notes from the mexican kitchen
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Let Topolo Take You to Another Oaxaca


Oaxaca is legendary among Mexico’s regional cuisine. It is, of course, the land of the SEVEN MOLES! But it’s a whole lot more. And that’s where Topolo’s latest menu will take you. First we head to to the beach for oysters and a little mezcal. Then we’re off to the infamous, smoke-filled “taco corridor” in downtown Oaxaca […]

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Al Pastor, Always and Forever


So, this isn’t going to be true tacos al pastor. For the absolute best version, you’d need at least 20 pounds of thin-sliced marinated pork, a charcoal-fired contraption like the ones used for roasting Greek gyros and a long knife to slice off slivers of the succulent roasty meat into waiting fresh corn tortillas. Assuming you […]


Frontera’s New Dishes: A Trip to Oaxaca


The latest additions to Frontera’s latest menu are all about Oaxacan flavors. And yes, that means the complex, mouthwatering moles that characterize the Mexico’s South Central region. More on those in a bit. But Oaxaca flavor also means greens—tomatillo, serrano chile, nopales, knob onions—and the tantalizing smoky goodness derived from open-air grilling. Consider our green […]

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An Easy Fish Dish Worthy of Company


By themselves, pan-seared trout fillets cook quickly and provide an easy, if uninspiring, main dish. Top them with a mix of chorizo, caramelized onion and dark Mexican beer, though, and the flavor catapults into another stratosphere. The maltiness of the beer pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of caramelized onion and the soul-satisfying richness of the sautéed chorizo. […]

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Raise Your Labor Day Grilling Game with “Brava” Steak


You know you want to grill this long holiday weekend, and you want something good but something easy. Something that can feed a crowd, but not the same old crowd-pleasers. Let’s talk about Brava Steak, a recipe for marinated ribeye that derives its signature “brave” spiciness from a pungent marinade of roasted serrano (or jalapeño) chiles and […]