• Glenn Wilson
    September 30, 2019

    Gabrielle: If there is one veggie that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, it’s sweet potatoes! I always have them on hand to simply roast or throw into a brownie recipe and now..

    Soup!

    I had yet to explore a sweet potato soup and was intrigued by the concept. For years I steered clear of soups as I had the false impression that they were involved and daunting to make. However, soups are one of the easiest concepts to whip up as it’s like a blank canvas. You can cater to your personal tastebuds by throwing in whatever you desire and make the flavor as simple or intricate as you like.
    Eat Drink Shrink: Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup.

    Ingredients
    • 1 tbsp olive oil,
    • 1 onion, roughly chopped,
    • 2 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped,
    • 4cm/1½ inches fresh root ginger, finely chopped,
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed,
    • ½ tsp dried red chilli flakes,
    • 700g/1lb 10oz sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed,
    • 1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable stock,
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    Kerry's Fresh: Winter Soup.

    Soup season is finally here! Today, we’re kicking things off with one of our favorite easy-to-make recipes: Sweet Potato Soup! Here’s why we’re loving this recipe:

    • It uses simple ingredients
    • It can be made in 25 minutes (or less if following some of the tips below!)
    • It can be meal prepped and/or frozen
    • All you need is a stock pot and a blender
    • It’s SO creamy and delicious!

    Jar of Lemons: The Best Sweet Potato Soup Recipe.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 29, 2019
    Cristina Potters: Taco Fish La Paz is just a couple of carts on the street in Guadalajara, with the kitchen across the way. Mexico Cooks! and El Mural arrived early and beat the crowds. Lines can be up to 30 people long! This famous street stand offers parking and parking assistance, necessary because of the hordes of tapatíos (Guadalajarans) who show up hungry.

    This delighted tourist had just flown in from Acapulco. Taco Fish La Paz was her first stop in Guadalajara. Her drink is agua fresca de jamaica, a cold roselle flower (a kind of hibiscus) tea.

    A plate of freshly made tacos de pescado (fish tacos). These are garnished with house-made cabbage and carrot slaw and cucumber slices. Taco Fish La Paz also prepares tacos de camarón (shrimp), de marlín ahumado (smoked marlin), and de jaiba (crab).

    More at Mexico Cooks!: Taco Fish La Paz: Ensenada-Style Seafood Tacos in Guadalajara.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 22, 2019
    Bonnie Black: San Miguel de Allende is a relatively small old colonial city here in the central mountains of Mexico, but it is big – really big – in beauty and culture, civic awareness, and global involvement.

    Take, for example, the Climate Action Rally held here on Friday (September 20) in the city’s central Parque Juarez. The event was bilingual, multicultural, and multigenerational. Hundreds of people – from toddlers to octogenarians – took part.

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    San Miguel de Allende also joined the world march, right now in Benito Juarez Park they are gathered. And foreigners and Mexicans sing together in one voice for the climate.
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    School children (clearly not all of San Miguel’s school children got the day off, though) held signs and sang “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” Older people wore T-shirts that read “Global Climate Strike” (in Spanish and English). Speakers from a dozen local environmental groups spoke passionately to the respectful gathering. One of the organizers led the group in a loud call-and-response: “Do not let our planet die!” — “Climate change is not a lie!”

    The WOW Factor: Signs Of Change In The Climate Crisis.

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  • AfroAllende
    September 19, 2019
    We welcome you to share a delicious, traditional Ethiopian meal with us on Los Senderos' scenic "Playa"!
    Date: September 27th, 7pm

    Location: Los Senderos,Carretera 51, A, Dolores Hidalgo - San Miguel De Allende km 3.5, Nuevo Milenio, 37800 San Miguel de Allende, Gto

    Price: $700 MXN/person with reservation before 22/9. ($800 MXN/person thereafter.)

    Arrive early to receive a welcome drink and try an Ethiopian snack! Dinner includes an assortment of Ethiopian dishes (including vegan/vegetarian options) with salad, injera (Ethiopian bread), and dessert.

    Reserve your seats today by writing or calling 415 151 1434.

    We can't wait to see you!
    Brook & Kyla
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    ¡Esperamos que comparta una comida tradicional con nosotros en la pintoresca "Playa" de Los Senderos!

    Date: September 27th, 7pm

    Location: Los Senderos,Carretera 51, A, Dolores Hidalgo - San Miguel De Allende km 3.5, Nuevo Milenio, 37800 San Miguel de Allende, Gto

    Precio: $ 700 MXN / persona con reserva antes del 22/9. ($ 800 MXN / persona a partir de entonces).

    ¡Llegue temprano para recibir una bebida de bienvenida y pruebe un refrigerio etíope! La cena incluye una variedad de platos etíopes (incluidas opciones veganas / vegetarianas) con ensalada, injera (pan etíope) y postre.

    Reserve sus asientos hoy escribiendo o llamando al 415 151 1434.

    ¡Nos vemos pronto!
    Brook y Kyla
  • Glenn Wilson
    September 13, 2019

    (Video shows use of a M-134 Minigun.)

    A few years ago, a retired police officer named Mike Fox found himself badly in need of money. The Vietnam veteran, overweight and ailing, was nearly 70 years old, and his wife, Diane, wasn’t much younger, but they had recently taken custody of their grandsons, a pair of rambunctious two-year-old twins. “We found out our daughter was a heroin addict,” Fox says in a tired, raspy voice. He’s seated at his kitchen table in Georgetown, Texas, a middle-class suburb of Austin, holding a mug of coffee in both hands. The end of one finger is missing from a lawn-mower accident. “We had no idea heroin was so bad,” he says. “I’d been a cop, and I couldn’t even spot it in my own kid.” Their adult son had also fallen victim to heroin, and would later commit suicide. “I had cancer on top of that,” Fox says. “Malignant melanoma.” All of this happened after he had to take his only living relative, a sister in Louisiana, off life support. “It was like a soap opera,” says Diane, her eyes filled with tears. The legal and medical bills, plus the expense of raising two toddlers, quickly depleted their savings, which led Fox to look into a certain side business.

    Fox had been a licensed gun dealer since 2007, and had acquired additional federal licenses to manufacture ammunition and possess machine guns. To qualify for the permits, he had to have a physical storefront, but his was just a rented metal warehouse that he hardly ever used. He made most of his money manufacturing ammunition in his garage and selling it to people he met online or through word of mouth. The ammo business was especially profitable in Texas during the Obama presidency, he says: “Hoarding is a thing.”

    One of his clients was Tyler Carlson, a 26-year-old solo operator who seemed to make a living buying and selling guns and ammo on a website called Texas Gun Trader. “He had this route from here to Dallas, and he always dealt in cash,” Fox says. “He was connected out the ass. You never knew what he was going to show up with.” Carlson had already bought tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and eight .50-caliber sniper rifles from Fox when he approached him in the summer of 2015 with the idea of building a military weapon known as a minigun.

    Arming the Cartels: The Inside Story of a Texas Gun-Smuggling Ring.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 10, 2019

    The History of El Grito de Dolores
    In reality, it all started out as a prison break much like that of the Bastille in Paris. However, before that, the territory known then as New Spain faced a period of upheaval and unrest. José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara had come to speak to Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla to convince him to help in the effort to break the Spanish yoke over New Spain. José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara went to Washington D.C. to attempt to secure military support from the Americans—the first Mexican to make the journey—while Miguel Hidalgo remained in Dolores.

    At his side was Juan Aldama, a man who lived in San Miguel el Grande and would frequently attend secret meetings of revolution in Querétaro. It was in San Miguel that Aldama heard the secret plans for the revolution had been betrayed by a supporter turned traitor who leaked the information to the Spanish authorities. Juan Aldama rushed from San Miguel to Dolores Hidalgo—a trip of 22 miles/36k—to warn Hidalgo of this fact. Aldama would end up becoming a rebel captain and war hero. Accompanying Hidalgo was Ignacio Allende—a Spanish army captain who had begun to sympathize with the independence movement.

    Fearing imprisonment, Miguel Hidalgo asked his brother Mauricio to urge the sheriff to free all the pro-independence inmates there. It was in the early morning of the 16th that roughly 80 inmates were released. By 2:30 in the morning, the bells of the church were ringing to gather the towns residents. Here he called upon the residents to rise against the Spaniards and Napoleon (Spain was considered a client state of the First French Empire under Joseph Bonaparte I). Hidalgo railed against the notion of monarchy and the social order, as well as emphasizing loyalty to the Catholic religion. However, of all that he professed, “Death to the Gachupines!” (a pejorative for the Spaniards) was perhaps the most radical. This passionate speech came to be known as El Grito de Dolores.

    There's more:
    • The Four Amigos Retrace El Grito
    • El Pípila and Guanajuato City
    • The Four Amigos in Guanajuato City
    • El Fuego Simbólico de la Cabalgata
    • El Grito in San Miguel de Allende and Tips for How To Survive It

    Continue reading at El Grito in San Miguel de Allende: Four Amigos Celebrate Mexican Independence.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 7, 2019
    We just received our first La Comer grocery delivery from an on-line order. Everything went smoothly. And, there was no delivery charge for the first order. You can also create an order that you want to pickup in the store but I have not tried that option.

    Here is a rough narrative of what I did in case it is helpful. I used Chrome and translated the pages.

    To get started, I went to the La Comer website: https://www.lacomer.com.mx/
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    Clicked on Enter near the top-right.
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    Then clicked the Sign Up button to register.
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    Provided the required information.
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    I have the La Comer Monedero Naranja card and I entered that optional card number which may have saved me a step or two later.

    Once registered, I was able to start shopping. Search for items,
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    enter a quantity,
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    and add to cart. Repeat. You can also browse by department. For some items, such as Fruits and Vegetables you can specify number of items or weight and add a note like "Para hoy" for your avocados.

    Search seems to work on brand names and product type (in Spanish, even if you are translating the results to English). So, Quaker finds various Quaker brand products. Oatmeal found three "Irish Oatmeal" items and Avena found lots of oatmeal products. Quaker Oatmeal found nothing and Quaker avena found only Quaker Oatmeal products.

    If you are wondering, I was able to buy beer and wine.

    When you checkout you specify Home Delivery or Store Pickup. To check out for delivery I had to supply my address. They use a google address verification which worked well. I also entered as additional information the streets our casa is between. I think that is all saved for next time.

    I wanted to keep it simple and ordered no produce; only packaged goods. Somewhere, in the check-out process I selected Do Not Call and Do not replace if an item is unavailable.
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    I picked a delivery time window. Each delivery time window has an associated cost. For this first delivery they were all free. (In a subsequent test, i saw ranges of $36 pesos to $72 pesos; if I bought "enough" it was free.). I was checking out at about 1:15 pm. The first available delivery window was from 3 pm - 4 pm so I picked that. Other options were credit/debit card and cash. I picked the on-line card option then I used PayPal to pay.
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    The groceries were delivered by a young man in a personal auto at about 2:45. They also have an app which I have since downloaded but not used yet.

    If you give it a try let us know how it goes.

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  • Gabrielle Brie
    September 6, 2019
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    Meet Lupi, Lilly, Blue, Rico, Pepita and Merida! They are all loving, healthy pups who really need homes. All are well socialized and were rescued from dire circumstances. We have done the expensive part, Vet care, etc. Now, we need you to welcome one or more of these beautiful pups into your home. You may see other dogs we have available at Rescue San Miguel facebook.

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    More info at Rescue San Miguel.

    Thanks!
    Gabrielle
  • Glenn Wilson
    September 6, 2019
    Mexico Must Protect its Journalists if it Wants to Defend its Freedom

    On August 23, Nevith Condes Jaramillo became the tenth journalist murdered in Mexico so far in 2019. Nevith was the director of a small local news site in the town of Tejupilco, a 3-hour drive from the capital and one of the areas where organized crime and violence have been unleashed in recent years.

    As a journalist, Nevith gave voice to the people of his town. He talked about the authorities’ empty promises and the lack of public services. His stories triggered tensions with the local government, but his people loved him.
    Mexico Must Protect its Journalists if it Wants to Defend its Freedom.

    The undisputed clues of the murder of Miroslava Breach
    A group of Mexican and foreign journalists working in Mexico decided to join to investigate the murder of the journalist and correspondent of "La Jornada", which occurred in 2017, who denounced the links of narcopolitics in Chihuahua, and thus prevent his crime from going unpunished.

    The last 10 years, at least 82 Mexican journalists have been killed in Mexico for reasons related to their profession. This has made Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. Victim of this violence was Miroslava Breach, an investigative journalist who denounced organized crime groups that control political life to consolidate their control, the so-called "narcopolitics." On March 23, 2017, Breach was murdered in cold blood outside her home and although there is a judicial investigation into her death she has left loose ends. The Collective 23 de Marzo , a group of journalists working in Mexico, in collaboration with the international organizations Forbidden Stories , Bellingcat and theLatin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP) , joined together to unveil what has been investigated and what has not been done about this crime, which should not go unpunished.

    On March 23, 2017, before 6:50 in the morning, in the city of Chihuahua, journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea was waiting for her son on board his van to take him to school, when a man walked by and shot him through the windshield and the pilot's window. He fired eight shots that caused injuries to his arms, face, neck. Then, the assassin returned on the sidewalk he had arrived and fled in a car waiting for him a few blocks away.
    The undisputed clues of the murder of Miroslava Breach (sp).

    Article 19: A Journalist is Attacked Every 17 Hours in Mexico
    An assault against a journalist in Mexico is perpetrated every 17.4 hours, on the way to breaking records of reporters killed in a year, a study by the NGO Article 19 revealed on Tuesday.

    In the first 6 months of the year, the non-governmental entity has accounted for 249 attacks, including 7 murders of journalists , which leads them to conclude that "the outlook for freedom of expression is discouraging" in the country. So far in 2019 there have been 10 murders, a figure that exceeds the total of 2018, year that closed with 9.
    Article 19: A Journalist is Attacked Every 17 Hours in Mexico.

    Update Sept 9, 2019:
    The 5 Deaths Tied to the Murder of Miroslava Breach
    After the murder of Miroslava Breach, the deaths of five other people have been linked to the crime, however, the Chihuahua authorities did not thoroughly investigate them. Two young women, a pilot, a martial arts teacher and another man were killed in 2017: all these deaths were associated with the murder of the journalist Miroslava Breach.
    The 5 Deaths Tied to the Murder of Miroslava Breach.

    Miroslava Breach: The Journalist Who Would Not Be Silenced
    Before the murder, a gray Malibu car prowled the José María Mata street of the Granjas neighborhood in Ciudad Chihuahua. The security cameras installed on the street captured him six times between 21 and 22 March 2017 when he passed the two-story house marked for crime: it was the number 1609, with brown bars and a small garden in the porch. It was the house where on the 23rd in the morning the journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea was surprised and riddled with bullets on board her car, while she waited for her son to take him to school.

    One of the sisters of the journalist remembers that on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, while unloading plants they had just bought out of the trunk of Miroslava's car, her gaze met that of a man walking on the sidewalk. She felt chills. When she learned of the murder, she understood that her younger sister was under surveillance.
    Miroslava Breach: The Journalist Who Would Not Be Silenced

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 6, 2019
    The Saturday before the feast of St. Michael the Archangel La Alborada has been carried out for nearly 100 years, since 1924. The long history involves our factory, railroad and nuns alongside stars, music and gunpowder.

    The factory opened in 1902 located in what was a former hacienda featuring 200 looms where corn and beans were once stored. The Landeta dam irrigated the area and the pipe is still visible today in the botanical gardens providing water-power to support 60 to 70 workers per shift making a hundred meters of fabric. ...

    Neighborhoods now sponsor La Albroada and have reduced the early morning fireworks from two hours to one from 4 to 5AM to appease the complaining foreigners.

    More at Joseph Toone: La Alborada: Celebrating our Namesake.

    From 2018:

    Michaelmas (also known as the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels) is a Christian festival observed in some Western liturgical calendars on 29 September.
    Michaelmas.

    Alborada En San Miguel De Allende 2019
    Sep 27 – Sep 29
    Alborada En San Miguel De Allende 2019

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