Category Beer, Wine and Alcohol

Oakland and Oregon, Part One

December 19 –January 13 We returned to Los Angeles mid-week and began preparations for a baby shower we’d be hosting for our daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Kris, as happy an occasion as one can imagine.  Family and friends came together, and a fine time was had by all. A week or so later I […]

Mexico: Mexico City, Part Eleven

December 1 – 4 We departed at our the Insurgentes Metro station and as we walked back up the pedestrian mall, felt inexplicitly drawn into a bustling Churro shop.  As in Puebla and quite a few times in Spain, one gets a portion of chocolate to dip the little bundles of fried goodness into.  Add […]

Mexico: Mexico City, Part Eight

December 1 – 4 Our 2 1/2-hour bus ride back to Mexico City proceeded smoothly and at a reasonable cost of 424 Pesos ($21.81) with a taxi ride to and from hotels running right around $6.  It was nice to get back to Hotel Casa Gonzalez, a familiar surrounding for us even though our room […]

Mexico: Puebla, Part Four

November 28-30 We continued walking to the base of the hill, then joined a procession of other pedestrians using the sloping path to make our way up to the top and the Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios (Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies) the 16th-century Catholic parish church built between May 1574 and […]

Mexico: Puebla, Part Three

November 28-30 After relaxing in the room, we ventured out for some souvenir shopping, not buying anything just yet but on the lookout for some pieces of Talavera pottery that we could purchase for gifts and for our own use. We located a couple of shops nearby but figured we’d wait another day before committing […]

Mexico: Puebla, Part One

November 28 – 30 Our taxi ride to the bus terminal went smoothly, a dramatic departure from the one upon our arrival in town.  With an hour to kill before our departure, we sat in the spacious, sun light filled seating area and watched the folks around us, grabbing a snack to take with us […]

Mexico: Oaxaca – Part Seven

November 23 – 27 And so, we finally made it to the Museo Rufino Tamayo, recommended by Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor, a collection of pre-Hispanic art donated by the city’s most famous artist, Rufino Tamayo.  Born in 1899 in Oaxaca of Zapotec heritage, he was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New […]

Mexico: Oaxaca – Part Five

November 23 – 27 We left Café Brujula and walked a couple of blocks to Porfirio Diaz to Espacio Zapata, a workshop and gallery founded by the art collective Asaro (Assemblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca) in 2006. A great deal of the imagery here is related to death and day of the dead, but […]

Mexico: Oaxaca – Part Four

November 23 – 27 After our tasty snack, we walked up to the Templo de Santo Domingo, a former Dominican monastery (we’d visit it later in our stay) stopping at a number of shops to check out the merchandise. From there we walked through a small street market, one of many around the city, a […]

Mexico: Oaxaca – Part Two

November 23 – 27 Breakfast the next morning would become a reassuring and filling habit, a small buffet of fruit, muffins, bread, cereal, yoghurt and various things to drink.  You’d fill your plate and sit at one of the tables on the rooftop, the sounds of a waking city bubbling up from the street below.  […]