Wednesday, April 28, 2010


The other day we decided to go to San Juan market (Mercado de la Revolución) and while we were waiting for someone to meet us, I saw a strange looking fruit laying on the ground by a bunch of crates. It looked like "baby" bananas but it was a totally different color. The skin was white wtih pinkish-red coloring at each end. It grew in a bunch just like bananas and when I asked the green grocer at the fruit stand what it was he told me it was called "timbiriche". A strange name, I thought, given the fact that there is a Mexican 80´s pop group with the same name. I didn't have my cellphone on me, so I didn't take a picture of the strange looking fruit but I did get one from the green grocer who told me to be carefull because the fruit would burn my tounge. I have to say this made me hesitant to try this exotic find but a woman who saw me struggling to get the very hard peel off of the "timbirche" told me, "Dig in your nail, pull down on the peel as you would a banana". I asked her if it would taste horrible and she said "No, not at all, just a little acidy, it is great with salt". So I went for it. It was sweet, sticky and quickly popped on my tounge with an acid sting. It was quite enjoyable, almost like eating pop rocks when I was kid! After doing some research on the fruit once I got home, I realized that it isn't "timbiriche" like the music group, but "tinbiriche" or bromelia karatas.

I still can't believe that I have lived in Michoacán for almost 5 years and never seen or tasted this fruit before. This just goes to show, that life in MY Mexico is full of new and exciting things!
Here is a website I found while looking for information on El Tinbiriche
For more detailed information on this fruit, here is a website that is an ethnobotanical reference site

Monday, April 19, 2010

Getting Married in Mexico

Planning a wedding is stressfull and nerve racking. Planning a wedding Mexico is no exception. Last fall I had the results of months of planning, calling, emailing, facebooking and instant messaging fold out before me as the offical wedding planner for my younger brother´s wedding. He got married here in Morelia, a colonial city which is the state capital of Michoacán a state full of rich cultural heritage. *For more information on Morelia and Michoacan, see the bottom of this page.

The religious ceremony was held in the same church our parents got married in 1977. San José is a typical example of colonial architecture with a round plaza in the front of the church, providing a most dramatic stage for a bride to walk into her wedding.

The priest that officiated the mass was chosen because he had spent several years pastoring a church in Chicago. It was important for my brother and his wife to have a mass in English since no one in the bride's family spoke Spanish fluently. Finding a priest who speaks English is not always an easy task but not impossible.

For the wedding reception, we hired caterer extraordinare Roberto Omaña. He is one of the finest organizers with flair for the mexicana meets international in his food presentations. The party setting was held at Jardin Ego, which is strategically placed a top one of Morelia's hills, overlooking the city. Music was provided by RONA, a sounds and lights company. My brother and sister-in-law couldn't have been more pleased with the results. It was a lot of hard work, but well worth it!