Jun 10 2009

by Heidi Leon Monges

collage 1-3 secret garden

Jacaranda trees, sweet fragrant jasmine blossoms, misterious huele de noche. Árboles de Limón, (lime trees), wild orchids and at the back bottom the Popocatépetl volcano watching us. Those are the colors I grew up at my parent’s garden. Truly Under the Volcano. Being raised in Cuernavaca, la Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera (“the city of eternal spring”), I have enjoyed the beauty of nature at its full splendor year round. In Mexico (at least, most of the territory) we don’t really know what winter is or represents.

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Feb 05 2009

by Heidi Leon Monges

Nutella alfajores

Last year when I  learnt  about the worldwide Nutella Day celebration, it was too late to participate, but I promised myself to do it the following year.
Here I am my friends, keeping my promises but most importantly, paying homage to a longtime , obscure love affair: Nutella.
Luckily for me, it didn’t take me long to find out what to do with this buttery hazelnut-chocolate spread. The answer came to me naturally: Alfajores; because what could be better than pair this amazing Italian invent with one of my favorite cookies?. After all the best two best ways to eat Nutella are: 1) by spoonfuls (very dangerous, I know) and the 2) as in a tartine, with plain toasted bread. I just replaced the bread for a cookie.
Yes, I´m such a smart cookie :)

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Jan 22 2009

by Heidi Leon Monges

moist orange-vanilla-butter pound cake

Oranges are one of my favorite fruits. I like it because its versatility to apply it on savoury and sweet recipes but also as the best option for a light snack during the day. Orange and Vanilla pound cake is my edible version of heaven. I used to bake and sell this cake when I was doing my Culinary studies and it was one of my bestsellers. There’s nothing fancy about this cake but that’s where its beauty resides, is all about the sweet taste of oranges.

Try it with any other citrus fruit.

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Jul 28 2008

by Heidi Leon Monges


Yesterday we had a very laid back Sunday.  We woke up late, went for a dip at  the swimming pool of this Hotel. Then went for dinner at Misato, definetely one of the best well kept secrets of  most famous Chefs in town. Not so cheap for Shanghai standards, but considering the quality of their products (many of them flown over directly from Japan) is a good deal.

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Filed under: Eating Out La vida Loca
Apr 29 2008

by Heidi Leon Monges

This blog has been created with nothing but good intentions.

My idea is not quite clear about what this blog should be, but I know is about sharing with you my thoughts. Most of the times will be about food, but this is not just a food blog.

Since my husband, Regis, and I live away from our home countries and away from our families and friends, this blog is also a photo memoir that allow us to keep them updated of our sometimes not so boring expat vida loca. Please, keep that in mind. Be kind.

Most of the times will be in English (broken English… hem… sorry) but others when my heart & soul scream out for Spanish I will do it in my mother tongue. Or worse, could be in Spanglish, splashed & sprinkled withFrañol and Chinglish. Don’t blame me, blame globalization (besides is a terrific oportunity to practice that sexy & exotic foreign language, lectores queridos).

At aromas&sabores you will find fun recipes, amazing travel adventures  or unique eating out experiences, plus loads of photos and stories about the expat life but mostly and basically you will find here what’s been through my mind those days. Could be culinary, could be my most deep and philosophical thoughts. Who knows. Expect the unexpected.

So do as I do, sit in your favorite couch, grab a bunch of fresh homemade cookies and a nice cup of warm coffee or tea and read it. Enjoy it. Savour it.

¡Bienvenidos a mi cocina!

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Aromas 'n Sabores is a canvas where we portrait healthy meals with an international spin but using local produces and what we have in our fridge.We aim to inspire your everyday by sharing recipes, travels, discoveries, some plantlove & green beauty.