Flavour Trip: Easy, Addictive Mexican Spiced Chocolate Popcorn

Easy, Addictive Mexican Spiced Chocolate Popcorn

If you’ve ever had a Mexican hot chocolate made by an actual Mexican person, then you’ve probably cultivated an obsession with Mexican spiced chocolate. Years ago when I lived in Vancouver one of my favourite Saturday treats was to go to the Trout Lake Farmer’s market and grab a Mexican hot chocolate made by the sweetest mother/daughter pair who owned a coffee truck.

Once I even hosted a spiced hot chocolate Christmas party (and everyone received super, over-spiced homemade hot chocolates for Christmas that year #DIYFail). Long before contact, Mayan and Aztec people of Mexico drank chocolate and mixed it with local spices to help mask the bitterness of the un-refined chocolate. There are a tonne of Mexican hot chocolate recipes out there, one of my faves is this from the Latin Kitchen.

For years I’ve been experimenting with Mexican spiced chocolate flavours on everything from chicken to kale chips. This week I was in need of some delicious, slightly sweet but not too heavy snack food. Enter this fabulous popcorn recipe. Read more

How did you get that F*#king Awesome Job Gardenia Woodhams-Roberts?

Grandmas are the best. They help us learn about our family’s past and share advice on where to steer our family’s future. Mine help me define my style, find my voice and dig out my strength. Last year I discovered a fellow creative, whose grandmothers mean the world to her too.

This month’s f*#king awesome jobber has a healthy respect for her two Abuelitas. Lola y Tula owner Gardenia Woodhams-Roberts, an LA native who imports the most gorgeous Mexican textiles, garments and accessories loves her grannies so much she named her company after them.

“It is their model of integrity and pride I would like to mirror with the beautiful items featured on ‘Lola y Tula’. Just like them, each item is extraordinary and exemplifies the highest standard of quality, traditions, artistry and the story of generations carrying out the customs of the people of Mexico,” notes Woodhams-Roberts.

I first discovered Lola y Tula and #girlboss Gardenia via her mega vibrant Instagram feed. She’s chums with former Vancouverite Jaime Kowal and her textiles and wares adorn many California abodes, including one of my favourite Palm Springs hotels: The Junipero.  Her snaps are filled with the colours of the rainbow and traditional Mexican weavings and patterns from a number of regions. Last year I asked Woodhams-Roberts to share her story and tips on being the CEO/CFO/CAO of a beautiful textile company built on lady power and granny love.   Read more

Motivation Monday ~~ Querencia

The gal who made the best agua fresco of my life in Mexico City's Ciudadela artisan market.
The gal who made the best agua fresco of my life in Mexico City’s Ciudadela artisan market.

When you step off the plane and love the smell of the air. When every bite is delicious whether it’s at a high end restaurant or a makeshift street vendor. When the locals make you feel like you’ve lived there your whole life. This place is far away. It’s not your real home but it feels like it. And you LONG for it.

In Spanish, the musical word describing this metaphysical concept is: querencia.

Querencia refers to that place you feel your most authentic self or the most at home. It also refers to the spot a bull returns to when he feels his safest in the bullfighting ring. It’s a concept Hemmingway described in Death in the Afternoon and it’s a feeling I’ve felt in three different but equally magnetic spots on the globe.  Read more