El Codo's Tips for "Luxing Up" a Camping Van or Crappy Hotel Room

editor’s note: These are not paid product endorsements, but rather el Codo’s rigorously tested honest (and typically detailed) recommendations, born from trial-and-error and many uncomfortable nights and agonizing battles with sub par equipment. Know that if el Codo (aka “the cheakpskate”) says something is “worth the money,” it’s worth the freaking money. Exploring Mexico is no less fun today than it was almost fifty years ago, but somehow my income has not kept pace with inflation. Squeezing all the miles […]

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12 Awesome Mexican Dishes You'll Seldom Find in the U.S.

Tacos on the grill at a street stand.

Editor’s note: If Steve were still with us, no doubt this list would be longer…much longer. As it was, we had to rely on our panel of bickering in-house experts: Carl Franz, El Codo, and me, Churpa. Lorena was not available for comment and will no doubt be horrified by the preponderance of meat dishes. You may live in Portland or Seattle or New York, and your local Mexican joint may be a bistro that serves ‘authentic moles, farm to […]

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Photo Archive of San Ignacio

El Codo sent me this link to the photo archive of San Ignacio. The creator of the archive, James Beard Ames, explains the project: “Whenever I visit someone I ask if they have old photos tucked away. A few are from books, magazines and museum collections and these sources are noted. The archive was begun in 2003, as an exhibit of 100 photos for the Fiestas Tradicionales de San Ignacio, by Javier Romero Fuerte and Gerardo Arce Castillo. Each day […]

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La Configuración Perfecta

Mexican police badge, DF.

Having lived in Mexico long enough to know when to be cautious, I prefer to take time to protect myself against various irritating potential eventualities. Such was the case when I journeyed to a small Mexican city to visit my doctor and obtain prescription medicines. Now, this isn’t a tourist city in the least, more of an industrial one. But I knew the downtown area well and decided to park my large camper pickup truck in front of a trinket […]

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Baking Bread in Baja

Steve used to go muy loco with unadulterated joy over my ability to turn out fresh buttery croissants, garlic and onion bagels, extra-sour authentic sour dough, and genuine black Russian bread (judged by Anatoly Lev from the Ukraine to be “absolutely fabulous”). Today I conjured up my first batches of bread: Genuine Basque sheepherder bread from a recipe taught to me by Paul Uxue, as his dogs were herding his flock in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. It has a […]

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Cellular Telephone Purchasing Tips

Editor’s note: Yesterday I innocently asked People’s Guide correspondent David “El Codo” Eidell if he had any advice on using a cell phone in Mexico, and I received the following novel in what seemed like minutes. “El Codo” has mysterious super powers. by David “El Codo” Eidell Yesterday I tried to get my USA Tracfone changed to the Mexican TelCel system but try as they might, three TelCel dealers could not make their “SIMS” chip work in my Samsung phone. […]

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Tracking the Peso

A note from El Codo: Some folks seem to  constantly want to snack on peso/dollar chatter. This website will offer them an antojito.  

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