Recommendation Corner:

where we share our favorite finds with you.

Mexico is known for its abundance of traditional candies, differing from one region to the next. While your average foreigner may be aware of some of them, the variety is astounding, often using fruits and combinations we otherwise wouldn’t be able to imagine. I’m not going to lie to you – some of the sweets are downright magical and others …well, I’m not sure what they were thinking.

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The Alborada is one of the many amazing parties of San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is famous for their fiestas and this is one of the biggies. First of all, it starts at 4 in the morning. Yeah, that’s right. Starts. Second, it boasts of the largest quantity of fireworks in the whole year. And folks, we are in Mexico where fireworks are an art form. Sleep? Pointless. Might as well sign on for a wicked party.

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There are few rituals more famous in Mexico than the Temazcal, a pre-hispanic ritual similar to a sweat lodge. Being the committed investigative reporter that I am, I decided that it was completely inappropriate to live here and never have participated in one. So I slapped on a bathing suit and sarong and headed out to the Charco del Ingenio, a local botanical garden and nature preserve which often has traditional indigenous events, to try it out....

A great way to get under the skin of any city is to check out their museums. Lucky for us, a new friendship with some art collection managers meant a more interesting and fun exploration of free Friday evening museums.

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Everyone talks about the spectacular, periwinkle Jacarandas that bloom in April; and yes, they are worth seeing, allergies and all.  The pale pink or purple Cosmos are a much less widely talked about natural phenomenon, but just as beautiful.

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Looking for a place to stay in Oaxaca City? We love love love this little hostel, just outside of the city center. An easy 8 minute walk into the heart of one of the coolest cities in Mexico, it’s far enough outside to be relatively quiet (except for the non-stop fireworks, of course. It is still in Mexico.)...

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