Bringing Oaxaca Home

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The once unknown state of Oaxaca, Mexico's fifth largest, is now on the knowing traveler's hit list. Its capital is one of Mexico's most enjoyable colonial cities. By day, people relax at plaza-front sidewalk cafes beneath shady arches and take in the slow-motion scene, reflecting the best of old Mexico. By night, the same plaza becomes alive with entertainment, crafts, folkloric dances and food stalls. The city boasts a burgeoning restaurant scene, traditional markets and art galleries. The coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Rick takes the spirit of Oaxaca home and with a group of friends he creates a dinner sure to transport. We'll start with a mescal pineapple cocktail with his version of the crunchy chile-and-garlic-infused peanuts sold throughout Oaxaca's markets. The first course highlights indulgent shrimp and crab. Rick's main-course stars one of the famous seven Oaxacan moles - Manchamanteles - a simple red mole with fresh pineapple, pork and chicken. For dessert, a super simple avocado ice pays homage to Rick's favorite market stop.

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