Somehow my time in Oaxaca is almost at a close. Arriving here in mid-January, I did not know what to expect. I found delicious food, a complicated but fascinating history, and a chance to spend time with some of my closest friends who also joined for this winter season. I’ve also made new friendships (two of whom are new neighbors also!) that make returning to Oaxaca even more fun.
As I mentioned in my yearly personal post, I rented an apartment here for the next year. I’ve subletted it for the moment, but I will be returning to Mexico once the summer is over to continue eating. After many years of Asia, it still feels a bit strange to be exploring such a different place. But there are so many similarities, from the altars for the dead, the obsession with food, and the many frangipani trees.
Oaxaca has a LOT more cacti though.
I plan to use this apartment as a base, with a goal to explore more of Mexico next winter. I’ve only been in Oaxaca, and I realize that the food here, with its moles and memelas and tlayudas, is so different from the other provinces of Mexico.
I also plan to restart Jodi Eats food walks here in Oaxaca, because many of you have asked me to do so. If that interests you or you plan to be in Mexico next winter and want to eat: please sign up for updates here.
For now, however, it is time to return to North America.
Posting has been sparse as I continue to work on my presentation at the NAFSA conference in Denver, which is in a few days’ time. But I wanted to share my summer schedule here as there will be meetups aplenty!
Below you’ll find links to the Facebook events page for future meetups. I realize not all of you are on Facebook, so if you want to be apprised of any of these just shoot me a quick email to jodi-at-legalnomads.com.
First things first! Some updates.
Excited to share the newest of the maps in my online food map store: Portugal. It was quite a challenge to get Porto Santo, Madeira, and the Azores in there also, but we managed. Wall poster is here.
I can haz TOTE BAGS in the store. These are now available for all countries, and I chose the expensive bull-woven cotton with reinforced handles as my base bag. I’ve been using mine around Mexico and they are really resilient, and look great. You can pick one up here.
I was thrilled when Buzzfeed’s Annie Daly sent me a note asking if I’d want to be the subject of a Buzzfeed feature about my love of food. YES PLEASE. The piece came out last week and was a lot of fun to put together. It ended up on the home page, just below an article about President Obama, which was a fun screenshot to send to my family.
Article is here. Bonus: they chose the URL slug “in it for the food.”
YOU KNOW IT.
Gluten Free Cards
The gluten free cards project is coming along, and I have hired another celiac to help with research. As always, I am thankful for my amazing readers who are helping with translations and proofing.
I never wrote about having celiac disease when I started blogging, because I didn’t want to make the site about my illness or challenges. But over the years, I’ve received notes from celiacs who are too afraid to travel, and if my sharing my own experiences helps them feel less afraid, then I will do so.
Guardian Pieces – meditation and celiac disease
An editor for the Guardian saw my Vipassana meditation post and kindly reached out asking if I’d be willing to write for her. YES.
Two pieces have come out of that email:
- Vipassana meditation, a shorter piece than the one that appeared here (half the length actually!)
- A piece about surviving travel as a celiac, with tips that I’ve learned.
YAY I WROTE FOR THE GUARDIAN!
Newest newsletter is out here. It includes a reference to a writing course I’ve been asked by you to offer, and I’m happy to oblige! So far over 50 readers signed up to learn more, and I am excited to work together on writing long form narrative for the web.
Summer Meetups and Plans
Update from Labour Day weekend: I had a great summer of meetups with readers in Austin, Seattle and New York, and the Montreal one is scheduled for September 13th. I’ve removed the individual links to the meetups but you can subscribe to the events page on Facebook to get updates on upcoming reader events.
This summer’s get togethers were better than ever, with people exchanging information and getting together when I left town. We also had such a varied and international group in each city, talking politics, immigration, and the influence on food.
As I’ve said before, I host these to meet you but also so you guys can meet each other! I’ve had readers start dating, others make supper clubs (that then send me photos when they get together) and more who ended up traveling together to far-flung places. It makes me happy.
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That’s it for now!