In September, J and I were approached by Spenser Magazine, a new digital/print publication focusing on more refined home cooking. For their debut issue, they asked us to photograph one of their main stories: birria. Being lovers of all Mexican cuisine, especially birria, we couldn’t pass up on this. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at LAX ready to fly to Guadalajara, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. A lot of my good friends are from Guadalajara and even if you don’t know anyone from that city, I can almost assure you that you’ve eaten some type of Jaliscan dish. Birria, chilaquiles, pozole, flautas and carne en su jugo are just a few of the many things you may have tried. And what about the hard liquor you either love or hate, tequila… the actual city is only an hour away via the Tequila Express. For any epicurean, Guadalajara has much to offer. Once we arrived, we met up with Mexico City-based writer Lesley Tellez, who has written for Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine and Saveur.com to name a few. As a photographer in a foreign country, I’ve learned it can be difficult getting all the shots you want, but Lesley was able to get us “backstage” for many of the restaurants. After eating at five different birrierias (birria restaurants) over the course of two days, four different cities and numerous hours of driving, here are a few photos we contributed to Spenser Magazine. I really like what they’re doing over at Spenser Magazine, and considering how rich their content is, really hope to continue working with Mike and Leigh. I like the “refined home cooking” angle and it’s not the usual content you’ll see in your typical “food” magazine. Check out the first issue here. Our full adventure in Guadalajara will be posted in January of next year – thanks for reading.