In late March I had the chance to accompany a good friend of mine, Julia Sherman (AKA Salad for President – a food blogger and photographer) on her travels to Oaxaca, Mexico. Her goal was to get off the beaten path and get an authentic portrait of the city’s food and culture.  With only 5 days in the Oaxaca we dove in head first; sampling new flavors, unfamiliar meats, vegetables and insects (crickets are a common condiment) from every street vendor and city market we could find. We also dined as some pretty high end restaurants that offered some mind blowing culinary creations.

As you might expect I did get a pretty bad case of Montezuma’s revenge a couple of days in, but luckily the next day we took a cooking class with a traditional Oaxacan chef who fixed me teas made from herbs in her garden and also had me drink lots of mescal to settle my stomach. Oaxacan mescal, made from many varieties of agave plants (some that take more than 35 years to grow!) is worth the trip in and of itself! We befriended Andrea, the manager of Mezcaloteca, who became our guide for the week and taught us a lot about mescal and it’s production. Mezcaloteca is a mescal bar and non-profit that’s mission is to fortify the traditional mescal production market in Oaxaca and encourage young men and women to stay in their villages and earn a living wage producing mescal. She took us to a farm to see the distillation process as well as to several small towns outside the city center. One of our day trips was to Teotitlán del Valle, a town known for their textiles, where we visited an all-female-run weaving collective. Another venture took us to San Bartolo Coyotepec, which is know for production of black pottery derived from a clay that naturally accrues in this area of Mexico and can not be found anywhere else in the world. I was really taken by the richness and beauty of the land, culture and flavors of Mexico.

For me personally this trip reinforced something that I have been thinking about a lot recently; that it is important to get out of your comfort zone and embrace adventure! I think for artists especially, it is important to be ok with not feeling comfortable. To actively push yourself to be creative and innovative when you feel yourself getting too comfortable. It was wonderful to take this time with a good friend to explore and expand our horizons. I think travel is a wonderful way to remind yourself of the possibilities and adventures that are right outside your door.
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico
Travel Story | Oaxaca, Mexico