Alejandro Velez and his business partner, Nikhil Arora, were undergrads at University of California, Berkeley, so the story goes, where they were taking a class in which they learned that mushrooms can grow on coffee grounds. It was, perhaps, an unlikely “A-ha!” moment; at an age when many college students' experiments with growing are limited to yeast cultures required to make beer, Velez and Arora were experimenting with mushroom farming... in the kitchen of their frat house.
This year, Holy Week, or Semana Santa if you're in Latin America, spans April 13-20. People who observe this important event on the religious calendar by upholding Catholic tradition likely spent the Lenten season that leads up to Easter abstaining from meat on Fridays and giving up something–coffee, alcohol, chocolate, or some other treat typically considered an indulgence–in an act of spiritual self-discipline.
When W Mexico City started undergoing renovations in late 2013, the changes made in the hotel's guest rooms and public spaces were occurring largely beyond guests' view, done in a way to minimize disruptions.
A decade ago, you might have been hard-pressed to find anything other than a $20 bottle of Jose Cuervo at your local liquor store. Back then, there probably wasn't even a shelf dedicated to tequila. The dominant perception of Mexico's signature spirit was that of tequila as “firewater,” a cheap liquor best reserved for budget drinkers, college partiers, and those who generally cared less about mouthfeel and artisanal production methods than about, well, getting drunk.
New York City's 7 train hurtles out of the tunnel at Court House Square, the third stop in Queens, and from that point on, shuttles on an elevated line above neighborhoods dense with diverse Latin communities. Get off at any stop along Queens Boulevard or, especially, Roosevelt Avenue, and you'll find Latin specialties—from mole poblano to spit-roasted cuy-- at sit-down restaurants and grab-n-go panaderias. As you gear up for the annual trek to Flushing Meadows, just one stop before the end of the 7 line, to watch the U.S.
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