Hello familia. Happy (late) Mexican Independence Day! I sincerely hope you are holding up well in these continuously weird times. It definitely feels like we’re in this one-thing-after-the-other cycle that kinda never ends. The atmosphere everywhere (social media, out in the streets, in our schools) just seems fear-driven a lot of the time. Right now I’m debating if it was actually a good idea to start out this letter with so much truth instead of playing it safe by just talking about how mind-blowingly delicious and easy these mushroom tacos are.

If you’re following me in Instagram you probably know by now I’m in a “phase”. The one where you reach an age where you’re almost unable to pretend like things are all beautiful tables, piñatas and chiles rellenos. Sometimes I get anxious when I grab my phone in the morning because I don’t know what’s going to blow up next. I haven’t even been able to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix because, quite frankly, I don’t need to have anxiety about the apparatus that causes my anxiety. My point is, the intention is not to deny any of these feelings. In fact, I am constantly (also) posting about how the only way to move forward in life is to go back and feel whatever you didn’t allow yourself to feel in the past because that’s the only way to release it and actually live in the present. But that’s for another newsletter and probably for another blog. What I also realized is that there’s this kind of simple way to release some of that tension and redirect that (nervous) energy; just… help someone. That is correct. Any act of kindness, no matter how small, is guaranteed to feed your soul some happy. An in those acts of kindness maybe we can enact change or at least inspire the person on the receiving end of that kindness to pay it forward, creating a chain. And guess what!!!??? I came back to write a newsletter specifically to provide you with an opportunity to participate in an act of kindness.

Did you know that, in California, one out of every two students are of Latino origin? I actually didn’t know the number was this high. I sat down with the Mexican Consul General in San Diego, Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, to discuss the newly launched the Colibrí MX Scholarship, aimed to promote access to higher education for immigrant students of Latino descent. Anything that involves the kids in our community AND education gets me really excited so I asked how I could help.

On Tuesday, September 22nd at 1pm PST, I will be joining Tijuana Chef Ruffo Ibarra LIVE in Instagram from my home in San Diego and we will be cooking my Mushroom Macha Air-Fried Tacos. It will be an opportunity to make a donation while live and I’ll be answering questions about the scholarship and, you know me, about anything else really!

Please join us. Take a few minutes to think about nothing but tacos and how we can all get the kids in our community on a path to success. See you on Tuesday!

If you want to cook with us LIVE you will need;

  • 2 cups sliced wild mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pasilla chile, stemmed, seeded, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • Tortillas, purchased or home made

  • Purchased Salsa Macha (an oil based, dried chile and nuts/seeds salsa that will be discussed in the live)

  • Limes and chopped cilantro for garnish