
High above Teotitlan, atop its church and looking down on the valley below. So beautiful :)