• Dec. 5th, 2011 at 1:30 PM
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Spent most of my Saturday over in Tijuana with ma', making great quantities of tamalas: pork, chicken, cheese and peppers, and pineapple-cinnamon. We wrapped them up and froze them, ready to be put in the tamalera on Xmas Eve. The whole eating, present opening and partying happens on the 24th, which is pretty convenient, because then we cross the border Xmas morning to spend that day with family and friends in San Diego. My family mostly spends that day eating leftovers in their PJs, so not being around is perfectly acceptable.

Perhaps for the first time ever I'll be able to make and share some tamales of my own on the 25th. I plan to cook some on Saturday as an experiment, although we already have gingerbread men baking planned for that day. Might be too much to even think of making a pound of masa, a tiny amount by any Mexican cook's standard, but still we're talking tamales here. Is there another Xmas food that takes as much time and can be so thoroughly fucked up?

There is also the possibility of pozole, but that is going to have to be on my mom's shoulders this year. No way am I crossing the border again until the 24th. It took me 2 hours to get through.

Narco Blog

  • Sep. 23rd, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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Last night, after reading the email interview that BoingBoing did with the author of El Blog del Narco I followed a link to his blog. Automatically I braced myself for what I knew were going to be horrible stories and images of violence, the kind that leave me numb after a while. Then something unexpected happened. EL Blog del Narco linked to a story from The Onion, Mexico Killed In Drug Deal. The logical part of me saw how it was good satire, and I have a pretty dark sense of humor, but at the same time, seeing a fake picture of dead bodies lying on a street that looked a lot like the neighborhood I grew up in, and then reading the lead that reads:

MEXICO CITY—In the latest incident of drug-related violence to hit the country, all 111 million citizens of Mexico were killed Monday during a shoot-out between rival drug cartels.

I kind of lost it.


"El Coloso"

  • Sep. 16th, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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I saw the "Grito" last night on TV, was moved by seeing all the people celebrating, although there was a wtf point when a 20 meter high statue of a nameless independence fighter was erected on the Zocalo(?).

Video of the Coloso. )

I can't even explain properly why I find this disquieting. It's so over the top "official art" and designed to inspire awe that I recoil. Also, it kind of reminds me of the plaster curious they sell to tourists in Tijuana, except for the 20 meters and 8 tons thing.



  • Sep. 15th, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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I've decided on tostadas for the get together I'm having this weekend, a belated bicentennial party. For a while I was thinking making budin azteca, but I think shreded pork tostadas might be more fun, since we're eating outside, weird San Diego permitting.

While usually I'm not one to make a big deal of the Fiestas Patrias, the bicentennial is special and I don't want to miss an opportunity to dive into where Mexico has been. Things are fucked up, yes, but there is still a lot to celebrate. Besides, what better opportunity to go on about the violent and bloody deaths of the founding fathers. Things were messy from the start.

Anyway, will tune in for El Grito tonight, specially since Mr. L has never seen it. Considering how sad and angry the national mood is and how a great deal Mexicans despise President Calderon, I wonder if it will happen as usual.


Naco y Fresa

  • Sep. 14th, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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Mexican slang definitions from here

Fresa: a preppy guy, rich girl or someone who speaks as if they had a hot potato stuck in their mouth.

Naco(a): Derogatory name for someone who has money but no class or simply someone with no class. Mexican 'fresas' also use it to describe those who are of a lower social class.

As far as I understand, being that these slang terms are not from Tijuana (it being like a little slang language, cut off from a lot of Mexican pop-culture until 10-15 years ago) no one would self-identify as a fresa or a naco.

Anyway, loooong intro is long and all of this is the explanation for this vid, which is damn old (2006), but me being me I never saw until this week. I found it hilarious and the Spanish speakers in my flist will probably enjoy it too.



  • Apr. 27th, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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I may LOL forever.

For years, scientists have assumed that huitlacoche (WEET-LA-KO-CHEE) — a gnarly, gray-black corn fungus long-savored in Mexico — had nutritional values similar to those of the corn on which it grew. But test results just published in the journal Food Chemistry reveal that an infection that U.S. farmers and crop scientists have spent millions trying to eradicate, is packed with unique proteins, minerals and other nutritional goodies.

And here's a bonus: agro-economists have found it can sell for more than the corn it ruins.- The Associated Press

The reason I looked this up is that someone at the office came up to me to ask about this mysterious and scary looking Mexican food. Apparently it's the hot "new" thing. Heh.


SPN and food (mostly food :))

  • Feb. 5th, 2010 at 8:43 AM
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I don't know exactly how I feel about last night's episode. It had a lot of stuff that I adored, while at the same time the writing kept throwing in stuff that made me cringe. I'm going to let it simmer for a while and not rewatch for a long time, maybe until the S5 DVDs come out.

Speaking of DVDs, thanks to razielsoul I have a shinny new set of S4 DVDs. This weekend might involve some marathon viewing of my favorites, as I plan out food shopping and cooking for the next week.

Tax season is starting, so at home this means I take over all food planning and preparation, break out the bento boxes and try to keep both me and Mr. L healthy until April 15th. I made mole this morning for our lunches, using the paste that I bought in Tlaquepaque. I really like this Oaxaca brand, Mayordomo, and will probably buy more online once I figure out the best place to place an order. According to my mom, the local Tijuana open air market (Mercado Hidalgo) has smaller name brands of Oaxacan chocolate, which I haven't tried, but I tried their pinole and it was amazing. It makes me hopeful for other yummy stuff that I can't get at my local Mexican markets in San Diego.

Día de Reyes

  • Jan. 6th, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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Just said goodnight to friends we had over to share Three Kings cake. It was special this year since one friend was in town on holiday from Dublin and came with her boyfriend, who is from Lithuania. So I got to share a bit of Mexican tradition with some very lovely and warm people. Of course they wanted the plastic baby (a stand in for baby Jesus), even as I explained that normally people don't want the baby. In Mexico, the person who usually gets the baby has to make tamales on February second, so no one wants to go through that again so soon after Christmas.

I'm so full of cake and hot chocolate (and by that I mean I'm on a serious sugar high) that a steak or any kind of animal protein sounds quite delicious right about now.