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  1. Yes, I am sure she is a mix, but the Maine coon part of her is very apparent. I have had two other MC´s in the past, and one was purebred, the other was a mix. Whatever she is mixed with I and my boyfriend are super allergic to. Which is really a shame because she is very very sweet. 

    From what I understand she was abused as a kitten, and there must have been damage to her voice box, because she can´t really meow. When she gets super excited it comes out more like a velociraptor... 

    She needs some space to roam, and probably some buddies, as she was previously with two other cats. She loves to be brushed, and doesn´t mind being held. She is very sweet and very social. 

     

    SHE IS STILL AVAILABLE.  The sooner I find her a home the better. I really don´t want to have to bring her to a shelter, but the allergies are out of control. 

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  2. I use a superfine flour that I find at my local tienda. I have never looked at the package for protein content, but will next time I buy some. I do know it works great for pizza. I have had lots of complements on my crust, mainly from really picky people.

    A better question might be what yeast is people using? I personally like the azteca brand. I have heard lots of complaints from those buying the packets that are imported. Saying things don't rise right. Quite possibly it has been stored improperly. Too hot in the trucks bringing it down? I keep mine in the fridge in a jar.

  3. They have parchment paper - big sheets - at the store next to Gossips in Ajijic. I can't recall the name of it, Granera? I'm bad with store names! It's huge industrial size sheets, which I cut in half to use on my standard baking sheets.

    Abastos in Guadalajara has a store with chocolate in bulk as well as many many different kinds of extracts - all food grade.

  4. There are most definitely buses past 9pm. I take one from West Ajijic to Chapala around 9:30pm. There are Directo buses coming back from Guadalajara that pass by my place in Chapala going to Ajijic and Jocotepec at 10pm, sometimes as late as 10:30pm. Like I said, they go right past my windows. I've rode them.

    As for the taxi prices, that is what I have paid for going from plaza to plaza. Like I stated, it is 70 when you are not going from one plaza to another. At least that is what *I* have paid. Maybe they are just being nice to me.

    In Chapala in the last few years it has gotten easier to walk places, because they redid the sidewalks along Madero. 90% of the Directo buses to Guadalajara are buses that used to be Primera Plus buses. They are clean, and comfortable. As for the music, that is part of the culture here. I have never been on one where the driver is playing the music too loudly, it's usually a passenger playing music from their cellphone without headphones - and that happens NOB, too. And on the smaller buses? There is no way that the steps can be "as high as 3 feet"! No one would be able to step up that high. Yes, there is often about an 18" step up to the first step. And I'm sure if you asked nicely, the driver or another passenger would help you. They helped me when I had a walking cast on my ankle.

  5. I am supprised by the number of walkers.....However how many in the over 70year old walk, and how many in the over80's?

    In many stituations, driving as you get older is better than walking due to the cobbles and wonky legs

    I have seen some that are in their 70s and 80s that should *not* be driving due to poor vision and poor reflexes (reaction time). There are some reluctant to give up driving that should have already, they become a danger to themselves and to others. (please note that I am NOT saying that all people in their 70s and 80s should not drive, I am saying there are a few around this area that should not be.)

  6. We've lived here without a car for months at a time and with one. If you choose the car-free route, you need to choose your village carefully. Chapala centro is fine, but if you're a newcomer Ajijic is the epicenter for expat activities and you'll be busing in constantly. The bus system at Lakeside is lousy (by Mexican standards), with beat-up buses full to overflowing and fares that may not seem like much to gringos but are scandalously high for locals since they are unsubsidized. Figure 7-9 pesos for a short hop anywhere, and bear in mind that buses run only from about 8:30 a.m. to shortly after dusk. Taxis must be called - they don't roam the streets here like they do in San Miguel or any other city - and start at 50 pesos for the shortest hops. In short, the bus service is poor and taxis are expensive and must be called in advance, so if you can't walk - easily- to what you do everyday and where you shop you will be limited.

    Realistically, IMHO, this means live in Chapala centro if your life and friends are there, otherwise Ajijic between La Floresta and the eastern edge of Villa Nova, if you don't plan on owning a car. For us, owning a used late-model Mexican car with less than $5000 invested, we have insurance at around $300 a year and fill up the tank about once every 6 weeks. Beats the heck out of no car, the lousy bus service or taxis, but as others have said, it's a very personal choice. We would prefer to be car-free, but that means living in a city, not a village.

    I'm not sure where you got your information from, but:

    Buses run until between 9pm and 10pm. They start running around 6am-7am. (I know this because they are often loud and go right past my windows.) The small local buses run every 20 minutes, and the bigger every 30 minutes (these are rough estimates, but the general rule of thumb amongst the locals). There are taxi stands at the plazas in Ajijic and Chapala, and another taxi stand at the Central bus station in Chapala. The taxis are there from about 7am until about 7-9pm. From Plaza to Plaza it is about $45 pesos, less within the towns themselves. More for going from one Plaza to the outskirts of another town. (for example, Chapala plaza to Ajijic Plaza is $45pesos. Chapala to West Ajijic is $70pesos). The Directo First Class bus to Guadalajara is only $50pesos. While the taxis don't crawl around town (honestly, the towns are both fairly small for taxis to just be roaming around aimlessly) you can find them at the plazas, and there are quite a few willing to give out their numbers and arrange rides from your home. If you like a taxi driver, ask for their number and if you can call for rides.

    I live in Centro Chapala, and when I was a newbie here I did not find myself constantly busing into Ajijic to the "epicenter of expat activities". In fact, I have maybe been into the village of Ajijic a dozen times in the almost three years I have been here. I guess if you moved here wanting it to be like NOB, then you'd be running into Ajijic, but the majority of the expats I know here don't do that. If you really have a need for some expat company, there is the American Legion in Chapala (which has a fantastically cheap happy hour).

  7. I have been here almost 3 years without a car. I constantly get people telling me I have to get a car. I haven't owned a car in over 13 years. Every time my friends with cars complain about gas prices and repairs they seemingly constantly have to make, I am thankful I don't have that added stress and expense. Plus, I prefer to get the exercise, and I have learned a lot more about Chapala than I would have if I were driving everywhere, missing all the small stores, and not getting to know all the people on my way to and from the stores. I buy food as I need it. If I happen to be out with someone in a car, and we stop at the store, I'll buy things I don't normally buy. I can pretty much buy everything I need to be content within a 2-4 block radius here in Chapala.

  8. I have a Whirlpool and #1 on mine usually cooks between 300 and 350 that is the one I use most, if I put it on 2 it goes up to 400 and 450.

    Last time my bananas were ready I made 33 loaves and only used the #1 setting.

    I also ordered another shelf from Tio Sam's about 3 years ago for $200p.

    Does #5 incinerate things? Thanks for the tip, I think I'll try #1 at first! I figured Tio Sam's would be able to get me an extra shelf!

  9. The LCS Directory has a very nice chart of oven temperatures on page 28. Here are a few excerpts:

    300 degrees F = 150 degrees C = Gas Mark 2

    350 degrees F = 180 degrees C = Gas Mark 4

    400 degrees F = 200 degrees C = Gas Mark 6

    450 degrees F = 230 degrees C = Gas Mark 8

    In our limited but shall we say "exciting" experience with run-of-the-mill Mexican ovens yes, you'd better darn well have an oven thermometer and watch temperatures vigilantly. Set the temperature where you will, it usually goes up - way up - from there. Mexican cooking is pretty much always stovetop cooking; baking just isn't part of the culture. One either adapts, buys a very expensive oven, or discovers a newfound appreciation for the option of buying baked goods from bakeries with better ovens and/or more patience.

    Thanks for the information. I adapt very well, and am rather good at baking. I enjoy baking, and while I know I can buy stuff already made (and delicious) I prefer making things myself. It can be very therapeutic. Plus, I like knowing what ingredients are in my food and where they come from.

  10. I was told before I started shopping for an oven to watch for the numbering on the knobs, especially for the oven. So I got lucky and made sure I picked one with detents and temps. A little-known trick, picked up only through experience.

    I would have preferred one like that, but I didn't have a choice, and I am just very thankful my landlord went and bought a brand new stove and fridge for me, and didn't make my rent any higher in doing so.

  11. I found this in a Mexican cookbook;

    1=50 celsius, 2=100, 3=150, 4=200, 5=250.

    Your best bet is to have an oven thermometer that shows both Fahrenheit and Celsius.

    Thanks! I plan on having an oven thermometer that shows both! I just wanted an estimate of what to expect when turning it on.

    My oven is an Acros, which is part of Whirlpools Mexican line. I just moved into a new place and my landlord got new appliances for me. If mine does end up being a "gas grill" type oven, I guess I will just have to learn to adapt to using it! My method of cooking doesn't involve really timing anything anyway. I just keep checking on it.

  12. I have a new Mexican oven. It has gas mark numbers of 1-5. I have searched online to find out approximately what temp range the numbers are, but all I am finding is gas marks for Europe and the UK, which are numbered 1-9. If I went by those numbers, my oven would not be heating up very high.

    I have searched through this forum to try and find an answer to this, but I didn't find anything (doesn't mean it's not there, just that I'm not searching for the right words).

    I would really love to do some baking.

    Can anyone help me with a range of temps for each gas mark number?

    Thank you so much.

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