Just returned from a FABULOUS annual staff trip to Mexico with Rick Bayless
of Frontera Grill
. It was four days filled with incredible beauty, exquisite food and laughter to last a life time! The early morning light over the mountains surrounding Mexico City was breathtaking.
We stayed at a wonderful hotel called Casa Luna
in San Miguel de Allende and then went out to the Quinta Casa Luna property with 3 kitchens!
The staff was challenged with going to the local markets and cooking a dinner extraordinaire. Watching it all unfold was one of those peak life experiences...right out of Babette's Feast
(if you haven't seen the movie, it is a must).
I find myself coming up short in describing the incredible allure of the region. We also spent a day at the Hacienda Las Trancas
in Dolores Hidalgo going horseback riding and having another wonderful meal.
A few other food highlights of the region are El Comal de Dona Meche, Conservas Santa Rosa
, and the zocalo in Dolores Hidalgo for "nieves" or ices.
The Conservas Santa Rosa is a woman's cooperative where they make jams, candies, liquors and the like. We also learned of another woman's cooperative while dining at Nicos
in Gueretaro where they are raising rabbit in a very arid region.
It seems likes woman's cooperatives are popping up all over. I went to a Care
conference in Washington DC last month and most of their efforts are geared toward woman and children...and successfully.
Just a reminder about the photographic workshop, "Refining Your Creative Vision," that I will be teaching in January in a small village called
Zacoalco de Torres, just an hour from Guadalajara. You can learn more about it here