Sister Cities – Saitama and Toluca

Sister Cities – Saitama and Toluca

The Japanese city of Saitama is hosting several Tokyo 2020 Olympic events, including important football (soccer) matches. Saitama and the city of Toluca (capital of the Mexican state of Estado de México) became sisters cities in 1979, and they have established and maintained many programs together since then; the sister cities also have other features in common ... click on title for more

Octopus Taco – Something Fishy about this “Tako”

Octopus Taco – Something Fishy about this “Tako”

Octopus tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches) have always been very popular at seafood stands inside mercados (markets), as well as cantinas (bars).  The traditional seasonings are either “en su tinta” – in their own ink, or cooked then sautéed with onions and peppers, similar to fajitas. In recent decades, Asian inspired flavours have also been favoured ... click on title for more

Asian Heritage and an Asian-Inspired Spicy Sauce

Asian Heritage and an Asian-Inspired Spicy Sauce

Asian heritage is considered the fourth  root of Mexican heritage, along with its native, European, and African roots. Nowadays, there are important Asian communities in several Mexican states, which has influenced local cuisine.  One ingredient that has entered Mexican kitchens in the last decades is soy sauce, used in stews and other dishes as a condiment for added umami (yummy flavour), but also as the main component of sauces ... click on title for more