La Teca; Oaxaca, Mexico In the humblest of settings, with the humblest of ingredients, Deyanira makes the noblest food. La Teca is less of a restaurant and more of a supper club that Deyanira runs out of her home. There, she makes authentic Oaxacan dishes, like sweet and smokey chipotle peppers stuffed with beef and dried fruits. The fat peppers arrived cradled in freshly pressed white corn tortillas with a side of boiled potatoes dressed with a warm cheese crema.
Manchamanteles in Oaxaca - Oaxaca claims seven distinct moles, or sauces based on complex spice pastes. Of these, manchamanteles is one of the most delicious. The name means "tablecloth stainer," a nod to the deep red sauce that's usually served with beef or pork. Where: Manchamanteles is a typical Sunday-lunch dish. Seek out more formal restaurants in Oaxaca's capital city, and wear a shirt you can afford to lose. Photo: A woman makes tortillas in Oaxaca, Mexico