My story begins in Mexico City where I was born and raised in the mostly happy home of a lower-middle class family. My mother was a fantastic and resourceful cook, and I started learning from her as soon as I was old enough to hold a knife and reach the stove. Although we didn’t have much money, both my parents were quite the gourmands – I like to say they raised me with a millionaire’s taste on a poor man’s budget.
From them I inherited my passion for home cooking, fine food and wine, and most of all to appreciate what I have and not waste anything. Like my mother, I have learned to make dinner out of nothing.
Because I had always been independent and adventurous, I decided to move to Austin in 1984 when I was just 19 years old. For 15 years I held different jobs in many local restaurants and catering companies before receiving my bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. I have since become an independent researcher on gastronomy and foodways, and have been writing professionally since 2000 for various local, national, and international publications.
As a child I traveled far and wide across my own country with my family. Through the years I have been lucky to indulged my wanderlust visiting Guatemala, Belize, Alaska (it really should be another country!), South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Scotland, England and Finland, always interested in the local cuisine, customs, and botany – I have been a plant lover since childhood. I grow a small organic garden with edible and ornamental plants that remind me a bit of Mexico.
Here, I share my published writing as well as original content with ideas for traveling, cooking, and gardening sustainably. It is also a home for my knowledge of Mexican cuisine, traditions, recipes, and travel consulting.