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Alvin Starkman

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Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Alvin Starkman has an M.A. in Social Anthropology from York University and a J.D. from Toronto's Osgoode Hall Law School. Alvin began traveling to Oaxaca on a regular basis in 1991, taking up permanent residence in 2004 when he ceased practicing law. Since 2004 Alvin has written over 200 articles about life and cultural traditions in Oaxaca, for both print and online magazines. He is a paid contributing writer for Mexico Today, a program of Marca País - Imagen de México. He is a bi-monthly contributor to The Upper Canadian Antique Showcase, for which he writes a column about antiques, art, auctions and the law; and a regular contributor to several publications centering on Mexico and Mexican tourism, including Ventana Magazine. Alvin is also a consultant to documentary film production companies working in and around Oaxaca, and appeared on The Travel Channel as co-host of a 2007 production about Day of the Dead. He was locations manager for the Oaxaca segments of the 2010 feature length documentary, Acquainted with the Night. Alvin organizes culinary tours of Oaxaca, under the auspices of Oaxaca Culinary Tours, most recently for Canadian chefs and food writers, and was instrumental in arranging for a prominent Oaxacan chef to travel to Toronto for a month to promote Oaxacan cuisine. Alvin leads personalized tours for couples and families to the craft villages, market towns, ruins and more off-the-beaten-track locations such as quaint roadside mezcal factories, hikes to 5,000-year-old pictographs, and other sights rarely visited by travelers to the region. Alvin and his wife Arlene operated Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast, a unique Oaxaca bed and breakfast experience combining the service and comfort of a four star downtown Oaxaca hotel, with the personal touch and quaintness of country inn style accommodations. Oaxaca Culinary Tours provides only custom designed small group personalized tours of all that is culinary, gastronomic and otherwise related to food and drink in Oaxaca.

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While Oaxaca has traditionally been known for folk art and crafts, the city has a longstanding fine art tradition and has produced internationally renowned artists. Begin touring Oaxaca's art museums

Travel & Leisure> Travel Planning l 2 years ago

No Word For Welcome is a book about globalization in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. Since it's written by a grassroots organizer, it inevitably stirs emotion in

Book Reviews> Current Affairs l 3 years ago

This lighthearted look at the reasons why one should not vacation with the family dog or cat while in Mexico, is based on a wealth of experience of a Bed & Breakfast owner in Oaxaca. But also learn

Travel & Leisure> Pet Friendly Rentals l 3 years ago

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