Maria Zache

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Maria Zache is a self-taught cook who is still mourning the demise of Gourmet magazine. (Really!) Maria lives in Sayulita with her artist husband Jim Starkey and their two cats and Labrador Retriever. Hoping to join the Boogie Boarding Pro Tour soon, Maria also manages their vacation rental home, Casita LimonContact author here.

Stories from Maria Zache

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Of course, Fiesta is about having fun, seeing friends and very importantly, raising needed funds for the numerous Grupo Pro Sayulita programs that continue to make Sayulita a much better resident of the planet. But come on now; fess up. When it comes down to it, we all really care about our stomachs and like to anticipate what they might be graced with. It's a party; let's talk about the FOOD!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

"I don't know if thinking about my grandmother got me baking or if baking got me thinking about my grandmother." Spanish professor, certified translator, writer and generally talented Sayulita resident Leah Jewell has returned to her baking roots. Raised almost exclusively by her father, Leah and her sister divided the household chores by interest; her sister cleaned and Leah learned how to cook and bake.

Friday, January 27th, 2012

It turns out that a kilo of Mahi-Mahi fillets is A LOT for two people but ohmygoodness, how yummy. I had somewhat recently discovered how easy spring rolls really are to make once you know a couple of simple tricks. I had brought spring roll wrappers (thin disks made out of rice) and nori (pressed, dried seaweed) from the U.S., just for convenience sake (though they may be purchased at Celia’s Frutería on Revolución).

Friday, November 25th, 2011

We all know the horrors of Styrofoam for the environment. Its decomposition rate is akin with never, it often ends up polluting the ocean and is toxic when burned. Though I love takeout as much as the next person, I am conscious of the serious, negative impact of Styrofoam, and especially, restaurant to-go containers. I have been known to wash the clamshell containers and bring them to a restaurant if ordering to-go, to bring my own plastic storage containers for restaurant leftovers and much to the chagrin of my husband, have also been known to haul the clamshell containers back to the U.S., where Styrofoam is recyclable in the county where our cabin is.

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Tracie Willis, of ChocoBanana and one of the main founders of Sayulita's recycling program, is spearheading a campaign to keep Sayulita's streets clean, specifically in regard to trash, that tends to get spread around by animals when left on the ground for pick-up. Driving to Mislamoya one day, Tracie spotted an elevated, metal trash receptacle and stopped to take a picture of it on her cell phone.

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Meeting in Guatamala in 2004, Halo Weiss and her husband, Arturo de la Fuente Montiel, began their adventure, traveling around Mexico selling handmade jewelry and spending a year in Israel, Halo's country of birth. Settling in Sayulita three years ago, the couple decided to fall back on Arturo's restaurant training in the city of Guanajuato, Arturo's birthplace and where he spent eight years making sushi at a sushi restaurant.

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Personal Chef and caterer Oscar Limón  moved to Sayulita in June of 2001 and offers his services to a broad clientele. Oscar's menu offers many dishes that are not sold in Sayulita and he encourages his clients to try new things.

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Ramona Froehle-Schacht has been working very hard all growing season in Canada and can see the payoff around the corner: four weeks in sunny Sayulita in early 2012. Intended to be a working retirement, Sol Farm (solfarm.ca), in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, has turned into a second, more-than-full-time career for Ramona and husband Stephen. Son Jeremy - putting to use his chemical engineering degree - and girlfriend Jessica have also moved to the farm and have jumped in with both feet, making Sol Farm a true family enterprise.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Well, Andrea Villarubia can take the heat and Sayultia summer days often find her in her kitchen, making such delectables as mango cobbler, using fresh cut mangoes and based on Paula Dean's peach cobbler recipe from foodnetwork.com. Andrea skipped the added sugar in the fruit filling and declared the cobbler "super yum."

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

A first-of-its-kind, major Sayulita promotion and real estate investment tour is set to begin this October 16th in Portland, Oregon. With co-sponsor SayulitaLife.com, Roger and Linda Burten of Sayulita Investment Realty will embark on a "Invest in Sayulita, Mexico" tour of ten cities in the northwestern United States and western Canada.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Did you ever wonder what your teacher did on her summer vacation? Costa Verde International School art instructor Treva Dea is spending her Sayulita summer painting and going on a food odyssey of sorts. I "caught wind" of a coconut cream pie that Treva had made recently and besides salivating a little, I was curious how she had overcome the summer humidity to make meringue.

Friday, July 29th, 2011

One of the best things about settling in as a part-time resident in Sayulita and joining the Sayulero staff has been the friendships that I've made. Sayulita attracts those creative, smart, fun, warm, and welcoming and one of the very best among them is Sayulita-born Yésica Doreli Ramos Gómez.

Friday, July 15th, 2011

"You have to come in July; the trees are dripping with mangoes," relayed my friend across the valley in Sayulita. Karen had a special glow, telling me about the yellow fruit falling off the trees and being able to scoop it up by the armload and eating mangoes to heart's content. This week another friend in Sayulita confirmed that at the mechanic's recently, mangoes were covering the ground.

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Hot, Hot, Hot. The forecast for the northern U.S. and Sayulita (and most of North America, for that matter) is hot and humid, for at least the next few days. My answer? Margaritas, or derivations thereof. Though likely not original, I had the idea for Watermelon Margaritas one similar summer evening while entertaining friends from England and serving an all-American (in the Americas sense) menu.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

From my summer home in the U.S., I often find Mexican influences creeping into my cooking, picked up while at my winter home in Sayulita, sometimes a twist on a traditional recipe. Just having returned from a long weekend away, I was contemplating what was in the the freezer and the ever-present question: "What's for dinner?" Tortillas, ground turkey, ricotta cheese - enchiladas! Of a sort...
Friday, May 6th, 2011

One of the luxuries of spending part of the year in Sayulita is the opportunity for reading. Though I keep myself busy and involved within the community, I do have more time to read and occasionally steal a lazy morning in bed reading in my pajamas, until the hour makes it seem indecent to do so. Each winter I have read something a little meaty, maybe a book I wouldn't have tackled while in the North because of its length or subject matter. I have reread Kafka and Edgar Allen Poe and read for the first time Gone with the Wind, Lonesome Dove and Dr. Zhivago.

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I actually first had guanábanas, or soursop, in Jamaica; we made juice with the large, green lumpy fruits to have with fresh fish grilled over an open fire on our new friend's farm. I have been in love with the fruit ever since. Guanábanas are in the same Annona or custard apple family as are saramuyo (sugar apple or sweetsop) and chirimoya (cherimoya, anona or custard apple). All three fruits are green with an armor-like skin; the white, soft flesh is patterened with large, black, oblong, undigestible seeds.

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

"Turn left at the next road past the Big Rock." These were part of our directions to our vacation casita on our very first trip to Sayulita. For many years, the "Big Rock" on calle Ninos Heroes (the street on your right on the way from the plaza, just before Rollie's restaurant), has been used as a landmark and a point of reference. The rock has, in the past, also been the site for graffiti and trash.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

You know those recipes that fly around a community as the latest "hot" trend. This past holiday season, Avocado Pie was just that kind of: "Have you tried... it's so easy... ohmygosh, it's so good..." recipe, quickly making the rounds in Sayulita. On New Year's Eve, I ran into friends on the way to a gathering; they were taking the pie as an offering to the midnight buffet.

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Though I have certainly learned a lot about coffee during the visits I have made to a coffee plantation to the north of Sayulita (in La Yerba, Nayarit), I have also learned from my friend's family about just how good food can be when fresh and simply prepared, in the traditional manner.