Food, Health and Cultivating Communities

Photo: Ron Mader, Caldo de Piedra Planeta.com’s Food, Health and Cultivating Communities dialogue highlights local food and slow food and everything delicious! Updates are featured on the Planeta Wiki. Discussion continues on a number of social web channels, including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. “Come hungry,” says Planeta.com founder Ron Mader. “Foodies play a critical role in …

Chocolate Oaxaca

Chocolate is not just a dessert in Oaxaca. Here is our updated insider’s guide for drinking, eating and buying cacao products. HISTORY Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the …

New Address for Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Market

Photo: Pochote Xochimilco, Facebook Oaxaca City – Breaking news from Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Proyecto Agroecologico y Artesanal. Starting today (Friday, January 13), the market opens its doors at a new location: Calle Marcos Pérez #217, Colonia Centro (between Crespo y Joaquin Amaro). Google Map We have a long relationship with our friends (vendors and clients) at the …

Bananas

Bananas and plantains together are the world’s fourth most important food crop, following rice, wheat, and corn. They are grown in every humid tropical region are cultivated every day of the year. There are hundreds of varieties ranging in colour from yellow to green to dark red. The plantain is considered a vegetable, while others …

Food Miles

Graphic: Ron Mader, Food Miles Food miles = The distance food is transported from production to consumer or paddock to plate. As consumers around the world become aware of the carbon footprint of their travels and purchases, a new term has appeared. Introducing food miles which track the journey food takes from the farm to …

Markets

Markets are as old as the crossroads. They are a mashup of conversations and commerce embedded in the 360 face-to-face exchange. The best markets are a combination of tasting rooms and empathy museums. The best markets are the epitome of responsible travel — good places to live and good places to visit. Locals have the …

World Forum of Mexican Gastronomy (Foro Mundial de la Gastronomía Mexicana) #fmgm16

Are you passionate about Mexican food? You’re in luck this week. The Fourth World Forum of Mexican Gastronomy will be held from November 24 to 27 at the National Arts Center (Cenart) in Mexico City. Hashtag: #fmgm16 You can check the program at: http://www.ccgm.mx/fmgm/programa Remote participants can watch videos live from the Teatro de las Artes Archived …

National Chocolate Day

The word chocolate comes from Mexico’s Aztecs and is derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl which combines xocolli, meaning bitter and atl, which means water. And if you’re in Oaxaca City, play the chocolate treasure hunt! My personal favorite is Chocoluchy! The USA’s National Confectioners Association created National Chocolate Day, celebrated this Friday (October 28). In …