Mascara Mexicana? Mexican Mask?

I think I have answered my own question but bear with me. It’s a process. I like to collect Mexican folk art and amongst my collection I have several wooden masks. I have come upon a bit of a mystery (possibly of mistaken identity) regarding a mask in my collection. I purchased this mask (above) second hand from a woman who reckons she (probably) purchased … Continue reading Mascara Mexicana? Mexican Mask?

Celebrity Tequila. Cultural Appropriation? Gentrification?

The author has not received (nor sought) any funding from any of the brands noted in this Post. Any opinions are solely those of the author. The world’s first celebrity tequila is said to have begun with a People magazine article from December 1983 showing the nuptials of rocker Keith Richards and model Patti Hansen at the Finisterra Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Back … Continue reading Celebrity Tequila. Cultural Appropriation? Gentrification?

“Cultural” Appropriation of Cuisines?

Cover photo : the tendency of the Northern States (of México, not el otro lado) to consume their menudo with a bolillo rather than the typical tortilla. Strap yourself in. This one rambles a bit. I’m trying to sort something out in my head. Lalo Alcaraz is an American cartoonist most known for being the author of the comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, … Continue reading “Cultural” Appropriation of Cuisines?

Product Review : Mole de Xico

City Farm is a not-for-profit community organisation that has been running an Urban Farm for over 25 years located only a few minutes from the centre of Perth. This unique urban sanctuary is a working urban farm that focuses on recycling, sustainability and community support. One service they offer is a small commercial kitchen and (larger) dining area.  In this space has popped up an … Continue reading Product Review : Mole de Xico

Edible Insects : Cuetla

Soy la mariposa negra del fin del mundo danzo feliz sobre sus tumbas. I am the black butterfly at the end of the world I dance happily on their graves. Mictlanpapalotl : excerpt of a poem by Maria De La Luz Carillo Romero / México These insects belong to the Lepidoptera order, Arsenura armada C. genus/species (1). Arsenura armida Syn: Phalaena armida Cuetlas (1) are … Continue reading Edible Insects : Cuetla

Tequila. We’ve come a long way. (Book Review)

I am an avid book collector and every time I stumble across one in a second hand store I snaffle it up. I particularly like older books as I am able to compare them with the new publications in my collection and see how far knowledge has grown or changed in the intervening years. My recent acquisition was this book the “Illustrated Encyclopedia : The … Continue reading Tequila. We’ve come a long way. (Book Review)

Aztec Gods or States of Consciousness? Another Observation.

Cover Image : ‘Vocho Teotihuacano’ : Héctor Garnelo Navarro etal The tendency of Christianity (regardless of which form you wish to discuss it in) is to destroy that which does not fit within the confines of its dogma. If it cannot destroy then, much like the Romans (1) it will appropriate and absorb. This appropriation is problematic as although they are appearing to take something … Continue reading Aztec Gods or States of Consciousness? Another Observation.

All Tequila is Mezcal BUT not all Mezcal is Tequila.

This is something you may hear regarding the differences between tequila and mezcal. Previously this little dicho (or saying) did bear some relevance as both tequila and mezcals are made from the maguey (or agave). The main difference was that mezcal could be made from any number of agaves (1) whilst tequila could be made from only one variety (2). more than 40 species of … Continue reading All Tequila is Mezcal BUT not all Mezcal is Tequila.

Poetic Language of the Maguey.

There are many rituals and traditions that surround the imbibing of the life blood of the agave (1) and there is a deep poetry in the language used to describe its consumption. Aguamiel, pulque, mezcal, tequila, bacanora, raicilla etc. etc. In some rituals of agricultural abundance pulque was poured onto the ground whilst planting the corn to increase the fertility of the earth and encourage … Continue reading Poetic Language of the Maguey.

Edible Insects : Hormiga de miel : Honeypot ants

Honey ants, sometimes called honeypot ants, are found in a few arid areas of the world, including Mexico and Australia. “Honeypot ant” is a common name for the many species of ant with workers that store honey in their abdomen. Honey pot ants are not a separate ant species, but rather a specialised role taken by designated worker ants of various different species. These individuals, … Continue reading Edible Insects : Hormiga de miel : Honeypot ants