I want Tacos

“I want tacos, not chingaderas,” my wife said.  We looked down at our plates, courtesy of a local Mexican restaurant, the fourth or fifth to fail to meet Mex-pectations.  Orange cheese, tomato sauce, hamburger with generic taco seasoning.  All the sins were accounted for.  This particular place had even used baked brown beans. The sweet odor of molasses hit us before the plates hit the table.  It was beginning to look hopeless. The Latino population where we live is not […]

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Bolillos

A bolillo

  Bolillos warm me. Mexico shines on my plate. I want nothing more.    

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Psst! There is something I DON’T Like About Mexico.

editor’s note: People’s Guide correspondent Jeff O’Brien sent us the following piece with many guilty caveats. “Do you think it’s too negative?” he asked, adding, “I feel bad saying anything bad about Mexico.” It’s OK, Jeff. We all feel your pain. Psst!  There is something I DON’T  Like About Mexico. It’s easy to tell people why I love Mexico.  The reasons come so fast and easy and are so oft repeated they have become clichés.  Answers easily given without any […]

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Mi Suegro

People’s Guide correspondent Jeff O’Brien sent us the perfect post for Father’s Day. Tomorrow is Father’s Day.  Today while cooking breakfast I was thinking of mi suegro, my father-in-law.  Don Lencho Bigote.  The first time we met, my then girlfriend left us in each other’s company for several hours while she was at work.  My father in law speaks no English and my Spanish is limited.  Very limited. EXTREMELY limited. We sat on the patio, mostly in silence.  He was […]

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Cow's Head, Corn Fungus, and Barbacoa, Estilo Monterrey

People’s Guide correspondent Jeff O’ Brien tortures us with mouth-watering memories of his Mexican wedding feast. by Jeff O’Brien It was a night years in the making and days in the preparing.  My wife and I had just married and my father-in-law threw what I can only call a feast for the ages.  Food and drink enough for an army. In preparation, my suegro (father-in-law) had spent the day driving around with his newly minted gringo son-in-law. We had picked […]

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Melaque & San Patricio

A pleasure to contribute to the People’s Guide blog – and an honor. I recently went to San Patricio/Melaque after listening to a friend rave about it for years. What I found might not surprise those familar with smaller Mexican towns but I have to say it was a culture shock to me. I’ve heard that the residents of Jalisco are the friendliest people in a country of friendly people. Check. Never have I been gifted with so many smiles, […]

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A Good Samaritan

The only thing worse than coming back from Mexico to Canada in December is leaving behind a friend like LR who remains there til March. Among the regular email updates I get from “Senor Beachbaum” was this… “I got back to the hotel and our maid was looking a little down and she finally showed me her arm which was swollen and she had no feeling in her finger tips. She was a little scared. It took a lot of […]

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