This month’s culinary trip with Culinary Adventures (my other job) was to Mexico City, but first I visited mi amiga, Ana Elena Martinez, a wonderful pastry chef who lives in Puebla, Puebla. Together, we are the “keepers” of information for Marilyn Tausend, the owner of Culinary Adventures, Inc. For over 16 years we have worked together to make sure that these culinary adventure trips go off without a hitch…..well, for the most part, things do happen like on this trip where half of us got sick with a 24 hour virus. Who brought that on the trip?! For the women, it was a 24 hour weight loss program.
Before our trip began, I visited Ana Elena and her daughter, Ana Jose, in their home in Puebla. This was my second trip to Puebla and I was excited to see Ana Elena’s new Margu bakeries with two already bustling stores with a third in construction, as well as an addition to her production facility. While there, she was very busy filling orders so I did a little art to keep myself busy and gave it to her wonderful staff as a parting gift. Sorry the picture in the baking room is not that great, there wasn’t a lot of room to take a picture and the only large space had the shaded window behind it.
Ana Elena carved some time out of her very busy schedule to take me into downtown where I found these treasures for future assemblages. You should have seen the faces of the locals when Ana Elena explained to them that I was looking for dolls so that I could take them apart and use them in my art. I even tried to give the clothes back from a couple of dolls to the shopkeeper and she just looked at me like I was nuts. Well, I am a little.
And after all that, look what was waiting for me from my wonderful, incredibly talented art friend, Sunny Carvalho. I’m looking forward to using these pieces in future assemblages. Maybe a Santos or two, too.