Stewed Iguana

This recipe is from my friend Jazmin, a native of Guerrero. Jazmin is a surfer and all-around bad ass. Killing and cooking iguanas is one of her many talents. She learned this recipe from her mom, Esperanza. Ingredients: 1 medium iguana salt 1 onion 4-5 cloves of garlic cooking oil For sauce: 1 pinch of cumin seeds 1 pinch of oregano 2 jalapeños 3-4 tomatoes Directions: 1. Clean and skin iguana. Add salt. 2. Put  the iguana in a pot […]

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Life goes on…

by Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers photo credit: Tina Rosa I just received an update and photos from my sainted mother, who is happy out in the rancho near San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Which reminds me…While the mainstream media screeches about the dangers of Mexico, an army of bloggers offer a more salubrious perspective on day-t0-day life down south. We don’t need reminding of why we love Mexico, but Mexican Trailrunner’s description of an incident at the mercado warms the […]

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Tenacatita: A right fine mess | Guadalajara Reporter

Andres Villalobos is a successful, single-minded, if rather abrasive, entrepreneur, whose desire to build a luxury tourist resort alongside Tenacatita’s spectacular beach dates back several decades, when he first entered litigation with the ejido over ownership of the valuable land in question.  The legal machinations of this particular case are almost too complex to follow but if possession really is nine-tenths of the law then Villalobos will be virtually impossible to remove.  And even if judges do rule that the […]

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Bimbo Bread, Abandoned Resorts, and a Revolution Betrayed

By Felisa Rosa Rogers I once had the pleasure of spending the night by a campfire, drinking mezcal on the roof of an abandoned hotel in Chamela, on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico. The rooms below were spectral, caked with bat shit, crumbling. Chunks of cement littered the stairway, and traversing it was no doubt incredibly dangerous. But I was 20, and I didn’t care, and up on the roof the sky was a vast, glittering starscape and the wind […]

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Fury over Tenacatita beach takeover | Guadalajara Reporter

Foreigners – perhaps as many as 40, mainly Americans and Canadians – who purchased beachfront land in Tenacatita are outraged by the actions of wealthy Guadalajara businessman Andres Villalobos, who, with the support of dozens of armed Jalisco state police officers, has appropriated their properties, even though many have legal titles held in bank trusts. Villalobos, who obtained a court order to carry out the eviction of around 50 low-income families, has vowed to demolish every standing structure in a […]

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Tenacatita Updates

There are so many emails flying back and forth about the developing situation in Tenacatita that I’ve decided to use this space to post the most relevant daily updates and news links.  I’m not including sources, as some of my contacts prefer to remain anonymous. 11 August Weds: — A very good article has been published in English by the Guadalajara Reporter: http://www.guadalajarareporter.com/news-mainmenu-82/pacific-coast-mainmenu-87/27336-tenacatita-land-grab-protestors-vow-to-take-jalisco-state-palace.html — If you have trouble translating the articles in Spanish just Google tenacatita desalojo. This gives you most of […]

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Tenacatita Owners: Read This!

I’m Sean Godfrey, one of the publishers of the Guadalajara Reporter. I was in Tenacatita with Jane Gorby, our La Manzanilla correspondent Sunday and talked to various people including realtors and Notario Lomali on Monday. I did manage to go with the German woman Irene to her house but they aren’t letting her in anymore as there is nothing left in her home now. My partner, the editor Michael Forbes and I have a meeting tonight, Tuesday, August 10 in […]

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Tenacatita Update 9 August 010

Here’s the latest from Dobie on the violent takeover of Tenacatita beach.  I’m not sure if Dobie wants to have her email made public so if you’d like to send a donation to help with travel and basic expenses for the ciitizens of Rebalsito going to Guadalajara, please contact me: 2mexico (at) peoplesguide.com The locals who went to Guadalajara came back last night feeling much better than when they left. They’re finally getting some support from politicians and campesino organizations […]

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Violent Land Grab At Tenacatita

A friend who lives very close to Tenacatita beach just sent us this very disturbing report: “On August 4, early in the morning, the state police came and “invited” all the tourists to leave and then proceeded to kick everyone off the beach, supposedly with a judicial order on the part of the Rodenas Corporation (the ones that have been trying to get people off the beach for years), although no one has seen the order. No one was allowed […]

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Michoacan Beach Camping

I’ve been doing some housekeeping on this blog and discovered the post below from David Eidell buried in a remote corner of the site.  It was originally posted in 2009 but will probably still appeal to those of you lucky enough to be beachcombing this winter. ===================== FREE BEACH CAMPING ON THE COAST OF MICHOACAN IF you can beat this I’ll eat my sombrero! Free tent camping beneath swaying palms on Las Peñas beach, next to a palm frond restaurant […]

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