post by Brook
Only three more days until we leave for Oaxaca.  I'm very excited.  I'm thinking of my friends and colleagues there, the work we plan to do, and of course-- the great food!  It'll be fun to share the experience with the young scholars accompanying me.  While Alex has been to Oaxaca before, Helen, Katie, and Caroline haven't.  I have to introduce them to tlayudas- right?  (For those of you who don't know, this is sometimes called a "Oaxacan pizza", but that totally undersells it!) 

What would be on your list?  What should we absolutely see? or eat? 
Amig@s-- ¿que debemos de visitar en Oaxaca?  ¿que debemos de comer? 

Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein
6/7/2013 10:02:14 am

A friend of mine just published an article on this very topic:


Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
6/7/2013 10:05:19 am

Nice list, Jena! Thanks.

And I've never been to Hierve el Agua. Maybe I should make a point to do that this summer...

Rebecca Whistler
6/11/2013 03:18:42 am

One of my favorite things about travelling in general is trying the different types of food available in a region, and Oaxaca is an AMAZING place to do this. I often day dream about all of the delicious food I had there. I definitely recommend going to the market and eating Oaxacan cheese, crickets, and stuffed squash blossoms. I also think you have to find somewhere to have chilaquiles, tortas, Oaxacan chocolate ice cream, and aqua de Jamaica (I know Brook knows of some good places for these).

Finally, one of my absolute favorite things I ate while I was there was street cart tacos. I found a taco cart near the market one day that was crowded (always a good sign) and sat down at the little counter that was set up. I ordered four tacos and watched the man serving it hack various parts off of a whole pig and fry them up on a grill. While it sounds a little scary and weird, they were probably the best tacos I've ever eaten in my life. Plus, it was fun to sit at the cart and chat with the other patrons.

My other recommendation is to find somewhere to go dance. One of Brook's colleagues recommended a dance club to us one night, and it was SO MUCH FUN! One of the students in our group is very connected to his Mexican heritage and could tell us about the different types of music being played (who knew that accordion music could be about drug lords?!), but you will have fun at them regardless of having your own personal tour guide with you. I don't remember the name of the club... maybe Ally, Oanh, or Enrique do, but ask locals what they would recommend. The one we went to looked really weird from the outside, and we would have never found it without the help of a local, so ask around! Recommendations from locals usually always take you to the best places.

I am excited for you all and slightly jealous of your trip to Oaxaca (especially since you get to do it with Mama Duck Brook). Buena suerte y disfrutan!

Helen Felker
6/11/2013 08:41:05 am

Thanks so much, Rebecca! This is awesome advice!

Alex Mannix
6/11/2013 08:47:57 am

Thanks Rebecca! I can't wait to try everything!


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