notes from the mexican kitchen

About Last Night – #JBFA After Party at Leña Brava


So Topolobampo didn’t win the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Service. (Always the bridesmaid and all that…) But our team did win at having a great time at the ceremony and throwing an epic after party at Leña Brava. Here’s a look at some of the action from social media. To everyone who came out […]

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Slow-Cooker Carnitas for Cinco De Mayo


Seems everyone’s always asking what dishes to make for holidays and special occasions. Though it’s close to impossible to narrow it to a manageable list, I can say with certainty that this week’s Taco Tuesday recipe for slow cooker pork carnitas is perfect for any big celebration, including that big Cinco de Mayo fiesta you’re […]

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Taco Tuesday: Speedy, Special Shrimp Tacos with Green Chile Adobo


We’re all looking for speedy ways to get weeknight dinner on the table, and for me these skillet shrimp tacos hit the trifecta: Fast, easy and so incredibly tasty. (Btw, they’re also special enough to serve to company!) The secret weapon? Green chile adobo. Make this herby, spicy seasoning sauce now (it comes together in minutes) […]

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Taco Tuesday: Crunchy, Cheesy, 420 Tacos


Heyyy maannnnn, It has come to my attention over the years that a good number of people think my mellow enthusiasm for stuff I taste or cook is a result of—I’ll just say it—a little weed. While those that know me find that a little hilarious, the truth is I never touch the stuff. Well, certainly […]


XOCO’s Seasonal Menu “Memories of Mexico”


There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. — Elizabeth Lawrence This month’s Xoco menu was inspired by Chef Julio’s childhood memories of his mother’s kitchen in Mexico. The Red Chile Pork Loin torta is inspired by the meal […]