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Mole, Mezcal, and a Mexican Wedding in Oaxaca Mexico

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 #oaxacaWhy 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 bag pipers that surprised everyone as they burst in to 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…

Camino Real Hotel, Oaxaca, Mexico

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 in to 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…

{Just 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…

Oazaca Mexico is a Foodie’s Travel Paradise!

First two salads to share:  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”.  While we were there, I got to taste 3 out of the seven- red, almond, and negro.  All were delicious, but I think the negro was my favorite. If you’ve never had mole, you really must try some.  It is a sauce which always has some varieties of chilis, then depending upon the type of mole, it may include spices, dried fruits, nuts, and often chocolate.   If you want to make some of your own, this recipe from Kokos Corner Blog looks fabulous, albeit a little labor intensive!}

Finally, after the mole main course, 3 desserts were served, all of which looked delicious.  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 🙂

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“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.  The agave is roasted is 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 🙂

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!

Pretty flowers in the Camino Real Oaxaca pool garden.

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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20 thoughts on “Mole, Mezcal, and a Mexican Wedding in Oaxaca Mexico”

  1. 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 😉

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

  2. 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! 🙁 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. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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!


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