Oaxaca, Mexico: Inside Casa Oaxaca

Last night, after a long week of ministry, I had the pleasure of taking my wife to one of the best and most acclaimed restaurants in Oaxaca

Photo by Joe Ramirez for Multiculturalcookingnetwork.com

City… Casa Oaxaca. Chef Alejandro Ruiz has definitely created a magical place to sit, relax, and enjoy the full impact of the rich flavors that make up Oaxacan gastronomy. Situated in view of the historic Cathedral of Santo Domingo, we were seated on the rooftop terraza, perfect to watch the sunset and the sky change colors before us.

As the captain seated us, he took our initial drink orders and soon returned to make our salsa for the evening right at the table. Carefully hand grinding guajillo chiles, garlic and onions in a molcajete, our salsa was made complete when roasted green tomatoes were added. He then invited us to try our fresh made salsa on a blue corn roasted tortilla sprinkled with asiento [seen above with both chile and herb salt].
It was wonderful, made even more so when paired with a margarita or some Real Minerva Madre Cuishe mezcalREAD MORE

Website: http://www.casaoaxacaelrestaurante.com/

Written by Dave Miler

The Process of Making Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico

Mezcal, or mescal, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of agave, Agave americana) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl metl and ixcalli which mean ‘oven cooked agave.

The maguey grows in many parts of Mexico, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. There is a saying attributed to Oaxaca regarding the drink: “para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también” (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.) READ MORE

Dave Miller of Multi Cultural Cooking Network walks you the process of producing Mezcal at the Wahaka Distillery in Oaxaca Mexico.

The Guelaguetza, or the Fiesta of the Mondays on the Hill

The Guelaguetza, or the Fiesta of the Mondays on the Hill are held in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico the last two Mondays of July after the 16th

Photo by Joe Ramirez of So Focused

of the month.

With origins dating back to colonial times, the fiesta is a celebration full of color, music, dance and Guelaguetza, a sharing of the indigenous cultures between the diverse communities of Oaxaca.

Cities and delegations from all over the state send representatives to Oaxaca City to share their particular culture with the thousands of visitors that descend on Oaxaca from around the world for this annual festival.

For many the opportunity to dance and wear the colorful ceremonial outfits of their home cities is one of the highlights of the year.  READ MORE

Oaxaca: Harvesting For Hope

Planting Sweet Corn Seeds in Oaxaca, Mexico

Again MCCN has the fortune of having photos from Dave Miller of Adventures in Life Ministries.  This is a project of harvesting hope in Oaxaca(WA-HA-CA), Mexico.  Thanks to MCCN Spanish Content Manager, Eduardo Zamora I can phonetically help out with how to pronounce the name of the city.   He let me know that I was butchering the name before.

Hooking Up Well to Cistern

The men put in long days.  However, the volunteers dedicate themselves to the good cause. The project includes teaching effective water retention skills to the locals.  The skills are invaluable in the mainly rural and agrarian villages.  Oaxaca is the second poorest state in the country and home to 30 of the poorest cities in Mexico.  

 Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor.

The Long Day of Work is done in Oaxaca, Mexico