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…

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…

To Cork or Not to Cork

When unprocessed it serves as a “sweaters” to gorgeous strong trees in several countries, once processed it holds one of the most precious liquids in our existences: wine. Yes this time we will talk about cork, where it comes from, why is it so special and the reason why is it slowly disappearing from our bottles. Cork…

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…

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,…

Champagne Behind the Scenes

What is going on behind the world’s most famous bubbly? Why is Champagne way more expensive than a Prosecco or a Cava? Let’s start by setting clear the difference between these sparkling wines. Many will say it’s the grapes they use in the making.. many others that it is the country they are made in.. both are…

Milky Princesses

Any good sybarite, apart from enjoying the good eating and drinking also knows about health and beauty through natural ingredients. This is nothing new on the contrary the trend of natural skin and hair care comes from ancient practices. Lets take a look at the princesses that cared so much about their looks that would…

Boiling Veggies = Killing veggies

Veggies have feelings if you treat them bad they will taste and look bad too. One of the most common mistakes in the history of cooking is thinking that the only way to eat veggies is by boiling them.. for hours…. It is well known that boiling veggies will get rid of their healthy properties…

Hair n’makeup tragedy

Yes, we do get really excited as we are throwing a dinner party, lunch, brunch or so.. It is not only about the food but about timing, decor, the right music, the perfect set up and.. obviously about our looks. Men do not suffer as much since they can just take a shower right before receiving guests…

The legend of Xmas turkey

Whether it is Italy and it’s panettone or Mexico with its romeritos,  something that prevails in many many countries is the presence of a roast turkey at the Christmas table. Sometimes smoked,  sometimes stuffed or however it may come it seems to be the all time star of the holiday dinners but why? Some say…