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Sunday December 17 2017




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The Colonial Charm of Guanajuato, a World Heritage Site

The lights from the streetlamps cast shadows across the elaborate façade of Templo de San Diego, built in 1662, in a Spanish style characterized by elaborate engravings and known as Churrigueresque. Crowds gather around me and I am swept up in their quiet movement as we begin to follow the callejoneadas -- a group of traveling musicians -- along ...

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Microfinance and International Migration

Can better financial services improve the lives of migrants and their families? This is the fundamental, motivating question behind my 2010-2011 Fulbright García-Robles research project in Mexico. Microfinance is a movement to develop new tools and institutions that provide financial services to low-income groups. In the last thirty years...

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Queretaro Cuisine, and its Famous Enchiladas

My first morning in Queretaro, about a 90 minute drive north of Mexico City, I walked along the cobblestone streets in the city’s historic center to the fairy tale castle-like La Casa de la Marquesa, once a private home built in the 1756, now a restaurant and hotel. The menu reflects the vast citrus groves, ranches, cactus and cornfields that ar...

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The Tajin Summit Festival

More than 400,000 visitors attended the Festival March 17-21, 2011 Ongoing identity regeneration mission through projects such as the Center for Indigenous Arts The Tajin Summit Festival features culture as grounds for dialogue, held on March 17-21 at the Takilhsukut Park in Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico, consolidated its position on the list of...

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Puebla, Mexico Journey Hints

Puebla was one of the initial metropolitan areas established by the Spaniards which was not made on the ruins of conquered indigenous settlements creating it the most European of all the colonial metropolitan areas. This led to the fast improvement of the Spanish culture and traditions in Mexico. The Spaniards elected an suitable area for their ...

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Demystifying Mole, México’s National Dish

Although Mexicans living in the United States than in México, the May 5th holiday commemorating the 1862 Battle of Puebla, celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with much more fervor, one exception is the state of Puebla, and especially the city of Puebla itself. Here the poblanos stage a grand parade every year, followed by a reenactment of the battle on the ...

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What is Mexican Muralism?

Mexican muralism is an art movement initiated during the 1930’s, which acquired significant attention from the public. Why does this movement stand out more than others? A blatant conclusion is that it not only expressed social opinions, but also addressed controversial political issues. Most Mexican murals were conspicuously displayed in public ...

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Food & Restaurants in San Miguel Allende

There are many wonderful restaurants in San Miguel de Allende, that marvelous Colonial city nestled in the Guanajuato Mountains north of Mexico City. But my favorite is the one owned by Dona Meche, with its cracked linoleum floors, its stone archways and its comal (a flat griddle), set in the front entrance so that people walking by can watch Meche...

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The cuisine of Puebla, cradle of corn

The creative blending of diverse ingredients is the hallmark of Mexican cooking, and in the state of Puebla it is a passion. Everywhere there is talk of food. People give detailed accounts of what they've just eaten, plan to eat later, or what was served at the most recent fiesta. Their enthusiasm for the subject is born of pride in one of the olde...

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Shrimp and nopal tacos

The chunky salsa recipe that goes with these tacos makes more than necessary for the tacos, and is a delicious dip for totopos (fried tortilla triangles). I get asked for the recipe every time I serve it. Fresh nopales are abundant in the Bajío and are used to "extend" soups, stews, and taco fillings. Ingredients For the salsa: • 12 huske...

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