Mexican Cookery is Truly World Cuisine

When people migrate (whether voluntarily or not) they bring their traditions and foods with them. After all, when you’re in a new land familiar foods can make you feel more at home.

For centuries, people have come to México – through a sense of adventure, desire to conquer, during wars, and as slaves brought to do the work no one else wanted to.

I’ve always thought the influences of other cultures have elevated our food, making it even more layered and flavorful. Creative..

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Ernesto’s Update on Culinary Institute of America

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams


February, 2020

I thought it was a good time to update you on my goals to make Mayahuel a leading Sacramento restaurant with the ultimate goal of earning a Michelin rating. This is not ‘all about me’ – it’s only together that my team and I can rise to the challenges that bring excellence in all we do.  Mayahuel represents what I feel is the best in..

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Acceptance to Culinary Institute of America

I would like to share some exciting news! I’ve been accepted to study at the Culinary Institute of America. It’s an intense program with a series of strenuous requirements to gain acceptance. During the last several months, I have embraced the challenges set forth by the CIA in their meticulous selection process.

As many of you know, I am passionate about the foods of my culture. I have long admired Chefs such as Enrique Olvera and Anthony Bourdain for their knowledge,..

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Food for Thought – February 2019

For the love of the Tomatillo:

If you’re like most people, you love the taste of Tomatillos. Whether you enjoy them in salsa, or in a sauce over traditional dishes such as enchiladas, these small green fruits have amazing flavor.

The earliest Tomatillos grew wild in México as early as 800 B.C. The Aztecs later grew them, from all accounts choosing the most robust wild varieties as crops. The Aztecs clearly liked to eat, and eat well. Their sophistication with food (and many..

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Food for Thought – January 2019

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My Acceptance to Culinary Institute of America


“Come for a meal – experience a culture”

~ Sr. Ernesto Delgado

Mexico has brought so many foods to the world – Corn, chocolate, vanilla, a variety of beans, squash, peanuts, cashews, tomatoes and many types of chiles are just a few. Each region has creatively produced dishes from those foods that grew plentifully.  (See our article on Read more

Food for Thought ~ December 2018

“Come for a meal – experience a culture”
~ Sr. Ernesto Delgado

Mexican food has such a rich history – many of the dishes we serve have been a part of our culture for centuries.  The food differs widely from region to region, and in some cases even village to village.  At local celebrations, proud villagers each bring their version of a dish to share with others.

This month, we’re going to explore Carnitas. This dish originates from the State of Michoacán, México. Some of the..

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Time for a Plant-Based Menu!

I’ve often been asked lately why I thought it was time to create a plant-based menu. It’s a good question – and with Mexican food, one that comes with a lot of history.

Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards to México, a plant-based diet was typical. For centuries, Mexican families made use of seeds, dried herbs, and plants to create meals. Corn originated in México, as did chocolate and a variety of other foods we now enjoy worldwide. The Aztecs, known for their bravery and..

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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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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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Foods of the Aztec

Written for Señor Ernesto Delgado

What did the Aztecs eat?

We’d all like to think our 21st century diet is superior to anything ancient cultures may have consumed, but, at least in the case of the Aztecs this is likely not true.

According to historians, migrating tribes began to settle in Mexico prior to 1100 CE. Small, ‘city-states’ were formed, each a separate entity ruled by a Tlatoani, who led a council of nobles. As these city-states grew and prospered, those with more..

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