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Why does my salad cost $15? The cost of running a restaurant.

It’s a hot summer day, and you’ve just spent the last eight hours working. You’re hungry, tired, and need to find a great place to relax, unwind and get a really good meal before heading home.

You walk in the door of your favorite restaurant and instantly feel the stress begin to leave. The air-conditioning is cool and the wonderful aromas from the kitchen waft out over the dining room.

As you’re seated by the window, you can finally simply enjoy the ambience. You know you..

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My Agave pick for August – Senor Ernesto Delgado

This month, I chose to share Cielo Rojo Bacanora with friends. Bacanora is one of the lesser-known Agave spirits, yet like Sotol and Raicilla, has its’ own distinct flavor profile.

First Impressions
Cielo Rojo, or Red Sky, comes in an intriguing bottle. It’s made from hand blown recycled glass with a pattern like an inverse hobnail – or if you prefer, thousands of little dimples. The bottle is pleasing to look at, and pleasingly heavy to handle. The tiny indentations in the..

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The legend of the Goddess Mayahuel in Aztec Mythology

The myths and legends of México have been shared by storytellers for centuries. In many cases, there are multiple versions of a myth, such as this one about the origins of the Agave.

Long ago, when we were ruled by the seasons and feared the Gods, a young and very beautiful Goddess lived. She was the subject of much speculation – how could there be such a beauty, and why did she live in seclusion?

Ancient life was filled with rituals and passion. The Gods were equally..

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My Tequila Pick of the Month July ~ Señor Ernesto Delgado

Each month, I’ll share with you a Tequila or Mezcal I love. As a Designer, I’m always drawn to the style and art on the bottles first. It’s an adventure opening the bottle and tasting the Tequila, whether for the first time or simply after I haven’t tried it for a while.

This month, I brought out one of my favorites to share with friends. Tequila 123. Together, we tasted the Blanco, Reposado and Añejo – without food and then paired with food. The results were amazing.

My..

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La Cosecha – Bringing New Possibilities to Downtown Sacramento

In Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento a statue quietly pays tribute to a man who dedicated his life to others. It depicts Cesar Chavez leading the Farm Workers whose lives inspired him to his lifelong cause.

On the statue is written ‘Sí Se Puede’. Yes, It’s Possible.

As Cesar Chavez knew – with a clear heart, hard work, empathy and compassion – all things are possible. Señor Ernesto Delgado shares the vision that all things are possible.

With the opening of La Cosecha,..

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Señor Ernesto Delgado ~ His Life as Art

Three Different Restaurants, One Vision

 

“The spirit of Mayahuel is inspired by a calling to unfold a profound recognition for the stunning beauty of Mexican culture and traditions. To fully realize the impact of our culture you must assimilate the legends, myths, and stories that weave their thread throughout our lives – past and present.” ~ Señor Ernesto Delgado

When one has a calling – a passion – to share something important with the world, it’s not an option to ignore..

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A Love of Mole and the Best of Mexican Gastronomy

La Feria de Los Moles

In October, Mayahuel’s Señor Ernesto Delgado and Chef Coco Mondragon visited Los Angeles to attend the Premier Mole Festival – ‘La Feria de Los Moles’.

Mole is not one dish, rather the word “mole” originates from the Nahuatl “mulli,” which means sauce, or stew. Almost every state in México has a number of Moles which are favored in that region – and came to be because of the availability of raw ingredients.

Created by Pedro Ramos, a Puebla native, the..

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The Comforts of Home – How Luis Adame Discovered ‘Family’ in Sacramento

Imagine moving to a different country, where you don’t know anybody. Everything and everyone seems ‘foreign’. You feel alone, wondering what your co-workers and neighbors will be like – what, if anything, you will share in common. From finding a place to live to learning how to navigate in the city and commute, every aspect of your life is suddenly strange and unfamiliar.

Luis Adame, an IT Consultant from Torreón Coahuila, México, was offered an opportunity to work in the..

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Mayahuel’s Chef Coco Mondragon

Chef Coco Mondragon cannot remember a time when the cooking of great food was not a central part of her life. As a young girl growing up in San José de Gracia, Jalisco, she spent hours in the kitchen basking in the aromas of her Grandmother’s cooking – feeling the love that went into every dish.

In fact, Coco’s Grandmother and Uncle perfected recipes together and the family benefitted from their passion. Using what was available seasonally in their home town, they created..

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Dinner at the Barn 2016 – A ‘Center for Land-Based Learning’ Event

When a community comes together for a cause, magic happens!

“What an amazing event! Walking through tables full of guests and having people stop to tell me how much they loved the delicious and flavorful food was probably my favorite part of the event. I was floored by the overwhelmingly positive response”

Christine McMorrow, Director of Development at the Center for Land-Based Learning couldn’t be more pleased with the success of their recent event ‘Dinner at the Barn’.  The..

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