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Agave Girl ~ Marie Elena Martinez

marie elena martinezIn between five course meals, flights, and our multiple attempts to take over the world Marie and I finally coincided in the same city, if only for a couple of hours, and met for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in DF: Chef Justin Ermini’s Anatol. One decadent gin and tonic and one La Nina del Mezcal guanabana cocktail later, we exchange laughs and news about our travels and plans for the future. She tells me about her newest culinary venture: Puerto Rico Meets NYC, and I tell her about my plans for our newly released Bacanora.

I virtually met Marie Elena Martinez through a common friend in the industry, and shortly after, she invited me to collaborate on The Latin Kitchen as a freelance writer. Although we could almost never be in the same city at the same time, we managed to stay connected and when we officially met last year, bonding over some mezcals in a mezcaleria in Polanco, I confirmed my suspicion that this woman is absolutely amazing!

In the fall of 2005, she decided to trade her windowless office space for the journey of a lifetime. She booked a ticket to Quito, Ecuador and since then has visited six continents and more than fifty countries as diverse as Argentina, India, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Cuba, and New Zealand. Back in her hometown, New York City, she began to write freelance travel and food pieces for print publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and Women’s Adventure, and online sites including The Huffington PostThe Daily MealConde Nast TravelerFodorsMen’s Fitness and Jetsetter. 

Her focus on the Americas led her to become founding editor of the website The Latin Kitchen, in conjunction with Latina Magazine, the first culinary site dedicated to the flavors and spirits of Latin America. And in 2014 she left that post to focus on the development of her own brands. First, Meets NYC, which aims to both entertain and educate a NYC audience on the culinary legacies of destinations around the globe. The first series, Baja Meets NYC, was a multi-day, multi-format culinary salon that brought five Baja winemakers and three Baja chefs, to New York City for a four-day program of wine tastings, paired wine dinners, and cocktail parties. Second, New Worlder (launching this summer), a site co-founded with fellow freelancer Nicholas Gill dedicated to travel, culture and culinary beats in Latin America. Relying on long form journalism with an emphasis on photography, it will employ a staff of contributors from around the world. Additionally, the brand will feature an online store showcasing curated Latin American collections for pantry, kitchen and home.

She is currently enjoying the delicacies and wonders that Michoacan has to offer at Morelia en Boca. Keep up with Marie’s travels and culinary experiences through her instagram and twitter feeds.


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