In praise of porcine pleasures

In praise of porcine pleasures

Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. But pigs treat us as equals. Winston Churchill said that. People challenge the intelligence of a pig. But in my opinion, any animal that can take soybeans and corn and turn it into bacon is a genius. Don Day said that. I was...
Learning to love avocados.

Learning to love avocados.

I didn’t have my first avocado until I was about 12. I think it was the fruit and veg supplier to my mother’s restaurant who gave her a couple of samples to bring home. I liked their mysterious black skin; I loved their nickname, alligator pear; and I was...
“Mediterranean street food” has arrived in San Miguel.

“Mediterranean street food” has arrived in San Miguel.

I was talking to Ali Sarraf, the owner of a new restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, about the name he chose for his pride and joy. I told him I was never sure if his chosen word was a positive or a negative. I remember when it was a popular nickname but I was never...
Could this be the best bargain brunch in San Miguel?

Could this be the best bargain brunch in San Miguel?

Have you ever noticed that people don’t eat brunch, they do brunch. Well I don’t. Well not very often. On Saturdays, I’m usually too busy shopping for food. On Sundays, I’m usually too busy doing nothing (currently that means winding my way down the list of the top...
The inside info on a sweet little San Miguel cafe.

The inside info on a sweet little San Miguel cafe.

It’s not exactly my kind of place. It’s more of a tight fit black jeans than a baggy-ass blue jeans kind of place. It’s more a linger over a second cup of coffee than a third bottle of beer kind of place. It’s a breakfast or lunch not a dinner kind of place. It’s a...
A really good chicken dinner for four. For 170 pesos. Really.

A really good chicken dinner for four. For 170 pesos. Really.

OK, true confessions. I miss KFC. Desperately. When I left the family homestead (ran away from home in my mother’s words), just a block and a half away was something called The Rendezvous Drive In. The Rondy was the local franchisee of something called Kentucky Fried...

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