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  1. Second the motion for pumice stone, used exactly as Lost Dog suggests. Buy your pumice stone at either the Chapala or Ajijic tianguis. If you buy a second pumice stone, you can use it on metal pots and pans to remove anything that's stuck or burned on. Same deal: the pumice won't harm the metal. If you buy a third pumice stone, use it on your heels to remove dry skin.
  2. Gringal, I have only ever purchased freshly ground sirloin at Walmart. I did not recommend the frozen organic, as I've never tried it.
  3. For about 20 years I've been buying ground sirloin only at Walmart. It suits my needs: lean, no additives or fillers, good flavor. Price ranges from 110-150 pesos per kilo.
  4. As TelsZ4 said, your bank "back home" has set your daily limit. If you need a higher limit, ask your bank to raise it. The banks here set their own per-withdrawal limits for their ATMs. As TelsZ4 said, you can withdraw from a Mexican bank's ATM as many times in succession as you like, until you reach your personal daily limit set by your own bank.
  5. Yesterday I spent quite a while on the telephone talking with a Bank of America representative in Texas. He informed me that Scotiabank is once again part of BofA's Global Alliance. He said that means that when you make an ATM withdrawal at Scotiabank from your BofA account, BofA no longer charges the $5.00USD fee for using a non-BofA ATM. I tried it this morning. He's right: no $5.00 charge. $5.00 isn't much, but hey... Maybe I'm the last person here to learn this, but if anyone else is slower than I am, you'll be glad to know that it works. Santander, of course, is no longer part of the BofA Global Alliance and BofA DOES charge the $5.00 fee for withdrawing funds from their ATMs. This in no way affects the 3% foreign transaction fee charged by BofA on any ATM withdrawal made in Mexico. They still sock you with that.
  6. At the corner of (I believe) Guadalupe Victoria and Encarnación Rosas there's a house with a sign on the door: Pollo Fresco. Generally wings are sold still attached to backs; the whole piece is called a retazo. It's sold by the kilo. I buy as many of the whole piece as I need--if I want 8 wings, I buy 4 retazos--clip off the wings, and save the backs for making chicken stock. It's pronounced reh-TAH-soh. The prices in the photo are from a year or so ago, so the cost may have gone up. See where it says retazo?
  7. POSA is the brand I've been using for about 20 years. Unlike most of the artificial vanilla sold in Mexico, POSA is the real thing. I was recently in Papantla and did a good deal of serious investigation into vanilla and its production. Here is the link to an article I wrote after interviewing two producers and the president of the Consejo Estatal de Vanilla de Veracruz. The cultivation and production of vanilla fascinated me and my companion. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2017/04/de-vaga-en-veracruz-tierra-jarocha-vacation-wanderings-in-veracruz-part-iv-.html
  8. Oooh I was just gonna say--a BUTTER THREAD! It has been a while! I still buy Kirkland butter at Costco. Best and least expensive imported butter in Mexico.
  9. If you use Facebook, take a look at their FB page. Lots more much better looking furniture there. https://www.facebook.com/MarqCó-by-Covadonga-Hernandez-301094829937842/
  10. I really like the designs that this Mexico City company produces. I've seen (and sat on and slept on) the furniture; the quality is excellent. http://marqco.com/beta/
  11. Yes, the parents can be married. BUT--according to old law, they had to have been legally married for a certain length of time prior to conception/birth for the child not to be considered an hijo natural. The last link I posted gives a lot of information about what the duties of a parent are toward an hijo natural, what the duties of an hijo natural are toward his/her parents, and how an hijo natural can be legitimized. All of this certainly sounds archaic now, doesn't it?
  12. That's certainly true now and was even more frequent in the past, the era that Cedros is investigating. People often either simply didn't 'make it legal', for one reason or another, or couldn't afford to marry, or...many, many different reasons. It doesn't surprise me at all that Cedros is finding so many "...hijo natural de..." listings in his research. The parents may have lived together without benefit of marriage, they may not have met the requirements of a "legitimate" birth of their child(ren), etc. http://universojus.com/definicion/hijo-natural
  13. If it says--as you mentioned--hija natural de (and both parents' names), it still means born without benefit of marriage OR without sufficient lapse of time between marriage and birth OR due to divorce prior to birth. It's not about an absent parent; it's about the parents' marriage.
  14. I just googled significado hijo natural de ALL the references say the same thing: "illegitimate child of..." Try it, just as I have it in italics up there. You'll see.
  15. Here's an old joke for you--in Spanish, no adequate translation possible. Un viejito se casa con una señora ya grande. Después de la boda, van a su hogar y empiezan a desvestirse. El viejito queda maravillado al ver a su nueva esposa quitarse de su peluca, luego de su dentadura postiza, luego de un seno postizo. En voz indignada, le dice, "Oígame señora, no tiene nada natural?" Con una sonrisa enorme la vieja le grita, "Sí señor, un hijo!" Proves the point in spoken language; can you scan one of the birth certificates so I can see how/where the 'natural' is used on it? This is so interesting to me...
  16. That's right. 'Natural' means illegitimate child, a child born outside marriage. This legal distinction no longer exists.
  17. Does the venue of your event have its own box office? Sometimes that's the best bet for buying tickets. For example, buying direct at the Teatro Degollado box office means that you avoid the add-on of the Ticketmaster fee AND, if you have the INAPAM card, you get the INAPAM 50% discount on tickets. Ticketmaster does not honor INPAM.
  18. Here's a list of all the Ticketmaster outlets in Guadalajara. Click on 'Jalisco' in the list of states. http://tmespeciales.ticketmaster.com.mx/CentrosTM/ There is also a Ticketmaster outlet in the Guadalajara Cámara de Comercio--chamber of commerce. It's open M-F 9:30AM-6PM, Saturday 9:00AM-1PM. Cámara de Comercio Ticketmaster Av. Vallarta 4095 Zapopan
  19. Similar situation in Mexico City, arguably the most expensive city in Mexico. The woman who works for me arrives at 7:30AM and leaves at 3:00PM or sometimes later, depending on her own schedule here. I pay her the going rate for domestic workers: 400 pesos a day. No one here--as far as I know--pays domestic workers by the hour. She brings something with her from the street for breakfast (coffee and a pan dulce, usually) and prefers to go home for comida with her family rather than eat a meal here. We have a purely business arrangement: I don't know her family, I don't know her financial circumstances--although I know that she has other domestic work every day--and I don't loan her money, bring her gifts from any of my travels, support her two children's education, or otherwise treat her as other than an employee. She's worked for me for about four years; she's happy, I'm happy. When retired foreigners ask me why I'm not involved with her personal life, I usually ask, "Remember when you worked? Was your employer involved with your personal life? Did he or she support your children's education, or bring you gifts from his or her vacations? Did your employer loan you money?" The answer is generally no--you did your job, you got your paycheck, you had a business relationship with your employer. Friendly in the office or the plant, of course--but that was it. That's certainly how my work life was. YMMV.
  20. Nope, not this one. The current gas shortage is being caused by other thieves siphoning off money.
  21. I love molletes for breakfast. As pappy said, slice a bollilo in half the long way. I grill mine in a skillet with some melted butter, so no need for a toaster oven. Then refried beans smeared on thick and a fried egg on each half. I prefer mine topped with freshly made salsa cruda.
  22. More Liana

    Bone Soup

    CHILLIN, I'm curious to know where you buy "local fresh raised, farmyard chickens".
  23. More Liana

    Bone Soup

    "Bone broth" has been known as (beef, chicken, fish) stock forever. "Bone broth" is only remarkable because it is so easy and such a throwback to making our own meals. I ALWAYS have a gallon or so of beef or chicken stock in the freezer--right now, I even have a gallon of shrimp and fish stock. I most recently made 15-hour beef stock: roasted marrow and other beef bones, small amount of herbs, celery, carrots, a leek or an onion, and bring to a boil. Skim stock to remove foam, turn down the heat to as low as you can get it, and simmer it (with the pot top tilted to allow steam to escape) for hours and hours. Remember to add hot water as the stock evaporates. Be sure not to let the pot simmer dry! The last batch of beef broth simmered for 15 hours; the last batch of chicken broth simmered for 6 hours. It's roasting the bones before simmering them that gives the broth the really deep flavor one wants. Once the simmering is finished, I partially cool the broth, remove all the bones and vegetables, then chill the broth until any fat congeals on top of the liquid. It's easy to remove the solid fat. Then I freeze the clear broth in gallon zip-lock bags, laid flat on a cookie sheet until frozen. Then stack the flat bags in the freezer--they take up very little space that way.
  24. Sweet corn is grown in Querétaro and available in season, fresh on the cob, in many Mexican supermarkets and tianguis. There are several brands, including Mr. Lucky.
  25. You posted the following, copied and pasted: "The exit code for Mexico is 00 not 001. Are you dialing 001-1-800?" The '1' that you posted following 001 is superfluous and incorrect and unusable. To call the USA from Mexico, one dials 001-the area code-the phone number.
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