“Reminders” – a poem

Ok here’s the list
Again
Not rules
Just reminders

Make me happy
Don’t be so critical
Time shouldn’t have boundaries
Tolerate and respect me

Tomorrow I walk for an hour

Forgive my shortcomings
Be my best friend
Don’t mock my aging body
Let’s see Anything else

Fuck did I lock the door

Oh, yeah
Focus on the time I have left
Don’t try to figure my death age
Let me live like I’m eternal

Should I masturbate tonight

That’s all for now
Are you listening to me
Don’t forget what I said
This shit’s important

Yeah I think I will

My Videos

I created my YouTube channel because I began making short films (both in English and Spanish w/ subtitles). You can find three of them there; the fourth should be available in a couple of weeks (fingers crossed).

Recently, I’ve started filming bits and pieces of my life, areas of interest in Oaxaca, Mexico (where I live), some dishes I’ve prepared, etc. I’m retired and I find doing this to be amusing for me and hopefully, entertaining for others.

Here’s the link to my YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UC_uOCYB1JQEcxyaxZ3wLiqw

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“Unsettled Settling” – a short poem

I’ve settled.

Decision made.

Right? Wrong?

I’ll see.

In Mexico.

Permanent resident.

Good food,

Friends, weather.

Unsure stirrings.

Adventurous nature.

Why now?

Covid? Age?

Other countries.

Maybe better.

Mexico beckoned.

I succumbed.

I’ve settled.

But, forever?

Decision made.

Mind whirling.

Right? Wrong?

No importa.

I’ll see.

I’ll survive.

Taco Fino – Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico (Volcanes)

Small place, only 4 tables. Best tacos al pastor in my neighborhood. 10-minute walk from my house.

This place is nowhere near the tourist zone in Oaxaca because that’s not where I live. The neighborhood is mostly working class families. If you ever visit Oaxaca and have the time, take a $3 taxi ride from the center and eat at Taco Fino.

The tlayuda I ate here was so-so.

C. Zempoaltepetl 328, Volcanes, 68020 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax.

Easy Garlic Pasta

I found this recipe on Flipboard. It was originally posted on the One Green Planet web site.

If you boil the spaghetti while slicing the garlic and chopping the parsley, this is a 20-minute meal from start to finish.

Here are the ingredients and steps to make the dish.

Ingredients
1/2 pound spaghetti
6 cloves of garlic – thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
pinch of red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons vegan butter
1/2 lemon

Preparation

Cook pasta until just tender – drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter in a pan. Once hot, add garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Saute until garlic just begins to turn brown — not burned! Add pasta and toss together. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over the top and add the parsley as well, mixing thoroughly.

Take off the heat and serve immediately.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/easy-20-minute-garlic-pasta-vegan/

Simple method for drying almost any herb

Most of my posts concern traveling or my writing, but I’ll post anything that interests me. If anyone else finds them interesting, well, that’s a bonus. Today’s post falls into the “anything” category. 😀

Preparing hierbabuena (mint) for drying. I dry all of my herbs. I put the leaves on the pans, set them on my patio. By the next afternoon I have dried herbs to enjoy for months.

Royal India – Mexico City (Polanco)

This upscale Indian restaurant in the equally upscale Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City delivers high-quality food that matches its high prices.

I ordered chicken tikka masala, but was given something that didn’t look like it. Six spicy pieces of chicken breast tasted great so I didn’t care if I received the wrong order. I also ordered steamed rice.

I apologize for featuring the rice over the chicken. A professional photographer I am not. And the next one is worse. You can barely see what my friend ordered. 🤣

She ordered pescado madras. It surpassed my chicken in flavor. I’d say it was the best Indian dish I’ve ever tasted.

The naan, torn into pieces served as mini-tortillas for tacos de pescado madras.

We weren’t terribly hungry. That’s why we just ordered the two main dishes, rice and naan. They totaled almost $700mxn. With tip, close to $800mxn. That’s $40usd without drinks.

My next goal is to find an Indian restaurant in the city which tastes good at a much lower price. Atmosphere and location are not important to me and not worth paying extra for.

Artemisa Bistro – Mexico City (Colonia del Valle)

This morning I enjoyed a breakfast experience I can’t remember having before. The warm sun in a cloudless sky made sitting outside comfortable, which is not always the case here.

It included adequate sized sides of yogurt, honey and granola. And the presentation looked like a work of art.

I finished my meal with a fresh raisin roll and coffee americano.

An attentive server and the guitar player were the finishing touches on my amazing experience.

Matías Romero 99, Col del Valle Centro, Benito Juárez, 03100 Ciudad de México, CDMX

The Best Burger Mx – Mexico City (Colonia del Valle)

The name of the restaurant dares you to eat one of their burgers, making you wonder just how good they are. Good marketing and it drew me in.

https://youtu.be/j0ZOhwdJKG4

Even if this burger tasted better than any burger I’ve eaten, it still couldn’t qualify for “best burger.”

The bun lacks the necessary texture and taste. The bun often makes the burger.

200g of meat (cooked to medium which is excellent) and good quality fries for 110 pesos ($5.50) means you’ll receive a good burger there. Just not the best.

La Balance Valle – Mexico City

La Balance Valle is a bakery where you can find pastries and cakes. Everything looks delicious but I have bought the same item on each of my three visits. I suppose a professional food reviewer would try an assortment.

https://youtu.be/XT0jZyZJxIQ

The bakery is located in Colonia del Valle, one of my favorite areas in Mexico City.

La Balance Valle
55 5559 6781
https://maps.app.goo.gl/A9gV1uv31b7vUP3D8

Penny’s Diner – Yuma, AZ

I’m not sure if this is a local chain (several stores in Yuma) or there are locations in other cities. Either way, Penny’s certainly looks like a diner outside and in.

One of the highlights was my witty, wisecracking waitress.

Another was an old-fashioned milk shake. I ordered chocolate with a little whipped cream.

You see the grilled cheese. Looks and tasted like a basic sandwich we’ve all eaten. Except I had to pay $8 for the privilege today.

My sandwich and shake, with tax and tip totalled $15! Outlandish prices. Ok, the shake brought back wonderful memories of years gone by, but they weren’t worth what I paid for them.

Seems like most places where I ate this week were quite expensive. I imagine the locals are used to the high prices and the snowbirds can afford them.

Olive Garden – Yuma, AZ

Foodwise, a review of one Olive Garden is a review of all. The menu here is generally identical at all locations as most chain restaurants are.

Bread sticks

Are these the main reason 90% of people eat at Olive Garden? Although it had been seven years since my last visit, bread sticks are still the magnet that pulls in the customers.

Garden salad

Good. Not great. Seemed like a lot more croutons than before and not enough black olives, but that’s just my preference.

Zuppa Toscana

The soups tasted better than I remembered, especially the Toscana. It possessed a spiciness that made my mouth tingle.

Pasta e fajioli

Another strong, pleasingly flavorful soup.

I believe the endless soup, salad and bread is the best value ($9.99) on a totally overpriced menu. Absolutely average pasta dishes for $14-18 is ridiculous. Come for the soup and salad or find a locally owned place for pasta.

Prison Hill Brewing Company – Yuma, AZ

I had lunch here because I liked the name of the restaurant.

Fish & chips
Raspberry Berliner Weisse

They use tilapia. I’ve always thought the best fish for F&C was cod. And what’s fish and chips without vinegar? So, no cod and no vinegar = a so-so plate.

The beer disappointed me, too. Probably because it tasted too fruity, had only 3.8% ABV and the snifter. This is beer, not brandy.

$25 for a 3-star meal. Ouch!

The highlight of the meal? The server. She excelled.

Taqueria Los Paisas – Mexico City

This restaurant is located across the street from the Airbnb of my previous post. It’s open late and probably the most popular restaurant in the area.

Colones 139, Peñón de los Baños, Venustiano Carranza, 15520 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Tacos and licuado de fresas (strawberries)

Their tacos de pechuga (chicken breast) are light on the meat. Perhaps because it’s the most expensive part of the chicken. I think their taco de bistec is the best one they offer. There are 6 or 7 choices.

My New Video Project

This week I deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts and decided to start making short videos about “anything.”

Topics could include travel, local Oaxaca sites, interviews, etc.

Please be patient with me. I know my videos don’t look professional and I sometimes forget to say things that belong in the video. I’m confident the overall quality will improve with time.

Then again, I’m not a professional vlogger; having fun is what it’s all about for me. 😁

Garnachas – Mexican food

Garnachas look like little memelas. These are made with queso, pollo y cebollas (Oaxaca cheese, chicken and onions). The tortilla is thicker than those used for tacos and memelas.

This is my first attempt at recording videos and posting them to YouTube. They will cover various topics, travel locations, maybe some interviews; anything I find worthy of posting. More to come soon.

By the way, the garnachas were delicious!

“TIC TAC TOE” – a short film

Tag line: A man returns to Oaxaca to die; a child’s game gives him a reason to live.

We finished filming on 13 October. The movie should be ready to watch by mid- to late-November.

I’ll publish the link when it is.

In the meantime, here’s the link to my YouTube channel where you can find my previous short films: https://youtube.com/channel/UC_uOCYB1JQEcxyaxZ3wLiqw

“If Given the Chance” – a poem

“To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe.”

Age.
Others’ attitudes and perceptions.

I fight, will continue to fight,
To prove to those that
Dismiss me, never pausing to consider me,
Believing I have nothing left to offer,
How ridiculously wrong they are.

I possess and will continue to possess
Worth, wisdom, life and love
To be shared.

Though my gait is not so       fast,
My body not so robust,
My collective years of living
Make me invaluable,
Even vital to another.

If given the chance.