Friday, May 02, 2014

A Grande Dame Branches Out

The day of reckoning came on a recent Tuesday for the tacos, enchiladas verdes, cactus salad and pork posole served at Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens.

Diana Kennedy, the 91-year-old author of 11 groundbreaking cookbooks on Mexico’s many regional cuisines, had just ordered those items for lunch.

Nixtamal is highly regarded as the first New York City outfit to make true masa, what Mexicans call dough made of ground corn, and use it to make tortillas, tamales and many other things. For Ms. Kennedy, never one to mince words, that is not enough to earn the place a free pass.

“Don’t forget that American corn is never as tasty,” said Ms. Kennedy, who grows her own at the three-acre almost-off-the-grid “ecological” homestead called Quinta Diana she maintains in Michoacán in Mexico.

NYT - A Grande Dame Branches Out

Monday, February 10, 2014

Templarios luxury at a cost to Michoacan

When you take and take till there's very little left ... it's bound to catch up with you. That is what has happened to the Caballeros Templarios in most of the Western part of Michoacan State. The Federal Government finally took over the port of Lazaro Cardenas to better control the flow of drugs into the country and the flow of illegal materials leaving.

The latest move to take back control of businesses , homes and their lives has come from the people. Civilian vigilantes groups known as the "autodefensas" – or self defense squads have taken back many of the towns of Western Michoacan. Led by farmers, shopkeepers, doctors and taxi-drivers, vigilante militias have turned the tables on one of Mexico’s most ruthless cartels, the Knights Templar, a gang that names itself after medieval crusaders to appear brave and righteous even as it traffics crystal meth. The offensive has changed the face of the country’s drug war inspiring optimism that cartels who rule by terror can be defeated when the people rise up against them.

Vigilante fighter "El Love" occupying a cartel house in Nueva Italia

Need a closet

Or a bathroom

Knights Templar leader's indoor pool

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tzintzuntzan Video

Video from The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)

Tzintzuntzan, lugar de colibríes o Tariaran, casa del viento, fue una de las últimas grandes ciudades del mundo prehispánico y capital económica, política y religiosa del imperio Purépecha...

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Michoacan in 1950

Asi Era Michoacan ... 1950

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bass fishing from kayak in lake Zirahuen

Alejandro has been fishing from a kayak for 5 years, time that has helped him to focus in finesse tactics which he employs often in his home lake, Zirahuen. He has participated in several tournaments in Mexico and currently his personal record largemouth bass, caught from a kayak, stands at 14 lbs 10 oz. Alejandro also focuses his efforts on big bass, for which he employs different tactics. During 2010, he caught 5 bass over 10 lbs from his kayak.

Bass fishing from kayak in lake Zirahuen, Mexico
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