Mezcal: Past and Future

Nothing has been more tied to Mexican identity than tequila. While this one Mexican spirit was celebrated, many others were pushed into obscurity. I was invited to write about the past and present of tequila, and mezcal in general, for the Best of Phoenix 2016 issue of the Phoenix New Times: If the agave is…

The Empty Jar Dilemma

I am a jar hoarding addict. Faced with an empty jar, I can never, ever abandon it to the terrifying fate of the recycling bin. It has to be saved. Which leaves me with a large box of jars in every closet, another in the spidery garage. And with far too many possibilities of what…

Reading Material: ‘The Authenticity Trap’ and Handmade Tortillas

The easiest way to sell an ethnic cuisine is to make a claim to authenticity. Authentic street tacos on authentic hand made tortillas, made by authentic people. But my question is,¬†who and what determines that authenticity? Making tortillas, something deeply rooted in Mexican history and culture, is still very much a part of the people,…