Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring 2010 Calendar of Events

  • March 21 - Birthday of Benito Juarez
  • March 28 – Palm Sunday –Holy Week Begins
  • April 1 - Holy Thursday “Jueves Santo”
  • April 2 - Good Friday “Viernes Santo”
  • April 3 - Holy Saturday “Sábado de Gloria”
  • April 4 - Easter Sunday “Domingo de Pascua”
  • April 4 - Beginning of Mexico Daylight Saving Time (check your itineraries!)
  • April 30 - Children’s Day
  • May 3 - Feast of Santa Cruz: Day of masons & builders
  • May 5 - Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (Celebrated in the States with chips, salsa, tequila shots and lots of partying. A non-event in Mexico outside of the city of Puebla.)
  • May 10 - Mexico Mother’s Day
  • May 15 - Day of San Isidro, Patron Saint of Rain & Agriculture
  • May 20 - Day of the Ascension
  • May 30 - Fiesta at Valle del Maíz
  • Jun 11 - Corpus Christi Day: Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Jun 13 - Feast of San Antonio
  • Jun 19 Parade of the Crazies, “Dia de los Locos”

Sunday, April 4, 2010

When in Mexico…Eat Mexican

Yes, there are great restaurants in San Miguel de Allende offering everything from filet mignon to Spanish tapas to Sardinian pasta to Texas BBQ and even Vietnamese Pho. Visitors should try some of these places, and indeed, we recommend many of these restaurants to our guests. But there’s more to the San Miguel food scene.
A grill-full of gorditas

Mexican Fast Food across from the Sanctuary of Atotonilco

Here’s an interesting article about eating like a Mexican.

From the Boston Globe: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico — Located in the rugged sierra four hours north of Mexico City, this prosperous colonial city is awash with boutique shops, restaurants, and enough arts and crafts emporiums to keep its many American and Canadian expats and tourists busy.

In a town geared toward playing it safe, I wasn’t surprised when well-intentioned people began offering advice on what not to eat.

“Only eat ice cream in the main square. The rest is made with bad water.’’ “Never eat any street food.’’ “Only eat salads from a ‘good’ restaurant.’’ “Only eat corn if it’s grilled, not boiled.’’ “Don’t go to that bakery; they use lard.’’

It made me wonder: If the food is so dangerous, why aren’t the Mexicans getting sick? (“Their stomachs are used to the germs,’’ was one response.)

I didn’t take the advice, though I do admit to some initial caution on what could be called my “Rebellious Eating Tour.’’ I wasn’t eating lizards or gizzards — not my style — but I was breaking those eating-in-Mexico rules. It felt bold.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

SF Chrinicle Writer, a resident of Weed, CA Arrested for Possession of Marijuana!

This has nothing to do with San Miguel de Allende or Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast, but we think this is so hilarious that we couldn't resist sharing this with you (notice the name of his home town).

From SF Chronicle: WEED, SISKIYOU COUNTY -- Chronicle outdoors writer Tom Stienstra and his wife were arrested at their Northern California home on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, and later released with no charges filed pending an investigation, officials said.

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