Savor the hunt and Buen Apetito!
Buying memorable experiences…
What’s the ideal gift for food lovers? Dinner out at their favorite restaurant. Try these celebrated spots for a truly joyous, holiday experience:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 12 to 10pm and Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 12 to 11pm
Share a variety of the appetizers – all of them exceptional; Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad; Hamburger night Thursday; Pineapple Margarita and the Coffee and Ancho Chili Braised Pork Cheeks. Don’t forget the desserts.
In the Country:
Part of the pleasure of this experience is the incredible staff. You will be completely wowed by the service.
La Canica Calle Pila Seca #2
Delightful back patio with lights strung above to remind you that twinkle is what you do when you’re dining with your best foodie friends at SMA newest restaurant.
The merriment starts here…
An edible Christmas…
La Lonja Carniceria at Mesones 33 and Colegio 21
You’re such an incredible cook, no reason not to make something mouth-watering and box or bottle it up for your special Foodie.
Photo: El Petit Four website
This was the first cooking class I took in San Miguel and still one of my favorites. In addition to learning how to make many classic Mexican dishes, Paco takes you to the market and around San Miguel to meet the food vendors he buys from. I still use the same vendors today. The minimum to open a class is 4 people; maximum 6.
Contact Guadalupe Garza for additional information. email@example.com
Sabores San Miguel at Parque Benito Juarez
Tell the kids to start saving their pesos and treat you to the best family food experience in San Miguel, Sabores San Miguel. They will be hard pressed to spend $15.00 USD which will get you 10 tastings.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and to register. www.susandorf.com
Food lovers will also enjoy the markets in Ocotlan on Friday and Tlacolula on Sunday. Indigenous people from the villages all over the central valleys of Oaxaca come for market day. You will be seduced by the smells, the sights and the sounds.
Grab a room at Casa Colonial for as low as $45 USD. This bed and breakfast is in an ideal location and a short walk to downtown. You’ll love the communal breakfast in the morning with others from across the globe. http://www.casa-colonial.com/. Want to splurge? You can also book a room at Casa Oaxaca, the #2 hotel in Oaxaca and home to Casa Oaxaca Restaurante.
You can also take a Wednesday cooking class at Seasons of my Heart Cooking School with Susan Trilling for just $85.00 USD which includes a trip to the Etla market. www.seasonsofmyheart.com
Nourish Mexican school children through programs at Feed the Hungry http://feedthehungrysma.org/
While you’re at it, a great gift to give yourself is to volunteer at Feed the Hungry or Casita Linda. Nothing outshines the gift of your time.
There is something heavenly about waking up in the middle of the night to twinkling lights and the smell of fresh pine. Size the tree perfectly to the person you are giving it to. At Costco. $900 pesos.
In the Jardin every afternoon until Christmas. Skip that cup of coffee and you can buy two.
Reserve wines are in abundance at this show as well as high end liquors like Hennessy, Dewar's, Bacardi, Johnny Walker, Herradura, Chevas Regal, Bruxo, Grey Goose and other leading labels. For 300 pesos, you sample any of the wines or liquors featured at the event. At the end of the night, take your ticket stub into Cava Sautto, Hotel Sautto’s wine shop and you get a $200 peso credit against any bottle in the store.
Mark your calendar for the next Cava Sautto Wine Festival on February 6, 2016.
This brew, made in San Miguel, won major awards this past year in the 2015 Mexico Professional Beer Competition, with gold medals in both Pale Ale and Stout Imperial.
Make a Christmas Party Kit: Put bottles of Dos Aves in a wooden case and package it with handmade coasters, and vials of glitter and confetti.
Gourmet Food, Wines and Liquors…
Carnevino also carries the exquisite Carmen Chardonnay that I had at ZUMO the other night
There should be a sign on the door: Smiles Happen Here! This place is an experience.
Abrazos carries a full line of kitchen gifts including festive aprons and chef coats. You’ll fall in love with the Mexican designs like Jardin de Frida, Elotes Amarillos, Chiles Fiesta Azul, Dia de Los Muertos, even festive Pinatas.
Beautiful and artistic floor cloths by Joy Wesson. www.joywesson.com
Blime is a one-stop cooking and gadget store. From garlic crushers and whisks to a good set of pots and pans, it’s so nice to finally have a kitchen supply store in SMA. If you can’t find it here, ask them to order it.
Load up a basket and give it to that food lover along with a recipe or two.
Beautiful, elegant gifts for your favorite food lover including Chamba, the handmade black pottery from Colombia and milky white Astier de Villate from Paris.
Stunning coffee table books from all over the world. My go-to shop when I am looking for something extravagant. You’ll be surprised at the prices...in a good way.
Lovely and unusual ceramics and tableware from all over Mexico. This shop is tiny but has plenty of items for all the food lovers on your list.
Explore the Galleries at Fabrica Aurora and find great food gifts like these antique bowls from Le Spezie.
I loved this book from the first time I saw it and realized what a resource it is. Tacopedia explores everything about Mexico’s favorite food, the taco, including all of the different traditions and regions in Mexico. You’ll also get 100 authentic Taco recipes adapted from the Mexican best-seller; from fillings and tortillas to salsas and sauces.
I purchased my copy from Michael Coon at Casa de Cocinas. Email him at this address for availability. email@example.com.
I love this little oval dish with a matching coffee cup to use at breakfast, my favorite time to plan the day. Fill the cup with peppermint sticks and hand write a special holiday note.
These clay pots are great for cooking soups, beans or stews. It holds a steady heat allowing foods to cook both slowly and evenly.
This stand, inside Mercado Ignacio Ramírez, sells cazuelas for the best price.
How do you get a chocolate jolt? In addition to hot chocolate, they also serve Chocolate Espeso (thick chocolate) with bitter at 70% and semi-bitter at 60% for 45 pesos.
Make it a day trip and go to Santa Rosa de Lima, Camino Real s/n, Santa Rosa de Lima, Gto, México. Phone. +52 01 (473) 102 50 17
Can’t Find What You Want? Time to Hit the Department Stores
I’m already savoring every bite just thinking about it.