Coffee Rituals

The ritual of making coffee is both meditative and exciting. It is processional, each step with a specific reason, no extras, and no shortcuts, from grinding the beans to the hypnotic circling of the water into the dripper, the smell, the bloom, and the anticipation of brewed elixir. I would conduct similar steps when I would hand brew my espresso out of the NanoPress, laborious … Continue reading Coffee Rituals

5 Card Games I Learned in Quarantine

Island Quarantine From March 16th to July 16th, I had been in lockdown on a small Caribbean island, Roatán, in Honduras. I originally went to work remotely, complete my divemaster program, and learn to lead a slower lifestyle on an island. After a few months, I intended to leave the island; however, all of that changed with COVID19. Although I attempted to go when things … Continue reading 5 Card Games I Learned in Quarantine

Woven with love from Oaxaca

The first time I encountered the woven bags from Hecho & Co., I was struck by the beauty of the weaving, the crispness of the texture, the fine-detailing of the designs, and the stunning aesthetic. These bags are made in a small town in the state of Oaxaca, by a family of master weavers. The origin story of Hecho & Co. is incredibly serendipitous in … Continue reading Woven with love from Oaxaca

Mexico City – Beautiful Chaos

Mexico City is bursting at the seams. There is an energy in the city, a groundswell of change happening, re-shaping the city through restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and art. These shifts are placing Mexico in the spotlight on the world stage, showcasing a heightened degree of pride and ownership in its culture as it is reimagined in a contemporary setting. The coffee culture has exploded looking … Continue reading Mexico City – Beautiful Chaos

Mexico City – Museums

You could spend your entire time in Mexico City just focused on museums, galleries, and cultural institutions. There is an incredible offering for a variety of tastes. I’ll be highlighting the ones that I went to as well as the ones I wanted to go to but didn’t have the time. It’s worth noting that the museums in Polanco are surrounded by Chapultepec Park, which … Continue reading Mexico City – Museums

Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico, Mexico City

The Centro Histórico in Mexico City is a lively and dense neighbourhood, bustling with street vendors selling all manner of things. It has a mix of museums, parks, cultural centers, restaurants, and major shopping districts. It is also the site of the Zocalo, the major plaza in front of the government building. There is a historical charm to this neighbourhood that drew me in; I … Continue reading Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico, Mexico City

Neighbourhood: Coyocán, Mexico City

Coyoacán takes you back to another time when the skyline was low, the houses big, and the streets intimate and lively. It has a colonial aesthetic that is charming and inviting. The roads are small and packed with shops, restaurants, and bars. The parks are grand and welcoming, sharing the space with vendors, families, friends, strangers, and lovers. It is well-known because of Frida Kahlo’s … Continue reading Neighbourhood: Coyocán, Mexico City

Mexico City: Casa Luis Barragán

Casa Luis Barragán is a living museum. It holds the architect’s personal artifacts intact throughout the entire house, creating a sense of inhabitation long after his passing. The main reason for this is Barragán’s housekeeper still lives in the caretaker suite, cooking in the kitchen and maintaining the home, which creates a unique and visceral experience, unlike other museum settings. The house is situated in a … Continue reading Mexico City: Casa Luis Barragán

Mexico City – Casa Luis Barragán

Casa Luis Barragán is a living museum. It holds the architect’s artifacts intact throughout the house, creating a sense of inhabitation long after his passing. The main reason for this is Barragán’s housekeeper still lives in the caretaker suite, cooking in the kitchen and maintaining the home, which creates a unique and visceral experience, unlike other museum settings.   The house is situated in a residential area, … Continue reading Mexico City – Casa Luis Barragán