• Glenn Wilson
    October 12, 2019
    Mexican street food is an essential component of our cultural identity. Its importance is such that delicacies such as taco and tamales have already become symbols that represent us internationally.

    And in the immense labyrinth of flavors that are Mexican “garnachas”, the taco is the undisputed king. But among all the types of tacos there are, which one will be the favorite? What is the most beloved taco of all? Finally, we have the answer, ingeniously illustrated in the “tacography” a delicious infographic that has solved the maximum question. It’s about the taco al pastor; This is the one that most Mexicans want.

    The news is interesting because if there is a sign of migration, cultural exchange and openness, that should be the taco al pastor. Born thanks to the Lebanese migrants in Puebla who adapted their traditional shawarma of lamb to the taste of Mexicans (now made with pork and richly seasoned), this taco is one that you can find throughout the country. Maybe this is the definitive test and if you think you are not an “open” person, now you know that your taste buds are.

    More at: What is Mexico’s Favorite Taco and it 60 variations (see this “tacography”).

    Netflix Taco Chronicles
    Each episode analyzes each taco variety, its origin, and history, and tells you where to get some delicious tacos. The series is in Spanish with English subtitles available. Episode #1 is Tacos al Pastor.
    Netflix pays homage to tacos

    Netflix Taco Chronicles

    See also: Tacos al pastor: the best food in the world?

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 8, 2019

    Mexico is well-known for its culture of artesanías, or craftwork. In states with strong artisan cultures like Oaxaca, it’s very common to see entire towns specialize in a single type of craft to elevate the quality of their pieces, make the most of existing infrastructure, and ensure a steady inflow of buyers looking for specific products. One such town is San Martín Tilcajete, known for its alebrijes, colorful folk art carvings of fantastical creatures.

    The reason behind a particular town’s craft of choice is sometimes obvious, sometimes less so or even legendary (like in the case of Metepec and its clay mermaids). The alebrijes of San Martín Tilcajete represent the rare case of a craft whose origins are relatively modern and well-documented.

    In 1936 in Mexico City, an artist and sculptor named Pedro Linares López had a fever dream. It is unclear if it was caused by the stomach ulcer affecting him at the time, the possibly hallucinogenic remedies for said ulcer, his likely self-medicated dose of alcoholic drinks or a combination of these. In his altered state, he saw many fantastical creatures, seemingly made out of a mish-mash of real animals, all of which repeatedly chanted the word “alebrijes.” After his recovery, Linares took to his preferred medium, a type of papier-mache sculpting known locally as cartonería, and started recreating the figures he had seen in dreams.

    More at Atlas Obscura: Alebrijes of San Martín Tilcajete.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 6, 2019
    Colette Morya: Mexican textile art has centuries of history. Looms appear in Nahuatl codices. Mayan culture has been turning ribbons and wool yarns into ancestral crafts since prehistory. Textile production is a laborious process that is transmitted from generation to generation. The weaving style varies according to the region of Mexico and its traditions.

    Some years ago, I encountered this art for the first time in Teotitlán del Valle, in Oaxaca. In that place, artisans open the doors of their workshop to show the development of that region's traditional rugs. On more than one occasion I had the opportunity to marvel at the concentration and dexterity of a true Zapotec weaver. For me it was almost impossible to imagine how to coordinate the order of the threads to form the figures. Difficult as it was, still I was curious to learn. I found just watching the process very comforting. Perhaps a little relief from my obsessive-compulsive side would not hurt me. Repetitiveness is always very relaxing.

    Read and see more at Lokkal: Weaving a Pattern of Mastery. More #Lokkal.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 3, 2019

    If you’ve ever thought about becoming a YouTube star and raking in the dough with your own home videos, then you should closely study the work of Doña Ángela. This typical, sweet Mexican grandmother has taken the YouTube world by storm.

    Her channel, called De Mi Rancho a Tu Cocina (Spanish for “From My Ranch to Your Kitchen), has been gaining a fervent following without the flashy gimmicks that are typical of famous YouTubers—proving that content is still king in the world of going viral.

    And for those of you in the expat community, her content now comes with ENGLISH SUBTITLES, a recent addition that has been a gamechanger. Now you can learn to cook as authentic as possible.
    More at Mexican Granny Becomes A YouTube Star in Only One Month.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 30, 2019

    Gabrielle: If there is one veggie that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, it’s sweet potatoes! I always have them on hand to simply roast or throw into a brownie recipe and now..


    I had yet to explore a sweet potato soup and was intrigued by the concept. For years I steered clear of soups as I had the false impression that they were involved and daunting to make. However, soups are one of the easiest concepts to whip up as it’s like a blank canvas. You can cater to your personal tastebuds by throwing in whatever you desire and make the flavor as simple or intricate as you like.
    Eat Drink Shrink: Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup.

    • 1 tbsp olive oil,
    • 1 onion, roughly chopped,
    • 2 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped,
    • 4cm/1½ inches fresh root ginger, finely chopped,
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed,
    • ½ tsp dried red chilli flakes,
    • 700g/1lb 10oz sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed,
    • 1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable stock,
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    Kerry's Fresh: Winter Soup.

    Soup season is finally here! Today, we’re kicking things off with one of our favorite easy-to-make recipes: Sweet Potato Soup! Here’s why we’re loving this recipe:

    • It uses simple ingredients
    • It can be made in 25 minutes (or less if following some of the tips below!)
    • It can be meal prepped and/or frozen
    • All you need is a stock pot and a blender
    • It’s SO creamy and delicious!

    Jar of Lemons: The Best Sweet Potato Soup Recipe. More #JarOfLemons.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 29, 2019
    Cristina Potters: Taco Fish La Paz is just a couple of carts on the street in Guadalajara, with the kitchen across the way. Mexico Cooks! and El Mural arrived early and beat the crowds. Lines can be up to 30 people long! This famous street stand offers parking and parking assistance, necessary because of the hordes of tapatíos (Guadalajarans) who show up hungry.

    This delighted tourist had just flown in from Acapulco. Taco Fish La Paz was her first stop in Guadalajara. Her drink is agua fresca de jamaica, a cold roselle flower (a kind of hibiscus) tea.

    A plate of freshly made tacos de pescado (fish tacos). These are garnished with house-made cabbage and carrot slaw and cucumber slices. Taco Fish La Paz also prepares tacos de camarón (shrimp), de marlín ahumado (smoked marlin), and de jaiba (crab).

    More at Mexico Cooks!: Taco Fish La Paz: Ensenada-Style Seafood Tacos in Guadalajara.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 22, 2019
    Bonnie Black: San Miguel de Allende is a relatively small old colonial city here in the central mountains of Mexico, but it is big – really big – in beauty and culture, civic awareness, and global involvement.

    Take, for example, the Climate Action Rally held here on Friday (September 20) in the city’s central Parque Juarez. The event was bilingual, multicultural, and multigenerational. Hundreds of people – from toddlers to octogenarians – took part.

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    San Miguel de Allende also joined the world march, right now in Benito Juarez Park they are gathered. And foreigners and Mexicans sing together in one voice for the climate.
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    School children (clearly not all of San Miguel’s school children got the day off, though) held signs and sang “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” Older people wore T-shirts that read “Global Climate Strike” (in Spanish and English). Speakers from a dozen local environmental groups spoke passionately to the respectful gathering. One of the organizers led the group in a loud call-and-response: “Do not let our planet die!” — “Climate change is not a lie!”

    The WOW Factor: Signs Of Change In The Climate Crisis. More #WOWFactor.

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  • AfroAllende
    September 19, 2019
    We welcome you to share a delicious, traditional Ethiopian meal with us on Los Senderos' scenic "Playa"!
    Date: September 27th, 7pm

    Location: Los Senderos,Carretera 51, A, Dolores Hidalgo - San Miguel De Allende km 3.5, Nuevo Milenio, 37800 San Miguel de Allende, Gto

    Price: $700 MXN/person with reservation before 22/9. ($800 MXN/person thereafter.)

    Arrive early to receive a welcome drink and try an Ethiopian snack! Dinner includes an assortment of Ethiopian dishes (including vegan/vegetarian options) with salad, injera (Ethiopian bread), and dessert.

    Reserve your seats today by writing or calling 415 151 1434.

    We can't wait to see you!
    Brook & Kyla
    ¡Esperamos que comparta una comida tradicional con nosotros en la pintoresca "Playa" de Los Senderos!

    Date: September 27th, 7pm

    Location: Los Senderos,Carretera 51, A, Dolores Hidalgo - San Miguel De Allende km 3.5, Nuevo Milenio, 37800 San Miguel de Allende, Gto

    Precio: $ 700 MXN / persona con reserva antes del 22/9. ($ 800 MXN / persona a partir de entonces).

    ¡Llegue temprano para recibir una bebida de bienvenida y pruebe un refrigerio etíope! La cena incluye una variedad de platos etíopes (incluidas opciones veganas / vegetarianas) con ensalada, injera (pan etíope) y postre.

    Reserve sus asientos hoy escribiendo o llamando al 415 151 1434.

    ¡Nos vemos pronto!
    Brook y Kyla
  • Glenn Wilson
    September 13, 2019

    (Video shows use of a M-134 Minigun.)

    A few years ago, a retired police officer named Mike Fox found himself badly in need of money. The Vietnam veteran, overweight and ailing, was nearly 70 years old, and his wife, Diane, wasn’t much younger, but they had recently taken custody of their grandsons, a pair of rambunctious two-year-old twins. “We found out our daughter was a heroin addict,” Fox says in a tired, raspy voice. He’s seated at his kitchen table in Georgetown, Texas, a middle-class suburb of Austin, holding a mug of coffee in both hands. The end of one finger is missing from a lawn-mower accident. “We had no idea heroin was so bad,” he says. “I’d been a cop, and I couldn’t even spot it in my own kid.” Their adult son had also fallen victim to heroin, and would later commit suicide. “I had cancer on top of that,” Fox says. “Malignant melanoma.” All of this happened after he had to take his only living relative, a sister in Louisiana, off life support. “It was like a soap opera,” says Diane, her eyes filled with tears. The legal and medical bills, plus the expense of raising two toddlers, quickly depleted their savings, which led Fox to look into a certain side business.

    Fox had been a licensed gun dealer since 2007, and had acquired additional federal licenses to manufacture ammunition and possess machine guns. To qualify for the permits, he had to have a physical storefront, but his was just a rented metal warehouse that he hardly ever used. He made most of his money manufacturing ammunition in his garage and selling it to people he met online or through word of mouth. The ammo business was especially profitable in Texas during the Obama presidency, he says: “Hoarding is a thing.”

    One of his clients was Tyler Carlson, a 26-year-old solo operator who seemed to make a living buying and selling guns and ammo on a website called Texas Gun Trader. “He had this route from here to Dallas, and he always dealt in cash,” Fox says. “He was connected out the ass. You never knew what he was going to show up with.” Carlson had already bought tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and eight .50-caliber sniper rifles from Fox when he approached him in the summer of 2015 with the idea of building a military weapon known as a minigun.

    Arming the Cartels: The Inside Story of a Texas Gun-Smuggling Ring.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    September 10, 2019

    The History of El Grito de Dolores
    In reality, it all started out as a prison break much like that of the Bastille in Paris. However, before that, the territory known then as New Spain faced a period of upheaval and unrest. José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara had come to speak to Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla to convince him to help in the effort to break the Spanish yoke over New Spain. José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara went to Washington D.C. to attempt to secure military support from the Americans—the first Mexican to make the journey—while Miguel Hidalgo remained in Dolores.

    At his side was Juan Aldama, a man who lived in San Miguel el Grande and would frequently attend secret meetings of revolution in Querétaro. It was in San Miguel that Aldama heard the secret plans for the revolution had been betrayed by a supporter turned traitor who leaked the information to the Spanish authorities. Juan Aldama rushed from San Miguel to Dolores Hidalgo—a trip of 22 miles/36k—to warn Hidalgo of this fact. Aldama would end up becoming a rebel captain and war hero. Accompanying Hidalgo was Ignacio Allende—a Spanish army captain who had begun to sympathize with the independence movement.

    Fearing imprisonment, Miguel Hidalgo asked his brother Mauricio to urge the sheriff to free all the pro-independence inmates there. It was in the early morning of the 16th that roughly 80 inmates were released. By 2:30 in the morning, the bells of the church were ringing to gather the towns residents. Here he called upon the residents to rise against the Spaniards and Napoleon (Spain was considered a client state of the First French Empire under Joseph Bonaparte I). Hidalgo railed against the notion of monarchy and the social order, as well as emphasizing loyalty to the Catholic religion. However, of all that he professed, “Death to the Gachupines!” (a pejorative for the Spaniards) was perhaps the most radical. This passionate speech came to be known as El Grito de Dolores.

    There's more:
    • The Four Amigos Retrace El Grito
    • El Pípila and Guanajuato City
    • The Four Amigos in Guanajuato City
    • El Fuego Simbólico de la Cabalgata
    • El Grito in San Miguel de Allende and Tips for How To Survive It

    Continue reading at El Grito in San Miguel de Allende: Four Amigos Celebrate Mexican Independence.

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