Some people show up for cocktail hour with a bottle of wine. Others like to show off their cultural sensitivity, and if cocktails are announced on Three Kings Day somewhere in Mexico, these people might show up with a giant honking ring cake from Costco. A Kirkland brand Rosca De Reyes, that is, topped with colorful, jellied fruit. The one with a tiny plastic toy, representing baby Jesus, somewhere inside. [Read more…]
It was only five years ago that Parque Santa Lucia was a quiet little corner of the Centro Histórico. Its boarded-up L-shaped colonnade had no businesses, but there was, as there is now, live music and dancing on Thursdays, and arts and crafts on Sundays. But mainly, it was a little pocket park for lovers to hold hands.
We like to think we are pretty conscientious eaters. We read labels and try to keep our carbs and proteins balanced. But in Mexico, sometimes we throw caution to the wind and try new things. Not just because we’re adventurous, but because of what’s available (or unavailable) to us in stores.
We love “Mexican food,” in its broadest sense, and thoroughly embrace Yucatecan dishes, but it’s the packaged savory snack foods that sometimes throw us.
Life isn’t always like the B roll on House Hunters International. We don’t always [Read more…]
Two friends — people I first met in Mérida’s blogging community — offered to hit the malls on this Buen Fin weekend to look for some things we still need for the house. I wouldn’t dream of going to department stores up in the States on Black Friday, but my friends in Mexico are made of stronger stuff than me, and they’ve offered to make the trek.
Hopefully, I’ll hear back that they found a cheap flat-screen TV that fits our wall unit, as well as a dishwasher, since the dishwasher I married has gone on strike.
Can I imagine any friends of mine in Connecticut offering to [Read more…]
I’m art directing a fashion shoot in Greenwich, Connecticut in a few weeks, and to research the retailer who’s working with us, I found their spring catalog. Here are the images. Can you spot these locations? It ain’t Greenwich.
I was already aware that Yucatan’s Colonial and European architecture is often being used as a backdrop for fashion shoots. It was especially gratifying to see a local shop doing this as well. Because in the back of my mind, I’m still thinking that Merida is a figment of my imagination. [Read more…]
I’m fooling everybody, but not myself.
I’m pretending to be in Mexico right now, although I’m actually vacationless in Connecticut, working on a magazine project and some books for clients. People staying at the house through the entire month of July are feeding me photos daily. It’s heaven.