Food and Beverage Trends 2018

Whoa! As a new year starts, sybarites all over the world are on fire with new ideas, colors, textures and inventions to keep up with the strict market that has a restless palate. Every year great researchers such as Mintel and Baum+Whiteman go over thousands of surveys, field observation and investigation in order to come…

Wine Etiquette: Decanting a wine

The whole idea behind decanting  wine is to get rid of the sediments that may have appeared through time and to aerate or oxygen the wine faster in order to allow the aroma molecules to explode.

Oaxaca, a culinary paradise.

  The more I travel, the more I fall in love with my country.. not only our art, clothing, dance and music are exquisite but also and (for me) most important is the fact that we have as many cuisines as cultures. This time I had the chance to travel to Oaxaca, a state in the southeast of Mexico…

Exciting News for Sybarites!!

Dear Sybarites, It is my pleasure to share with you the new private cooking lessons for sybarites! If you want to check out the categories you may choose from visit Cooking Just For Sybarites!  The site is still under construction but you can get an idea! Starting June 2015, Mexico City and August 2015 available online! Happy…

From wasted talent to Michelin star!

You would be surprised to know how much talent it is wasted around the wold. In several countries under different circumstances I have come across people that have a profession and a hobby. The profession they complete daily with an average performace  but their hobby… dear Lord they perfom with inadmissible perfection. Indeed, many people…

Chia: Queen Seed

What if you could find Omega 3, phosphorus, manganese, protein, fibre, calcium and the energy of an espresso in a healthy, non processed, gluten free, caffeine free product? The Aztecs got it right once again with Chia seeds, one of the most powerful superfoods there are. This millenary tiny seed (1mm long) is the dream…

Chaya chips!

I have received many emails asking for recipes on healthy snacks. We have all heard the hustle behind kale chips, as delicious and natural as it is I thought I could improve them and used chaya instead. Chaya is a plant local to tropical weathers. It is a pointy leaf that grows as a bush of…

Music and Food: Eternal Marriage

Have you ever listened to a song that makes you feel happier, sad, melancholic or transports you to faraway lands making you feel different? Has it ever occurred to you that music not only affects you but also what you eat? Yes I am talking about herbs, veggies, cows, even fish! Let’s take a look…

Xocolatl: Ancient Chocolate

For years throughout time, we have had a friend that has accompanied us in the good and the bad, through depressions and celebrations.. we have received it as presents and admired it in shop-windows.. such loyal friend is older than we can imagine and trust me it’s here to stay. Yes we are talking about…

Michelin Stars: Behind the Legend

Have you ever wondered where does this Michelin Star fuss come from? Why is it called like the tire brand? Why there where only stars in Europe and suddenly in the US and abroad? Who gives the stars? Why is it so important? Let’s endure a trip into the faraway lands of France in the…

Rice nightmare

-So Italia we have a question for you, as a chef is there something you don’t like cooking? – The interviewer asked and after a long uncomfortable pause in which I thought “well whatever my answer I will be accepting a weakness.. oh what the heck” -Rice, I hate cooking rice! Rice is my nemesis,…

Apps for Foodies/Winelovers/Beerlovers/Sybarites!!

Phones and tablets are a body part and they travel with us everywhere literally, hence there are many great apps that have been developed to make our lives easier and also to educate us on several matters such as wine, artisanal beers and the making of several great dishes. Here some of my favorites to…