16 things I’ve noticed about food in Oaxaca

1) Most food in restaurants here is very rich and loaded with sauce (often made with cream). Of course the most popular is mole sauce (they have seven kinds here)! I’ve had mole negro and it was very good. I haven’t tried lots of other moles because I’m vegetarian and want to avoid ingredients like chicken broth or lard that might be in some sauces.

Mole negro over cheese
Mole negro over cheese
Mole paste
Pre-made mole paste is available in the markets

2) In supermarkets there are rows and rows of yogurt and yogurt-drinks. But it’s nearly impossible to find any without sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Continue reading “16 things I’ve noticed about food in Oaxaca”

Living in Oaxaca: what it’s like for me

Today is July 27 and I’ve been living in Oaxaca since May 1. So far it’s been wonderful and also a bit hard at the same time. I’d like to discuss all aspects of my life here, since I always appreciate hearing all sides when I read other people’s blogs.

First, the wonderful aspects:

  • Great weather. After May ended (the hottest month here), the weather became beautiful. Cool in the mornings and evening, in the 70s-80s during the day, with a brief rainstorm in the late afternoon. Very reliably nice. Day after day. (When I was in Boston from January through April I was so cold all the time!)
  • Oaxaca weather averages

  • Beautiful old buildings. I absolutely love the old architecture. I also love the ordinary buildings that are a bit crumbling. It reminds me of the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi,” the idea that there is beauty in imperfection.
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Street art in Oaxaca

Oaxaca has so much wonderful and interesting street art! Since I came here in May, I’ve been taking photos whenever I come across something interesting.

Here are some examples from my set on Flickr – Oaxaca Street Art.

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