Today’s Matteo’s Moments is a follow up to the Jan. 6th, Día de Los Reyes webisode in which Jenny, Andrea, Miguel, and Diego each found a baby Jesus (or a wise man) in their piece of the Rosca de Reyes. According to Mexican tradition and much to the delight of the rest of the office, those who find baby Jesus and the wise men must bring tamales for everyone on Feb. 2nd, Dia de la Candelaria.
In this episode of Matteo’s Moments, Matteo gives you an overview of the Dia de la Candelaria tradition, but you can find more about Dia de la Candelaria at this Mexican cooking and culture blog: The Other Side of the Tortilla.
Rich in Culture and Tradition, Holiday Season in Mexico isn’t over yet. On January 6th, Mexico celebrates a tradition called La Rosca de Reyes, which is a celebration of Epiphany. The celebration commemorates the arrival of the three Wise Men (or Magi), marking the end of the Christmas season. In this tradition, a round cake is baked with a figurine of baby Jesus inside (which symbolizes the flight of Jesus from King Herod), and whoever cuts the piece of cake containing baby Jesus is blessed and is required to host a party on February 2nd (Dia de la Calendaria) and provide tamales to the guests.
Here in Mexico, the tradition has evolved to include the baking of the three wise men as well as baby Jesus into the cake, as you’ll see in this webisode of Matteo’s Moments. You can learn more about the Rosca de Reyes tradition here.
Journey Mexico has always prided itself on offering travelers true travel experiences, meaning you’re not going to visit Oaxaca and just see examples of its famous black pottery; you’re going to visit a local home where a family of potters have been hand-making black pottery for centuries. You’re going to actually see the pottery being made. You’re going to meet and converse with the family and when you leave, you’re going to be sad to say goodbye to new friends.
The most recent Our Mexico web-ad features Doña Sophia, someone I feel privileged to have met on a recent trip to Oaxaca. So old she can no longer remember her own age, Doña Sophia still happily crouches down on her knees to give guests a live demonstration of how she has been making black pottery for almost a hundred years.
Unlike modern potters, Doña Sophia still spins her clay by hand on plates as opposed to using a mechanized wheel. As the craft was taught to her by predecessors, she has passed her knowledge down to her family and many of her daughters and granddaughters now decorate the crafts she molds before they are fired in an underground oven. In the video below, you can watch Doña Sophia in action as she crafts a jar for one of our recent groups.
In May of 2011, Journey Mexico lead a group of 13 travel experts from around the world on a 14 day excursion through Mexico City & Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and the Yucatan. On the final night of the trip, we sat down with member of the group and asked them: “At any point during your time in Mexico did you feel unsafe?” It’s not surprise to those of us who live here that their answer was overwhelmingly NO.
In this newest webisode of Table Talk, Journey Mexico and El Arrayán show you how to make Calabacitas Tiernas Guisadas, a fairly simple but extremely tasty dish. There are only four simple steps to this one, so we hope you give the recipe a try yourself and let us know how it turns out in the comments below!
In this new webisode of Table Talk, Journey Mexico and El Arrayán restaurant show you how to make a Mexican variation of an classic international dish – the meatball. In Mexico, Albondigas al Chiptole (Chipotle Meatballs) are usually served in a tomato based soup, which containing rice and vegetables as well, but we encourage you to make your own variations and let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
In this Ask Journey Mexico, Director of Operations, Matteo Luthi, addresses a question from The Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree Forum asking about which would be a better destination for travel with a 11 year old – Guanajuato in the Colonial Heartland or Oaxaca.
*Note – Matteo forgot to address this in the video, but Journey Mexico staff members travel to Oaxaca frequently and do not find the region to be smoggy at all*
We’re excited to bring you a newly formatted webisode of Table Talk! In this edition, Carmen Porras of El Arrayán restaurant shows us how to make capirotada (Mexican bread pudding), which is a sweet dish traditionally served during the season of Lent.
Give the recipe a try and let us know how it turns out in the comments below!
In this Ask Journey Mexico, Zach answers a question from Trip Advisor about a ten day itinerary starting in Mexico City. To submit questions about Mexico of your own, email us at email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to film a response.