If you love Latinfood, it's easy to become afflicted with the same syndrome that can infect any aficionado: the smugness of thinking you've seen, or in this case, eaten everything. The joy of discovery is replaced by the twin joys of knowing so much and eating the most extraordinary version of your favorite dish (preferably in an obscure, off-the-beaten-path place or by a chef with Michelin stars). And then, suddenly, you find yourself eating a generous serving of humble pie.
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.
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