La Mosca

A Mexican fisherman fixes his fishing nets.

I thought I’d counter my previous depressing post on Tenacatita with this picture of our old friend La Mosca, fixing his fishing net at his new restaurant out at the boca, where the Rio Purificacion meets the Pacific. There’s no safe swim spots nearby, but the Ocean is stunning and I have a feeling Cuca’s cooking is as good as ever. Best chiles rellenos in the world. My sainted mother reports that our friend Chely also has a great little […]

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Disturbing News from Tenacatita

Dobie writes to tell us that Villalobos continues to ignore the federal court order, and access to Tenacatita is still blocked. She writes, “A woman from Guadalajara drowned in the open ocean near the mouth of the river. She and her family had tried to go to the beach but weren’t allowed past the gate, so they went to the beach where the ocean is not protected and the waves are big and there are strong currents. She was on […]

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Tenacatita News: Laptop Program a Success

Dispatch from El Rebalsito…Dobie writes: Nothing new with the beach. The gate is still there, and access is still restricted. The new presidente of La Huerta, the municipality that was given the concession (the right to administer use of the beach) takes office at the end of this month. He has promised to help us open the access and there are several people who will be working with him, including the president of the ejido, Ernesto Garcia, and Chava Magaña, […]

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Road Trip

An '87 Dodge Van in Mexico with palm trees.

  I can’t help daydreaming about our upcoming trip, even though it’s months away.  So far the plan is to head out in late December or early January. Our itinerary (still a subject of heated debate) includes Austin (home of the Salt Lick and the world’s best ribs), Zacatecas (now there’s a town where you can find a decent cup of espresso), San Miguel de Allende (I’m already thinking about the milanesa sandwiches at Torta Mundo), El Rebalsito (where Cuca […]

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Election Results

A projected PRI victory in the presidential election. The breakdown of votes. Also, it looks like Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval, the PRI candidate for governor of Jalisco, defeated the PAN candidate, Fernando Guzmán. Those of you who have been following the Tenacatita saga may remember that Guzmán is a crony of the developer Villalobos. When Guzmán served as secretary of the government, he consistently supported Rodenas actions, and Guzmán’s (probably paid) supporters attacked Tenacatitans at a demonstration in Guadalajara this May. So […]

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Election News

Codo sent me a cool link with poll results for the upcoming Presidential Race. It looks like the PRI may be back in the saddle again. Frankly I’m more interested in the state elections this year, as the results in Jalisco may determine the fate of Tenacatita. (Rumor has it that if the rightwing PAN candidate Fernando Guzman becomes governor, he’ll do everything in his power to make sure that his cronies from Rodenas are able to turn our favorite […]

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Tenacatita Protesters Attacked

On May 21st, residents of El Rebalsito traveled six hours to Guadalajara by bus to protest the illegal occupation of Tenacatita. The protesters planned to peacefully march to the site where Televisa would be interviewing  Fernando Guzman, the conservative PAN party’s candidate for governor of Jalisco. During Guzman’s term as secretary of the government he consistently supported the Rodenas plan to build a private resort on the public beach and he turned a blind eye to the violent acts of […]

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Chiles of Mexico: Chile Serrano

“There is no doubt, nor room for argument, when it comes to chiles: Mexico reigns supreme.”-Diana Kennedy It’s no wonder. Wild chiles were eaten in Mexico  9000 years ago, and Mexicans have been cultivating chiles for at least 6,000 years. Kennedy points out that long before the Scoville scale was invented, the Aztecs had seven words to describe levels of chile heat. The Oxford Companion to Food notes, “It may also be true that chillies, the chemicals within them, or […]

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Tenacatita Protest in Guadalajara

For those of you who read in Spanish…Check out the new blog Tenacatita Libre, which will be covering the ongoing Tenacatita drama. Today the blog reports on the upcoming protest in Guadalajara. Protestors will be meeting at 7 PM on May 21st at el Templo Expiatoria. The event is to protest the ongoing closure of the public beach and Villalobo’s refusal to follow the dictates of the court ruling against him. Dobie reports that it sounds like the protest is […]

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