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Mezcal three ways: ten great places to get mezcal in Oaxaca

In the heart of Oaxaca City’s downtown district, artisanal brands, creative bartenders and expert chefs are coming together to share the bounty and beauty of mezcal with the world. With so much diversity in the scene, you have a few options for the best places to drink mezcal in Oaxaca.

Summer Jobs: The Summer I Ran a Baseball Snack Stand

This month we’re looking back on all the strange and wonderful food jobs people have held during the summer. Whether it’s a job at a local scoop shop, a grocery store, or the concession stand at a baseball field, the skills and memories you gather in those short, hot months usually turn out to be … Read More

The Future Feels Just Like the Real Thing, Whether You Like it Or Not

Wehaven’t arrived in the Golden Age of Robotics just yet. They still scare us too much. It’s the rising sense of panic in our chests when we’re confronted by the fascinating and horrifying creations of roboticists like Dave Hanson, a former Disney Imagineer whose “Sophia” played Rock, Paper, Scissors on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Or the double, triple, quadruple … Read More

Yes, the military-industrial complex is a problem — but that’s not all we should talk about when discussing the unjust transgender ban

I am anti-war. I’m not a pacifist, exactly. I believe there is some power in nonviolent resistance, and I believe in both individual and group rights to self-defense against oppressive forces. I support the troops — I believe veterans deserve to be compensated and cared for. But I don’t believe that governments have the moral … Read More

The Tragic History of Oaxaca’s Tequila Sunrise

If you have heard of the city or state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, it is probably thanks to a growing interest in the area’s primary export: mezcal. But on this rich soil, a deep cultural history has grown up right alongside this delicious spirit. Read more at https://vinepair.com/articles/the-ancient-tragic-history-of-the-tequila-sunrise/ At VinePair, drinking is culture. We’re a … Read More

Gorgeous Margaritas for National Margarita Day!

When you think about drinking margaritas, you probably imagine sitting on a warm summer patio, or lounging on a tropical beach, sand between your toes and a frozen drink in hand. So it might come as a bit of a surprise to discover that National Margarita Day is in the middle of February… Read more … Read More

Finding And Losing The Pagan Community Through Activism

Content Notice: rape (attempted) I wasn’t always a witch. Or a feminist. I lived a sheltered life as a child. We weren’t rich by any means. My parents struggled, sacrificed, and worked long hours to give us the things they never had. I took swimming lessons and learned to play violin, was a Girl Guide, and … Read More

Five Nutrients You Need to Know About

We are constantly bombarded with conflicting messages about how to eat right: What foods should we embrace and which should we avoid? The advice can become overwhelming. How are we supposed to sort through it all and understand, once and for all, what we should be eating? The answer is closer at hand than you … Read More

Surprise! Avocados in Winter

What?! Avocados aren’t just a summer fruit? That’s right! There is no bad time of year to eat a creamy avocado. The delicious green fruit from Mexico is always in season, even in the dead of winter. And not only is it delicious to your tastebuds; it’s great for the rest of your body, too!

Hacks to Make Your Holiday Season Stress-Free

The holiday season should be joyful, a time when we make beautiful memories with family and friends. But all too often, the holidays are characterized by panic and stress: Did you remember everyone on your shopping list? Did you buy all the ingredients you’ll need for the big holiday dinner? Sound familiar? If so, take … Read More

A very musical Christmas

Key ingredient: harmony You might groan when you hear your first Christmas carol playing over the mall sound system, but there is a reason these songs provoke such a reaction. Share the spirit of the season with those in need through the gift of a song!

Guide to Surviving the Holiday Onslaught

Real talk: as much as we love the holidays, they can be a stressful time. With a horde of family members to feed, gifts to buy, and your own health to maintain, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Everyone knows the basics of holiday survival: Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, eat your veggies, … Read More

Gather ‘Round: Ideas and Tips for Avotastic Gatherings

Is your kids’ room so overflowing with toys and gadgets that you worry they have more things than they can possibly use . . . and nothing that encourages them to play with other people? As parents, grandparents, and other adults involved in kids’ lives, we may yearn for “the good old days,” when kids … Read More

Get Your Guac on!: Tips for Celebrating Guacamole Any Day of the Year

National Guacamole Day — September 16— has come and gone. Did you miss it? Don’t worry! Any day is a great day to celebrate avocados. Try out one of these ideas for having fun with guac year-round.

Everything You Need to Know about Cooking with Avocado Oil

When you reach for a bottle of oil to mix up a homemade vinaigrette, your first choice is probably olive oil. There’s a reason this oil is a go-to in nearly every kitchen: its flavor can range from mild to strong, making it a home cook’s flexible friend. But olive oil has its limitations. You … Read More

The Oaxacan Corn Drink You Should Know

“Every different kind of maize makes a different atole,” Amado Ramírez Leyva says. The possibilities are endless. Attempts to quantify the different species of maize in Mexico, or even just in the state of Oaxaca, are futile. The nomenclature is further complicated by the plant’s tendency to cross-breed over great distances, the near-infinite genetic possibilities … Read More

Even if She Laughs, Your ‘Ironic’ Sexist Jokes Still Suck

For something to be ironic, it has to be obvious to the listener that you don’t mean what you’re saying — that, in fact, what you believe to be true is the exact opposite of the words coming out of your mouth. Try as you might to prove in every other way that you aren’t, … Read More

Stop Treating Me Like My Body Is A Problem To Be Fixed

I don’t know that I’ve ever really trusted doctors. My mother, a nurse as long as I’ve known her, tried to teach me to advocate for myself. She told me to ask questions, to do my own research, to know what I was getting myself into, and to remember that those men — because they … Read More

I’m a Fat Woman – here’s what you should know about dating me

Dating as a polyamorous woman brings with it a lifetime’s worth of misconceptions and jealousies. Add a few extra layers of fat to that experience, and things can get depressing real fast. As a non-single, fat, polyamorous woman, I can’t tell you how often I’ve been questioned about my confidence, self-worth, who I am, and … Read More

This Commonplace Practice Could Kill Mezcal’s International Appeal

Despite its place as the hippest new spirit on the block, mezcal is suffering. In the spirit’s heartland of Mexico, makers of the distinctively spiced distilled beverage are struggling to find a balance between traditional production methods and a growing global demand.

Don’t Drop Avocados to Drop Pounds

You’re strolling down the aisles of your grocery store in search of foods to enjoy while following a  calorie controlled diet as a replacement for other fats. That’s when you see it: a pyramid of perfectly-stacked Avocados From Mexico. It’s tempting to pick one up and put it in your cart, or better yet, snag … Read More

Oaxaca Food Tour: Desserts Take Center Stage at Mexican Festivals

You can find regional sweets of the baked and fried varieties all around Oaxaca City just about any day of the year, but it’s during festival weeks that these treats take center stage. Popping up street-side and outside churchyards, you’ll find the street-food stands of your dreams, all selling a variety of goods with creamy … Read More

Why Is Mexico’s Ice Cream Culture Blowing Up?

Ice cream has a long history, one going back four thousand years and traversing the globe. And while enthusiasts planning to hit up some of the world’s best or most famous ice cream parlors might head to Italy, they should reconsider their plans and head south of the border instead. Why? Because Oaxaca, Mexico’s ice … Read More

Mezcal 101: The Modernization of Mexico’s Smoky Sip

“Mezcal has been produced here in Oaxaca for at least four hundred years,” Silvia Philion tells me from behind the bar at Mezcaloteca, one of the city’s most prominent mezcalerias.

The Privilege Of Existential Guilt

“I’m tired of being the better person,” I whined into the phone to my mother.

2015 was a monumental year for fight against Alzheimer’s disease

In Canada today, nearly three quarters of a million people experience dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the prevailing cause.

Mexican Food Traditions: Eating Tlayudas in Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a foodie tourist destination known for its reputation as “the land of the seven moles.” The valley in southern Mexico draws praise for its fine spiced chocolate, and curiosity for the freakychapulines grasshoppers, but it is the tlayuda (pronounced tla-YOU-dah) that stands out as the iconic Oaxacan street food. Read more at: http://thelatinkitchen.com/travel/a/mexican-food-traditions-eating-tlayudas-oaxaca The … Read More

Weedless Wednesday: cannabis isn’t the problem, but maybe tobacco is

You might be surprised to hear that Weedless Wednesday is not an anti-legalization campaign or a cannabis addiction awareness initiative, but a day for people to butt out their cigarettes. (“The tobacco plant is in fact a weed,” organizers say on the Facebook event page.)

The Serpent’s Journey videos

A guided meditation series through the seven chakras to harness your power for transformation.

How I Fell for the Sea

My first memory of the ocean, so much bigger than the Great Lakes from my home in Ontario, was flying over the Atlantic to visit my family in Holland.

Warm winter weather leads Canadian ice carvers to adopt creative solutions

If there is one thing that Canadians should be able to count on, it’s a winter sufficiently cold enough to enjoy our favourite winter activities.

The Power of Online Feminist Spaces

The best feminist Facebook groups are secret. And the most notorious are the most difficult to maintain. But there is an incredible value in the emotional labour of moderating online feminist spaces, so long as there are enough of us to keep up the work.

The Headgasm that Puts You to Sleep

“This dragon was a gift,” the woman whispers, staring intently into the camera, rubbing the crinkly belly of a purple stuffed dragon toy, first into one side of the 3D microphone, then the other.

Sorry, picky eaters: Taste is a figment of our imaginations, study suggests

It can be tough for us picky eaters, especially around the holidays when so much cooking gets done by someone else, in a foreign kitchen, with who-knows-what ingredients. People with very particular tastes take a lot of ribbing from family and friends who might think we’re being difficult for fun, or attention.

The ten guests you’ll meet at holiday parties, and how to deal with them

The winter holiday season is a time most of us look forward to, not just for the endless feasts and piles of sweet treats, but for the time we get to spend with our closest friends and family.

Zen & the Dark Side: meditating in darkness

Once, as a child, I remember waking up in a power outage. My room, bereft of the street light filtering in through the tiny basement window, was the darkest I had ever seen.

Website explains best way to sleep in airports – and which airports are ideal for it

Winter is coming… and with it, vacation season. You have your time booked off from work to escape the frigid cold.

These gender-nonconforming models are creating a stir on Instagram

There is a long history of gender-nonconformity within the fashion industry, dating back to the roots of the runway and far beyond. How much attention models receive when they don’t fit neatly into that binary, however, has often changed with the trends.

Can Orgasm Help Me Sleep?

Have you ever noticed that some of your best #sleep comes on the heels of an amazing #orgasm? The cliché of men who pass out after the act is a common stereotype for a reason. Orgasm really works to spur the body into sleep mode.

13 alternatives to traditional engagement rings

Rings are perhaps the most prominent and common tradition in Canadian weddings, but many happy couples find that the typical engagement and wedding rings don’t suit their needs.

Night Owl Meets Early Bird: How To Love When You Sleep Out Of Sync

Couples who work regular nine-to-five jobs have it hard enough trying to find time for each other. But for people working shifts, finding time for both rest and relationship can seem near impossible.

NaNoWriMo: How to write a novel in November and still get things done

For the past sixteen years professional writers, word-weaving dilettantes and eager new novelists have gathered on social media and in local libraries to crank out their own 50,000 word novels during the month of November.

A ‘Day of the Dead’ Guide for Canadians

While Canadian Halloween traditions certainly don’t lack for macabre, we tend to focus on some combination of the sexy and the scary, living out our personal fantasies. Maybe it’s this reason that so many of us are drawn to traditions like Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead).

10 Tips to Avoid Halloween Costume Horror

Halloween can be a treacherous time fraught with the fear of costume failure. For women in particular the choices tend toward grim with a side of eye-roll. 

Social media still a scary place for real witches in the closet

This holiday season is supposed to be one where witches get to come out to play. But around the world, many real witches are still hiding in the broom closet. In Canada, the number of people who openly identify with a pagan faith has been steadily on the rise.

Halal slaughter in Quebec complicated by animal rights bill

Farmers and animal rights activists don’t often agree, but Bill 54, ‘An Act to improve the legal situation of animals in Quebec,’ might be changing that. The proposed legislation is now one step closer to becoming the province’s first successful attempt at legislating animal rights.

The 10 Best Yoga Poses For A Painless Period

Not every woman feels the need to modify her practice during THAT time of the month, but many who do are on the hunt for a miracle cure for their period pain.

Chandra Namaskar: step by step guide to the moon salutation

Surya namaskar, the Sun Salutation, is one of my all-time favorite flows. It’s enlivening and rejuvenating.

The Perfect Yoga for Imperfect Bodies

4 tips that will help you embrace your yoga body and appreciate its capacity for movement and meditation.

Nonviolence and Yoga as Social Justice

If you are trying to practice more yoga off the mat, non-violence is the place to start.

10 Ways to Take Your Yoga Off the Mat

When most of us think about yoga we typically picture flexible bodies performing a series of poses, striving to reach new physical achievements. But how often do we consider how yoga can offer us a more flexible mind, or reaching new heights of spiritual experience?

Hairdressers trained to help victims of abuse as part of ‘Cut It Out’ campaign

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the news recently have been some exceptional stories about people who are going out of their way to make a difference in the lives of abuse survivors. But the most powerful thing that anyone can do is offer victims hope to find their way out.

Books still being contested in libraries, but not for the reasons you think

While book banning is no longer a common practice, and the flaming books piles are things of the past, libraries across North America are still getting requests to have material pulled from their shelves. And some of them are pretty surprising requests, too.

Technology is changing the face of the sex toy market

Back in 2012, a tongue-in-cheek story about poor, bored Canadians broke when it was discovered that in the wake of the hockey lockout, sex toy sales seemed to skyrocket.

Why you should think twice about getting test for the ‘breast cancer gene’

Celebrities like Angelina Jolie have been bringing attention to the importance of genetic testing in determining breast cancer risks for years now, particularly since she announced her positive result and double mastectomy in 2013.

First Nations traditions meet fine dining

This story is part of a week-long series exploring how we as Canadians define “Canadian food,” and how it has evolved in modern Canada.

Brujas, I Won’t Tell You How to Make Your Magic

The rules and regulations of Wicca have always felt foreign to me, even as an eager sixteen-year-old babywitch devouring every new age book I could get my hands on and trying desperately to find a path I could call my own.

Glambot: Service offers used makeup at discount, but is it a bargain?

“Don’t share” is one of the most oft-given pieces of beauty advice when it comes to makeup and makeup tools. But a new beauty website aimed at budget buyers is turning that idea on its head.

Using a condom during sex doesn’t actually reduce male pleasure, study finds

Have you ever been put in the uncomfortable position of having a lover argue about the condom? Now you have even more research on your side to shut those excuses down. Guys, take note. Science is onto you.

Justin Bieber’s latest single sends confusing message about women and consent

After an emotional show at the VMA’s performing his new hit single “What Do You Mean?” Justin Bieber is facing both praise and criticism over the controversial first track to be released from his upcoming album.

Breast is best for baby, but does it matter whose breast?

It seems that everyone has an opinion about how to parent other people’s kids, especially when it comes to the milk debates. Human or formula? Suckled or pumped? Until six months or three years? Mom’s breast or her best friend’s?

Yes, Rape Culture Exists, Even In Yoga Class

It’s 100 degrees and the sweat is pouring. Outside the hall, the sun is beating down on the high, thatched-palm roof. Though we are perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the sea breeze doesn’t penetrate the screens keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

Amnesty International votes ‘Yes’ to support sex work decriminalization

Amnesty International has reached a verdict today on the controversial draft supporting the global decriminalization of sex work. The five-day council meeting held in Dublin, Ireland comes to a close today, but with a “Yes” vote on this important draft, it seems the work is just getting started.

How to be the perfect bridesmaid — including when to say no

If you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid in one of the estimated 40,000 Canadian weddings this August—the most popular month with a quarter of the yearly nuptials—you know already how stressful it can be navigating the marathon of events with grace and kindness. And with your savings intact.

Transgender awareness growing in society, but science has yet to make more strides

It has been a tremendous month for transgender people across North America. On June 4th, just days after became the first transwoman to ever grace the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, here in Canada the revolutionary Bill 77 received unanimous support from every party in the legislative assembly.

Gay men make less than straight men, but lesbians out-earn straight women, study finds

Canada’s wage gap has been well established. Researchers have uncovered wage disparities based on gender, race, immigration status and visible minority identities. But until now, little attention has been given to the relationship between wages and sexual orientation.

Taking on the ‘Pink Tax’: How much does it really cost to be a woman?

If you were to visit the pharmacy and purchase what appeared to be two identical products of the same volume, for the same purpose and with the same active ingredients, would you expect the pink one to cost more?

4 Ways to Survive the Post-Retreat Blues

I’m sitting at a bus stop on the side of a busy city street, having stumbled from the mall into the sunlight, head in my hands. I’m hungry, stressed out, stiff and sore, but mostly I’m overwhelmed. I just want to crawl back to my couch and hide behind my computer.

How the ‘Silent Treatment’ Can Help Couples Grow Closer

I knew going into a ten-day silent retreat with my husband in tow that any expectations I had would just get in the way of the experience. And yet, I found myself convinced that it would mark some profound , world-shifting change between us.

Saluting the Sun, Honoring the Moon

“The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.” – Vanna Bonta If there is one thing about travel that really puts the ache in my bones, it’s being out of sync with the clock.

There’s Water in My Nose, and I Put it There

Sometimes when I talk about my yoga experiences with friends on Facebook, I forget how strange it must all seem to them.

Do Omnivores Eat Meat at Yoga School?

I like meat. I like meat a lot. In my experience over the past few years I know that eating a moderate protein and high-fat diet from healthy and well-raised animal products is when I feel my best.

Tantra Isn’t About Sex (except when it is)

I’ll admit it: I was first drawn to tantra because of the sexy. In fact, it took me several years to really put together the connection between what I knew as “yoga” and what I learned about as “tantra” in a new age world.

Let the Spirit Move You: 3 tantric yoga meditations

– This article is not about sex. Okay, maybe just a little. – Hot bodies, throaty breath, long pauses, deep flexing. Sounds sexy, right? Most people hear “tantra” and think “kinky,” but that’s not where I’m headed with this. Really.

Ecstatic Science and the Erotic Brain

You can blame it on hook up culture. You can call out a sex-ed epidemic, or invoke the wild mystery that is the female body, but when the pants and the inhibitions drop, all that really matters is that women are not having the orgasms they deserve.

This is How to Change the Game

The stories we tell ourselves about our shared human condition shape society in weird, and often unglamorous ways. According to modern hook-up culture mythology, unhappy young women and all-too-eager young men are at odds with each other in nearly every way.

“Shining in the Dark” in Serving Him: Sexy Stories of Submission

Serving Him pays homage to those irresistible men who control their partners with a glance, a pair of handcuffs, or a firm smack on the bottom.

“The Window” in Tops and Bottoms – stories of discipline delights

Every master needs a willing servant, and the tops and bottoms in these twenty tales from the most skilled authors of BDSM fiction are perfectly matched.