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Good Food in Mazatlan

Restaurant options continue to improve for vegetarians in Mazatlan. Paul and I ate yesterday at the brand new vegan restaurant La Ruta, and I know we’ll go back often. It has a bit of a funky modern vibe and the food is very good. Located on Vicente Guerrero 216 a block and a half East of Aquiles Serdan it is on the edge of Centro Historico. We ordered jamaica agua frescas (hibiscus flower flavored water) from the owner, Andrea, that...

The Cool Season in Mazatlan

The weather is perfect here in Mazatlan. Perfect for growing vegetables. Perfect for exercising outdoors. Perfect for dogs to have fun roughhousing. Perfect for pretty much everything. At the top of this post is a collage from the Organic Market. We love heading over there when they open for first pick of all the great treats and produce. Today my lucky finds include sweet cherry tomatoes, kale, green beans, basil and micro-greens. Last week I bought a new tee shirt...

Let’s buy our local Mexican apples

I’ve been reading lately about the sad state of the Mexican apple market thanks to possible dumping by US apple growers. Here are a few articles if you’re interested in learning more: Apple Appeal (The Mex Files, March 7, 2014) Mexico is Waging War Against American Apples (PRI, May 14, 2014) Apple Growers in Mexico Call Foul on Trade With the US (Seattle Times, July 13, 2014) I have been visiting the mercado often checking for anyone selling Mexican apples,...

Black Bean & Chia Veggie Burgers

One of the hard things for a vegetarian living in Mexico can be lack of access to things like veggie burgers. There are two key challenges when making your own veggie burgers – how to make it stick together and how to create a texture that isn’t mushy. I’ve made (and eaten) a lot of veggie burgers over the years and I truly think this is the best one I’ve ever had. I started with this article from The Food...

My (mostly) healthy habits

I am very interested in healthy living, reading everything I can and I enjoy sharing ideas with like-minded people.  I know that my enthusiasm for green tea and other healthy choices I made helped me when my ovarian cancer developed.  It was unbelievable that my (probably due to genetics) tumor was very large, yet it hadn’t spread. One of the things green tea (and other foods, too) can do is stop angiogenesis, or the development of blood supply for growth...

How I eat out as a vegetarian in Mazatlán

I’ve been a vegetarian for ages and almost always manage to eat well when we go out.  Food options are getting better and better here in Mazatlan.  Here’s a bit of a random rundown of where I eat and what I order, starting out here in Centro. My favorite restaurants, hands down, are the Water’s Edge Bistro and Molika.  Both are in Centro and serve delicious food prepared by thoughtful chefs.  At Water’s Edge (they are now open in their...

What I Eat – Smoothies for breakfast

People are curious about eating a vegetarian diet. I get asked frequently “what do you eat?” So I have decided to start a new blog category called What I Eat. Even if you aren’t planning on becoming a vegetarian you might get some good ideas for reducing your use of meat. That would be great. The first entry in my new category is the breakfast smoothie. Paul and I share one nearly every day. I am lucky to have the...

I’m crazy for probiotics

I am really having fun these days adding lots of good nutrition to our diet using fermented beverages. I wrote about making kefir before, but now I have added kombucha and rejuvelac to my rotation. If you want to know more about these beverages, here is a link to a great site with tons of information. I also bought a book that I’d highly recommend titled Cultured Food for Life....

The 5:2 Diet Update

A while back I had promised to update you on how it was going with the 5:2 diet. If you’re not familiar with it, it is a way of eating where for two non-consecutive you almost fast.  (Women eat 500 calories, and Men, 600) That’s about a quarter of our normal caloric intake. Then for the other five days of the week you eat normally. This eating strategy has lots of health benefits, you can read more about it here....

What do you do in a long Mazatlán summer?

  Well, it depends if you’re a dog or a human.  At the top of this post you’ll see Coco looking out at the rain.  The last few days she’s done that a lot, too!  We received nine and a half inches in two days recently, and the proof is in the bucket left outside, below.   But while Coco was looking out at the rain, her humans were collecting wet towels and mopping here and there.  Every big rainstorm...

No More Bugs in the Pasta, Please

There are so many differences between my new life here in Mazatlán and my old life in Washington State.  One of the main differences is the weather, of course.  I will never get tired of living where our windows and doors are open all the time. It’s summertime, though, and all that openness means the kitchen is between 84 and 88 degrees most of the time.  We’re used to it, and as you can see in the picture of our...

Making Kefir

When I finished chemotherapy last April I began taking probiotics tablets to help with restoring my body to balanced good health. Chemotherapy is rough on your digestive system and I felt that a couple of bottles of probiotics tablets probably wouldn’t be enough. Fermented foods are frequently mentioned as a way to bring helpful bacteria to your gut – eating sauerkraut, kimchi or kefir. You can buy a product called Yakult in the dairy case here but it is non-organic...

Clean Cooking to Kick Cancer

I love my Mexican kitchen and the habits I have developed that make eating foods that are good for us easy and available. Maybe you’ll find some tips here that will help you incorporate more good foods into your diet. I hope so! I have a habit of making big pots of brown rice every few weeks and freezing it in serving sized batches per the blog post here on Summer Tomato. I always wanted to make brown rice but...

Tips from My Mexican Kitchen

I have learned a lot over the years in my Mazatlán kitchen. I shared a few tips with you once before – how to slice jalapeños and limes the Sinaloa way – but I recently realized I had a few more tips to share. At the top of the post is a pile of blue corn tortillas.  I love these tortillas, and will pick up a package even if it contains more tortillas than I really want.  Watch the video...

Mazatlan’s New Organic Market

I know I mentioned before that we have a weekly organic market here in town.  Every Saturday until the end of May in the Plazuela Zaragoza from 8 am until noon you will find at the latest count about a dozen vendors selling their most excellent organic and homemade items.  You can read the M! Magazine article about the market/a> or if you’re on Facebook, like their Facebook page. This week I came home with such great stuff!  Organic almond...