snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative

October 19, 2010, 6:54 pm
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One magazine’s taste on Chicago’s best Mexican food

Didn’t buy the entire premium article, but looks like it has some excellent extras, including a rundown of the food at the Maxwell Street Market–some of my favorite in the city.

Semi-related, pan de muerto is back in the panaderias.  Delicious.


Viva Mexico! Viva!
September 16, 2010, 6:01 pm
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Today marks the official bicentennial of Father Hidalgo’s call-to-arms and the start of the Mexican Independence movement, but the major celebrations happened last night in Mexico City and beyond.

The BBC has photos here, while El Universal has a number of different photo galleries, including this one of the culmination of last night’s celebration in the Zocalo

Closer to home, Chicago held its own celebrations in Millennium Park, with mariachi, ballet folklorico, classical music, and more–as well as quite a collection of Mexico-themed shirts, jackets, ponchos, capes, sombreros and wrestling masks in the crowd.  Battling a nasty cold, I didn’t last long enough to hear El Grito–the traditional “shout” led by a dignitary based on Father Hidaldo’s speech on the steps of the church of Dolores–but the parts of the program I did see were well done and well attended.

September 13, 2010, 7:57 pm
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The New York Times wonders where is the Bicentennial fervor?

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune focuses on Mexican immigrants and the local celebration.

Finally, there can’t be too much of a  lack of enthusiasm for the independence celebrations–up to 2 million people are expected to head to the Mexico City Zocalo for the festivities.

Travel Mexico
September 11, 2010, 11:40 am
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A couple of articles about how great Mexico is for travel:

Mole, Mexico’s Ultimate Secret Sauce – BBC/Lonely Planet

Christmas in Mexico For Two – NYT In Transit Blog
Nice to see media outlets still recommending Mexico as a tourist destination, especially given how much of the wrong kind of news is coming out of Mexico these days.

The Independence Trail
August 22, 2010, 10:45 am
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Right on cue, the NYT published a travel piece about Mexico’s Independence route, with some background history thrown in for good measure.

Three Cities on the Mexican Independence Trail

October 19, 2009, 11:07 pm
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As a single post relating to day of the dead last year approaches 1000 hits (and climbs google image’s page ranking for “dia de los muertos”), it’s time to prepare for this year’s go-round.

Pan de Muerto is in the panaderias (though I’ve only had one loaf), skeletons abound (though far less in Chicago than DF), and I’ve slowly begun setting up an ofrenda here at home.  It’ll be a first; hopefully no visiting spirits will be offended.

Will post a photo in the future.

Another Friend in the NYT
May 26, 2009, 10:58 am
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My good friend Colleen,  fellow Fulbrighter and a talented writer to boot, was published in the New York Time this past Sunday.  The topic?  While Mexico City has returned to post-swine flu normalcy, a month ago was a far different story

Congrats, Colleen!