Bex vanKoot

Bex vanKoot

journalist & content creator

Canadian in Mexico, writing about culture, travel, food, health, science, business, and technology.

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The Oaxacan Corn Drink You Should Know

“Every different kind of maize makes a different atole,” Amado Ramírez Leyva says. The possibilities are endless. Attempts to quantify the different spe......

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This Commonplace Practice Could Kill Mezcal’s International Appeal

Are we sipping away mezcal's originality and authenticity?

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Don't Drop Avocados to Drop Pounds

Avocados and weight management....

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To tip or not to tip? How to avoid gratuity gaffes

Figuring out the intricacies, though, is easier than you might expect, according to the founder of the Etiquette School of New York, Patricia Fitzpatrick....

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Mezcal 101: The Modernization of Mexico's Smoky Sip

While mezcal is developing a reputation for its complexity and richness, both in culture and flavor, it hasn’t always been this way.


How to turn your hobby into a tax-deductible business

There is no question that turning a potentially profitable hobby into a small business offers you the chance to write off a whole host of expenses you might currently be absorbing for fun....

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The Privilege Of Existential Guilt - The Establishment

Maybe you would be happier if you weren’t smart enough to notice everything wrong with the world.

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Zen and the Dark Side: meditating in darkness

The experience of prolonged darkness and returning to the light lies at the heart of many ancient and modern mystery schools. This is where spiritual warriors go to challenge their fear of death. And what, if anything, is a fear of death if not our very basest fear… the fear of the dark? What monsters are lurking, what creepies crawling in those shadows?

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The Latin Kitchen

Mexican Food Traditions: Eating Tlayudas in Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a foodie tourist destination known for its reputation as “the land of the seven moles.” The valley in southern Mexico draws praise for its fine spiced chocolate, and curiosity for the freaky...

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First Nations traditions meet fine dining

While most people think of bannock and little else as traditional First Nations fare, these restaurants show that it can be so much more....

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Ecstatic Science and the Erotic Brain

You can blame it on hook up culture. You can call out a sex-ed epidemic, or invoke the wild mystery that is the female body, but when the pants and the inhibitions drop, all that really matters is that women are not having the orgasms they deserve.

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The Latin Kitchen

Oaxaca Food Tour: Desserts Take Center Stage at Mexican Festivals

You can find regional sweets of the baked and fried varieties all around Oaxaca City just about any day of the year, but it’s during festival weeks that these treats take center stage. Popping up...

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I'm a Fat Woman. Here's What You Should Know About Dating Me.

Check your fat issues before the first date, please....

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Even if She Laughs, Your 'Ironic' Sexist Jokes Still Suck

A quick class on comedy....

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Stop Treating Me Like My Body Is A Problem To Be Fixed

I don’t know that I’ve ever really trusted doctors.My mother, a nurse as long as I’ve known her, tried to teach me to advocate for myself. She told me to ask questions, to do my own research, to know what I was getting myself into, and to remember that those...