Saludos, so happy you're here!
I'm a physical anthropology nerd, frequent traveler, good food-seeker, and typically lost 20-something. For the purposes of the blogosphere, my name is Miel.
There are few simple pleasures more satisfying than sitting on the porch, pocketknife in hand, carefully peeling a mango. There's a technique: halve it longways around the pit, then cut a grid into one half without slicing the skin. Turn the skin inside out, so the cubes of fruit are positioned to snack on. Then sprinkle a dash of salt over the mango half, wait until the crystals dissolve and enjoy.
I've had the very good fortune to experience this satisfaction during hot sunsets on porches in quite a few different countries-- Panama, Mexico and Nicaragua among them. I savored the Chilean version sipping mango sours at the port-side bars of Valparaiso. In my hometown of Albuquerque there's a paleteria in the South Valley that serves mango popsicles in cups of chili powder and salt.
I take a bit of these places with me always-- their languages and stories; the characters I've met; foreign and familiar smells, spices and flavors. The South also has a strong influence, living in Louisiana as I did and with family born and raised below the Mason-Dixon line. My friends are Indian-food fans, come from Swiss, Peruvian, Jewish, Polish, German and Colombian families and live scattered across all regions of the U.S., providing me with an endless array of recipe (and lifestyle) inspiration.
I believe in simplicity; nutritious food tasting good; and combining new flavors, colors and textures. This blog encompasses the experience of designing one's own life--from the plate to the table and beyond--and sharing it with friends and family. The recipes found here might be family heirlooms, new experiments, Paleo, comfort food, or all of the above. For the most part they are all on a budget and gluten-free.
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