The Mexican Wine Oasis

The Mexican Wine Oasis

Parras de la Fuente


It is not a mirage! After having crossed a long desert there appears a miraculous oasis… In this valley of fertile land crystalline springs abound.  The Parras valley is a verdant space in which one forgets that they are surrounded by the semi-desert region of Coahuila. In addition to its...

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Dulce

Dulce

Desserts in the Latin American Tradition


Excerpts from the book , by Joseluis Flores, with Laura Zimmerman Maye: Cajeta Cajeta is a goat’s milk caramel similar to dulce de leche (cow’s milk-caramel originally from Argentina) or manjar blanco (what they call dulce de leche in Peru). In Mexico, it is traditionally sold in small, thin wooden...

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Fashion Designer Sergio Alcala

Fashion Designer Sergio Alcala

Mexican Urban Kitsch


Sergio Alcalá is one of the most recognized fashion designers in México, and at only 23 years old, he is also considered one of the most innovative. Elle Magazine calls him the Jean Paul Gaultier of México, saying that his focused style makes him one to watch. His show at...

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Ritmos de Brasil, Brazilian guitar teachers leave smiles and 100 new guitarists in Zihuatanejo

Ritmos de Brasil, Brazilian guitar teachers leave smiles and 100 new guitarists in Zihuatanejo


      Photos by Margaret Reid and Olga Grishkova   Ritmos de Brasil, workshop and concert series was held January 20-30 and was part of the 10 year anniversary of the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival.  The event was sponsored in large part by the Brazilian government. Our special invited...

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Chiles: The Definitive Spice of Mexico

Chiles: The Definitive Spice of Mexico


  One of the most frequent flavorings in cuisines as diverse as Indian, Chinese, Moroccan, Hungarian and Mexican is the chile or chili. Some believe that it is perhaps the most commonly used spice in the world. The chile pepper is native to Central and South America. Research into its...

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12th Annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival Announces Kickstarter campaign and 2015 Line Up

12th Annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival Announces Kickstarter campaign and 2015 Line Up

12th Annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival to be held, March 6 – 15, 2015, in beautiful Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. A week of live music in paradise, the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival comes back in 2015 with more incredible music in a beautiful beach front setting. Over twelve years, this non-profit festival...

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ICF seeks Disaster Relief to Rebuild Cabo

ICF seeks Disaster Relief to Rebuild Cabo

The International Community Foundation is raising funds to support immediate disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in Baja California Sur in response to damage caused by Hurricane Odile.   Odile made landfall near Cabo San Lucas on Sunday night, September 14, 2014, as a powerful Category 3 hurricane, with estimated winds of 127 mph and torrential...

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Global Real Estate Institute in Mexico

Global Real Estate Institute in Mexico

Global Mexico Real Estate Institute was recently formed by a group of high profile Mexican REALTORS®. It is a bi-lingual, bi-cultural organization dedicated to delivering international education to the Mexican real estate industry. The four founders have a combined experience of more than 120 years in the international real estate arena. Having searched for courses...

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ZIGF launches benefit project

ZIGF launches benefit project

  The Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival brings musicians from all over the world to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo every year in March.  They stay together for 10-12 days in the same hotel, they hang out, they make music together and they often develop  friendships that lead to collaborations and tours down the road.  This past festival brought together...

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The Fideicomiso will continue, amendment rejected

The Fideicomiso will continue. Amendment to Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution has been Rejected In May of 2013, the Mexican Chamber of Deputies (the lower house) approved legislation which would have amended the Mexican Constitution to permit foreigners to purchase property outright in Mexico’s Restricted Zone which is 100 kilometers from the borders of...

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Spotlight Mexico wraps up a successful 2013

Spotlight Mexico wraps up a successful 2013

  Janet Jensen & Cindy Stanford of SNELL REAL ESTATE ENGEL AND VOLKERS Luxury Home Sales, promoting Mexico at NAR San Francisco In 2013, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced a new program. It would be called Country spotlight. The first year was Spotlight Mexico 2013. (2014 is Australia and 2015 will be Canada)...

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Chiles: The definitive spice of Mexico

Chiles: The definitive spice of Mexico

  One of the most frequent flavorings in cuisines as diverse as Indian, Chinese, Moroccan, Hungarian and Mexican is the chile or chili. Some believe that it is perhaps the most commonly used spice in the world. The chile pepper is native to Central and South America. Research into its origins suggests that chile peppers...

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Morelia International Film Festival

Morelia International Film Festival

And thousands of Americans just googled Jodorowsky.   Kanye West –rapper, pop star– is known for his bluster and bravado.  I feel a bit bad for him, he makes a lot of money but no matter how many hits he gets,  it`s never enough.  He has been out on tour lately and venting in public...

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Manufacturing in Mexico, the new China

Manufacturing in Mexico, the new China

Wage increases, the cost of manufacturing, higher costs of oil that lead to higher shipping costs, lack of intellectual property rights protection, midnight conference calls because of the time difference and 16-hour flights for business meetings,  are all contributing factors in why many businesses are moving their manufacturing centers from China to Mexico. Automobile Industry, Top...

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Mexico ranked in Top 5 Countries for Mining Investment

The Behre Dolbear Group Inc., founded in 1911, are minerals industry advisors who publish a yearly survey on where and where not to invest in the minerals industry. In 2013, Mexico again made the Top Five. The Behre Dolbear Group bases their rankings on independent research from within their global network of 12 offices worldwide,...

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Aeromexico gets a Dreamliner!

Aeromexico gets a Dreamliner!


Photos courtesy of Boeing, Aeromexico and airplanephotos.net This week Aeromexico took delivery of their 1st Boeing 787 Dreamliner, amid fanfare and celebration.   Boeing´s much anticipated, technologically advanced new 787 aircraft has been rolling out commercially since 2011 and despite a few glitches and literal bumps, it represents the most successful launch in commercial aviation...

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InMexico: Arts & Culture podcast -Intercultural Communication

InMexico: Arts & Culture podcast -Intercultural Communication

Today we are talking about Intercultural Communication – the art of communicating across cultural boundaries …      Expats are so often strangers in a strange land.  Foreigners can easily find themselves frustrated in their business or social interactions in Mexico.   Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed simple and straightforward but then...

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5 Fundamental Points of the Oil Energy Reform

5 Fundamental Points of the Oil Energy Reform

          The press release of President Enrique Peña Nieto´s staff, detailing the five main points of his reform proposal:   On the subject of oil and other hydrocarbons, the Energy Reform contains five fundamental points: - It reiterates, word for word, the text of Article 27 of the Constitution at the...

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Mexico´s president proposes Energy Reform amid debate about privatization of Mexico´s petroleum industry

Mexico´s president proposes Energy Reform amid debate about privatization of Mexico´s petroleum industry

Energy reform and the privatization of Mexico´s oil and gas industry is a controversial issue in Mexico and  has been in the national debate for many years.  The main point of contention being whether Mexico needs to open up the state run monopolies of energy to private investment to allow much needed funding for upgrades,...

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Mexican Cuisine: Over Five Centuries in the Making

Mexican Cuisine: Over Five Centuries in the Making

Mexican cuisine is one of the best known and loved the world over, and for a reason, its flavors, sometimes robust and varied and sometimes mild and subtle, always have a haunting, mysterious quality that hints at the range of spices, herbs and condiments that it uses. Mexican food can be delightfully different from the...

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The colorful currency of Mexico honors history

The colorful currency of Mexico honors history

revolution, religion, arts and sciences


Mexican Bills come in six denominations: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and the newly unveiled 1000 peso note. The 20 peso note (re-issued in 2001 in a plastic form) shows dapper Benito Juarez. Born in March 1806 in a village in the state of Oaxaca from a poor, illiterate peasant family. Juarez didn’t know how...

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Fashion Designer Sergio Alcala

Fashion Designer Sergio Alcala

Mexican Urban Kitsch


Sergio Alcalá is one of the most recognized fashion designers in México, and at only 23 years old, he is also considered one of the most innovative. Elle Magazine calls him the Jean Paul Gaultier of México, saying that his focused style makes him one to watch. His show at Fashion Week México Autumn /...

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José Clemente Orozco

José Clemente Orozco

"Art is knowledge at the service of emotion."


Unappreciated in his native land for much of his life, José Clemente Orozco was eventually hailed as “the greatest painter Mexico has produced” during the years preceding his death by none other than arch-rival Diego Rivera. Orozco (1883-1949) dreamed of being an artist since early childhood, but tragedy struck before he was a teenager. First...

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J.C. Superstar ! Julio Cesar Chavez: Boxing legend

J.C. Superstar ! Julio Cesar Chavez: Boxing legend

If you mention the words “J.C. Superstar” to an American, the chances are they will think you are talking about a Broadway play. Utter those five syllables south of the Rio Grande, and get ready for an onslaught of words about Mexico’s most beloved practitioner of the sweet science. Julio Cesar Chavez is emblematic not...

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Great Renovations: Let there be Light

Great Renovations: Let there be Light

An Ixtapa couple create the dream home they couldn't find


Renovation and Interior Design: Maru Pinto de Caraza Searching for your dream home and still haven’t found what you‘re looking for? One couple who were not ready to take on the task of building a home decided to make-do with what they had found, and make it their own. Renovating a dark, uninviting space into...

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David Alfaro Siqueiros

David Alfaro Siqueiros

Courtsey of MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art)


Artist and political activist, David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 -1974), was a vital member of the Mexican School of Painting along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. He continues to be viewed as one of the most important Mexican artists of the twentieth century while his artistic influence spread far beyond Mexico’s borders. Siqueiros was...

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The Bookstores of Donceles Street, Mexico City

The Bookstores of Donceles Street, Mexico City

Step into any one of the dozen or so bookstores on Donceles Street in Mexico City´s historic center and you might find yourself in a predicament similar to the following: Do you stick to the game plan, zeroing in on that novel about the Mexican Revolution that you haven’t been able to find anywhere else,...

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The Versatility of 40 Pound Test Line

The Versatility of 40 Pound Test Line

If you had to make a choice for a single line weight to use in salt water fishing, what weight line comes to mind first? Remember, it doesn’t matter if it is braid line or mono-filament. The dedicated light line sportsman would probably choose twenty pound test, and have many a valid argument. Using a...

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Olmecs of Mexico

Olmecs of Mexico

The Olmecs, which means “people of rubber” in Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) began their civilization in southeastern Mexico between 1600 B.C. and 1400 B.C. It wasn’t until this century that the Olmecs were acknowledged to be part of Mexico’s history. Researchers prior to this time attributed many of the discoveries now associated with...

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Guillermo del Toro, master of fantasy and allegory

Guillermo del Toro, master of fantasy and allegory

Guillermo del Toro's “Pan’s Labrynth” held its Mexican premiere at the 2006 Morelia International Film Festival.


I consider myself to be pure, but not innocent. - Guillermo del Toro  October 17, 2006 (Morelia International Film Festival 2006) Guillermo del Toro is one of the most unusually gifted and versatile directors to have emerged in recent years fromMexico. Master of the horror and fantasy genre in the country, since his international debut...

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Fredrick Catherwood’s Lasting Legacy

Fredrick Catherwood’s Lasting Legacy

In  the early 1840’s, two haggard men on mules emerged from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula telling stories of a lost civilization discovered and unknown cities explored, long before the days when Nikon cameras and National Geographic magazine told us of these things. Between the years of 1839-1842, American John Lloyd Stephens and Englishman Frederick Catherwood, spent...

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The Mexican Wine Oasis

The Mexican Wine Oasis

It is not a mirage! After having crossed a long desert there appears a miraculous oasis… In this valley of fertile land crystalline springs abound. The Parras valley is a verdant space in which one forgets that they are surrounded by the semi-desert region of Coahuila. In addition to its water reserve, the Parras valley’s...

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Alebrijes from Oaxaca

Alebrijes from Oaxaca

Beautiful and Whimsical Mexican Art Sculptures Made from Copal Wood


The valley surrounding Oaxaca is known for archaeological sites and a variety of artistic handicrafts. The most stunning are the intricately painted wooden alebrijes. Tourists have no trouble finding reason to visit Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. Wildlife, archaeological wonders, unique handicrafts and a mixed culture resistant to modernization draw visitors from around the world....

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Magic Carpets, Oaxaca’s Master Weaver Preserves a Zapotec Tradition

Magic Carpets, Oaxaca’s Master Weaver Preserves a Zapotec Tradition

When you enter The-Bug-in-the-Rug store in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, you are greeted by the master weaver himself, Isaac Vasquez, a friendly, soft-spoken man with salt and pepper hair. He invites you into his workshop, housed in the sunny courtyard of his family compound. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the carpets on the adobe...

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More tales from the storage building

More tales from the storage building

Killing nostalgia one box of worthless crap at a time, that was my motto. Then I found this in a box. I used to be a collector. (There are other words for it, but we´ll be nice and call it collector.) I am not anymore, fully cured. I do not even own CDs anymore —...

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Rental Properties In Mexico - Paying Mexican Taxes

Rental Properties In Mexico – Paying Mexican Taxes

Linda Neil is one of Mexico´s foremost real estate experts and is internationally renowned as a speaker and educator. Neil has been a pioneer in the industry in Mexico and has conducted international transactions in Mexico for over 40 years. She is a licensed broker in the state of California, and founder of the Settlement...

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