• Glenn Wilson
    September 5, 2019
    What was the response to the revelation that as many as 37 percent of breast cancer cases may be attributed to exposure to bovine leukemia virus (BLV), a cancer-causing cow virus found in the milk of nearly every dairy herd in the United States? I discuss this issue in my video Industry Response to Bovine Leukemia Virus in Breast Cancer. The industry pointed out that some women without breast cancer harbored the virus, too. Indeed, BLV was found in the tissues of 29 percent of women who didn’t have breast cancer, a finding the researchers replied “is not surprising considering the long latency period of breast cancer…” In other words, they may not have breast cancer yet. ...

    However, the agriculture industry appeared to be more concerned about consumer confidence in U.S. dairy than consumer cancer. Indeed, the “U.S. dairy industry face[d] a brewing public-relations brouhaha,” and it became “concerned about the possibility of eventual mandatory control of these diseases in dairy cattle along with public perception and an impact on the consumption of dairy products.” ...

    More than 20 countries have successfully eradicated BLV from their herds by changing their practices, whereas it remains an epidemic in the United States ...

    Dairy Industry Responds to Bovine Leukemia Virus in Breast Cancer.

    Is Bovine Leukemia Virus in Milk Infectious?

    The Role of Bovine Leukemia Virus in Breast Cancer

    Industry Response to Bovine Leukemia Virus in Breast Cancer

    More in the category Health and Medical.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.
  • Glenn Wilson
    September 4, 2019
    Update: ComiDomi food delivery shuts down.

    Last Friday I was in TDF (Tacos Don Felix) to pick up an order to go. I saw a ComiDomi driver come in to pick up an order. That's right! Now you can get TDF delivered via ComiDomi.

    I recently wrote Tacos Don Felix, Insider Tips and about the delivery service ComiDomi in conjunction with Birdie's Burgers and Taco Lab. You can review those posts for more information about TDF or ComiDomi.

    I've used ComiDomi and have eaten at or from TDF many times but I have never tried delivery from TDF via ComiDomi. Why? Because I live about 30 seconds away from TDF. But, I'm thinking about you. You live more than 30 seconds away from TDF and it might just be what you're craving on a weekend when you don't want to go out.

    No, sorry. I don't think the margarita is available for delivery.

    Just click the ComiDomi link below, and select Tacos Don Felix. I presume it is available roughly during their regular hours listed below. If you try it, let us know how it goes.

    Friday 5pm - 10pm.
    Saturday 2pm - 10pm.
    Sunday 1pm - 9:30pm.
    Closed Monday - Thursday.

    Google Maps | Trip Advisor | Website / Menu | ComiDomi

    Fray Juan de San Miguel 15, San Rafael, 37896 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
    415 152 5719

    More in the category Restaurants.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.
  • Glenn Wilson
    September 4, 2019
    We had dinner last night with friends at Zumo. It was our first time there and the place is beautiful. The rooftop dining room has great views. We made the reservation last Friday and let them know one vegan was in the party.

    The only vegan item on the menu was the Habanero Gazpacho so I had to try it. It was delicious. Smooth, nice texture and taste. The habanero slices were hot, of course, but worked well with the cool soup.


    They also offered me a special vegan mushroom salad. Crisp, fresh and also delicious. The mushrooms were earthy and "meaty."


    My dining partners started with the Burrata Cheese salad that they all loved. Three of them had Braised Short Rib and one had the Salmon.


    For dessert they split servings of cheese cake, chocolate tamale and creme brulée.


    All of the food was delicious and the service was top-notch.

    Google Maps | Trip Advisor | Website

    Quebrada 93, Zona Centro,
    Centro, 37750 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.

    (415) 152 0489

    More in the category Restaurants.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.
  • 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.
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    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
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    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.

    More in the category Cooking.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.
  • Glenn Wilson
    August 31, 2019
    Update September 27, 2019: Added La Frontera.

    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

    La Frontera
    (I have not yet done a full post on La Frontera; the La Frontera links are to Google Maps.)

    The Best Dine in Veggie Burger
    Hecho en México, La Frontera

    Best Delivered Veggie Burger
    RubyJoy's Delivery Only Restaurant
    Honorable Mentions: Birdie's Burgers (but ComiDomi delivery has shut down), La Frontera (call them for delivery).

    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.

    More in the category Restaurants.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.
  • 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.

    More in the category Security and Crime.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.
  • Glenn Wilson
    August 30, 2019
    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).

    Update Nov 4, 2019:
    Also see: Make Sure You Know Who’s Renting Your Mexican Home
    A new Mexican law empowers authorities to seize your home if it’s suspected that the property was obtained illicitly or if it’s being used for illegal activities.
    Make Sure You Know Who’s Renting Your Mexican Home

    Update Nov 9, 2019:
    Increase of 3.5% for services, charge for parking on public roads and a new tax for tourists staying
    As we have already informed you, last Wednesday the members of the Cabildo de San Miguel de Allende voted for the new Income Law for 2020, that is, they sent to the State Congress the proposal of tax increases and the creation of 2 New taxes...
    (GW: Includes 2% tax on lodgings through platforms like Airbnb, $10,500 peso annual fee for farms that host tourists, fee for dividing land into lots, raises other fees and sets the fee for parking meters.)
    Increase of 3.5% for services, charge for parking on public roads and a new tax for tourists staying (sp).

    More in the category Finance and Legal.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.
  • 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.

    More in the category Art, Literature, Museums, Music, and Theaters.

    Register or sign up for our daily email digest.

Welcome to San Miguel Frequently Asked Questions!

Expat and immigrant English language resources and community for San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Visitors to this site may browse.

Register to receive the optional daily email digest.

Registration is also required to post or vote in polls. When you register, we will send you an email with a link. Open that email and click that link to complete the process and confirm your email.