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I’ve found myself across the border town of Mexicali many times in the last 10 years visiting family and friends. There are hundreds of things that I love and celebrate about Mexico especially the food and drink. I relish all the authentic flavors and preparations of some of my favorite dishes when in the Capital of Baja California. Doesn’t matter if it’s winter spring summer or fall, I run around trying to eat all the specialties of Mexicali. Now if you have ever visited in the summer months then you know that it is hot enough to fry an egg on the hood of your car and that the heat is relentless. People stay indoors all day blasting the ac and the second night falls the city comes alive. A summer night in Mexicali wouldn’t be complete without a Chabela. The refreshing drink is the perfect antidote to the scorching heat. It sets the atmosphere and you hope there will be a light breeze accompanying the Chabela adding some relief.  My primo Amp-Dog introduced me to this recipe and it will always remind me of the flavors of an electric evening in Mexico.

Ingredients for Chabela Summer Masterpiece: 

Chalice Glass

5 Ice cubes

1/2 – teaspoon Tajin

1 – oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

worcestershire Sauce (hold for a count of 2)

4 – squirts of tabasco sauce

1/2 – cup of clamato

1 – cup Mexican beer

Add lime juice to the bottom of the Chalice glass and swirl around, then add some Tajin to the side walls of glass.  Add ice, worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, clamato and at last, the most important ingredient……THE MEXICAN BEER!  I used Modelo for this post but it also goes well with dark beer like Negra Modelo, Leon Negra, Bohemia Obscura or Indio.

Que esto y que el otro….SALUD!!!!

All photos by: Nicole Presley
Strawberry Lemonade…. My Sandwich Companion

Strawberry Lemonade…. My Sandwich Companion

My grandfather is a sandwich lover.  He always eats a sandwich on days where the temperature tips the thermometer anywhere over 83 degrees.  I have so many childhood memories of my grandfather’s crumbs left on an empty plate… evidence a  sandwich was there.  By nature I am my grandfather’s granddaughter and enjoy a sandwich every chance I get.

I am also a strawberry lemonade devotee.  I crave the type you can buy at the country fair or at some farmer’s markets.  Lucky for me I have a big lemon tree in my back yard and take full advantage of it on a warm day.  I make a big pitcher of strawberry lemonade and a mouthwatering sandwich to go with it, then for the rest of the afternoon I’ve got it made in the shade!

Ingredients for strawberry lemonade:

1 1/3 – cups sugar

2 – cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

16 – ounces fresh strawberries (stems removed)

10 – cups water

In a sauce pan over medium heat add sugar and 1 cup of water.  Stir till sugar dissolves completely…. making a simple syrup. Remove from heat and set to the side.

Then pour lemon juice in pitcher.  Set to the side.


In a bowl add strawberries and smash with a masher…. or muddle to break up.  Then add to the lemon juice pitcher.



Next pour in simple syrup, and 9 cups of water.

Mix well and you got STRAWBERRY LEMONADE! Chill overnight in the fridge or serve on the rocks!


All photos by: Mando Lopez and Nicole Presley