The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
This time in San Sebastian Etla just down the road from San Agustin.

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Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Now, here's a kitchen! - Tlamanalli

When I think of some of my favorite kitchens, the wonderful ceramic work in the Restaurante Tllamanalli in Teotitlan de Vaille comes to mind.
Tllamanalli means offering and, on a daily basis, the Mendoza sisters, all five of them, graciously serve wonderful traditional Oaxacan food. Their menu is limited and a bit pricey, but the ambiance is more than worth it.
Depending on the season, there is always a mole of some sort and a soup made with the freshest ingredients.

Lots of people go to Teotitlan for the rugs and certainly the Mendoza name is quite famous for its weavings, but the sisters and the restaurant are alone well worth the trip. The food and the smiles that always greet you make for good memories.
The tile work in the kitchen is amazing. All the shelves, work areas, sinks, counters, stairs use the same ceramic pattern throughout and cover a huge space.
The place is quite famous. It was written up in Saveur a while back and pretty much has a monopoly on the hungry rug buyers although, I heard that one or two restaurants recently opened.

2 comments:

Lewis said...

Nice kitchen. But then, what would someone from Louisville know?

Lew Frazee

Christopher Stowens said...

Que loco!!! Lewisvillians know plenty about good eating... especially trombonists. Great to hear from you.