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.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

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

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Tlamanalli - Thirty Years!

What a celebration!  What a family!  What a restaurant! What a meal!  And what an honor it was to be there for the 30th Anniversary of the opening of Restaurante Tlamanalli in Teotitlan del Valle.  I've known the incredibly talented Mendozas for many years and we felt very blessed to be seated with the family as we all enjoyed a simply wonderful day.  The sisters are world famous for preparing classic Zapotec dishes and they absolutely shone as they served almost 200 people a multi-course feast.  They were all running around so I could not get them all in one shot.
Most of the guests appeared to be from the gastronomic world as we spotted some famous chefs and cocineras.  As I said, we were with family and they are every bit as good cooks as anyone in the room but maybe I'm biased.
So what did we eat?
All the food was absolutely delicious. Tlamanalli, the Zapotec god of food, was in the house and most content, as were we all.  Wishing all the Mendozas continued success for the next 30(0) years.
Also, the whole extended family helped with the event.  It was so nice to be served cervezas by Jacobo, one of the finest weavers anywhere, and Fidel and Maria Luisa (another sister)
From Casa Cruz, the masters of natural dyes.  Fidel was official dishwasher for some of the time.
Gracias and felicidades!

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