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  1. I will eat crow. I am wrong. Despite hearing "plazo" far more than "plaza" re the troubles in various parts of Mexico, I have consulted with my friend Malcolm Beith (author of The Last Narco) and he has corrected my error. RickS, he says it's plaza and he knows way more than I do. I apologize.
  2. RickS, the word you're looking for isn't "plaza". It's plazo. Easy to get confused. In criminal jargon, it means "control of a place".
  3. Palé Ajijic, when you do try again, please put your information on this section of the forums: Lakeside Restaurant/Bistro Happenings
  4. Sorry, I failed to remember that the OP asked about that. Just leave it out or as bmh said, use Stevia or Splenda. Or caramelize the apples, I'll try that next time I make apple or pear sauce.
  5. I think the website (in English) is your best source of accurate information. https://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/
  6. Mudgirl, that's exactly what I do. Works great.
  7. Look how pretty! Beautiful, happyjillin.
  8. Chillin, Mexico grows its own apples, as Yo1 said and others said, many in Chihuahua. For applesauce, it doesn't matter one bit if they're as 'pretty' as USA-grown apples. Peel them, core them, slice them. Then I like mine slightly cooked in a bit of butter, with cinnamon, a spritz of jugo de limón, a little sugar to your taste, a pinch of salt to heighten all the flavors. Then I coarsely mash the mixture with my potato masher. A couple of days ago I made a chunky "applesauce" using ripe pears cooked with some Sultana raisins, and instead of white sugar, a little brown sugar along with the other ingredients. I served it warm, as dessert, with a blob of super-thick crema de mesa (Aguascalientes brand--non-acidulated cream), very similar in texture and flavor to crème fraiche. Deee-licious, if I do say so myself, and a quick snap to make.
  9. RickS, as is often the case on the Internet, it was impossible to see that you were tongue-in-cheek about the traffic. I'm sorry I missed that. And for my benefit? I can't imagine how I could benefit from any of this. What's happening in the state of Guanajuato is very similar to what happened starting in 2006 in the state of Michoacán: narco-power-related mayhem that destroyed families and seriously harmed everyone in my state. It hurts my heart and soul to see what's going on now, in a state that borders mine, and to see that others live right now in denial of the truth is heartbreaking. YMMV, of course.
  10. If you're not reading Spanish-language newspapers or watching Spanish-language news on TV, you're not getting the news. You're getting the foreign community's view of the news. Atención, the biggest English-language newspaper in SMA, isn't reporting murders. Friends recently moved from SMA to Morelia after two men were shot to death, narco execution style, in front of their home. Another friend moved back to the USA after a similar event near her house. In early June, in a taxi near the centro, on the way to the SMA bus station, I personally saw men from SEMEFO (forensic medicine, i.e. the coroner's office) haul a body out of a gully where it had been tossed after having been murdered. In July, 3 women (including two adolescents) eating at a taco stand not far from centro were killed, the innocent victims of an automatic weapon shootout between rival gangs. One of the adolescents was the daughter of an employee of a foreign woman who owns a business in SMA; that incident affected the foreign community, so it was widely talked about on FB. The Mexican news reported in Mexico News Daily is news "lite", if you know what I mean. As you mention, the Civil list does not reflect life in the Mexican community in SMA. Traffic is heavy, but no one is dying in traffic jams. It's unconscionable to make light of what's going on in SMA. Remember when 19 young men were killed in Ajijic, just a few years ago? What if someone had said then that traffic was the real issue? Read and listen in Spanish, talk seriously to Mexicans, and you'll get a better understanding of the siege in San Miguel.
  11. The cats happily used Scoop Away for years and years. Then a friend told me about Bob's clumping litter, so the four cats switched to Bob's. They used it for about 6 months. I wasn't happy with it at all, so we switched back to Scoop Away. IMHO, Scoop Away is superior to everything else available in Mexico. Be on the lookout: Walmart frequently offers the 5 kilo box at a sale price. Two for something, I forget--but it truly makes it worth it to buy it while it's at that sale price. I stock up then. Once in a while I buy the 40-lb bag at Costco, but 40 lbs is almost too much for me to lift these days. I hate being old. Umm...old-er. Natasha is right about the humidity. My cats' litter box is near the back door, and when it rains, the litter can smell awful even when it's just been used a couple of times.
  12. Three cárteles are fighting over the plazo (the right to control the scene) in the state of Guanajuato. The city of Guanajuato, the city of Celaya, and the city of SMA, have pretty much been under siege since late in 2018. Mexicans and foreigners alike are avoiding Celaya due to the danger there. The last word I heard from SMA (about 3 weeks ago) is that there have been 74 cártel-related killings there since January 1, 2019. I'm sure that figure is higher now. SMA's mayor called in the Mexican National Guard to help with the situation. Here's a link to a report on murders in the state of Guanajuato during JUST January 2019. https://www.thebajapost.com/2019/02/02/guanajuato-registered-275-homicides-during-the-month-of-january/ You'll find a lot of information on Google about killings in San Miguel and the rest of Guanajuato, but not much of the information is up to date. The SMA government tried to quash mention of the problems. https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/san-miguel-councilor-urges-keeping-quiet-about-bad-news/
  13. Thanks, that fixed it. Very odd.
  14. It still says avocado leaves, CG.
  15. Hi David...the term is Pueblo Mágico, a status designated by Mexico's federal government, and Ajijic does not have that title. You're coming at high season. Have you booked a place to stay? I hope so! Have a great time.
  16. Otis, are you on Facebook? There's a Gay Ajijic Alliance FB group you might want to look at and join. See you over there!
  17. I was a moderator on several of Mexconnect's forums for 11 years, and continue to be the moderator on the Cooking forum--right now, a moderator with nothing to moderate. It is sad--a website that was once pretty much the only source of solid Mexico "So you want to retire to Mexico" information has come to be very little used. Just as you said, Pete, there is little to no activity on any of the forums. I think we can lay that at the feet of the tremendous amount of information about Mexico, retirement here, and all that is currently available on the Internet, information that was all but impossible to find when some of us were investigating a move to the Chapala vicinity. Facebook itself has changed our world; there are Chapala-oriented FB groups dedicated to everything from Lakeside activities to Lakeside government. Other internet sites are burgeoning as well.
  18. Rolly was a tremendous contributor to Mexconnect, with a vast amount of knowledge and a profound willingness to share it with everyone. However, Canadian David McLaughlin founded Mexconnect when he and his wife lived in Ajijic, and David is still that website's owner. Rolly was a champ. I was proud to call him my friend.
  19. Even when I lived in Mexico City, I had to call that 800 number to reach Telmex. Maybe the OP is thinking of CFE, which does have a 3-digit number to report problems.
  20. Mine too--I just slightly tap the bottom right corner of the screen and the next page pops up.
  21. Do the tostada-making people still sell at the Wednesday Ajijic tianguis? They used to be almost at the corner of Constitución, making fresh tostadas all day. The method absolutely fascinated me: deep fry a big batch of tortillas till they're crisp, take them out of the hot oil all at once with tongs, drain for a couple of seconds. Then dip an escobetilla (see photo) in salt water, flick the salt water all over the just-out-of-the-boiling-hot-oil tortillas. Big sizzle, the water evaporates immediately, and the salt permeates the tortilla for just the right touch of salt. Just amazed me to see it. Maybe I am easily amused.
  22. I also use Calibre to convert formats from epub, zip, rar, and any other non-Kindle format to mobi. It takes about a second. Like Michael Gordon, I bought my used (barely) Kindle Paperwhite on eBay about 7-8 years ago and have a gazillion (well, maybe 500) books stored on it. Everything is also backed up in the Cloud. I keep mine on airplane mode and the battery charge lasts a couple of weeks. I have read voraciously all my life and never wanted a Kindle, but my first one was a gift and I loved it after about five minutes getting used to it. Best thing since the Internets. Now you will have to wrest it from my cold dead hand. Speaking of books, last week I read the novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong. IMHO, it is the best book I have ever read. Get it.
  23. There's a saying here: "Más vale pedir perdón que pedir permiso." Your workman might apologize to you after the fact, but he isn't going to communicate to ask permission. Even "back home" workmen often don't show up when scheduled.
  24. You might give Farmacias Paris in Mexico City a try; here's an English language link: http://www.farmaciaparis.com/movil/ingles/ They're well known for having things that nobody else has. Best of luck to you!
  25. What I miss of the food when I lived at Lakeside: --the wonderful fonda that used to be on the carretera (instead of the two locales next door to what is now Arrañaga's tejuino y nieve place) --doña Mago on the weekends, fantastic tacos from her cart on Constitución near Donato Guerra. --José's Illusion Greek Restaurant. I still dream about so many of the dishes on his menu.
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