My husband, Mr. Spicy, and I just returned from 5 BLISSFUL {aka, without kids!} days in Oaxaca, Mexico, where we celebrated our friend’s Mexican wedding with lots of mole and mezcal.

Marevelous Magical Oaxaca Mexico #travel #Mexico #oaxaca Why You Should Add Oaxaca, Mexico, to Your Travel Bucketlist…

If you’re unmarried and thinking about a Mexican wedding one day, I can highly recommend Oaxaca.

Even if you’re already married or never plan on getting married, I highly recommend a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

It is a beautiful place, with lovely people and, oh, yes, the most delicious mole and mezcal.

But back to wedding talk.

Not that I would change anything about my own wedding, mind you…

Mr. Spicy and I were married in a beautiful church not far from the Pacific Ocean on a romantically foggy day in October.

The fog was quite fitting, actually…

We celebrated my hubby’s Scottish heritage with Stewart tartan vests and bagpipers that surprised everyone as they burst into song at the end of the ceremony.

After that, we had a fabulous party across the street with all of our family and friends.

As I said…

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Oh, except for maybe the two missing groomsmen would have been there for the ceremony.

But that’s a whole other story…

This wedding went completely as planned.

The ceremony {in English and Spanish} took place in the garden of a 16th-century convent that had been converted into the Camino Real Oaxaca hotel.

After the ceremony was over, we adjourned for mezcal margaritas in the poolside garden.

Finally, we took our seats for dinner in the former choir hall.

I wish I had pictures to show you, as it was simply stunning…

Try and imagine 50 + foot vaulted ceilings, stone walls, gossamer white silk, candles EVERYWHERE, and the scent of Casablanca lilies perfuming the air.

Then the food was served…

Oaxaca, Mexico, is a Foodie’s Travel Paradise!

First, two salads to share: Β One a watermelon salad, and the other, a fresh tomato and quesillo {a local Oaxacan cheese} salad.

Next, a cream of pepper soup with chunks of plantains inside.


REALLY divine!

Then, then main course of beef with an almond mole sauce.

{FYI: Oaxaca is known as “The Land of Seven Moles”.Β  While we were there, I got to taste 3 out of the seven- red, almond, and negro.Β  All were delicious, but I think the negro was my favorite. If you’ve never had a mole, you really must try some.Β  It is a sauce that always has some varieties of chilis, then depending upon the type of mole, it may include spices, dried fruits, nuts, and often chocolate.Β Β 

Finally, after the mole main course, 3 desserts were served, all of which looked delicious.Β  Alas, I could only try one mango crema, which was gluten-free.

This was probably a good thing after all that other food…

Plus, there was more Mezcal to enjoy too πŸ™‚

“Chocolate” flavored mezcal.

A little FYI about mezcal: It is a liquor similar to tequila, but unlike true tequila, which can only be made from the blue agave plant and only in the region of Tequila, mezcal can be made from many different varieties of agave, and in many Mexican states.

Additionally, mezcal is prepared differently than tequila.Β  The agave is roasted in earthen pits fueled by wood, which imparts a smokey taste and aroma to the mezcal, and in my opinion, is quite delicious. You can read more about mezcal here.}

Then there was the dancing.

Until 3 am.

After which, we gorged ourselves on the most amazing chilaquiles ever.

A little exercise was DEFINITELY in order after all the mole, mezcal, and chilaquiles πŸ™‚

As you can imagine, it was a fabulous wedding and trip.

Before I sign off, I’ll share a few more photos of Oaxaca with you in case I’ve enticed you to go there for a visit.

The ruins at Monte Alban. These steps are REALLY steep!
Coloful stucco and wrought iron, typical of Oaxacan buildings.
Pottery on display at the Regional Museum in Oaxaca. You probably wouldn’t want to mess with these guys!

More Travel Inspiration…

Have you ever eaten mole before? Mezcal? have you been to Oaxaca? What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve been to, either yours or someone else’s???

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  2. EA-The Spicy RD says:

    Thanks for sharing your wedding memories Terra. It sounds fabulous!

  3. Years ago when I was at Cooking Light, I recall having the pleasure of being a part of a cooking seminar that Rick Bayless did for the editorial staff… I believe that was one of my more “proud” mole moments πŸ˜‰

    Sounds like a great weekend!! I’m jealous πŸ˜‰ [but then I usually am of any weekend that involves a kid-free fun zone!]

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Regan-Hopefully you’ll get a Kid-free weekend sometime soon πŸ™‚ I’m sure Rick Bayless makes a fantastic mole-sounds fun!

  4. Kristen (swanky dietitian) says:

    What an amazing trip! I have never had mezcal before. Sounds delish..especially chocolate. Yum!

    1. EA- The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Kristen-The mescal was delicious. IMO smoother than tequila, and with a nice smoky flavor. The chocolate version tastes a bit like Baileys…very yum!

  5. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    What lovely photos! I’ve never had mole but would definitely be open to trying πŸ™‚

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks for your comment Xiaolu! Always fun to try new things!

  6. wow amazing place and yours sounded perfect too so happy for you for going

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Rebecca! Weddings always make me happy πŸ™‚

  7. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos says:

    how do u find healthy food to eat when you travel? that’s always been so difficult for me! and b/c of my food intolerances/allergies, i always end up getting sick! πŸ™ i want to go to mexico this summer for a week with my family (like a resort), but my big fear is not being able to find fresh food…~~~

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Junia! Great point about finding healthy, “safe” food to eat when traveling. I was fortunate on this trip to be surrounded by friends who speak Spanish and could help translate for me in the restaurants, so I knew what had gluten and what did not. One thing you could do is call ahead to the resort and see how they will accommodate food allergies and intolerances. Many hotels and resorts have programs in place and can be very accommodating. Here’s another idea-I just found this “allergy translator” app on i tunes that looks very cool. You can plug in phrases to ask the waiter, and enter the foods you cant tolerate and it will translate the info in 33 different languages. I just got it so haven’t used it yet, but it looks very helpful.

  8. Lauren Slayton says:

    What fun, love your photos. I’m not such a mole lover but maybe I haven’t had the right mole. Our kids are away for 7 weeks, contemplating mexico…Thanks for not blogging about MyPlate (ha ha, bored already from posts about that)

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Lauren! 7 weeks???? I highly recommend a trip to Mexico. Enjoy!

  9. Awww.. what a great story. Isn’t it wonderful how we think of celebrations like weddings and consider the food and drink as important as the ceremony itself.

    I loved the story about your wedding.

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Maureen! Glad you enjoyed my wedding story πŸ™‚

  10. Sounds FABULOUS EA! And you can’t go wrong with margaritas margaritas margaritas! But the best part was recalling your fabulous October wedding with the magical fog rolling in as the bagpipes played everyone out of the church–you can’t get much better than that!!!! And I must admit–I totally forgot about the missing groomsmen;-)

    Here’s to memories–and margaritas!


    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      I know Michelle-Great wedding memories! And, lots of fun college margarita memories too πŸ™‚

  11. Nelly Rodriguez says:

    I’ve had Mole and I like it, not love it. We (as in BF and I) NEED to go to Mexico. Thanks for the recommendation of Oaxaca! Love the gorgeous pictures!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Nelly! And, yes, you and BF definitely need to get to Mexico πŸ™‚