Without local shops, shoppers would buy gifts exclusively from in-flight catalogues, and fathers would sneak into airplane wheel wells on Black Friday to order spy-camera blenders for their children. Enjoy earthbound browsing with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Latin American kitchenware, appliances, and jewelry at Melissa Guerra, located in the historical Pearl Brewery.
Self-taught culinary professional and cuisine historian Melissa Guerra, an eighth-generation Texan, stocks her colorful mercado-style store with a wide variety of Latin American culinary goods. Add a touch of whimsy to dull munch mesas with a Chilean smiling-frog toothpick holder from Pomaireware ($10.95, toothpicks included), whose air-dried clay surface is polished with an agate before firing in order to silence ribbits of protest. Hand-carved Mexican molinillos ($5.95) whip saucy hot-chocolate drinks into smoldering froth, and an Ateco spiral stamp ($5.95) imprints Mexican sweet bread with a swirling design or a temporary tattoo of Elmer Fudd. Melissa Guerra also carries various edible items, such as tamale ingredients, chilies, and sweets, and an assortment of artisan folk pieces is available for home and bodily adornment.
Melissa Guerra, a cookbook connoisseur and cooking-show host, has put her two-tongued abilities to use for companies such as Coca-Cola, Kraft, and Goya. Patrons can capitalize on Guerra's desire to populate our country's kitchens with quality, creative, and bilingual kitchenware.