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Barrio Urbano
Celebrated chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's latest restaurant, Barrio Urbano, is located inside The Yard in uptown Phoenix.
5632 N. 7th St.

Silvana Salcido Esparza's chilaquiles
Servings for two

Los tootpos
6 each corn tortillas, cut into eight pieces per tortilla
Pan fry tortilla chips until golden. Place on a paper towel to help absorb the excess oil.

La salsa
10 each tomatillos, peeled and rinsed
2 each jalapeños
1 each garlic clove
1/4 each onion
Salt to taste
You can cook your tomatillos and jalapeños by grilling them or placing them in a 400-degree oven until lightly charred. Remove stems and seeds from jalapeños (you can leave some seeds if you like your salsa spicy). Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust salt to taste.

Los chilaquiles
In a hot sauté pan, add a drizzle of oil and heat. Add the totopos and salsa, continue to sauté until the totopos have absorbed the salsa, approximately three minutes in cooking time. Top with a fried egg, garnish with sliced avocado and crema Mexicana.

Eat to Change Your Mood
Sad: Coffee. Go get a small latte with one shot of espresso (100mg of caffeine) and 1 percent milk. The combination of the stimulating caffeine plus the relaxing small peptides (protein?chains) in the milk will help to increase neuron activity in the brain, without overstimulation -- just enough to help you get out of a sour mood, but not enough to make you feel jittery?and tense. Note = you need to stop at only one shot of espresso; consuming more caffeine will tip the scales towards tension/anxiety.

Angry: Nuts. Almonds and walnuts contain both lignans and healthy fatty acids, which can induce a mild relaxation effect. Plus, the "crunch" of chewing can help to?diffuse anger.

Tired: Grapes. They contain antioxidant compounds called OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanins), which can improve mental and physical energy levels. An even richer source of OPCs?is New Zealand pine bark extract, which can be taken as a tea or a dietary supplement, and has been studied for improving "brain energy" and ADHD.

Stressed: Dark chocolate. It contains both theobromine and flavonoids (for mental energy) and a small amount of sugar (for reducing sweet cravings induced by the stress?hormone, cortisol).

Sore: Pineapple. It contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which helps reduce inflammation and control pain and swelling.

Anxious: Green tea, which contains the relaxing amino acid theanine. It induces a state of "relaxed alertness," where you feel "in the zone."

Financial Hope Conference
Saturday, Jan. 24  
North Hills Church
15025 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023
Info / registration:
$25 per family

Phoenix Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
Jan. 17 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa
9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dr. Muhich gives a free "Introduction to Fibromyalgia" talk with Q&A every Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Fibromyalgia Wellness Center at 8300 N. Hayden Road, Ste. A-109, Scottsdale. For more information, visit or call 480- 948-4955