Freelance Writer and Mexico Culinary Guide
- Greater New York City Area
- Writing and Editing
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Energetic and passionate writer, cook and researcher, with a keen interest in Mexican cuisine and Mexican culture. Eight years of professional journalism experience means I'm skilled at turning out polished, concise copy on deadline and connecting with people on a wide variety of subjects.
Currently using those strengths to become one of Mexico City's few English-speaking Mexican food authorities. In July 2010, I co-founded a private culinary tourism business called Eat Mexico that offers street food, taco and market tours for tourists in Mexico City and Puebla.
As a culinary guide with extensive knowledge of Mexican food, I've been quoted in articles by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Agence France-Presse and McClatchy Newspapers. In July 2011, Travel+Leisure magazine featured me as a "Top Global Culinary Guide." My personal Mexican food and travel blog, The Mija Chronicles, has also been recognized by Saveur Magazine and NBC Latino.
I'm currently writing a cookbook on Mexico City street and market food to be published in 2015 by Kyle Books.
Specialties: Writing, editing, cooking, Mexican food, Mexican culinary culture
Currently the sole owner and operator of Eat Mexico, a culinary tourism company I co-founded that focuses on private tours of Mexico City's tacos, markets and street food. Eat Mexico, in addition to being highly ranked on TripAdvisor, has been featured in Travel + Leisure magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald and other publications.
My duties include managing a staff of four part-time workers, developing new tours and routes, maintaining a website and social media presence, and ensuring that clients receive excellent customer service.
Writing travel and culture articles primarily with a Mexico or Mexican food focus. Clients have included Zagat (part of the team behind the first Mexico City restaurant guide), The Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine, Culinary Backstreets, Mamiverse.com, Fox News Latino.com and American Way magazine.
My personal blog, The Mija Chronicles, focuses on Mexican food, travel and photography, as well as Mexican recipes and culinary exploration. It was named one of Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blogs in 2012, and it has also been featured on The Los Angeles Times' La Plaza Blog, The Houston Press, Matador Travel and more.
Built up the Dallas nightlife beat to become the most recognized media voice in local nightlife entertainment. Wrote a weekly column, co-founded a nightlife blog, appeared in short nightlife TV segments on the local ABC affiliate, and wrote short stories about food, cocktails, fashion and more.
Freelanced travel articles, profiles and features. Work appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Daily Candy, Coral Gables Living and The San Antonio Express News.
Lead writer for the San Antonio Express-News' new bilingual weekly, aimed at the city's Latino population. Wrote and brainstormed cover stories, and feature news items.
Covered neighborhoods, city government, police and courts in the city's Richardson and Denton County bureaus.
EnglishNative or bilingual proficiency
SpanishFull professional proficiency
- Travel Writing
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- Food Writing
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Graduated from a 14-month program that explored Mexican cuisine and its history, at Mexico City's premier heritage cooking school. Study areas ranged from pre-hispanic cuisine, to the foods of New Spain and modern times.
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