My name is Patrick Calhoun. After working for 10 years in television post-production in Los Angeles, I went to Cozumel, Mexico, hoping to escape the real world for a bit.
I thought I would be in Mexico long enough to get my scuba certification, but I ended up staying for two years. As expats in Mexico will tell you, it’s different down there: the people, the pace of life, the big smiles. It was a welcome change from the rat race.
I lived in a guesthouse where the matriarch’s youngest daughter would frequently walk across the courtyard and hand me a plate of her latest creation, saying “Buen Provecho.” This began an obsession with authentic Mexican cuisine that continues to this day.
Disappointed by the American version of Mexican cuisine we encounter when North of the Border, I recently released “Mexican Craving: 9 Easy Steps to Cooking Authentic Mexican at Home” to prove how simple and rewarding it can be to make the real thing.
Cozumel turned out to be one of the most rewarding periods of my life and it will always be special to me. These days I visit Mexico at least three times a week (in my kitchen) and share my latest culinary triumphs and failures on Mexican Please.