Tequila and mezcal are made from “cactus juice.” Agave is not a cactus, but rather a member of the botanical order Asparagales, which includes asparagus and narcissus. (Native to the New World, the genus Agave is exceedingly diverse, with well over 100 varieties in Mexico alone.) Mezcal is a type of Tequila. If you want to get down to brass tacks (and I think you do), Tequila is a variation on mezcal, or distilled agave spirits. Mexican laws about the […]
We recently received an email from a reader, who politely requested to use an original illustration from The People’s Guide to Mexico in a blog post he was writing about his 1981 motorcycle trip from Canada to Mexico. Carl wrote back and told him “sure” and asked him to send us a link to the post. I must admit that I didn’t expect to have my mind blown by an awesome trove of photographs. As some of you […]
Lorena’s note: a recent email reminded me of this adventure that Karen Kulik wrote about for the original The Peoples Guide to Mexico website back in Feb 2002. Enjoy! After bumping into Lorena in Ajijic and telling her about our really special trip, she asked me write it up for the website. So here it is. Bob and I have both spent many years traveling and living in Mexico, spending time on land as well as sailing on his boat, […]
A reader writes: Hi, My wife and I would love to visit Guadalajara and purchase all the interior and exterior furniture, fixtures, art work, wall hangings etc. for our home here in San Diego, Ca. Is it possible to locate a manufacturer, make the necessary purchases and ship or truck it to San Diego ? We hope so. Sincerely, Steve and Alexandra Hi Steve and Alexandra You’ve chosen a great location for your shopping expedition, and the short answer is: […]
In yet another excellent article, Tony Burton explores the logistics and history of tequila.
The best tequila I ever drank came to me in a plastic jug. I was young, 20 maybe, with a decidedly unrefined palate. I certainly didn’t think twice about drinking from the unmarked plastic jug that our friend Danny proffered to me. Hey, it was alcohol, right? But even with my unrefined tastes, the second that tequila touched my lips I understood it was something special. It was so smooth, limes would have been an insult. Danny was just down […]
The Justice Center for Peace and Development (CEPAD) met in Guadalajara to submit its annual report on human rights in the state of Jalisco. The general consensus: 2011 was not a good year for human rights. “2011 can be defined by a series of breaches of human rights by the authorities of the state and the municipalities…We have shown an escalation of unprecedented violence in the state, and at the same time we see the inability and the inaction […]
Hundreds of Guadalajarans gathered in the city center to pay tribute to local gay icons. The gathering was followed by a silent march to protest homophobia. Guadalajara ranks fifth in the nation for per capita hate crimes.