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Heart of Agave
on thefern.org How a renegade optometrist in Mexico's Jalisco is defying Big Ag and saving Mexican farms — with the finest (organic) tequila you’...
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Current Agave Crisis
The tequila industry is booming, but agave’s fluctuating prices make for an unstable business for those who farm it. Here, four agaveros (agave har...
Chilaquiles sandwiches would be the only reason we’d get up in the morning, too
Guadalajara’s lonches — sandwiches, on soft baguettes, filled with things like pierna (pulled pork leg) and chilaquiles (soggy tortilla chips cov...
Standardization and Canonization in Mexican Mariachi Music
on academia.edu Born in Jalisco, the mariachi ensemble has for seventy years been a central symbol of the Mexican nation. This scholarly article trac...
The Story of Vanilla
on fantes.net An excellent resource for learning about Mexico's vanilla, the original source of the world's supply. (Note: This links directly to a P...
Cruel ships of prosperity
on aeon.co For more than two centuries the huge profits and profound suffering of the Manila Galleons — Spanish colonial trading ships linking the ...