Monthly archive June, 2013
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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Excitement is Building in Los Cabos

Excitement is Building in Los Cabos

Only a few days left until the biggest ever international real estate event in Mexico arrives. At the moment, 149 have registered for the Forum and 35 for the CIPS Institute, still time to register at http://www.icabo.com/viva-mexico/ High profile leaders are coming to Los Cabos.  Four Senior executives will attend from NAR. These include the...

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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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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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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 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 water reserve, the Parras valley’s...

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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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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 boxes, or cajas, on the...

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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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