Mezcal Without the Worm by James Willimetz, photos courtesy of Mezcal From Oaxaca and David Vallejo.

Riding the uptown bus to 82nd Street, I looked up the word Toloache, the name of the Mexican restaurant, where I’m meeting Yira Vallejo for Sunday brunch to discuss mezcal. Toloache, I discovered, is a brew intended to bewitch the person you have your heart set on, but who shows no interest in you. Was Yira trying to “embrujar” me into becoming passionate about mezcal? If so, no need.  I’ve been a fan since attending “Mezcal From Oaxaca,” a tasting event Yira helped organize just two weeks ago.

Published on Latin Lover issue #04