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“More Mexican Everyday” Preview: Slow Roasted Ancho Pork Shoulder


My latest book, “More Mexican Everyday,” is all about delicious simplicity. So why in the world would I include a recipe for pork shoulder that’s marinated overnight, then slow-roasted for hours on the grill? The answer is simple: it’s really good. Plus, it’s really not that difficult. All it takes is a little planning ahead and some regular basting to […]


Spicy Tacos + Local Beer = Xoco Bistro Pop-Up Dinners


This spring, Xoco brings its “Yucatan Pop-Up Series” to some of our favorite Chicago breweries for a three-course dinner. The beer-themed dinners will take place at Half Acre, Temperance Beer Company and Revolution Brewing, where brewmasters will pair craft beers with Xoco Bistro’s spicy menu inspired by the Yucatan, where the flavors of achiote, citrus, […]


An Honor to be Nominated

We are positively buzzing today. The James Beard Foundation has nominated Topolobampo as one of five finalists for its “Outstanding Service” Award. We’re in remarkably good company: The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tenn.), Marea (New York City), Quince (San Francisco) and Restaurant August (New Orleans) have also been named finalists. And the good news […]