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  1. Yes, I see Tyson products of all kinds at Costco. But what neither you nor I see are the grey, hideous frozen products that Tyson tried to sell in Mexico about 15 years ago and failed.
  2. The color doesn't make any difference in the flavor, but the chickens in Mexico actually taste like chicken, not like what one buys in the USA. About 15 years ago, Tyson tried to import frozen chicken parts from the USA to Mexico. I was in a Walmart and saw two past middle age Mexican women pick up the packages and look at the grey, ugly chicken flesh. "Qué es esto?" questioned one. "No sé, se ve horrible." (What is this? I don't know, it looks horrible.) They finally saw that it was chicken parts and threw it back into the cooler. "Vamos a comprar Bachoco, lo de siempre." (We'll buy Bachoco, like we always do.) Turned out that imported Tyson frozen chicken parts were a complete no-go in Mexico and soon disappeared from the markets.
  3. Here's a link to an article that explains why the chickens we EAT have yellowish skin. The flesh of a chicken raised to be eaten is also a pinkish color. The rough skin of the feet absorbs more of the yellow pigment than does the more tender skin of the body. The chickens raised for laying eggs don't eat the same chicken feed as the chickens we eat, and they're white-skinned with greyer flesh. http://www.elsitioavicola.com/articles/2658/pigmentacian-en-pollo-de-engorde/ These are my photos, the whole chicken, feet removed, is ready for making caldo de pollo. The raw chicken feet are at the Mercado San Juan in Morelia--when you buy chicken feet, ask your butcher to remove the nail-ends of the toes. And don't say ewwww, chicken feet add tremendous depth of flavor to soup and are frequently served as a Chinese dish. The third photo is my friend Antony eating dim sum chicken feet.
  4. Happyjillin, that's wonderful news--and his chicken is the best I've eaten anywhere i've traveled, in or out of Mexico.
  5. Does this man still sell chicken at the Wednesday tianguis, down at the bottom at the corner of Constitución? IMHO it was the best fresh chicken in Ajijic, when I lived there.
  6. If one pays with a credit card rather than with cash or a debit card at Costco in Mexico, the total is more.
  7. Does anyone but me remember the enormous hoo-ha that went up when the national chain Farmacia Guadalajara was built at the corner of the carretera and Encarnación Rosas? The outrage that ensued when the national chain Walmart was built at the corner of the libramiento? Those were (as far as I remember) the first two national chains built in Ajijic--well, of course excepting PEMEX, which was originally on the corner across from where Walmart now exists, and is now in several other places in town. There is currently at least one Farmacia de Similares, and it doesn't seem to have pushed out Farmacia Cristina, or Dr. Polo, or other small farmacias. For quite a few years, an OXXO has been on Pátzcuaro's elegant and lovely main plaza, Plaza don Vasco de Quiroga. There was enormous outcry against it when it was proposed, of course. City rules require it to have minimal, low-key signage and that the building be painted according to city regulations: rust-red from the sidewalk and up a meter or so, then white above that. It's barely noticeable--if you ask someone where it is, that person will point it out to you, but it's hard to see it even when you're standing directly in front of it. Can you see it in the photo? Nope, me either--but it's there, along the side of the square behind the statue of don Vasco. There's another OXXO in the Centro of San Miguel de Allende (on Calle Mesones), smack dab in the highly touristed middle of town. Another huge flap carried on against it when it was proposed. But does this detract from the fantasy view of the city? Not IMHO. In the 'village' of Ajijic, where is the abarrotes nearest the site of the new OXXO? Like you guys, I'm not an OXXO fan. But OXXO is a modern-day fact of life in Mexico, including in the most touristed cities and towns. Some of those have a fairy-tale image of themselves to preserve. Others just want the convenience. You and I can jump up and down till hell freezes over, but OXXO is apparently here to stay.
  8. I use Telmex and call the alternate 800 numbers frequently. 001-8XX-XXXX. I do hear the message that "you will be charged...blah blah blah", but I have never been charged. These are the substitutions for 800 that I have:
  9. More Liana

    MESH

    Could you tell us what Hys salt is? Thanks!
  10. More Liana

    MESH

    I use this kind. I like it because the mesh is finer than Computer Guy's, but that's just me. It's easy to wash, too.
  11. I certainly prefer gas, for both stovetop and oven. I inherited a Kenmore microwave/convection oven combo. I've used the microwave occasionally, but I've never used the convection feature. About 15 years ago in Guadalajara, I bought a floor model midrange (jaja, range) MABE stove that I loved until I had to give it up--long story. LOVED. The stovetop burners were completely adjustable, from the lowest simmer to the highest boil, and of course were instantly adjustable--because they were gas. Long ago I purchased extremely heavy-duty MABE parrillas to replace the skinny ones that came with the stove, just because. The oven held perfectly whatever temperature I required--I used a standard hang-on-the-rack oven thermometer. I baked biscuits, corn bread, brownies/cookies/cakes, pizza from scratch, you name it, with never a hitch. About a year ago, I reluctantly bought (on Facebook Marketplace) another MABE stove, 6 months old, in Mexico City, and schlepped it to Morelia with me--along with the thermometer and those heavy-duty parrillas. Wonder of wonders, the new one works exactly as well as the old one. MABE rules, IMHO, and not for a whole lot of money. I think I paid about $6000 pesos for each of mine. I hope I last as long as the new one will.
  12. You'd do better if you looked up Tlajomulco de Zuñiga.
  13. Por supuesto qué sí, Slainte. Lo que dices, y bien dicho que sea, no corresponde a la pregunta que hice. No encontré nada en lo que ha subido el poster que indica si es extranjero/a o ciudadano/a mexicano/a. Dijiste que es mexicano/a y te pregunté de cómo sabes. Cuentas con una bola de cristal?
  14. Slainte, how do you know that s/he was born in Mexico? Just curious...
  15. In Morelia, where I live, a recently-opened state-of-the-art hospital has a program one can buy into that provides free medical appointments at the hospital (for checkups and for illnesses), free lab and other testing, free ambulance service if needed from one's home or anywhere else in the area to that hospital, first night free room if you have to be hospitalized, and a long list of other attractive benefits. Not free prescription meds, though, and if one needs a specialist, one pays, but at a reduced rate. There was no medical exam, no questionnaire about any illnesses either current or prior, no requirement to give a list of meds you take. Just sign the paper and they give you a membership card. I recently signed up and paid the one-payment annual cost. How much was it? 2800 pesos. Yes, 2800 pesos. Some of you should talk with the new San Antonio hospital about doing something similar.
  16. When Telmex installed my internet here in Morelia, the tech warned me about changing the password for the modem. He said it could potentially cause big problems for the user. My password is on a label on the front of my modem, not the back, directly under the numbers that identify the B19E modem. I have to look at it every time I need it, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
  17. All of which cannot be deciphered in an email.
  18. Turks Head is a great suggestion. Unfortunately I've never seen one for sale in a Mexican market, but YMMV.
  19. Get the squash with the hardest shell you can find. A squash like a pumpkin won't work, the shell is too soft. TBH, I don't know another squash with a shell as hard as that of the Castilla. Could you substitute camote enmielado on your menu instead? I know it's not the same, but it's really delicious.
  20. No, your quote clearly states that it is a Spanish-language daily IN THE UNITED STATES. I have just this minute found an article in La Jornada, in its section labeled "Estados". https://www.jornada.com.mx/ultimas/estados/2020/01/05/muere-menor-en-ataque-armado-a-familia-en-tamaulipas-5984.html And here's another from a newspaper in Reynosa: https://www.elmanana.com/buscan-a-atacantes-de-familia-estadounidense-mier-ataque-armado-riberena/4996496
  21. No one yet has posted a link to an article in Spanish from any newspaper in the area of the alleged incident. Where did all of these ENGLISH LANGUAGE links get their information?
  22. I wonder where the AP got this info. I don't see any mention of it in any newspaper from that area, nor in any other Mexican newspaper that I've looked at.
  23. It shouldn't be hard. Did he buy it in those plastic packages, or did he buy it from the "wheel"? Did you read my post on Chowhound, the post that Bisbee Gal refers to? My post tells you how I make it. It's never been hard when I've bought it.
  24. I've read quite a bit about INSABI and in all instances, I've read the following, which would (IMHO) indicate that one must be a Mexican citizen in order to be attended. "Como parte de las acciones de transformación del sistema de salud pública que implementa el gobierno federal para garantizar atención médica y medicamentos gratuitos a toda la población, a partir del primero de enero de 2020, los beneficiarios del Insabi solo deberán presentar su credencial del INE, la Clave Única de Registro de Población (CURP) o su acta de nacimiento para recibir los servicios públicos de salud." The above sentence translates to: "As part of the actions of transforming the federal government's public health system in order to guarantee medical attention and free medicine to the entire population, starting on the first of January 2020, the beneficiaries of Insabi need only present their INE CREDENCIAL, the Clave Única de Registro de Población, or their birth certificate to receive the services of public health." This announcement, also IMHO, is confusing in that one might read it to believe that one can also show only the CURP to be allowed free medical care and medicines. The language of this announcement is such that there is no 'or' after the INE mention, but there IS an 'or' after the mention of the CURP (before the mention of the birth certificate). The announcement also says that "the whole population" is entitled to free medical attention, but again IMHO there's no indication that the foreign population is included.
  25. Low tonight expected to be 6ºC in Morelia, Michoacán. That's 42º Fahrenheit, with no heating in the house. Not too bad if I could crank up a thermostat, but--Happy New Year, everyone!
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