May 24, 2017

Stone Age Snack – Amaranth, the Smallest Giver of Life, the Never Fading

What you eat in private, you wear in public.

Aan de Kook

Farmer Adolfo Lopez of San Andrés Zautla, Oaxaca.
Amaranth grain and leaf producer.
Courtesy of Puente a la Salud Comunitaria
In ancient Mesoamerica amaranth was known as huautli, meaning "the smallest giver of life," and was grown in quantities similar to corn. 

Stone Age Snack - A Kernel For Your Thoughts

His/her cornbread ain't done in the middle.


Snowflake or Butterfly popcorn with ‘wings’

Corn Flowers (flores de maiz), Little Doves (palomitas), or Rosettes (rosetas) are some of the 17 or so names for popcorn in Latin America.  This delicious stone age snack resembling whichever once popped.

Apr 30, 2017

Glimpses, Vignettes or Cameos in Not So Nosy Mexico

I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful,
an endless prospect of magic and wonder.

Ansel Adams

Florist stand in San Miguel de Allende
Leisurely walking to the historic and elaborate maze-like market the other morning it was amusing to merely people-watch, taking in the Mexican way of life little by little.  To be surprised by small things all too familiar to them but not so to us. 

Apr 29, 2017

Historic to Pre-Historic or Villa to Museum in Lovely Mérida

There are people who have money
and people who are rich.

Coco Chanel

Peacock or ‘Pavo Real' (Royal Turkey in Spanish).  Backyard strut…
As perhaps the longest inhabited cities in the Americas, and formally called T’ho (Place of five hills or temples) by the Mayas, Mérida boasts a lot of history.  At its peak, and for a brief moment thanks to sisal, Mérida had more millionaires than any other city in the world! 

Apr 28, 2017

Monkeys, Witches, Wizards, Ancient Civilization

A true relationship is someone who accepts your past,
supports your present,
loves you and encourages your future.


Reina in her simple kitchen.  Still cooking with wood.
We debated coming to Lake Catemaco.  It seemed too far off main or maintained roads.  With only a small overloaded car we weren’t sure it was prudent.  Nonetheless we went, reminding ourselves that the best and most genuine adventures we experience are usually in remote, hard to find or access places.