• Glenn Wilson
    February 4, 2020
    From a reader via email:

    "I thought you might be interested to know that yesterday my friend and I were mugged near the bridge on Purisima (not far from Estacion).

    The thief ran up behind my friend and ripped her purse out from under her arm. He then ran away into the bamboo bushes and along a path down to the dry riverbed, under the bridge and into some houses on the other side.

    A kind local woman stopped and told us that she knew the man and where he lived. The police arrived and went looking for this man - they too said that they recognized him from the photo which the local woman had taken.

    We are, of course, thankful that we were not hurt in the attack but distressed that my friend has lost all her important cards, phone and money.

    Please warn your readers to be vigilant and suggest, strongly, that women do not carry purses. It is far too great a temptation to desperate locals.

    The thief was wearing a gray hoodie and gray or beige shorts with white trainers."

    Google Maps Approximate Location: near the bridge on Purisima (not far from Estacion).
  • Patricia Boesen
    January 30, 2020
    "COOKING NATURE” Thursday February 20th, 2020 at 6 o’clock
    A spectacular culinary event, a tribute to “Deep Mexico” Based on the natural flavors of the land.
    Cocktails & 6 course dinner with wine pairing Reserve in advance
    $2,300 pesos (tax and service charge included) Ticket for sale, cash or credit sale at LA DOÑA San Francisco 32, Zona Centro Phone: 415 688 3131
    A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to Casa Hogar Corazon Valiente program “Brake An Egg, Hatch An Education”

    1st Course
    La Doña: Traditional rabbit “barbacoa” taco, country “quelites”, smoked salsa and coriander sprouts.
    2nd Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Zuchini salad, pistachio, sheep cheese, yellow lemon and mint.
    3rd Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Roast cauliflower, white “mole”, black “mole” and black truffle.
    4th Course
    La Doña: Fish in wild mushroom textures and candied celery bulb.
    5th Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Loaded rib, pickled “tuétano”, poblano veil and red wine vegetables.
    Palate Cleanser: Corn syrup shaved ice and “xoconostle”.
    La Doña: Chai tea mousse, corn ash “atole” vanilla ice cream and “hoja santa” strudel.
  • Glenn Wilson
    January 29, 2020
    Update: The original post said that Cafe Arab'ella would be open before this event for lunch or a snack. Cafe Arab'ella will NOT be open for this event.

    HOW NOT TO DIE: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, & Reversing Our Top 15 Killers.
    In this “best-of” compilation of his last four year-in-review presentations, Dr. Greger explains what we can do about the #1 cause of death and disability: our diet.

    Speakers will be on hand to answer questions about the plant based diet and general health issues.

    Shelter Theater will host a 'How Not to Die' event, including the showing of Dr. Greger's full-length presentation on How not to die, including how not to die from:
    • Heart disease,
    • Cancer,
    • COPD—chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases,
    • Strokes,
    • Type 2 diabetes,
    • Kidney failure,
    • Respiratory infections,
    • Suicide,
    • Blood infections,
    • High blood pressure,
    • Parkinson’s disease,
    • Medical errors.

    Do you want to live a long and healthy life? Minimizing, avoiding or reversing the above can be key. Learn how in this entertaining, science-based presentation.

    Feb 16, Sunday, 3 pm at Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4.
    Website | Location on Google Maps

    No advance ticket sales. Requested donation of $100 pesos.

    Cafe Arab'ella will be open starting at 1pm for this event if you want to stop in for something to eat or coffee, etc. She is across the street from Shelter Theater. She has some plant-based and vegan options.
    Due to the death of a close friend, Cafe Arab'ella will NOT be open for this event.

    Who is Dr. Greger and NutritionFacts.org?

    Dr. Greger and NutritionFacts does not sell food, supplements or vitamins and does not accept advertising.
    NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive and thriving.NutritionFacts.org

    Glenn here. Full disclosure: I have been a supporter of NutritionFacts and Dr. Greger for years. I currently volunteer for NutritionFacts reviewing videos for accuracy, based on the underlying scientific studies, before the videos are published.
  • Patricia Boesen
    January 26, 2020
    Opening Event Special Guest and World Premiere
    February 21st 12:00 noon
    Meet Food in Film Festival’s special guest, Chef Daniel Nates from Restaurant Maizal in Puebla.
    2016 S. Pellegrino’s best young chef, and 2019 Food & Wine best chef.
    Chef Daniel Nates presents the World Premiere of his documentary: “Cooking Nature”
    A tribute to deep Mexico. Based on the natural flavors of the land. Chef Daniel Nates will speak about his documentary film and his food philosophy before and after the screening.For more information, please visit foodinfilmsanmiguel.com
    Tickets on sale through www.boletocity.com
  • Glenn Wilson
    January 25, 2020
    The works of the Depressed Pass El Pípila continue. Be careful and follow the signs. Anticipate your transit times.

    Mar 22 update:
    # LaObra The El Pípila Underpass, will change our life in # SanMiguelDeLaGente, will contribute to saving fuel and travel time.

    Anticipate your transit times and consider the alternative routes exclusively for light vehicles.

    Feb 28 update:
    Heavy traffic in the direction of Dolores Hidalgo to Querétaro due to work derived from the work at El Pípila Glorieta, if you go to Celaya it is suggested to take the alternate route 100 meters before the Telcel Center. Drive with caution.

    Alternate routes on Facebook.

    We present the alternate route from the work at El Pípila Glorieta from Querétaro to the San Miguel de Allende Center. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    We present the alternate route from the work at El Pípila Glorieta to Salida a Celaya to Dolores Hidalgo. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    We present the alternate route from the work at El Pípila Glorieta from Dolores Hidalgo to Celaya. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    We present the alternate route around the work at El Pípila Glorieta from Plaza La Luciérnaga to Dolores Hidalgo. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    The Infrastructure and Public Works Department has put together a PDF file for six alternate routes with maps for the overpass work in Glorieta El Pípila.

    Alternate routes (maps below)
    • Via alterna: DOLORES A CELAYA
    • Via alterna: QUERETARO A SMA
    • Via alterna: SALIDA A CELAYA A DOLORES
    • Via alterna: DOLORES A CELAYA
    • Via alterna: QUERETARO A SMA CENTRO
    • Via alterna: CELAYA A QUERETARO

    If you have alternate route suggestions please add them in comments!

    Click the link to download the PDF file Alternate construction routes (16.7 MB PDF).

    Click an image below for larger version.

    For the highest resolution images, click the link to download the PDF file Alternate construction routes (16.7 MB PDF).
  • Lola Cortina
    January 25, 2020

    Our Thematic Evening Fundraising Monthly Cultural & Gourmet Event, will be on ASTROLOGY. Lecture by the professional Astrologer Lola Cortina (Since 1987). Paintings on Zodiacal Cats by Sofie Engstrom von Alten on sale, 10% of profits will go to our earthly cats! Maye Cordova and Jimena Tamayo from Garambullo will prepare a delicious, extraordinary dinner: Spiral Galaxies of vegetables with meteorites of meat balls. Moon phases of goat cheese, potatoes and sweet potatoes with salad. Lavender cake with Stars. Wine and coffee.

    Friday 31st January 2020
    5 to 8 pm
    Aldama 9, Centro, SMA

    $650 pesos


    Advance tickets:
    Garambullo, Animas 46, Centro
    Cafe La Ventana, Sollano 11, Centro
    Buon Forno, Stirling Dickinson 33, Col. San Antonio
    Movie Pocket Theater, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Mercado Sano.

    More info: Lola Cortina 415 101 08 40 and
  • Glenn Wilson
    January 2, 2020
    Happy Introvert Day. Jan 2. From around the twitterverse ...

    Introverts Unite! We're here, we're uncomfortable and we want to go home.

    I'm sorry I didn't answer my phone when you called. I don't use it for that.

    Here is a live view of the #worldintrovertday Parade in New York City!

    Sorry I'm late. I didn't want to come.

    Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.

    Yes, I can work well with others -- if they leave me alone.

    Quiet people have the loudest minds!

    Let's all celebrate -- individually and in silence.

    I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds...

    How You Can Tell That You're an Introvert
    Introversion is a personality trait characterized by a focus on internal feelings rather than on external sources of stimulation. Introverts and extroverts are often viewed in terms of two extreme opposites, but the truth is that most people lie somewhere in the middle.

    While introverts make up an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the population, there are still many misconceptions about this personality type. It is also important to note that introversion is not the same thing as social anxiety or shyness. Being an introvert does not mean that you are socially anxious or shy.
    How You Can Tell That You're an Introvert

    Barfly. Do you hate people?

    No, but, I seem to feel better when they're not around.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    December 28, 2019

    Kathy Hester: If you don’t know, us southerners think eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day fills up our year with luck!

    People in the southern US eat cooked collard greens too. They are thought to attract money in the new year.

    You can even make a dish of Hopping John which has black-eyed peas and rice. I like to chop up collard greens and add them in too.

    Continue at Plant Based Instant Pot: New Year’s Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas.

    According to legendary Southern food researcher John Egerton's Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History, black-eyed peas are associated with a "mystical and mythical power to bring good luck." As for collard greens, they're green like money and will ensure you a financially prosperous new year. And isn't that all what we want anyway?

    There's evidence that people ate black-eyed peas for luck as early as 500 A.D. as a part of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But the tradition of eating black-eyed peas with rice is African in origin and spread throughout the South, especially in the Carolinas, in the form of pilaus or rice dishes simmered for a long time with chicken or shrimp. When black-eyed peas were added to the pilau, it became Hoppin' John.

    Continue at Southern Living: Why We Eat Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens on New Years.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    December 3, 2019
    For breakfast, sometimes I eat leftovers from the day before, sometimes I make oatmeal with fruit, and sometimes I just eat some plain fruit. But sometimes ...

    When I have fresh leafy greens and berries, I like to make a berry and greens smoothie:

    Lately I have been getting some nice blueberries and raspberries from La Comer. This morning I used raspberries, baby arugula and spinach. I also added an apple.

    Breakfast Berry and Greens Smoothie
    • Wash and disinfect the produce before use as needed
    • 2 handfuls of leafy greens
    • 1-2 cups of berries
    • 1 apple
    • 1-2 cups water with ice
    • Blend to desired consistency
    • Serves two
    • Enjoy!

    You can substitute frozen berries instead of fresh and other fruit or veggie for the apple. You can use any variety of fresh leafy greens and berries. Sometimes I throw in some celery or a carrot. Experiment. This is not a recipe so much as a framework.

    Simple, easy, nutritious and delicious!

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  • Glenn Wilson
    November 29, 2019
    For our Thanksgiving meal yesterday, we had delivered from RubyJoy's:
    • Whole Roasted Stuffed Cauliflower,
    • Mashed Potatoes,
    • Cornbread stuffing (hiding under the cranberry sauce in the pic),
    • Green Beans,
    • Cranberry Sauce,
    • Sweet Potato Gratin.

    Plus, we had chocolate ice cream from Cafe Arabella.

    Everything was fantastic!

    And, everything was vegan and gluten-free but RubyJoy's also offered the traditional non-vegan turkey and sides. And, Cafe Arababella also sells regular non-vegan ice cream (they make it all themselves).

    Too late for you for this Thanksgiving, but keep them in mind for next Thanksgiving or your next meal.

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