• Glenn Wilson
    July 1, 2019


    "That’s impossible! BBC News - Mexico hail: Ice 1.5m thick carpets Mexico's Guadalajara"


    A freak hail storm has struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, burying vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two metres deep.

    “I’ve never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,” said the state governor, Enrique Alfaro.

    Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City and with a population of around five million, has been experiencing summer temperature of around 31C (88F) in recent days.


    The Guardian Freak summer hailstorm buries cars in Mexico's Guadalajara

    Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, which Guadalajara is the capital of, said he'd never witnessed scenes like those he saw Sunday morning.

    "Hail more than a meter high, and then we wondered if climate change exists," he said on Twitter.

    The government of Jalisco has been working with the Mexican Army and Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque authorities to clean and remove hail from all public roads, the governor said, as well as support citizens whose homes were affected.


    CNN In pictures: Mexican city struck by rare massive hail storm

    BNO News Freak hailstorm hits Mexican city of Guadalajara

    The Mazatlan Post Video: After intense hail, Guadalajara wakes up to blocks of ice

    BBC Mexico hail: Ice 1.5m thick carpets Mexico's Guadalajara


    Overnight, here in San Miguel de Allende, around midnight we had a much smaller version of a summer hailstorm. I thought it was bad until I caught up on the news about Guadalajara.

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    But, worse in some parts of town: At midnight he rose in #SanMigueldeAllende a severe thunderstorm accompanied by hail that left severe shocks, in some areas reached half a meter of ice (Twitter translation.)


    Thus was swept away by the rain exhibition "Faces of our People" the facts in canal of Canal at the height of the bridge. Atypical image of our city. (Twitter translation.)


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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 26, 2019
    Corazón Santos is a sweet pub & café with five tables and seating for six at the bar. Most of the tables were busy and I was by myself so I sat at the bar for some coffee and breakfast. I had the Fruit & Yogurt plate without the Yogurt.

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    The fruit was fresh and perfectly ripe. I also had the chilaquiles verde without the cheese. The chips were crispy and the verde salsa was just right.

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    They've been open less than two weeks but everything ran smooth. The place was clean, service was great and the food and coffee was excellent. The other diners all seemed happy. I'll be back again for breakfast and I want to try the lunch and dinner menu, too.

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    Don Day says "If I have to choose a favorite michelada in town, it’s at Bonds 007." If you like the micheladas at Bonds you might like them at Corazón Santos just as much. That's because the proprietor of both places is Kenny Peters. Kenny says they use the same michelada recipe at both places.

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    They are located on the corner between Via Organica and Gils Fruteria in Colonia Guadalupe on Julián Carrillo. Walking there from Colonia San Rafael I had the pleasure of passing by this cat on Calzada de la Luz.

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    It's great living in San Miguel de Allende!

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    Wed 9 am - 4 pm
    Thur - Sun 9 am - 11 pm
    Mon 9 am - 4 pm
    Tues closed for paint & sip class

    Julián Carrillo 7, Guadalupe,
    37710 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.

    (415) 154 4448

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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 26, 2019
    "When I first stepped foot on Mexican soil, I spoke relatively good Spanish. I was by no means fluent, but I could hold a conversation. So when I asked a local ice-cream seller in downtown Guadalajara when he expected a new delivery of chocolate ice cream, and he said ‘ahorita’, which directly translates to ‘right now’, I took him at his word, believing that its arrival was imminent.

    I sat near his shop and waited, my Englishness making me feel it would be rude to leave. Half an hour passed and still no ice cream arrived, so I timidly wandered back to the shop and asked again about the chocolate ice cream. “Ahorita,” he told me again, dragging out the ‘i’ ‒ “Ahoriiiiita”. His face was a mix of confusion and maybe even embarrassment."


    The confusing way Mexicans tell time


    Right now, later, never, who knows.


    Ahorita llego, which directly translates to ‘I am arriving right now’, in fact means ‘I will be there in an indeterminate amount of time’, while ahorita regreso (‘I will be right back’) means ‘I will be back at some point but who knows exactly when’. (From article above.)


    What does "Ahorita" mean?

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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 25, 2019
    "The ASME award was presented to the Caminos Team by Jean-Louis Racine, the head of the Climate Technology Program at the World Bank and is accompanied by a USD $10,000 cash prize. In addition, Caminos de Agua will have access to free consulting services with Catapult Design – a design firm that works with socially-driven organizations to build accessible, market-based products and services that give low income and underserved people reliable tools to improve their quality of life.



    The ASME award also comes with an invitation to additional events to be held in New York City in October. There, Caminos will have a chance to compete for more funding and the opportunity to present Aguadapt to industry water experts who can help take production to scale."

    Read more at Caminos de Agua Wins Innovation Award for Aguadapt.
  • Glenn Wilson
    June 24, 2019
    Parque Juárez. Walking paths.

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    Trees and nature. Shade and benches.

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    Tranquil. Beautiful.

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    A pollinators garden.

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    Monarch butterfly way station.

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    A popular spot. You never know who you might run into.

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    Free admission. Basketball court and a kids playground. Artists selling their work on the weekend. Dogs walking their people. Beverage and other vendors. Restrooms.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 24, 2019
    Hecho en México delivers consistent service and quality over a varied menu featuring Mexican and U.S. standards. Nachos, fried chicken tenders, arrachera, cheeseburgers, enchiladas, reuben sandwich, fajitas, caesar salad, black beans, onion rings, rice and mashed potatoes to name a few.

    We've been there a half dozen times or so with a variety of friends and have never been disappointed. I usually get the vegetable plate or, like yesterday, I had the brown rice, beets, oats and black bean veggie burger. With a side of Méxican rice.

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    It normally comes with goat cheese but I had it without the cheese. Excellent. It is on the menu at the restaurant but does not appear on the online menu.

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    My wife had the Cobb salad with blue cheese dressing. Fresh, delicious and a generous portion.

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    We were seated in the Toller room which is a feast for the eyes featuring paintings by Toller Cranston on all the walls and a metal Toller sculpture suspended from the ceiling.

    The selections are temping, but we passed on dessert.

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    You can enjoy live music with your food every Friday and Saurday evening.

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    One special selection at Hecho en México is one of the best available dishes in San Miguel de Allende according to Don Day: Hecho en Mexico. With pride.

    Sun - Thu noon - 10 pm
    Fri - Sat noon - 11 pm

    Ancha de San Antonio #8
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO
    (415) 154-6383
  • Glenn Wilson
    June 21, 2019
    "The stuffed avocado at Nicasio in San Miguel de Allende turns Mexican tradition inside out."

    "Nicasio Comedor in San Miguel de Allende ... is one of those restaurants I dream of stumbling upon while vacationing. The food was vibrant, creative, and jazzed up with unexpected twists, while the warm, personable service made me feel like I was dining in someone’s home. ...

    Their aguacate relleno (stuffed avocado) is one of their most beloved dishes–and a perfect encapsulation of their vision. ... he wanted to showcase the savory fruit alongside unconventional flavors and textures. Using half as a bowl, they line the bottom with slender slices of Serrano and fill it with creamy spinach amped up with Parmesan. On top is a smattering of locally sourced pancetta, surprisingly tossed in maple syrup. “I wanted something woody and smoky, not just sweet,” says Nicacio. “Plus, everyone loves bacon with maple, so this is an elegant twist.”

    Nicasio’s Stuffed Avocado Turns Mexican Tradition Inside Out

    "There are very few things on Nicasio’s current menu (it changes monthly) that you won’t find in a lot of the classic Mexican restaurants in San Miguel, places like El Correo, Don Tomás, Los Milagros or El Pegaso. What you will find though is a little tweak here, an extra ingredient there, and artistic plating that rivals the not so classic Mexican restaurants in San Miguel, places like Moxi, Aperi or Nomada.

    It’s nicely located, less than two blocks from the jardin, San Miguel’s social center, but it does require climbing a flight of stairs which will hurt some of the walk-in traffic."

    Don Day: Nicasio. Common things, done uncommonly well.

    I have never eaten there and would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

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    Sun 9 am - 2 pm
    Mon 9 am - 12:30 pm, 1 pm - 7 pm
    Tues Closed
    Wed - Sat 9 am - 12:30 pm, 1 pm - 7 pm

    Hidalgo 28, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
    (415) 116 4654
    (415) 177 9203

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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 20, 2019
    We have eaten before at Birdie's Burgers and enjoyed their good burgers, salads and fries. Earlier this week we tried Birdie's delivered to our home by ComiDomi.

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    Birdie's Burger Hippie Chick burger has a falafel patty, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, and tahini sauce. The tahini sauce was delivered in a separate container. The burger survived delivery just fine and the bun was not at all soggy. In fact, the bun was wonderful.

    We also ordered a Wedge Salad and it was excellent. Unfortunately the Sea Salt & Pepper fries arrived cold and soggy.
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    Birdie has plenty of real meat burger choices. See their menu or the Don Day review linked below for more on the meat options.

    We found the ComiDomi website easy to use. Entering our address was the hardest part, everything else was smooth and intuitive (for me, a computer geek). We choose the option to pay the driver cash but credit / debit cards are an option. The food arrived in about 35 minutes via motorcycle after ordering.

    I counted 13 restaurants and stores on the ComiDomi website that they currently deliver. They also have Apple and Android apps but I did not use those for ordering.

    Bottom line
    Would we eat at Birdie's Burgers again? Yes.
    Would we order Birdie's Burgers again for delivery through ComiDomi? Yes.
    Would we get the fries again? Yes at the restaurant, but probably not for delivery.

    Google Maps | Trip Advisor | Website | Menu | ComiDomi

    Don Day liked the burgers and the fries delivered: Deliver De Burger De Sooner De Better.

    For the lowdown on Birdie's meat based burgers see Don Day: Birdie’s Burgers. It’s mainly because of the meat.

    Open every day 10 am - 10 pm

    Relox 18, Centro. San Miguel de Allende, Gto. MX
    Inside Doce 18 Concept House

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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 19, 2019
    From a quick glance at the menu you might expect the usual Mexican fare with nachos, salads, tacos, and burritos. But, Don Taco Tequila is not the usual. From the appetizers to dessert. From the nachos.

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    To the towering burritios.

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    Everything is delicious and aesthetic. The service is great. And, everything is vegan.

    Public service announcement. There are two excellent restaurants in town that are sometimes confused with each other because of similar names. This one is Don Taco Tequila and is on Macias in Centro. The other is Tacos Don Felix and is on Fray Juan de San Miguel in Colonial San Rafael. Both are great, but be clear with a cab driver or if you are meeting someone at one or the other.

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    Sun: 2 pm - 8 pm
    Mon - Thu: 2 pm - 10 pm
    Fri - Sat: 2pm - 11 pm

    Calle de Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias 83
    Centro, Esquina con Umaran
    San Miguel de Allende

    (415) 154 9608
  • Glenn Wilson
    June 18, 2019
    Sabroso Taquería has marvelous black bean tacos. Very simple with black beans, corn tortillas and a few veggies with salsa. Simple but delicious. The vegetarian nopal tacos and banana tacos are also great.

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    The tacos al pastor were perfectly overfilled and my wife's favorite. The micheladas are among the best I've ever had.

    You'll want to go up to the rooftop. It is nice but not spectacular. You can also order pizza from the next door / shared-space "Chicago" pizza place.

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    Don Day: Taco ‘bout a nice new addition to the San Miguel food scene.

    Zacateros 41
    Centro
    37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
    (415) 688 1392

    Sun & Mon: noon - 11 pm
    Tuesday: closed
    Wed & Thur: noon - 11 pm
    Fri & Sat: noon - 1: 00

    Update June 19, 2019: I used to refer to the black bean tacos as vegan because I though that they were. They were listed with other "Tacos Vegetarianos" on the menu. But, according to a review on Happy Cow, "They use animal fat to cook the beans." If true about the beans in the black bean tacos, then they are neither vegetarian nor vegan.

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