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

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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 […]

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

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This spring, Xoco Bistro 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, […]

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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 […]

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My Very Idiosyncratic Guide to Some Near-Downtown Mexico City Food-Lovers’ Favorites

Tepito (Sunday Morning only) One of my favorite places, but one I recommend to folks who are adventurers and who are looking for a glimpse into Mexico City’s past. Lots of antiques, relics and paraphernalia.  Adjacent to a large, working class Sunday market with clothing, cds, household goods, etc. Have the taxi driver take you […]

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Chilaquiles for Your Easter Brunch

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OK, so it’s not the most traditional Easter brunch dish, but the benefits of cooking these chilaquiles are two-fold — one, this relatively simple recipe feeds a big crowd, and two, they’re absolutely delicious. Instead of a simmering stint on the stovetop, these chilaquiles are finished in a baking dish with a 10-minute stay in […]