• AfroAllende
    September 2, 2019
    Starting Friday, AfroAllende will be offering authentic Ethiopian food for delivery and catering special events. We're eager to do some pop-up restaurants, too! Our menu includes spicy and mild dishes made the traditional style. We have a few meat-based items, but most of our menu is vegetarian/vegan. All meals can be provided gluten-free by substituting injera (Ethiopian bread) for rice. Delivery will be available via comidomisma.com.

    Our Facebook page is facebook.com/afroallende/ and our website is afroallende.com.

    We welcome any questions and are available to cater your special event!
  • Glenn Wilson
    September 1, 2019
    Today, Don Day introduces us to the Cherimoya!

    Don Day: Oh, my goodness. Cherimoyas.
    “If I were asked which would be the best fruit, I would choose without hesitation, cherimoya. Its taste, indeed, surpasses that of every other fruit.”

    There were two reasons I had to write about cherimoyas.

    I had been reading this book Life In Mexico, a diary written by a Scottish woman way back in 1831 (that’s a quote from her that I started out with) and I was fascinated by how often cherimoyas came up in her diet.

    Then, my friend Richard Smerdon forwarded a BBC piece on The 100 Most Nutricious Foods. There at number two were cherimoyas. Cherimoyas, those big ugly green things I see in the market. The second most nutricious food in the world. I had to have some. And soon.
    Read more at Don Day: Oh, my goodness. Cherimoyas.
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    The flavor is best described as a blend of pineapple and pear. Some also say they taste notes of mango, strawberries and lemon.
    How to Eat Cherimoya – A Photographic Guide
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    The cherimoya (Annona cherimola), also spelled chirimoya and called chirimuya by the Inca people, is an edible fruit-bearing species of the genus Annona from the family Annonaceae. It is generally thought to be native to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru , Bolivia and Chile, spreading through cultivation to the Andes and Central America. Cherimoya is grown in tropical regions throughout the world. It is in the same genus, Annona, as soursop.

    Mark Twain called the cherimoya "the most delicious fruit known to men". The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name, custard apple.
    Wikipedia: Cherimoya.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 31, 2019
    Here are my favorite Veggie Burgers in SMA. I consider them to be Vegan-ish, meaning vegan, more or less. They contain no animal products of any kind, so far as I know, But, I have not investigated closely. I would not be surprised if some were prepared in equipment that is also used to prepare meat.

    These were tasted with either a vegan cheese or no cheese. There are many Veggie Burgers in SMA and I have not gotten around to trying them all. Please leave comments for any suggestions of Veggie Burgers I should try.

    What do I mean by "Best?" Simple. I like it the most. The overall taste and experience. It does not mean tastes the most like a meat-based burger. Everyone of these I have had at least twice and am happy to have them again -- all of these are good. But, some are better than others, in my opinion.

    The Restaurants (in date order of our original reviews):
    The Restaurant

    RubyJoy's Delivery Only Restaurant
    Update: Ruby took pity on my photo and sent me this:

    Cafe Arabella (no burger pic)

    Birdie's Burgers

    Hecho en México

    Vía Orgánica

    Casa Colectiva

    The Best Dine in Veggie Burger
    Hecho en México

    Best Delivered Veggie Burger
    RubyJoy's Delivery Only Restaurant
    Honorable Mention: Birdie's Burgers

    Best Veggie Burger and Vegan "Ice Cream" Combo
    Want some vegan ice cream with that veggie burger? Vegan and real ice cream made fresh right there.
    Cafe Arabella

    Best Veggie Burger and Winelist Combo
    Want to select from a nice wine list to go with your veggie burger or do you want a "fine dining" environment to enjoy your veggie burger in?
    The Restaurant

    *** Overall Winner ***
    RubyJoy's Delivery Only Restaurant
    RubyJoy's Classic Black Bean and Sweet Potato Veggie Burger is the best veggie burger I have ever had, anywhere, ever. It is delicious. Patty, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, avocado, almond spread and brown mustard. Your choice of cheddar or goat cheese (I skip the cheese). She also has a WhataVeggieBurger version with sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic, etc. that I have never tried.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 31, 2019

    I arrived at Javier’s house in the mountains of Sinaloa after a two-hour drive from Culiacán. It was early February, so the punishing summer humidity had not yet arrived. The sleepy town where Javier lives with his wife and two children is a farming community, and it’s a world away from the brash, urban reality of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa.

    Violence in Culiacán is so common that the city recently made headlines for having a week with no reported murders.

    Up in the mountains, Javier’s family has survived for generations by selling cannabis and heroin poppy paste to the cartels. As demand for both of those products plummets, could new, legal, non-high-producing plant products be his salvation from looming poverty?

    Ozy Why Mexican Drug Farmers Won't Forgo Getting High … On Revenue.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 30, 2019
    Update Sept 14, 2019: 4 other houses for rent for the weekend are closed for not complying with the change in land use.

    Permit to Rent Your SMA Property Online
    The local government announced to homeowners in San Miguel who rent any part of their property that they need to apply for the proper permit to continue to do so.

    The process is simple: Fill out the paperwork and bring a copy of each of the following documents to the office of Urban Development. ...

    Remember, one also has to make a payment of 10,000 mxn. It can be made in full or in two payments of 5,000 mxn each. The cost to renew this document will be 10,000mxn each year.
    San Miguel Herald: Have Your Permit to Rent Your Property Online?
    SMA Government: Call Owners Of Rented Houses For Vacation Use (Airbnb) To Obtain Their Use Of Soil (sp).

    Requirements to obtain permission to use land AIRBNB

    The Municipal Government summons the San Miguel owners of houses that rent them for holiday use, approach the Directorate of Historic Center and Heritage or Urban Development to obtain the corresponding land use in order to provide them with greater security and Better services to its guests. The process is simple, ...
    News San Miguel Requirements to obtain permission to use land AIRBNB (sp).

    Authorization to Conduct Business in Mexico
    Many foreigners buy a condominium or second home in Mexico with intentions of renting it when they are not there. But, just like in the USA or Canada, foreigners must have authorization from the Immigration and Tax Authorities to conduct business operations.

    If you are a foreigner and you want to rent your property legally in Mexico without any problems you need to do the following...
    Augustin Galindo (Attorney): The ABCs for Foreigners to Rent Their Property Legally in Mexico.

    Update Sept 9, 2019:
    Mexico will charge VAT and ISR to Airbnb hosts and other hosting platforms
    A further step in the regulation of digital accommodation platforms is underway, with the modifications issued by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) to the miscellaneous tax, in which the hosts must pay the taxes corresponding to the business activity.

    In accordance with the Criteria for the VAT Law, individuals or corporations that grant the temporary use or enjoyment of goods must pay the tax at a rate of 16 percent. The document details what is meant by temporary enjoyment of assets: “the lease, usufruct and any other act, by which a person allows another to temporarily enjoy or use tangible assets in exchange for consideration.”

    Although there is an exemption from the income tax of a real estate, it does not apply to spaces: furnished, destined as a hotel or destined as lodging houses. It indicates the document published in the Official Gazette of the Federation.
    Mexico will charge VAT and ISR to Airbnb hosts and other hosting platforms.

    Update Sept 11, 2019:
    Airbnb transactions to be monitored by tax collectors in Mexico
    Mexico’s government will monitor Airbnb payment accounts, making it harder to conceal income from the tax collector.

    A new regulation will crack down on tax evaders, said Gabriela Chavarría Román, the vice president of the Merida chapter of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI).
    Airbnb transactions to be monitored by tax collectors in Mexico.

    Tax Administration Service Issues Decision For Lodging Services Through Electronic Platforms
    Recently, the First Amendment to Annex 3 of the Treasury Rules for 2019 was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, by means of which the following Non-Binding Ruling related to the operation of technological platforms that provide lodging services were announced: ...

    The first decision states that it is illegal not to accrue the income received by individuals and companies for providing lodging services through electronic platforms for Income Tax purposes. It establishes that individuals who rent real estate through these platforms provide lodging services and must pay taxes under the Business Activities Regime. ...

    The other ruling establishes that taxpayers who do not pay Value Added Tax ("VAT") for providing lodging services through technological platforms are acting illegally. This criterion is important because it confirms that leasing real estate for lodging purposes is subject to VAT.
    Tax Administration Service Issues Decision For Lodging Services Through Electronic Platforms

    Update Sept 13, 2019:
    First Rental Closed by Government.
    Today, Canal 54 was seen with “Closed” signs.

    According to city officials, the owners were called to attend to a meeting at the Urban Development Office to revise their permit of land use, but they never attend. For that reason, the authorities closed the house rental.

    Since January 2019, people with a house to rent on digital platforms must have a permit to operate and pay the annual fee of 10,000. Three weeks ago, the city published a list with the requierements to get a permit.
    First Rental Closed by Government.
    Rent house closed under Airbnb platform for not having land use (sp).

    Update Sept 14, 2019:
    4 other houses for rent for the weekend are closed for not complying with the change in land use
    With information from Ana Luz Solís Today, the owners of 4 houses that rent their weekend rooms in San Miguel de Allende, through digital platforms, were visited by municipal employees to close their business at Failure to comply with the notification of changing land use. ...
    (Another 100 home owners have been notified. The city has identified 3,500 homes for rent via digital platforms; 70 have complied or are complying.)
    4 other houses for rent for the weekend are closed for not complying with the change in land use (sp).

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  • Casita Linda
    August 29, 2019

    Please join us for an incredible evening at Casita Linda’s 8th annual Spirit of Hope Gala, “Mysteries of the Orient” on Wednesday, October 16th, at the stunningly beautiful Hacienda Los Arcangeles. This elegant Asian-themed evening will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner, dancing, entertainment, and many fun surprises. Included are full open bars all night plus the extremely popular Solórzano tequila bar.

    As has become the custom at Casita Linda galas, we will auction off spectacular luxury vacations and other incredible items. This year’s destinations include Japan and Thailand and gorgeous 5-star hotels on Mexican and Caribbean beaches, a home in upstate New York that is perfect for a family reunion and dinners at some of San Miguel's most prominent restaurants.

    In addition, the gala will showcase fourteen of San Miguel's most prominent artists who have taken up the challenge of creating art indicative of the Orient.

    To truly enjoy the spirit of the event, you may come dressed in elegant Asian-inspired fashion or take this opportunity to show off your cocktail wear.

    By being a part of this wonderful celebration, you will help provide homes and hope for San Miguel’s poorest families. Tickets are available for $135 USD or $2,600 MXN from all Casita Linda board members, at Solutions on Recreo, or online at casitalinda.org through PayPal. Tickets are tax-deductible. Go to casitalinda.afrogs.org to view our online auction.

    With your help, we can provide a brighter future to many more families.

  • Glenn Wilson
    August 29, 2019
    Mexpatriate Steve: Mexico is in the process of upgrading its bank notes. The first step was issuing a new 500-peso note. Diego Rivera was replaced with the image of President Benito Juarez. ...

    The second round of revision starts next month with a new 200-peso note.

    The current 200-peso note features one of Mexico's greatest literary figures: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Her image will be removed from the new 200-peso note, but she will reappear on the new 100-peso note that will be issued in 2021 to represent Spain's colonial rule of Mexico. While she is gone, maybe she can write some more inflammatory poetry.

    More at mexpatriate — in the key of steve: old heroes, new money.

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  • CListen
    August 27, 2019
    This will be an exclusive culinary affair, taking place on October 12, 2019, in a secret location in San Miguel de Allende. This is the first of its kind in Mexico, the Silvestre Wild team has been working for months to plan every detail of this event, and it promises to be spectacular!
    From the secret location to the undisclosed menu, it is designed to surprise and delights and accentuate the art of the meal.

    Seating is limited for this event, once tickets are gone.….they’re gone!
    For up to date information and to purchase tickets, visit:



    Participating Chef's:
    Donnie Masterton from The Restaurant, El Vergel
    J.J. Castaneda from Casa Blanca Cafe and Fatima 7 Rooftop
    Greta Ortega from MiVida
    Olivier Deboise from Aperi
    Mariano Alvare from Buenos Aires Bistro
    Special guest Javier Plascencia from Animalon in Baja California
  • Glenn Wilson
    August 27, 2019
    Grilled Mexican street corn salad is smoky, spicy and creamy. It has all of the classic flavors of traditional Mexican street corn without the mess.
    Traditional Mexican Street corn is grilled corn on the cob that’s coated with cotija cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream then topped with jalapeno peppers, cilantro and more cheese. It’s super tasty, but just a little bit unhealthy.

    I decided to make a better for you version without the mayonnaise and sour cream and replace them with a creamy avocado. While I was at it, I took the corn off the cob for a less messy version. The result, a tasty and easy to eat version of Mexican street corn.
    Simple and Savory Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad.
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    Jessica Gavin Mexican Delicious grilled Mexican street corn salad recipe is a fiesta in a bowl! A healthy salad packed with fresh vegetables and creamy chipotle yogurt dressing.
    Jessica Gavin Street Corn Salad with Chipotle Dressing.
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    Shave the corn kernels off the cobs and place in salad bowl. Cut white and light green parts of the scallions into 1-inch pieces and add to the bowl. Add the mint, chives, vinegar, and the reserved oil and juices from the tomatoes. Mix well. Incorporate the tomatoes. Gently toss and serve.
    Pati Jinch Grilled Corn Salad.
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    TheLoop Grilled corn salad with avocado and honey lime vinaigrette.
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    We’re making the most of our fresh picked corn with spicy flavors and juicy textures. Did you know that you can eat corn on the cob without cooking it? Yes! Try taking a bite the next time you remove the husk and clean – you’re in for a big surprise – deliciousness!
    Barrie Hill Farms Top Sirloin Steak with Grilled Corn Salad.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    August 27, 2019
    Buried deep below Mexico, a vast underwater world may reveal clues that unlock the secrets of the ancient Maya.

    Around 66 million years ago, a 15km-wide asteroid smashed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is believed to have wiped out almost all the dinosaurs. The impact caused a mega tsunami, liquified billions of tonnes of rock and created a 200km-wide crater in the Earth’s surface into which water seeped, creating thousands of sinkholes. Over millennia, some of these limestone sinkholes collapsed while others in the region eroded, forming vast networks of flooded cave systems.

    Known as cenotes, these underground water reservoirs were more than just life-sustaining water sources for the Maya civilisation’s settlements; they were also believed to be sacred portals through which they could communicate with the gods of rain and creation. As such, the Maya routinely cast human sacrifices, gold plaques and bowls brimming with jade beads into the wells’ cavernous depths as offerings. Through these deep sinkholes, the deceased were thought to pass into the dark and treacherous underworld of Xibalba, where humans and deities were reborn.

    Today, while cenotes still provide 95% of the drinking water for much of the local population, visitors from around the world flock to the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya to bathe, snorkel and scuba dive in their aquamarine pools. Their cathedral-like roofs and mineral-rich waters have become some of the most popular natural attractions in the region. Yet, thousands of cenotes still lay hidden many metres below the region’s lush jungle, and researchers believe these submerged labyrinths may contain valuable clues that help connect the Maya’s mysterious past to the present.

    More at Mexico;s mysterious uncharted caves by Sarah Harvey.

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