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  1. In parts of Oaxaca, piloncillo is called panela, which is sold in 2" thick disks. Piloncillo and panela are used interchangeably. I took the top photo at the Mercado de Jamaica in CDMX. You can see the flat round ends of large cones of both dark (on the right) and light (on the left) piloncillo. In the middle is a big stack of smaller cones. I took the photo of a disk-shaped, extremely dark panela that I purchased on a Saturday market day in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca (in the Mixteca), where I was visiting friends. The disk weighs about a kilo (2.2lbs).
  2. Same here in Morelia. They have signs indicating limits on bleach and some other cleaning products, but otherwise, it's business as usual. Some of the employees are wearing masks, most are not, and no one was wearing gloves. Of the outside businesses restocking shelves in Walmart La Huerta (Morelia), only a very few stockers this morning were wearing masks. Most customers also wore no masks or gloves. A bunch of things I needed were not available, but most were. For example, when I went to look for eggs, the egg shelves were bare. When I finished shopping about 40 minutes later and was on the way to the checkout, there were boxes of eggs on the shelves.
  3. CG, what does your first sentence mean? Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks, and stay well, amigo.
  4. The CFE website (and CFEContigo, their app for one's cel phone) caused me big problems at the beginning of this week. I finally called CFE for help. I was advised, for starters, that the website and the app are not connected to one another. The tech there advised me to delete the app from my cell and reinstall it. I did, and was able to pay my bill instantly from my cel, as I have done for the last couple of years. CFE subsequently emailed me a new password for their website, which I have not yet used because I had just paid my bill this month using the app. If you have a smart phone, I highly recommend the CFEContigo smart phone app, available at the APP store on your cel.
  5. Hi Kathleen, I am just seeing your post! Yes, my queen size Wendy mattress is still as good as new (after 15+ years) and is still as comfortable as the day I bought it. The model is Anther; it's a double pillow top. It's not super-firm, but it's not soft and squishy, either. I don't know if they still make that one or not. In 2004 I actually went to the factory in GDL and lay down on all the floor models they had available and picked this one. I have not regretted the purchase for one-half second. I used to sleep on my side, but now I sleep on my back. Either way, the mattress has been and continues to be marvelous.
  6. Walmart and Superama have been refunding the delivery charge if your order arrives later than the hour you specified. They're running almost a day behind, here in Morelia.
  7. I belong to the Mexican government Youtube channel that you have suggested to others. I have received no notification of any live feed or any further information from the Federal government. I live in MIchoacán so did not expect to receive notice from the State of Jalisco.
  8. Did I say anything about her isolating, or about me isolating? I gave her the choice of doing what she believed is appropriate for her. She's an informed adult, capable of making decisions about her life. A family member brings her to work, she doesn't take a bus. She's a long-time employee (she worked for me for years, when I lived in Morelia the first time, and she came back to work for me when I moved back here over a year ago) who really cares about keeping my house as clean as hers is--hers is spotless. I left it up to her. Have you asked those who posted "no", or "no and no" the same question?
  9. I have a housekeeper who normally works twice a week, 9:30AM to 3:30PM. I talked with her and gave her the choice NOT to come, to come once a week, or to keep to her regular schedule. I assured her that I would pay her regular twice-weekly salary no matter what she chose to do. She chose to come one day a week; her husband or another relative will bring her to work so that she doesn't have to take a bus. If she chooses to change her mind and not work--or work full time--I will continue to pay her full salary. It seems odd to me that our employees' pay is built into our household budgets but that some people apparently are not paying their employees for their time away from work during this extremely difficult period. Sure, I'd rather have my housework done by my housekeeper rather than do it myself. And she'd rather work her regular hours. But who suffers the most financially if she chooses not to come? Not me. I have no interest in causing financial problems for her and her family.
  10. Two companions and I ate at Emmanuel's Kitchen in early March. The meal was pretentious, uninformed, poorly prepared, and overpriced. The service was attentive to the point of intrusive. The wine we chose was delicious. At the end of our meal, the chef came to our table to boast about his skills.. At no time did he ask if we had enjoyed our meal. I wouldn't choose to go back again. While in Ajijic, I also ate at Teocintle Maíz (twice). The meals were extraordinary, the plating was beautiful, and the service was excellent. https://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2020/03/teocintle-maíz-best-restaurant-in-ajijic-jalisco-mexico-.html I had breakfast with a friend at Mom's, where I had never been before. I ordered eggs, biscuits, and sausage gravy. The eggs were fine, the biscuits were okay, although different from any I had ever eaten previously, and the gravy was extremely salty. I'm quite a salt fan, so for me to say that is really saying something. Other friends and I had an excellent meal at Marisco's Peter, on the lake side of the carretera between Ajijic and Jocotepec. My shrimp cocktail (medium size) was wonderful, loaded with shrimp and not sweet with catsup as so many are. Each of us ordered different things to start the meal. In addition, we ordered a big fish (prepared zarandeado) to share; it was wonderful and we ate every last bit of it. The cost was minimal compared to the number of people who ate and the amount of food and drink we inhaled.
  11. I've eaten lots of requesón (like ricotta), and I've also eaten a lot of jocoque (more like soured cream), but I've never heard of recoque. I can't find it listed in any culinary dictionary, either. It's not in the Larousse online Spanish-language culinary dictionary, or the Diccionario Enciclopedica de la Gastronomia Mexicana--not in either of the two editions. Cafemediterraneo, could you ask him again about the name? I'm very curious. Thanks.
  12. In pharmacology, compounding (done in compounding pharmacies) is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique need of a patient. To do this, compounding pharmacists combine or process appropriate ingredients using various tools. Google is your friend.
  13. I was visiting friends in Ajijic and tried to use that Scotiabank ATM at about noon on Friday. It verified my ATM card, I typed in the amount I wanted to withdraw ($4000MN), and it cancelled my request. Twice. The ATM made no attempt to withdraw funds from my account.
  14. UNESCO named Morelia a World Heritage site in 1991. We're very proud of that designation! https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/585/
  15. AlanMexicali, I have lived in Ajijic (4 years) and Guadalajara (3 years) and know that those areas are warmer than Morelia, but not necessarily dry. During the lead-up to the rainy season, the humidity is very low and the temperatures are often in the 90sF. The rainy season at Lakeside and in Guadalajara is very similar to the rainy season in Morelia: rain (sometimes heavy) during the late afternoons or evenings, dry during most days. I have lived in Morelia for 8-9 years and do not find the city warm and moist. It's normally cooler than the Guadalajara area due to the higher altitude here and is very dry beginning about now--with constantly lowering humidity, just as in Lakeside and Guadalajara--until the rains start in mid-to-late May. During the lead-up to the rainy season, Morelia can have temperatures no higher than the mid-80sF. During the summer rainy season, the rain comes in the afternoons or evenings and otherwise the humidity is still no higher than Guadalajara's--or, as the OP requested, than that at Lakeside. Have you lived in these two areas?
  16. This is a marvelous new resource. It is worth mentioning that most if not all of the recipes are in Spanish.
  17. Hi Catbird...I lived in Ajijic for about five years (1999-2004) and still visit occasionally. I have lived in Morelia for a total of 8 or 9 years, with a break when I lived for 8 years in Mexico City. I've been back in Morelia for exactly a year. Morelia is home for me. Morelia bears absolutely NO resemblance to Lake Chapala--except that as you mentioned, the weather is similar. It's generally cooler here than there, and can be quite chilly in the winter. Our altitude above sea level is 6400 feet; Lakeside is at 5200 feet. Morelia is a colonial city of 1.2 million people; the English-speaking expatriate community is approximately 300 to 400 people. The city is extremely cultured, with at least 6 major universities, a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, frequent festivals of importance, including the Morelia international film festival in October-November (considered to be the best film festival in Mexico), the international music festival during the last two weeks of November (concerts range from popular music to classical music, many are free to the public), plus annual jazz, organ, classical dance, and other annual festivals. There is no large body of water close to Morelia--Lake Pátzcuaro is about an hour away. We have a small international airport 45 minutes to an hour northeast of the city. We have a long-distance bus terminal about 15 minutes from Morelia's Centro Histórico. We have excellent taxi service and good Uber service. There is no organized community of English-speaking foreigners, no animal rescue group of foreigners (that I am aware of), no ladies' lunch groups, no little theatre (although we have two theatres that often have traveling companies of concerts, dance performances, and Spanish-language plays), no 'bar scene' for foreigners, no restaurants oriented to foreigners. Really, nothing in Morelia is directed to a foreign community. There is quite a bit of national tourism here, and some foreign tourism---but nothing like the level one sees at Lakeside. We treasure and preserve our history, including our culinary traditions. There is a large indigenous presence here, primarily the Pur'epecha community, whose presence is crucial to our ways of thinking and believing. Morelia's Centro Histórico is considered to be the most beautiful in all of Mexico. Our buildings here are made predominately of cantera stone blocks and date to the mid-1500s. This is not the colorful tourist-oriented town that, for example, is Ajijic. We are typically Mexican: conservative and relatively formal in dress, building exteriors, etc. On the other hand, there are many historical families here, many intellectuals, and quite a bit of non-conservative thinking, music, and art. We have a number of fine museums and many, many historical buildings in the city. Unfortunately, the level of narcoviolencia in and around Morelia is substantially higher than that at Lakeside. Unlike the Lake Chapala area, we in Morelia are very little influenced by foreign ideas of what central Mexico is like. If you have more questions, please ask.
  18. I want to know what the company thinks the name of this place means.
  19. Swallows normally return to Ajijic on or about March 19, St. Joseph's Day. They're not at Lakeside year 'round.
  20. Johannes, I'm curious about the meaning of the retirement building's name (LaPueblita)--what does that mean? I'm also curious about YOUR name on the post (also LaPueblita). Are you part of that retirement home business?
  21. Hi Anne, welcome to the web board. I see you have answered your own question, good work. Advice for the future, you will receive more answers if you title your posts "Best Route from Chapala to Puerto Vallarta?" or "Where at Lakeside to Buy Good Butter?"--or whatever your topic is.
  22. Kyle is the OP, who said he lived in a factiamento. I was only talking about the national census, which is every ten years. Other censuses--state or local--can take place any time.
  23. Fraccionamiento, Kyle. And the national census is every ten years. 2020, then 2030.
  24. https://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2020/02/volcanos-and-politics-dr-atl-volcanos-and-politics-a-painters-eye-a-painters-passions.html
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