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  1. There's a food truck popping up in Ajijic occasionally these days. I was at a meeting a couple of weeks ago that they catered and while the fare was simple, it was really tasty. The truck was previously (occasionally) in front of Farmacia Guadalajara, but now two times I've seen it opposite Actinver near Donas Donuts. This location is super convenient to where I live. Tried it today. I ordered the "Super Kamello" which was a pita filled with chopped beef, a little chopped bacon, then some yogurt or sour cream was provided, plus lettuce and tomato, plus a nice spicy salsa roja. It was tasty! They have various combinations. They also have stuffed grape leaves! Haven't tried those yet, but will soon, so long as they show up again. Encourage you to give them a taste if you're looking for something different. Nice people, too, and there's English there if you need it! ("Kamello" is a play on "Camello".)
  2. Some clients are going to need to furnish an entire house. They are looking for someone to take them around Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Tonalá. The guide needs to provide transportation and speak English. Also needs to know where things are, and have ability to negotiate good prices. I have a recommendation for one person (Jose Orozco) but would like to offer more than one. Anybody have a recommendation? Thanks.
  3. Having an odd craving for a Patty Melt (maybe it's the rye bread thread). Seems I recently saw mention of one available at a local restaurant, but can't remember where. Anybody know of one locally? Needs to be real rye bread, grilled, etc. Thanks!
  4. Some clients will be driving here from Nogales and it's been so long since I did it, I don't remember. Besides recommending the Mariposa crossing, they need to look out for where they stop to get their car import permit, and where they stop to get their tourist visa / aduana check. It seems to me there were two different places you had to stop. I know one of the stops is at K21 - was that Immigration/Aduana or was that car stuff? And where is the other located? Thanks.
  5. I am being treated to Thanksgiving Dinner at a friend's house who lives nowhere near here and where nothing is available. I have the following shopping list. I only have tomorrow to find these items. Obviously, I'm headed to Superlake first, and elsewhere if necessary. If anyone has seen any of these items very recently at any of the following locations, please let me know. My only viable options are Superlake, Casa Gourmet, Walmart, and El Torito. Here's the whole list, some of which I think I'll find easily, but a couple are by random chance. Canned pumpkin (should be easy) Canned cranberry sauce, preferably "whole cranberry" (ditto easy, the jelly will be a fallback) Canned Water Chestnuts (preferably whole, but sliced will suffice) Nabisco brand Graham Crackers (already have Springfield brand, thank you Pancho) A lemon, not a lime Miracle Whip (a requested gift, unrelated to Thanksgiving) THANK YOU!!!
  6. This is one I have never been able to figure out or file away anywhere in my brain that makes any sort of sense. Why is "Queso Americano" so popular, or at least prevalent, here? Mexico is a country of amazing foods and incredible flavors, and that stuff is just, well, I don't know exactly what that stuff is other than nasty. It tastes like a lab experiment gone wrong and the texture is what I imagine a denture adhesive feels like. It's joke cheese. Why is it so popular here?
  7. I really enjoyed the "What does this mean in English?" thread that appeared a year or so ago. It was all about Mexican slang, expressions, sayings, idiomatic phrases, etc., and how they best translated into English. It went on for at least a 3 or 4 pages, but then pooped out. So I'm going to start another thread and hope it catches on. So what does this Mexican/Spanish saying mean in English? "Depende el sapo, la pedrada." (I first learned this from a friend of mine about a year ago. I have since been asked by at least a handful of Mexicans how it best translates into English, and while I can explain it, I still come up empty-handed as far as a saying goes. So if anybody is super-bilingual and has a great English equivalent saying, I'd love to hear it!) So what does... "Depende el sapo, la pedrada" ... mean? _______________________________ Original thread found at link below (I hope): http://www.chapala.com/webboard/index.php?showtopic=45674&hl=%2Bwhat+%2Bdoes+%2Bthis+%2Bmean+%2Benglish
  8. Despite having recently replaced some brake pads, my current mechanic - who did a great job fixing some suspension issues - can't seem to get the brakes right. I keep hearing a grinding noise. Plus there are a couple of other wheel related noises that are annoying me. I'm about to give up on him for "anything around the wheel". It's a Honda CR-V, so hardly exotic. Does anyone have a recommendation for someone who's good with brakes, etc.? Thanks.
  9. The yard at my house has tiny little ants that bite. I wear flip flops. It's a bad combination. Somebody visiting from Texas called them "fire ants" but I don't know if that's what they are. I think I know the location of at least two nests. What do all you experts recommend to help reduce the population? I don't know much about bugs since I moved here from Seattle. Very few insects are stupid enough to live in that climate. Thanks.
  10. Surely I'm not the only one who received a visitation last night? Fortunately it was only a small one. Will be keeping the lights on low tonight in anticipation of a larger second wave.
  11. Does anyone know if Toastmasters still has a group meeting weekly in Ajijic? I had heard Monday evenings at LCS in the back sala. Have heard that they do one week in Spanish, then another week in English. Am mostly interested in it for the intercambio and as a way to improve my Spanish. Thanks.
  12. I have a Telcel cell phone and currently use the Amigo plan, pay as you go. Bought $300 worth of airtime at OXXO the other day. The girl had trouble entering the phone number in the computer. On the third attempt, I thought she had it entered correctly and confirmed it. My mistake. The next day when my phone still wasn't working, I checked my balance and it was still at zero. Then I looked at the receipt and noticed the error. The number was close, but not mine. I knew there wasn't any chance at satisfaction going back to OXXO. Even a friend of mine told me Telcel probably wouldn't do anything about it. But I went to the service center at Centro Laguna and explained my screw-up, showing them the receipt. It took some time for the young woman at the counter to do it, but they credited the time back to my phone. Nice surprise.
  13. I need to determine if my very old Macbook (2008) is salvagable. Apple has essentially made this laptop obsolete by coming out with new versions of the OSX. Unfortunately, I don't think I can upgrade to the new operating systems because this laptop doesn't have sufficient memory. That also means - I think - that I can't update to a newer version of Safari, and now the 5.0.6 Safari browser on this computer is no longer being supported by more and more websites. If it's possible to increase the memory in this laptop, I might be able to upgrade. Alternatively, if there was a different browser out there that would work on this laptop, and that is still current enough and supported by various websites, that might solve the problem also. I tried to download Firefox, but again, this laptop doesn't meet the requirements. Anybody at the lake an "expert" on Macs? I need to determine if I have any options, or if it's time to simply jettison my antique computer and buy new. Also, I know there are some Apple people who come to the lake from Guadalajara, and I think they visit the iShop place. Does anyone have contact info for them? Thanks. EDIT/UPDATE: I got through to Apple Support - didn't think they'd even take my call since I have no service agreement with them! - and they said if add additional RAM, I'll be able to upgrade to the new OS. So now I'll try to track down the folks who visit iShop.
  14. A friend had his car nationalized. He has Jalisco plates. Still, I told him it would be a good idea to check to make sure everything is kosher with Aduana. Is the website below the one he should use, and does he just need to enter the VIN and the Pedimento? Thanks. I don't have the paperwork, so I have no idea what "Patente - 4 digits" and "Documento - 7 digits" are. http://www.aduanas.sat.gob.mx/soianet/oia_consultarap_cep.aspx
  15. Greetings to all you Expert On-Line Shoppers! There is a product available on Amazon.com that I would like to buy, but shipping to Mexico is not available for this particular item. I know I've casually read about alternative methods of getting purchases brought down here (but I'm not a shopper, so wasn't paying much attention). I think Sol y Luna has been mentioned, and I'm pretty sure I remember someone in Texas was once in the biz of bringing things down. I know where Sol y Luna is located, so I can go talk to them. But does anyone have contact info for the Texas-based person to whom I refer? Also open to other ideas. We're talking bigger than a bread box, smaller than a suitcase. Totally benign. Thanks!
  16. I need to replace a couple of garden hoses and I HATE the crappy, cheap, plastic kind that always put up a fight when you're trying to coil or uncoil, and develop kinks which inevitably choke off the water when you're using it and moving around. Do rubber garden hoses even exist any more? If not, has anyone identified a decent quality garden hose that is more maleable, doesn't misbehave constantly, and is sold locally? And if so, where might I buy one? (I hate shopping.) Thanks.
  17. I'll be traveling from Guadalajara to the Puerto Vallarta area a couple of days before Christmas. Thinking about taking the bus because I find the drive tedious. I've never traveled by bus during the holidays, but I've always read that the only two times a year it's necessary to buy a bus ticket in advance are Christmas and Easter. How true is that? Generally, grabbing a bus between the two cities is as easy as falling off a bar stool, and I usually prefer to just rock on up to the station and buy a ticket for the next departure. I like the flexibility that gives me. But if it's really necessary to secure a seat in advance, I'll do it. Also, I'll probably be returning around Monday or Tuesday the 29th/30th. Have the loads lightened by then or would it be necessary to buy a return trip ticket in advance, also? Thanks for any replies from those who've traveled by bus over Christmas.
  18. I will be returning a car to the US with an expired import permit, and I am a Residente Permanente. I know I need a Retorno Seguro to legally drive it back to the old country. I vaguely remember reading that this is done through the local INM office. Doesn't make much sense, but is that correct? I'm sure it takes them a bit of time to do that (or anything else), and I know once I have the letter I only have a limited number a days (five?) to get the car north. Can someone describe the procedure for getting a Retorno Seguro and guestimate about how long it takes to get one? I need to schedule the doing of it to try to coincide with an estimated departure date in middish November. Thank you! (I tried the useless search function on this site....I know this info is probably out there, but I couldn't find it easily and don't have time to wade through 53 threads.)
  19. I noticed them grading the big empty space in the Walmart parking lot today, so I asked what was going in there. Whoever can guess correctly wins a prize.
  20. Are there geckos in this area? We just moved to a new house and I swear I hear one...
  21. We are moving about 5 blocks away. Not far, but we have a lot of stuff and that necessitates hiring a crew. Probably 4-5 guys arriving TOMORROW a.m. It's grunt day. We're paying a King's Ransom (not really) to the boss. So here's the question: is it appropriate, in Mexico - not based on where you used to live - to give the boss a propina to distribute to the crew? Every fiber in my body and all my instincts say absolutely, yes. So....anybody brave enough to suggest an amount for a full day/crew that size? Tipping threads are always such fun! Thanks.
  22. Might be taking some friends up to Mazamitla for the day on Sunday. Has anybody rented quads there? And if so, any information on cost, provider, the experience, etc., would be appreciated. A link to a tour provider's website would be a slam dunk. Thanks.
  23. This topic is inspired by the "Frustrations with Walmart" thread. Our Walmart (and other local retailers) very often are unable to keep certain items on their shelves consistently. Since many of us come from places where inventory management is a disciplined science, we find this frustrating. We want what we want when we want it. And we're used to being able to buy it on those terms. You don't have to live here very long to learn that isn't the case here. On any given day any given something may be unavailable. It's just he way it is. So for those things most important to us, we learn to stock our own shelves deeply. So what do you hoard? At our house, the list includes but is not limited to: OFF mosquito repellent Cheerios ("The Great Cheerios Outage of 2010" was particularly traumatic for me.) Anybody else hoarding a particular product? Come on, I know you're out there!
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