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  1. I'm curious to know how (and how much) the Chapala municipality charges for using a Banorte ATM.
  2. http://www.hotelperico.com.mx/en/ Michael, the only city near Lake Chapala is Guadalajara, an hour to the north. Chapala is a small town, and Ajijic is a very small town. Compared to the size of Puebla--with a population of over three million people and the fourth largest city in Mexico--you'll be coming to a very rural part of the country. I notice that you mentioned you'd like to work once you're here. Do you currently have a visa with a work permit or are you a Residente Permanente or a Mexican citizen? What kind of work would you want to do?
  3. Those are NYC-style bagels made in Toronto. Montreal bagels are different and aren't usually available outside Montreal. I know people who love Montreal bagels to the point that they travel annually from Austin, Texas to Montreal to bring a supply home. The friend I mention in my post about NYC vs Montreal bagels lives in Toronto and goes to Montreal when she can to buy Montreal bagels. NYC-style bagels are available in a lot of places--even here in Mexico City and of course in Toronto. Montreal bagels aren't.
  4. I've put used toilet paper in the basket next to the toilet for the last 36 years that I've lived in Mexico, in my own homes and in everyone else's homes and in any public restroom I've used. I've never experienced a stink in a private home. Once in a while if a business isn't taking care of cleanliness there's a smell in a ladies' bathroom. I usually go tell an employee s/he needs to take care of the receptacle. I also have a few friends who still have only outdoor toilets. You can definitely throw the used TP in those.
  5. There are actually two kinds of boiled and baked bagels: NYC bagels--which those are, in the photo I posted upthread--and Montreal bagels, which are thinner rounds of dough with bigger holes. I'm a NYC bagel person, and my best friend is a Montreal bagel person. You can imagine the battles. Bagel wars!
  6. If anyone is coming to Mexico City, let me know and I'll put you in touch with a friend who has started a bagel business here. His bagels are perfect New York bagels, boiled then baked, chewy and delicious.
  7. It's the same everywhere I've ever been in Mexico, and I've been to 28 states plus the Distrito Federal, where I live. Private homes, restaurants, you name it: it's not just Lakeside, and it's not just rural areas. SOME of the really fancy hotels in Mexico City let you flush the paper, but even most hotels have a sign on the wall of the bathroom in your room: Please put toilet paper and used feminine hygiene products in the basket, not in the toilet.
  8. This place in Guadalajara carries not only new old floor tile, but also spare pieces for your bathroom--when you drop something on your toilet tank top, this is the place to look for a replacement of JUST the tank top, not the whole toilet. Or when you grab the tile toilet paper holder installed in the wall to get yourself up off the toilet--and the holder snaps in half. Ahem. Don't ask me how I know this. At any rate, I've found just what I've needed here: http://piezassueltas.com.mx/
  9. I've been here so long and go to the USA so seldom that it's hard for me to adjust to flushing paper when I'm there. I'm always looking around for the basket and then--oh yeah, it's different there. Weird.
  10. Open the Uber app on your phone. Next to the space where you type your destination, there's a drawing of a car and a clock. Click on that to program your trip for the time and place you want to be picked up, as well as your destination.
  11. Remember the Golden Girls episode about and with Marlo Thomas?
  12. Any time you are driving on the cuota (toll road), you are given a receipt when you pay your toll. Don't just crumple it up and put it in with your car trash. That receipt is an insurance policy that covers damage to your vehicle caused by the condition of the road. Several years ago, I was driving from Morelia, Michoacán to Guadalajara and hit a pothole; the edge of the pothole ripped the sidewall of my driver's side front tire, one of those run-while-flat tires. I stopped at the next toll booth (Ocotlán, Jalisco) and told the attendant what had happened. She called the adjustor, who arrived within minutes and shook his head over the deplorable condition of the autopista (big highway). He called the Ocotlán repair shop affiliated with the highway insurance. The repair shop sent a flatbed truck, loaded my car onto it, and took the car, my passenger, and me to the repair shop and subsequently took me and my passenger to the Ocotlán bus station and they (not we) paid for our bus tickets home. Due to the type of tire and the time of year (it was the week before Christmas), it took about two weeks to find and replace the tire. The repair shop called to say it was ready, we bought a one-way ETN ticket to Guadalajara (the nearest ETN stop), and persuaded the bus driver to let us off at the Ocotlán toll booth. I called the repair shop, they came immediately to pick us up, took us to the shop, we inspected the car and the new tire, and we were on our way in just a few minutes. The total cost was over 6000 pesos. We paid only the cost of the bus ticket to retrieve the car in Ocotlán. Hang onto your toll receipts!
  13. Why does Tony (or someone) call this restaurant "Campeche"? Does the restaurant serve food from that southeastern Mexican state?
  14. I always saw it at the Tianguis del Sol, at the corner of Tepeyac and Copérnico, Colonia Chapalita in Guadalajara, open Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Could that be it? And psst, it's chorizo...
  15. I will definitely look for it the next time I go to Morelia! Thanks for the name and address, Tiny.
  16. This sounds really interesting. Chorizo verde normally is made with different cuts of pork, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and other ingredients--but no fruit--and comes from Toluca, capital of the State of México. I'd love to hear more about a version with fruit, and from where.
  17. Kevin, there's a lot new to the restaurant scene in Morelia, although I'm always partial to the old faithfuls: Lu Cocina Michoacana on the ground floor of the Hotel Casino, Fonda Marceva at Abasolo 455, Centro Histórico (really, a do-not-miss for breakfast or comida; they open at 9AM and close at 6PM), San Miguelito at the intersection of Ventura Puente and Av. Camelinas. There are some newer places that are great: Tata Mezcalería on Bartolomé de las Casas, Cuish on Santiago Tapia for Oaxacan food, Chango on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and La Plazuela for Cuban food, also on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. For a hamburger, it's always Hamburguesas Richard's for me, on Morelos Sur 398, Centro Histórico. And I also love La Inmaculada, as nolajoe mentioned. Sometimes the food is wonderful, sometimes not so much, but the ambience is fabulous and there is nothing else like it in Mexico--maybe even in the world. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2008/10/la-inmaculada-concepción-cena-con-concha.html Even though the family that owns Los Mirasoles are good friends of mine, I don't recommend the restaurant. The place is beautiful, though. If you're going to Pátzcuaro, DO NOT MISS La Tradición in the portales across the street from the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Salud. The food is out of this world, regional offerings from the Tierra Caliente.
  18. As you all know, I live in Mexico City. Compared to many, many people, my experience was nothing. On the other hand, the earthquake started at 1:14PM and the first two pictures show part of my living room at about 1:20PM on September 19th. Those are floor-to-ceiling antique sabino wood bookcases that cover approximately 15 feet of wall. They're back on their feet again and bolted to the wall, thanks to a dear friend who sent four workers to my home to help me with so much that I could not have done on my own. In addition to the bookcases, a very large and extremely heavy wooden room divider smashed to the floor. Eight huge plate-glass windows exploded in my home. The workers also removed all the glass--pieces from 3 feet long to slivers--that covered everything in the house. Most of my collection of antique Mexican pottery was crushed. For who knows what reason, those candlesticks, the talavera bowl, and the lamp you see in pictures #1 and #2 didn't move, and no pictures jumped off the walls. In the third picture, everything on top of the small bookcase crashed to the floor but the case itself didn't move--but all the DVDs slid out onto the floor. The drawers opened by themselves, as did all the closets in the house, banging and crashing. The building itself slapped and banged against the building next door. The quake threw me out of my desk chair onto the floor. I believed that the building would collapse on top of us residents. I re-shelved the the books--picture 3. The tray on top of the bookcases is wood and didn't break, although it smashed to the floor. The Canadian goose is a canvas decoy that crashed to the floor and ripped a little. All of this is just 'stuff', but it is an indication of the power of the quake in a stable, well-built building from the 1950s. I am grateful that my three cats and I are alive.
  19. Just exactly as you did--well, with some typo corrections. 10:45 AM a 11:45 AM
  20. Why, I would never have thought of that! Thanks for letting me know.
  21. You could make your own and invite your friends! The recipe is involved, but not complicated. Just time-consuming. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2017/09/chiles-en-nogada-el-rey-de-los-chiles-chiles-in-walnut-sauce-the-king-of-chiles.html
  22. When I lived in Guadalajara, a house next door to mine was sold and was in the process of renovation from residential to an office building. The new owner came over one day: he and I and another neighbor went up on the roof to look around, and ended up looking at the beat-up old stationary gas tank. The new owner fiddled with the gauge on the tank for a minute and then tried to light it. Much to our horror, a spike of flame SHOT vertically out of the tank, hissing and spitting, about 50 feet into the sky. We three scurried down from the roof and into the street just as the whole thing exploded with a sound none of us could believe. All the neighbors came out to see what the heck had happened. Civil defense came, cordoned off the block, and made sure all the fireworks were over. The whole thing scared us silly. We were extremely lucky not to have been injured. So yeah, be very careful with an old tank.
  23. Image of last night in Juchitán, Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. Brigitte thank you for checking in, so many people have asked me where you are and if you are okay.
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