notes from the mexican kitchen
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The Perfect Farmers’ Market Taco

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It’s late July in Chicago, and my heart is racing. That’s what happens every year when I see all of the bounty in my farmers’ market. I don’t know where to start. Perhaps, like me, you can feel intimidated by all of that abundance. Don’t be. Just heed my advice: make tacos. Specifically, tacos of […]

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Scallops a la Diabla: #Taco Tuesday Acapulco Gold


This week’s #TacoTuesday takes a page from Acapulco’s seaside playbook, where market vendors serve spicy, guajillo-drenched shrimp a la diabla. Eating hot, spicy food to beat the heat may seem a bit of an oxymoron, but spicy foods are known to stimulate circulation and increase your body temperature, which induces sweating, which actually cools the body […]


Presenting the Topolo Art Menu 2016


I think we can all agree: Food can make us feel good. It can make us feel comforted, too. Or nostalgic. Or giddy with pleasure and desire. Or even a little uncertain. Sometimes I feel surprised, even shocked, by what I taste. Art can evoke feelings, too, of course, whether it’s in the form of […]

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It’s (Tuna) Taco Tuesday!!


Let’s talk tuna. I know tuna steaks aren’t the first thing that come to mind when we think about tacos, but stay with me. Grill-seared cubes of tuna — plus a slathering of spicy-creamy chipotle mayo, a bed of toothsome, bitter frisée and a squeeze of lime — cry out for warm tortillas. Key to […]


XOCO Brings Maya to the Midwest


This month, XOCO is all about bringing you flavors of the Yucatán with Midwest ingredients. “These are refreshing and bright flavors, especially in the hot days of July,” says Chef Wil Bravo. Take the escabeche salad, highlighting our house made recado blanco seasoning, a classic spice paste from the Yucatán. The seasoning does double duty: it’s […]