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The Monday Market in San Antonio Tlayacapan

Every week I head to the Monday market in our village of San Antonio Tlayacapan. The market is held from 10 to 12:30 at the Sunrise Restaurant. The restaurant is closed on Monday so its interior and patio are taken over by the market vendors. I mostly buy vegetables and fermented foods but there are always lots of goodies to tempt me. Today I came home with some baklava along with beet kvass, ginger juice, kale, and some valerian capsules...

Thoughts after a year living at Lake Chapala

  We are coming up on our one year anniversary of moving to the Lake Chapala area.  I thought you might like to hear my thoughts on living here – nowhere is perfect but we are happy and adjusting. Because the area has been an expat magnet for many years it seems to attract people who are new to México and are just “trying it out.”  That can be a bit frustrating as we overhear thoughtless comments or clueless interactions...

The Wednesday Tianguis in Ajijic

We love going to the Wednesday tianguis in Ajijic.  Whether you need produce, a new pair of socks, a necklace, some coffee or a pancake flipper you will find it there.  Take a look at the photos above to see what fun it is!  And I only took pictures of about 1/20th of the vendors!  (Page through the photos above with the right/left arrows)   Please like and share this post!20...

Healthy Eating Ideas for the New Year

As a 30+ year vegetarian, I am always looking for new ways to satisfy my desire for delicious food that is also healthy and easy to make.  When we first moved to México I kept trying to use my favorite cookbooks, but got frustrated with the difficulty in finding exact ingredients.  Now I use cookbooks mostly for inspiration as I know what I am likely to find locally. At the top of this post are five photos you can page...

Announcing Vegetarian in México

I have been busy these last weeks working on a new website for vegetarians in México.  I hope you will take a look around and give me your comments.  Please be kind, though!  I have a long list of ideas and content that I will be adding over time.  There will be multiple posts daily for a while at least.  I’ve created a Facebook page too that you can like and where I will post when there is new content...

Our Favorite Ice Cream in México

When we travel in México we always keep our eyes out for Tepoznieves, our favorite ice cream store. Founded in the beautiful town of Tepoztlán, Morelos, there are outlets in many places in México.   They are well known for their interesting flavors of ice cream, but also their aguas – waters – that are my preference.  In the picture above you’ll see my guanábana agua on the left and I think Paul had tres leches. You can page through images...

Our delicious tropical life

I know it’s hot here, but that’s ok with me because it means we have a smorgasbord of tropical fruits and vegetables available. At the top of the post is my haul from the mercado today. One big pitaya (dragonfruit), two large guavas, a dozen small Mexican grown apples, two red grapefruit, and a new jicama. All of this produce cost me the equivalent of $8 USD, with the pitaya being the most expensive item, at 75 pesos or $4.50....

Growing Moringa

You probably remember that I’ve written about moringa and it’s amazing health benefits before. I’ve bought dried leaves that have been locally harvested at both Naturalia (Zaragoza 807) and Mercado Verde (Avenida La Marina 24) and there are powders available in a variety of places around town. In mid-June a friend gave me a moringa seedling that was about four inches high. I planted it in a flowerbed that I knew didn’t have very good soil but I had read...

Summertime Summertime

What a fabulous time I had on my trip North this summer! Here are a few highlights:</ I flew to Seattle and took the airport shuttle North to Bellingham. Son Phil had broken his hand while removing the decking from his back deck so we had to scale back our activities a little but we still had a great time. I tried to convince him that we could all pitch in and work on replacing the wood while he supervised...

Don’t Weed Your Garden…

until it’s time to make a salad, anyway! Here in Mazatlán the weed I see most often in my garden is purslane – in Spanish verdolagas. Right now we have a good crop going and I use them in smoothies and salads all the time.  They are super nutritious and a good source of Omega-3’s. I see them in the grocery store frequently but why not just pick your own as you need them? I had a great trip to...

Shopping in Mazatlán

I finally headed out today to Naturalia and Dulceria Don Juan since the cupboards were getting bare. I’d been putting it off as it has been a bit too hot and humid lately for schlepping heavy bags in the blazing sun. We eat a lot of nuts and seeds and even though it was hot I braved the weather this afternoon to replenish our stores. First I went to Naturalia. (Zaragoza 807, Centro) They have all kinds of things I...

My Health Promoting Turmeric Tonic

I admit it. I am a health nut. I’ve written extensively about the things I do to keep healthy, but basically I just eat real food. Fruits and vegetables of course, with as much organic as I can find. I drink a ton of water and seldom have sugar or processed foods. I make, eat and drink a lot of fermented foods. I choose sea salt or Himalayan salt over table salt. I choose coconut or olive oil over canola....

It’s Springtime in Mazatlan

Spring is in full swing here in Mazatlán. The sun is higher in the sky, giving the plants in our central courtyard the rays they’ve been craving – our hibiscus plants have been blooming non-stop for a month! It’s been a bit over a month since my last post, probably the longest gap in posts ever here on Countdown to Mexico! Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to since Jess & Lourdes left at the end of March....

Out and About in Mazatlan

We’ve had two batches of houseguests over the last several weeks, and I thought you might be interested in some of the fun things we did. First to arrive was my sister and her husband. She’d been here several times but this was his first time. First, as you can see in the photo collage at the top of the post, we had fun at the beach. We went to Stone Island for the day. We went to La Corriente...

Cooking Fun in Mazatlán!

One of our favorite restaurants in Mazatlán is the Water’s Edge Bistro. I had heard that Chef Alastair was giving cooking classes on Mondays but I hadn’t looked into taking one since I assumed my being a vegetarian would be an obstacle. Now I know I should never assume… because Chef adjusts the menu each time based on each unique group. Last Monday my visiting sister and I took Chef Alastair’s class and had a wonderful time. We had fun...