Milpa

Buzzwords As part of our series of global vocabulary, we would like to start a cheer for the milpa. Milpa = TranslatingMaya: koolMazahua: tjööMixteca: itzzuOtomí: huähiPurépecha: tarhetaTotonaco: takuxtuTzotzil: yaxcolTarahuma: ichírariZapoteco: guela or cue DefinitionsMilpa is a crop-growing system used throughout Mesoamerica. It has been most extensively described in the Yucatán peninsula area of Mexico. The …

Tamales

Photo: Biulú What’s a tamale? Tamales are self-contained meals using corn mixture to envelop goodness of meaty and vegy varieties. These are wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and then steamed. Varieties served with chicken include verde, amarillo, mole and rajas. Veggie options include frijoles (beans), dulce (sweet) and chepil (a local herb). On the Pacific coast of …

Food Links

Photo: Enchiladas con Huevos, Comala, Oaxaca Links related to food presented in somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesThe Recipe to Bob’s Red Mill’s Supreme RecipesThe End of the Ear-Splitting Dining Room – EaterAnthony Bourdain wouldn’t want you to go on a Vietnam food tour in his honor‘You Are What You Eat’: The Ethics of Food, the Care …

Mexico’s Food and Culinary Adventures

Photo: Hojaldras Planeta.com is updating our coverage and recommendations for slow adventures and culinary tourism in Mexico’s kitchens, markets, and restaurants. = Planeta.com está actualizando nuestra cobertura y recomendaciones para aventuras lentas y turismo culinario en las cocinas, mercados, y restaurantes de México. Headlineshttp://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190910-mexicos-ancient-caviarWhere there’s no queso in quesadillaCarne Asada, Hold The Meat: Why Latinos …

Nihonshu = Sake

Photo: Cleber Nihonshu = an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Known in English as sake. (日本酒; meaning ‘Japanese wine’) CelebrationsOctober 1 is the official “Sake Day” (日本酒の日, “Nihonshu no Hi”) of Japan. It is also called “World Sake Day”. It was designated by the Japan Sake …

Chocolate

Buzzwords Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the Aztecs who called it xocolatl, meaning ‘bitter water’ in the Náhuatl language. The Spaniards sent chocolate from Mexico to Europe. It …

Tepejilote

Photo: Pochote Market Spotlight on the plant called Tepejilote, the name derived, from Náhuatl meaning “spike of the mountain.” Translating: TepejiloteAyöök: NoojnZapotec: Yèch, YútsuEnglish: Pacaya palm Elsewhere on the Webmaya-ethnobotany.orgtropical.theferns.info Embedded Tweets WikipediaChamaedorea tepejilote Planeta

Restaurants

Photo: Grand Canyon Dining Room Restaurant = a place where people pay to sit and eat meals that are cooked and served on the premises HeadlinesJosé Andrés: Restaurant industry survival is key for economic recoveryCDC report: dining out increases risk of contracting coronavirus more than other activities – The HillHow restaurants got so loudEating out …