If you’re looking for a special, off-the-beaten-path destination in Mexico, then Mérida in the Yucatán might be it. With a beautiful historic town, stunning local art, unique cuisine, and magical caves for swimming, Mérida makes the perfect quiet getaway. You’ll be able to balance cultural exploration with lots of natural scenery, all in an area that feels both safe for foreigners and rich with local stories. This travel guide to Mérida, Mexico will share everything you need to know to plan a fun trip to the region.…Continue Reading
Mexico’s wine region, Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, is growing in popularity as it rises to the top of international lists for culinary and wine-tasting adventures.
But first, a story about what brought us there. We were nearing the end of our season in Southern California and preparing to move back east. And it was a sudden revelation: over the four years that we lived in Los Angeles, never did it occur to us to drive down to Baja California. We love Mexico, but going there always meant jumping on a $200 round trip flight from LAX to Mexico City. Obviously, we needed to do at least one border crossing before we left.
But enough about us and why we love Mexico. This is about your upcoming trip to Mexico’s ever-growing wine region. Decorated with farm-to-table restaurants, stunning nebbiolos, and hip new hotels, the Valle de Guadalupe is the perfect weekend getaway for foodies and wine lovers like you.…Continue Reading
(Updated in 2020)
This is a guide to Oaxaca City, Mexico. It’s also a bit of a memoir. We spent a week there absorbing its magic, wandering its alleys, and tasting its impeccable food. I want to remember all of it.
And I want you to know about it– where to eat, stay, and play while there.…Continue Reading
I’ve sung the praises of Mexico City and coupled them with detailed travel tips. So this post will be a little different.
Last week, we spent 4 nights in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City– a serene, treelined section with quaint coffeeshops and restaurants galore. But my favorite thing? Strolling through the neighborhood.
There is something deeply relaxing about wandering with no immediate destination in mind. I get to take in little details like stained-glass windows, hanging balcony plants, and children playing millennia-old Mayan games. (To be fair, Aaron does all the navigating and I follow like a puppy…)
What I love most about Mexico– where I’ve visited at least– is the innovation that proliferates on playgrounds and sidewalks and porches. People make beauty all the time, whether it’s decorating a small space, making delicious simple food, or street cleaning with a broom and water from a puddle. It all makes me smile, and realize that creativity is a choice that requires no special processes, environments or tools– simply a desire to make better.
This time, we explored Mexico City with Aaron’s mom and brother, and we found ourselves endlessly commenting on what we saw. There is just so much life; music pours out of taquerias and garbage trucks alike. There’s nothing fabulous in quite the same way as this city of cities. Enjoy these snapshots!
[Updated in 2020!]
This has to be written.
Ever since we visited Mexico City in 2016, we’ve returned every single year. For our first trip, Aaron and I scoured the internet, print magazines, published books, and videos for tips. We found very little akin to what I’ve written here— a summation of favorites organized by neighborhood.
Over the past several years, Mexico City has been increasingly on the radar of savvy travelers. But it is such a complex city to really take the time to understand— and there still aren’t too many people who have written about it in as much detail as I would like to see.
And it deserves to be written about.
I am pretty convinced that Mexico City is a must-see for any foodie, history lover, architectural enthusiast, culture junkie, artist, adventurer, and travel geek. Basically, it’s an awesome destination for anyone with high curiosity and a desire to be surprised, inspired, and entertained.…Continue Reading
It’s all too easy to plod along in the nebulous season of our twenties, forgetting that life is rapidly unfolding as the years go by. I recently started a new full-time position marketing for a small non-profit here in Pasadena. The past several weeks of transition have been exhilarating– but for the most part, I’ve felt as though I’ve been row-row-rowing my boat, if not very gently down the stream.
Milestones sneak up on us when we’re so inwardly focused. My sweet grandmother, who has been in and out of the hospital for the past several weeks, passed away on Friday morning. I wasn’t terribly shocked at the news. I was more shocked, in fact, that all while I thought time would stand still during this season of my life, it was doing the exact opposite. It was marching on.