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Old 01-10-2004, 05:39 PM
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I just spent 2 months in Oaxaca while finishing my culinary
externship. If you are interested in restaurant reviews and my blog
including some experiences with Susana Trilling's cooking school,
check out www.aoconnor.org. I hope it is helpful for anyone planning
a trip. Susana's place is beautiful and her culinary tours are very
thorough and off the beaten path. I highly recommend the mushroom
tour.

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"Amber" wrote in message
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I just spent 2 months in Oaxaca while finishing my culinary
externship. If you are interested in restaurant reviews and my blog
including some experiences with Susana Trilling's cooking school,
check out www.aoconnor.org. I hope it is helpful for anyone planning
a trip. Susana's place is beautiful and her culinary tours are very
thorough and off the beaten path. I highly recommend the mushroom
tour.



Hey Amber,

Nice web page! I'm going through it now, but can't seem to find your
description of Trilling's courses, especially the mushroom tour. Didn't
even know she had one. Is there somewhere on your site where you describe
it?

I hope you got to check out the food stalls in the Mercado 20 de Noviembre.
And the aguas frescas in the Mercado Juárez. And the nieves in the plaza in
front of the Basilica de la Soledad.

Just about my favorite Oaxacan dish is empanadas con flores de calabaza y
quesillo. You were there during the Guelguetza, so it was in all the food
stalls they have set up near the zócalo. But in June, a wonderful little
restaurant near the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca also serves it in the
mornings--it's called Ady's (or something close) and it's one block west of
Juarez from the ICO and just across Chapultepec. Great breakfasts at Ady's
overall.

I was surprised you mentioning that El Jardin and La Cruz de Piedra had
Cuban food. What did you mean by that? I know they have "Cuban" tortas,
but otherwise, I didn't noticed anything else on the menu that might be
Cuban.

As for La Cruz de Piedra, are you talking about the place in the Colonia
Reforma? If so, it's not new at all, unless it's changed ownership
recently. When I visted the place in 2001 and 2003, it was a cantina.
Great food and great place, but the food we got was all brought out in the
"cantina" style--as little snacks to accompany the countless beers we
ordered.... Is that the place you are talking about?

Peter




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Old 06-10-2004, 04:17 PM
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Peter, you can check out Susana's courses at her website,
www.seasonsofmyheart.com.

Yes, Cruz de la Piedra is under new ownership, they had only been open
for a few days before I went. The owner is Cuban, and so is the food.
El Jardin has a Cuban section on their menu among other non-Cuban
items.

I LOVE the quesillo/flor de calabaza combo, so simple, so filling but
I love it.

The mushroom tour I had on my site, the name of the town is
Cuajimoloyas so that is what the name of the post is.

I don't know Ady's, which is weird since I spent a lot of time around
the ICO, maybe it isn't still there? It definitely wasn't on the
"near the ICO list" they gave us on the first day of class. I did eat
lots of wonderful food at the stalls, but since there weren't ever
names or set menus it is difficult to post an actual "review" for any
of them.




"Peter Dy" wrote in message ...
"Amber" wrote in message
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I just spent 2 months in Oaxaca while finishing my culinary
externship. If you are interested in restaurant reviews and my blog
including some experiences with Susana Trilling's cooking school,
check out www.aoconnor.org. I hope it is helpful for anyone planning
a trip. Susana's place is beautiful and her culinary tours are very
thorough and off the beaten path. I highly recommend the mushroom
tour.



Hey Amber,

Nice web page! I'm going through it now, but can't seem to find your
description of Trilling's courses, especially the mushroom tour. Didn't
even know she had one. Is there somewhere on your site where you describe
it?

I hope you got to check out the food stalls in the Mercado 20 de Noviembre.
And the aguas frescas in the Mercado Juárez. And the nieves in the plaza in
front of the Basilica de la Soledad.

Just about my favorite Oaxacan dish is empanadas con flores de calabaza y
quesillo. You were there during the Guelguetza, so it was in all the food
stalls they have set up near the zócalo. But in June, a wonderful little
restaurant near the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca also serves it in the
mornings--it's called Ady's (or something close) and it's one block west of
Juarez from the ICO and just across Chapultepec. Great breakfasts at Ady's
overall.

I was surprised you mentioning that El Jardin and La Cruz de Piedra had
Cuban food. What did you mean by that? I know they have "Cuban" tortas,
but otherwise, I didn't noticed anything else on the menu that might be
Cuban.

As for La Cruz de Piedra, are you talking about the place in the Colonia
Reforma? If so, it's not new at all, unless it's changed ownership
recently. When I visted the place in 2001 and 2003, it was a cantina.
Great food and great place, but the food we got was all brought out in the
"cantina" style--as little snacks to accompany the countless beers we
ordered.... Is that the place you are talking about?

Peter

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Peter, you can check out Susana's courses at her website,
www.seasonsofmyheart.com.

Yes, Cruz de la Piedra is under new ownership, they had only been open
for a few days before I went. The owner is Cuban, and so is the food.



Ah, I see. It doesn't surprise me, since when it was a cantina, it was
never really very full. It's sad though, since it's just another sign of
how the old-fashioned cantina life-style is dying out.


El Jardin has a Cuban section on their menu among other non-Cuban
items.



Hmmm, I seem to have a vague memory of that... I'll have to check it out
more closely next summer.


I LOVE the quesillo/flor de calabaza combo, so simple, so filling but
I love it.

The mushroom tour I had on my site, the name of the town is
Cuajimoloyas so that is what the name of the post is.



Thanks. You're talking about the pictures, right? They're very nice! I've
been wanting to take one of Trillings classes, but never found the time,
since it would have had to have been a weekend class, and I never found a
free weekend.


I don't know Ady's, which is weird since I spent a lot of time around
the ICO, maybe it isn't still there? It definitely wasn't on the
"near the ICO list" they gave us on the first day of class.



No, it's not on the ICO list, but it's still there. As you exit the
Institute, turn left, go up Chapultepec to the next intersection, cross
Chapultepec to the north, and it's right there on the left hand side, before
you reach the hospital on the right. What's nice about Ady's is that (at
least on weekend mornings), they have a woman there preparing fresh masa
items on a comal, like empanadas con flor de calabaza. I don't know of any
place in nearby that has such a thing.


BTW, when did you arrive in Oaxaca? Cause I could swear I'm in one of your
pictures, only the date is off by a few days!

Peter


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"Amber" wrote in message
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Peter, you can check out Susana's courses at her website,
www.seasonsofmyheart.com.

Yes, Cruz de la Piedra is under new ownership, they had only been open
for a few days before I went. The owner is Cuban, and so is the food.



Ah, I see. It doesn't surprise me, since when it was a cantina, it was
never really very full. It's sad though, since it's just another sign of
how the old-fashioned cantina life-style is dying out.


El Jardin has a Cuban section on their menu among other non-Cuban
items.



Hmmm, I seem to have a vague memory of that... I'll have to check it out
more closely next summer.


I LOVE the quesillo/flor de calabaza combo, so simple, so filling but
I love it.

The mushroom tour I had on my site, the name of the town is
Cuajimoloyas so that is what the name of the post is.



Thanks. You're talking about the pictures, right? They're very nice! I've
been wanting to take one of Trillings classes, but never found the time,
since it would have had to have been a weekend class, and I never found a
free weekend.


I don't know Ady's, which is weird since I spent a lot of time around
the ICO, maybe it isn't still there? It definitely wasn't on the
"near the ICO list" they gave us on the first day of class.



No, it's not on the ICO list, but it's still there. As you exit the
Institute, turn left, go up Chapultepec to the next intersection, cross
Chapultepec to the north, and it's right there on the left hand side, before
you reach the hospital on the right. What's nice about Ady's is that (at
least on weekend mornings), they have a woman there preparing fresh masa
items on a comal, like empanadas con flor de calabaza. I don't know of any
place in nearby that has such a thing.


BTW, when did you arrive in Oaxaca? Cause I could swear I'm in one of your
pictures, only the date is off by a few days!

Peter




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