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.

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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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

La Balance Valle
55 5559 6781

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!