• Glenn Wilson
    March 16, 2019
    In 2018, there were 29 murders recorded in San Miguel de Allende. [1] The population of San Miguel is about 170,000. [2] So, the 2018 homicide rate for San Miguel is about 17 per 100,000. Whether you think of this as 17 deaths per 100,000 or in the absolute terms of 29 deaths, the loss of human life is tragic.

    Some people in San Miguel are concerned about this homicide rate and the recent murders and make comparisons to murder rates to where they are from or to other places they know. The average overall murder rate in the U.S. is about 5 per 100,000 and in Canada it's under 2 and in Mexico as a whole it is about 19 per 100,000. [3] Of course, these rates vary by city.

    I've heard comments like, "San Miguel is about the same as Kansas City, but at least we're better than St. Louis." [4]


    And, "At least we didn't make the list of most violent cities."
    A few excerpts from that list [5]:
    50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.
    46. Detroit had 38.78 homicides per 100,000 residents.
    32. Celaya, Mexico, had 46.99 homicides per 100,000 residents.
    23. Baltimore, Maryland, had 50.52 homicides per 100,000 residents.
    15. St. Louis, Missouri, had 60.59 homicides per 100,000 residents.

    I believe that these comparisons are valid, and useful, and help us to understand and relate to the numbers and to put them into perspective.

    A different perspective

    But, for the purpose of perspective, I would like you to consider another comparison. [6]


    A "random" person in the U.S. is almost 10 times more likely to die from heart disease than a "random" person in SMA is to be murdered. The same is true for cancer. And a lot of heart disease can be prevented through diet and other healthy practices [7], as can a lot of chronic disease risk––diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, and cancer. [8][9]

    I appreciate all feedback and comments and links to better statistics.

    Notes and sources:
    [1] Murders in San Miguel Becoming More Frequent, More Public
    [2] San Miguel de Allende 2015 Census Estimate
    [3] List of countries by intentional homicide rate
    [4] 1998 was the least deadly year in Cincinnati. What can we learn from it?
    [5] These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2018
    [6] Mortality in the United States, 2017
    [7] How Not to Die from Heart Disease
    [8] From Adequate Nutrition to Optimum Nutrition
    [9] The Actual Benefit of Diet vs. Drugs
  • Glenn Wilson
    March 12, 2019
    Starting March 16 we will be meeting for Chess at Cafe Arab'ella on Saturdays at 9am.

    Players of all levels are welcome; from complete beginners to experts. Depending on turn out and interest we'll have casual games, lessons, or blitz chess.

    Cafe Arab'ella
    Vicente Guerrero 1
    San Miguel de Allende
    044 415 197 1666

    Across from the Shelter Theater.

    Facebook Page
    Google Map

    Cafe Arab'ella has great coffee, and bagels, and eggs, and more.

    The chess is organized by Glenn Wilson (that's me), United States Chess Federation Correspondence Chess Master and Chess Expert. I have helped thousands of people have fun and become better chess players through lessons, coaching, my chess web sites and chess related software including the free KnightVision Pawner mobile chess app for practicing how the pieces move.
  • Al-ex
    March 7, 2019
    Hi guys, I had several customers lately who were loooking for a Russian restaurant in SMA.
    I heard that there was one so we were driving through SMA asking people around but we could not find it. If anyone knows its location please let me know: address or contact information - phone, website. Thanks.
  • Ron Lenox
    January 2, 2019
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  • Glenn Wilson
    December 31, 2018
    The new bar at Tacos Don Felix is now open. And today, Monday December 31, 2018 the restaurant and the new bar are open from 1pm to 10pm. Yes, open on Monday (today only).
    The bar is on the third floor with a nice view including Centro and the Parroquia. It is fully enclosed and open the same hours as the restaurant on the ground floor. There are still finishing the bar and there are a few rough spots but it is already looking great.

    Google Maps: Tacos Don Felix

    Menu: Tacos Don Felix Menu

    Fray Juan de San Miguel 15, San Rafael, 37896 San Miguel de Allende.

    (415) 154 0505 and (415) 152 5719.
  • Glenn Wilson
    November 18, 2018
    The pork ribs were served stacked three high and looked delicious. My wife loved them. She followed that with the pan roasted chicken breast with the butternut squash polenta which was also a big hit.

    Service was great and consistent and we dined in a lovely setting.

    The menu is not very friendly for vegetarians or vegans, except for Burger night which does offer a veggie burger. But, they publish their menu on their web site so I knew what to expect: The Restaurant (website). Alas, it was not burger night on our recent visit.

    I started with the shaved brussels sprout and kale salad (without the cheese). I found it crisp and refreshing. For an entree, I had the spaguetti and marinara sauce. This is their spaguetti and roasted garlic meatballs but without the meatballs and without the cheese.

    Both entrees, my spaguetti and my wife's pan roasted chicken breast were on the small side.

    The wine list looked nice including some don't-break-the-bank selections. We had the Pinot Noir for $160 pesos by the glass. Nice but not remarkable.

    My wife had the creme brulee for dessert. She is an expert on creme brulee. She makes it and she has eaten it at dozens of restaurants. It is her favorite dessert. "Maybe the best I've ever had," she said.

    Verdict: My wife loved almost everything about the place. Me, not as much. But, I'm sure we will be heading back on burger night in the near future.

    Google Maps

    The Restaurant. Because there’s no friend like an old friend. (Don Day)

    Update: After reading the above, the missus says her entree was not small. Fact: She ate that huge pile of ribs then finished off that delicious looking, perfectly plated, golden skin, moist and tender chicken breast with butternut squash polenta and vegetables and still had room for the creme brulee. I rest my case. :-)
  • Glenn Wilson
    November 15, 2018
    Did you see Don Day's blog post You are invited to a special seafood dinner paired with wines from yesterday about Grill Torres? Check out the link to Don Day's article but the special seafood dinner is already sold out. If you missed it, subscribe to his blog so you get earlier notice next time.

    Grill Torres (Google Map link with their current location just off Ancha San Antonio at Cjon. de la Bayoneta 2). Facebook page.

    And they now serve breakfast! Check out their breakfast menu. (Click for larger view).
    More Don Day reviews (but note these refer to their old location): Grille Torres. Nice shrimp. Nice salmon. Nice guy. and Cazón. Worth the seven blocks just to try it..

    Mauro Torres is a nice guy and if you are vegetarian, he will make you up an off-menu vegetarian sandwich, or steam some vegetables, or, .... Just tell him what you can eat. Oh, and people that like seafood tell me that they love his cooking.
  • Glenn Wilson
    November 14, 2018
    I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nicole Brêda and viewing some of her work both online and in person. She now lives in San Miguel de Allende and has some pieces hanging in the Rosenblueth Gallery in the lobby of the Hotel Petra on Macias 47 in Centro. I find her work to be stunning and, with her permission, I am sharing a bit here. Click the links below to see more.

    More Portraits

    Nicole Brêda is a Brazilian artist who spent her unconventional childhood exploring volcanos, virgin beaches and wildlife in various countries in Latin America, from the Andes to the Caribbean. Nicole began studying under Gilberto Aceves Navarro and Luis Fernando Road in her early twenties in Mexico City, and quickly excelled in sketching and painting. Her landscapes and portraits capture the essence of the places she's been and the people she has met during her travels.About Nicole Brêda

    Paintings Available for Purchase
  • Shannon Shaffer
    November 6, 2018
    I nominate Edcaminos. Edcaminos is a free after school program located in Independencia. We serve children ages 6-13 helping with homework, working to improve their grades, exposing them to arts and culture and learning some English.


    We serve up to 25 children per day. Our tutors are local high school and college students. We are a small grassroots program that makes a difference in the lives of our students and their families. We are in desperate need of funding. Thank you
    Facebook: Edcaminos Ac
  • CarolaLepe
    October 29, 2018
    Centro Infantil de los Angeles is a nonprofit organization that provides free, quality daycare and preschool education to children with the greatest need in San Miguel de Allende, México. Our center affords working parents the comfort of knowing their children are fed, nurtured and can learn in a safe, caring environment as they work to make a better life for themselves and the community as a whole.

    We receive monetary donations through our website www.centroinfantil.org and we have a Sponsorship program and a Volunteer Program as well.

    For our volunteer program, we pair individuals with teachers to assist with upkeep of classrooms, educational activities, breakfast/lunch service, and supporting for school events. You can read more about our organization and our volunteer program on our website: www.centroinfantil.org

    For our Sponsorship program please email or call our Volunteer Coordinator Carola Lepe Fernandez: (415) 139-3242 to receive more information.
    We will be hosting a welcoming event on Wednesday November 7th @ our Daycare in Enrique Velasco Ibarra #9 Colonia Santa Julia at 10am for anyone that is interested in getting to know CILA a little better.

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