• Glenn Wilson
    June 5, 2019
    Instant Pot has changed my life. I am not talking about a marijuana motorcycle delivery service.

    I mean this Instant Pot: the pressure cooker...
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    ...and "10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer."

    About a year ago I wrote about the difficultly I had with getting my gas stove, here in San Miguel de Allende, to a low enough setting to simmer in Can you simmer?

    To get around that issue we tried using a pressure cooker. That was an improvement but it still needed to be watched and fiddled with while cooking because the stove would not go low enough. As a work around, we got a small electric hot plate that goes low enough to simmer. That was a big help for some dishes.

    But, the real breakthrough was when we got the Instant Pot, an electric pressure cooker. Now we can cook rice, or beans, or polenta, or spaghetti sauce, or beets or any number of things and it is all automatic and needs no attention while cooking. It cooks most things faster than on the cooktop. It also heats up the kitchen less than cooking on the stove or in the oven.

    Did I mention it is also a slow cooker?

    We have the 6 quart Ultra model described and reviewed at Laura Pazzaglia's Hip Cooking. Also useful is the Hip Cooking Comparison Guide: Which Instant Pot is Right for You? The Ultra model is not the one she recommends for most people.

    Laura Pazzaglia also has a great pressure cooking recipe book Everything Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook.

    The model we bought is currently $129.99 USD at Amazon U.S. but back in December 2018 we bought one there for $87.99 USD. We got ours from Amazon U.S. and had it delivered here by Mini Express.
  • Glenn Wilson
    June 4, 2019
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    Where do you get your protein? Beef is not as common in San Miguel de Allende as it is north of the border and is generally not as good. Or, so I hear from my meat eating friends. There are some exceptions, of course, some restaurants with consistently good beef or places you can buy the good stuff to cook yourself.

    Since I don't eat beef or other meat, I am sometime asked "Where do your get your protein?" My short answer is food. As in the Michael Pollan quote “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

    To which I might hear "Eat plants? Ok. But where do you get your protein if you don't eat meat?"

    For the longer answer ... here are a series of five food pairs. For each food pair, which do you think has more protein (higher percentage of its calories from protein)? (Answers below).

    Rib Eye or Spinach?

    Pinto Beans or Prime Rib?

    Feta Cheese or Kale?

    Broccoli or Whole Milk?

    Walnuts or Tomatoes?

    Click or tap Reveal to see the answers and the rest of this post:

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    The higher sources of protein are Spinach, Pinto Beans, Kale, Broccoli and Tomatoes. The other choices of Rib Eye, Prime Rib, Feta Cheese, Whole Milk and Walnuts are all excellent sources of fat.

    I'm using the site nutritionix.com as the source. In the links below, if you scroll down below the nutrition label you will see a chart for the sources of calories. For example, for marshallow the percentage of calories from protein is 2%.

    Rib Eye 37% or Spinach 41%
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/rib-eye/100-g
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/spinach/100-g

    Pinto Beans 25% or Prime Rib 23%
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/pinto-beans/1-cup
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/prime-rib/100-g

    Feta Cheese 21% or Kale 23%
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/feta-cheese
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/kale

    Broccoli 23% or Whole Milk 21%
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/broccoli
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/whole-milk

    Walnuts 9% or Tomatoes 15%
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/walnuts
    https://www.nutritionix.com/food/tomatoes/1-cup

    If you are interested in more information about vegetables as a source of protein, see Setting the record straight: Vegetables have plenty of protein, and they're complete proteins as well.

    So, if you are following Michael Pollan's advice and eating food, mostly plants you are probably getting plenty of protein.

    Where do you get your protein?
  • Glenn Wilson
    June 4, 2019
    A potential early-season tropical storm is brewing in the southern Gulf of Mexico’s Bay of Campeche, where Invest 91L is slowly organizing. The system has the potential to be a heavy rainmaker for the northeast coast of Mexico and the coasts of Texas and Louisiana this week.
    91L Slow to Develop, But a Heavy Rain Threat for Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana

    Meanwhile the chance of rain in San Miguel de Allende is currently at least 60% every day from today through Thursday, more or less, depending on which forecast you look at.

    Yahoo
    Weather Underground
    WeatherBug
    Ventusky

  • Glenn Wilson
    June 2, 2019
    I added a page of San Miguel de Allende web links and online resources. At the moment there are 39 links organized into the categories of Blogs & Writing, News, Events, Weather, Ground Transportation, Other, and, Groups & Online Communities. The content consists of sites I use frequently or want to keep handy for when I need them.

    The specifics and organization will change over time. All suggestions and additions are welcome.

    You can access the list from the Links menu choice. On a Desktop or tablet it is the far right option in the main menu bar above, across the top of the page.
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    On a mobile device it is in the Hamburger menu at the top left of the screen. It is frequently called a Hamburger menu because of the icon's three horizontal lines that have a vague similarity to a hamburger with a slice of bread, a patty, and another slice of bread.

    First, touch the Hamburger menu then, on the menu panel that slides out, touch Links.
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    You go also go there directly with this link: Links.
  • Glenn Wilson
    June 1, 2019
    Update: Voting is now closed. Congratulations to EdCaminos, Centro Infantil de los Angeles and The Rug Hook Project, winners of this month's contest and $6,000 pesos, $5,000 pesos and $4,000 pesos, respectively!

    The June contest is now open and will close Saturday June 29 at 8am. We again have $15,000 pesos to award. This website has given away $165,150 pesos so far. You get to vote on how this money is distributed.

    This month will have three winners. The organization with the most votes will be awarded $6,000 pesos. The organization with the second most votes will be awarded $5,000 pesos. The third place organization will be awarded $4,000 pesos. The participants this month are the the three that have not been awarded a prize since nominations closed in January 2019. Since we only have three contestants this month, everyone will be winner!

    This is the last in this series of contests. There are no specific plans for any contests after this month.

    You must be a registered and signed-in user of this site to vote. If you need help registering, confirming your email or voting pease see: Getting Started. Read this before Registering. Read this before Posting.

    The three participants are:

    1. The Rug Hook Project, Las Rancheritas
    https://www.smafaq.com/discussion/112/the-rug-hook-project-las-rancheritas

    2. Centro Infantil de los Angeles
    https://www.smafaq.com/discussion/120/centro-infantil-de-los-angeles

    3. EdCaminos
    https://www.smafaq.com/discussion/121/edcaminos-nomination
  • Glenn Wilson
    May 30, 2019
    "He is widely regarded by many as the most successful [musical] artist in Latin American history" but I had never heard of him until I ran across this video filmed in San Miguel de Allende. Visually stunning. The music is pretty good, too. Enjoy!



    Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri (born 19 April 1970) is a Puerto Rican-born Mexican singer and icon in Latin America, often referred to as El Sol de México (The Sun of Mexico). He is widely regarded by many as the most successful artist in Latin American history, having successfully performed in a wide range of musical styles, including pop, ballads, boleros, tangos, jazz, big band and mariachi. Luis Miguel is also recognized as the only Latin singer of his generation to not crossover to the anglo market during the "Latin Explosion" in the 1990s. Despite singing only in Spanish, he continued to be the best selling Latin artist in the 1990s, and was credited for popularizing the bolero genre into the mainstream market. To date, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
    Wikipedia: Luis Miguel
  • Glenn Wilson
    May 28, 2019
    Chef Quincy Bissic: One of my favorite things to do after a night out dining is to walk around the Jardin before heading back home. On this one night we were heading back home and we happened to notice this young boy on the street selling these very fragrant gardenias. We bought several bouquets and asked if he wouldn’t mind if we took his photo. He agreed, and we ended up buying several more of the bouquets he was selling. His photo is one of my favorites!

    We heard on this trip that one of our favorite restaurants had moved a little further out of town. We had just rediscovered Dila's on our last visit, so we decided to make the trek to the restaurant and turn it into a challenging walk. The chef/owner Dila is Sri Lankan and serves some of the most delicious, spicy and fresh Sri Lankan food. He is definitely one of my favorite people in San Miguel and one of the coolest. One of my favorite dishes is the fish in a spicy tamarind sauce and the fresh mango and ginger margaritas is my go-to drink.

    It’s always a pleasure seeing Dila's face! Because when I do, I know that I’m in for a memorable meal.


    Read the whole story at A Chef’s Travels Through San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Food and Faces
  • Glenn Wilson
    May 27, 2019
    Are you an artist, gallery owner, or writer? Would you like to expose your work to more people?

    You can post here at https://www.smafaq.com/ with still images and videos of your work. You can tell the story behind your work. If your art is for sale, you can include contact information or links to your website, facebook, gallery, etc so people know how to find you and buy your work.

    Here are a few examples pf posts that I have done of artists that I have met in San Miguel de Allende.
    The Art of Nicole Brêda

    Dana W Ball, Artist

    Michael Tolleson Robles: Red Dress Women Series paintings

    Maybe you want to share your photography.
    Hiking the Picachos

    Or, promote your book.
    A Gringo's Guide to Mexican Wiring

    We may promote your work further with our twitter account.

    You don't need permission, and it does not cost anything. Please keep the content family friendly and limit new posts promoting your work to no more than once per week (but comment freely).

    For help on creating a post ("New Discussion") see Creating Discussions and Comments.
  • Stella Garcia Nilsen
    May 27, 2019
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  • Glenn Wilson
    May 26, 2019
    If I go to tripadvisor.com and search for Joseph Toone Tours in San Miguel de Allende a list comes up, and, at the very top is Joseph Toone Tours (5/5 with 434 reviews). He must be pretty good to rate 5 out of 5!

    If I click that link, the results panel shows...
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    The recommended experiences do not include Joseph Toone Tours.

    There is no contact information listed for Joseph Toone Tours on the first page, or the second page, or ... scrolling all the way to the bottom. Why would they make it easy to book lots of experiences instead of what I specifically searched for?

    If I scroll back up to the top, on the left is...
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    And if I click the More I do see a way to contact Joseph Toone Tours.

    And, it is not just Joseph. If I search for Patronato Pro Ninos Tours in San Miguel de Allende the same thing happens.

    Why is TripAdvisor making it so hard to find contact information for Joseph Toone Tours or Patronato Pro Niños Tours? Maybe Joseph Toone can explain:
    "No longer is TripAdvisor an objective and unbiased resource for travelers and vacation planners. Pity.

    In an effort to increase profit TripAdvisor has altered its ecosystem to promote what TripAdvisor calls “Sponsored Placements” above all other traveler options for hotels, restaurants, tours, activities and attractions.
    ...
    The conflict of interest is blatant."

    More at TripAdvisor – No Longer the Google of Travel

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