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The Many Murals of Pilsen

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a walking tour of the Chicago neighborhood known as Pilsen under the fantastic guidance of  Joyce from Joyce Walks Chicago. Named for the Bohemian city of Plzeň in the Czech Republic by the immigrants who began settling in the 1840’s, Pilsen is now considered to be the heart of Chicago’s Mexican-American community. Inspired by the Mexican Muralist Movement of the 1930’s when artists like Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco, and David Siquieros...

Favorite Things: The National Museum of Mexican Art

One of my favorite things to do in Chicago is visit the National Museum of Mexican Art, although admittedly, I don’t get there as often as I’d like. In general, Chicago is a very good value when it comes to cultural museums; in addition to the Museum of Mexican Art there is the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, National Hellenic Museum, Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, and the DuSable Museum of African American History, just to name a few. ...

NOVICA: Gift shopping that gives back

Novica is a shopping site created in association with National Geographic that is dedicated to offering hard to find goods by artists and artisans from around the globe. Not only can you find jewelry, home decor, artwork and accessories from places like Bali, Brazil, Thailand and West Africa, but Novica also includes a blurb about the artist who created each item, giving you a better insight on the life of the person you are supporting with your purchases. For you savvy shoppers, the website...

Beautiful Monday: Tepezcohuite — Ancient Mayan Skin Secret

It’s called Tepezcohuite (pronounced “Te-pez-co-whee-tay”) and I’m sure you’ve heard of it…No? Don’t worry, I’ve got 15 years of beauty/skincare industry experience and I hadn’t heard of it until recently. It was definitely one of those “wish I had heard of that, sooner” moments. Apparently, it’s been growing all over Mexico and Brazil for thousands of years. Known for centuries as the “skin tree”, the Mayans used the tepezcohuite root bark in treatments to stop bleeding, prevent infections, treat lesions...

Say no to sombreros

So you’re in Mexico City. You’ve seen the pre-Hispanic architecture, visited the Frida Kahlo Museum and eaten pastries at Cafe El Popular. Now it’s time to get some shopping done. You’ve gotta  get your cursory souvenir haul complied before you head home or risk your friends and family never speaking to you again. Shopping in Mexico City can be dichotomous in nature. On one hand, you have the government run Fonart and Bazar Sábado featuring a bevy of sombreros, traditional pottery and ancient...

My love affair with El Patrón

It’s shocking, I know, but I find myself in the passionate throes of a full-out love affair with – – of all things- – tequila. Not just any tequila, but Patrón, a gorgeous American tequila that’s crafted in Mexico and sold in beautiful hand-blown bottles that have been individually numbered. My love for Patrón is strong, but stronger than my love for this exquisite tequila in my cocktail glass is my adoration for the brand and the story behind it. Patrón was...