• Glenn Wilson
    June 10, 2019
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    Cafe Arab'ella is a great spot for a light bite before the theater or breakfast or brunch anytime. Or, just a nice cup of coffee. They are located across from the Shelter Theater. The menu features coffee, all day breakfast and light bites.

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    I've had the coffee, bagel, hummus and veggie burger, but not all at the same time. Everything was great. My wife likes the Mezze plate.

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    The breakfast bagel egg sandwiches look awesome as does the all beef cheese burger.

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    The veggie bagel with avocado, hummus, tomato, lettuce and onion is delicious.

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    Arabella always has chess sets and other board games available. Indoor and outdoor are seating available.

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

    Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm.
    Tuesday 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
    Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm.
    Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm.
    Friday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm.
    Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm.
    Sunday closed.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 9, 2019
    Anado : “One night I was dreaming that I was driving my taxi and I was lost. I said aloud ‘Where am I?’ and a voice answered 'You’re on Kismet Street'. The next day I looked up the definition of ‘kismet’ and learned it means fate. That is the rule of my creative process. I am open to fate and what existence has to offer.”


    Here we present observations on culture, kismet, creativity, home, and relationships that nurture & inspire us from Anado McLauchlin, an assemblage & mosaic artist, and founder & curator of the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery in the Casa de Las Ranas Compound about a half hour outside San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.
    Continue the journey at Photo Essay: Anado McLauchlin, Founder, Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery.

    Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery.
    Made by Anado.
    Google Maps.
    Requested donation 200 pesos per person.
    By appointment only. Tour lasts one hour.
    Be on time or Anado will start without you.
    If you come in a cab have it wait for you.

    "The Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery and Casa de Las Ranas will be closed for maintenance from June 7 through July 5…no tour or visits are possible"

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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 8, 2019


    University students from Mexico and the United States, grouped in the civil association Caminos de Agua, created a low-cost, high-efficiency water filter, which they called Aguadapt, and which is able to eliminate bacteria, fluoride and arsenic from water extracted from nearby wells to mines.

    The young people, who live in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, were recognized in 2018 for their innovation, by the British James Dyson Foundation and this year seek advice and funding from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, explained to Crónica one of the four innovators , Aaron Krupp.
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    Their desire to grow and be able to manufacture a greater number of filters came from the experience that in 2017, after the earthquake in Mexico City, the NGO Oxfam asked for 5 thousand filters and only had a few hundred. So now they want to grow and presented the project to the James Dyson Foundation and look for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

    More at: They create economical water filter that cleans bacteria and arsenic
    (Google translation).

    For more information about Caminos de Agua, visit www.caminosdeagua.org.
  • Glenn Wilson
    June 8, 2019
    Felix started with a taco cart about 13 years ago. Then, one cold and rainy day he and Gloria moved the furniture around in their living room and invited customers inside their home. Today, Tacos Don Felix serves up fantastic and authentic Mexican food in a beautiful restaurant that seats about sixty.

    This ain't no taco stand! They converted the garage into a kitchen; what was the kitchen is now the bar; the back area of the dining room used to be the backyard but it all comes together seamlessly. They recently added a separate bar on the third floor and the second floor is residential.

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    Dining at TDF (Tacos Don Felix) is a delight for your eyes and your taste buds. And, when you enter their home, they treat you like family.

    We live about a 30 second leisurely walk away from TDF and are neighbors and friends with the whole Don Felix family. They are only open on weekends. Before we lived full time in San Miguel de Allende we would make sure to include some weekend in trips here so we could dine at TDF.

    I have eaten food at or from TDF over a hundred times in the almost two years we have lived here and I have dined there dozens of times with friends. Based on my experience and the feedback from others I'm going to share my insider tips and what you should order if you don't already have a favorite.

    Short version: the enchiladas are magic.

    First, they will bring you a complementary appetizer of pork or chicken (it varies) on a tostado. If you prefer a meatless appetizer tell them when they seat you and they will instead bring you a tostado with huitlacoche (a Mexican corn fungus delicacy; somewhat mushroom like).

    Their speciality drink is a margarita. It is $100 pesos and is as big as your head. They also have a selection of beers and wine and mixed drinks.

    Order some guacamole. It is as good as any I've ever had.

    If you prefer no-meat and no-cheese, I recommend Enchiladas Glenn (<- that's me). It's not on the menu. It is the cheese enchiladas, without the cheese, and stuffed with beans instead. It is served with rice, and topped with fried potatoes and carrots. These are my favorite enchiladas ever. If you prefer a salad, try the house salad which includes nuts, avocados, dried fruit and is a full meal. It's a great salad. Another way to go is to just order some tortillas and a plate of rice, beans and guacamole. If you eat cheese get the cheese enchiladas ("enchiladas del portal" on the menu). Update June 21, 2019: I just checked with TDF and these enchiladas are cooked on a grill that is also used for meat products.

    For meat eaters, order the Enchiladas Gloria. This is Gloria's signature dish. Who's Gloria? Gloria is Mrs. Don Felix and she runs the kitchen. Enchiladas Gloria are 2 chicken and 2 pork enchiladas with red sauce and green sauce. People rave about them.

    The enchiladas are mildly spicy and you can add more heat and flavor with the salsas on the table.

    If you can not tolerate any picante, you could get the grilled chicken. It comes with a side salad and "Mexican" baked potato (not a russet potato). If you prefer vegetables, or rice, or beans instead of the side salad or the baked potato, they will gladly substitute. Instead of the grilled chicken, you could get the Caesar Salad. Or, you can get the Caesar Salad with the grilled chicken on top (not on the menu). It's a classic combo and one of my wife's favorite dishes.

    The entrees above are all about $130 pesos; except the Caesar salad plus grilled chicken is $180. They have lots more on the menu and usually have specials with rib eye, salmon, and shrimp ... but, for the real magic, try the enchiladas!

    Did you leave room for dessert?
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    Friday 5pm - 10pm.
    Saturday 2pm - 10pm.
    Sunday 1pm - 9:30pm.
    Closed Monday - Thursday.

    The restrooms are clean and modern. Most of the servers speak great English. Cash only, no credit cards.

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


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  • Glenn Wilson
    June 6, 2019
    La Casa Del Diezmo
    Restaurant and Bar
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    La Casa Del Diezmo has a beautiful, tranquil courtyard.

    Jesús 36, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
    10am - 9pm. closed Wednesdays.
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    According to their menu, the historic property housed the Catholic Church's administrative offices and storeroom for the tithes which were often paid with crops, livestock or silver.

    We had breakfast there earlier today. French press coffee, toast, orange juice and fruit plate. It was all good. They have a number of egg dishes, hotcakes, juice, etc. The fruit plate was $75, egg based breakfast dishes range from $90 (Huevos a la Mexicana) to $130 (Omelet with artichoke hearts, tomatoes and cheese).

    They specialize in Gastronomía Yucateca. Salads range from $150 to $210; appetizers from $150 to $240; soups from $85 to $150; entrees from $220 to $370 and desserts from $65 to $75.

    2 for 1 Margaritas all day Monday to Friday (but closed Wednesdays).
  • 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.

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  • 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?


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  • 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
    Update Sept 19, 2019: The Links page now over 100 links in ten main categories. I use the page frequently to find and visit other websites. Check it out, I think you'll find it useful! Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

    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

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