Monthly Archives: February 2011

Tacos Tacos Tacos

Living full time here in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico, I tend to miss a lot of the trendy things happening in the US. Like the taco fever that is sweeping the country. Hey we have tacos on nearly every corner in Baja so what’s the big deal?

So here’s a couple of links of interest, first my good friend Rima’s blog all about tacos – Taco Maven – check it out. She has 100% original videos of visits to taco vendors of all types, be they trucks or restaurants, in the greater LA area and sometimes she actually makes tacos live on screen!

You know the trend is under full steam when the Wall Street Journal covers it too: Gas Station Taquerias

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2011 Film Festival Issue El Calendario Posted Today

I have just finished posting the 2011 Film Festival issue of El Calendario, featuring the art of Jill Logan. You can view it in its entirety, absolutely free, at the link below:

El Calendario de Todos Santos 2011 Film Festival Edition

film festival issue todos santos

El Calendario de Todos Santos 2011 Film Festival Issue Cover

This year’s film festival runs March 1 – 3 in La Paz and March  4 – 7 in Todos Santos. You can find more info including links to schedules at the El Calendario Blog.

Today is also the annual Historic Home Tour. From the blog:

Sunday, February 27, the Palapa Society of Todos Santos’ 17th Annual Historic Home Tour will provide residents and visitors with their once-a-year opportunity to see the beautiful homes inside the walls of several historic district buildings. A day to remember former sugar cane and ranching wealth in Todos Santos, the special historical area experience will be enriched by tour guides, building docents and guide maps. The price is $200 pesos with the option to self-explore or to take one of the tours with guides who know the fascinating history, local lore and legends. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Centro Cultural. The homes are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

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Tequila Tequila Tequila

The powers that be at Bloomberg Businessweek recently wrote about 6 Tequilas that should not be used in margaritas. Of the 6, I have only seen 2 for sale locally, i.e. Corralejo and Cuervo 1800. Corralejo is good stuff but I have never liked Curevo products including 1800. The article claims the US price for Corralejo is $43 so we have a bargain here in Baja Sur as it costs about $20 US at the better stores in La Paz or Los Cabos. Here in Todos Santos, all liquor costs too much!

6 Tequilas

Corralejo Tequila todos santos baja mexico

Corralejo Reposado In The Distinctive Blue Bottle

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Marine Conservation Presentation In La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

Jennifer Palmer, Kinship Conservation Fellow, invites everyone to attend the Ecology Project International’s Marine Conservation Presentation in La Paz on March 2, 2011. Below are the details as supplied by Jen and two photos.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 2, 2001 @ 5:30-7pm to learn about sea turtles, whales, education and adventure with some of Baja California Sur’s top marine conservationists at this free event. Presentations will be in ENGLISH!

Speakers include Brant Warren of Ecology Project International; Dr. Hoyt Peckham of Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias, AC; and Chris Pesenti, RED Sustainable Tourism Project.

Location:  Ecology Project International Campus, Guillermo Prieto 1038 e/ Navarro y Encinas, Col. Centro, La Paz, BCS.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Hoyt Peckman GT photo

photo: Hoyt Peckman

spyhopping whale EPI

Spyhopping Whale (courtesy EPI)

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SOS Los Cabos Revisited

The gold mine interests have been fighting back and getting the majority of the press coverage. The last protest (car cavalcade from Los Cabos through Todos Santos to La Paz) was poorly attended. Well it was a working weekday and attending the protest meant missing work – not the best idea. So the organizers of SOS Los Cabos recently sent out a plea for people to repost info about their cause. The following photo and info come directly from their email plea.

SOS Los Cabos Rally against strip gold mines

SOS Los Cabos Rally Protesting Proposed Gold Mines - Jan 16, 2011

Help up spread the message ! Please re-post this on your website, blog, facebook or twitter.

ENGLISH
9,000 people in Los Cabos, BCS, MEXICO made a giant SOS to stop the authorities from authorizing any permits that may allow the Canadian corporations, Vista Gold, Pediment Gold and Argonaut (former Meridian) to start open pit TOXIC mining operations in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, located near Los Cabos and only source of water in the region.

more info:   http://soscabo.org
video in english:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWr_Amt2dFs

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The World’s Drunkest Countries By The Numbers

This just in, courtesy of The Week Magazine, by way of WHO (World Health Organization) – statistics on alcohol consumption worldwide.

1.6
Average amount, in gallons, of pure alcohol consumed worldwide each year by people 15 and up

3.8
Average amount, in gallons, of pure alcohol consumed each year by the American drinker (53 percent of it is beer)

2.5
Average amount, in gallons, of pure alcohol downed by every American, including teetotalers

34.6 percent
Fraction of Americans who choose not to drink

7.15
Average amount, in gallons, of pure alcohol consumed each year by the Mexican drinker (78 percent of it is beer)

7.1
Pure alcohol, in gallons, consumed each year by the average Russian drinker (63 percent of it is spirits)

5.3
Pure alcohol, in gallons, consumed each year by the average South Korean drinker (81 percent of it is spirits)

4.1
Pure alcohol, in gallons, consumed each year by the average U.K. drinker (43 percent of it is beer)

3.9
Pure alcohol, in gallons, consumed each year by the average French drinker (62 percent of it is wine)

3.4
Pure alcohol, in gallons, consumed each year by the average Italian drinker (73 percent of it is wine)

3.3
Pure alcohol, in gallons, consumed each year by the average Canadian drinker (53 percent of it is beer)

2.8
Pure alcohol, in gallons, consumed each year by the average Chinese drinker (57 percent of it is spirits)

0.05
Average amount, in gallons, of pure alcohol consumed each year by every Yemeni

30 percent
Amount of global alcohol thought to be “unrecorded” home-brewed liquor, or moonshine

2.5 million
Number of annual global deaths attributable to alcohol

6.1 percent
Share of male deaths worldwide tied to alcohol

1.1 percent
Share of global female deaths tied to alcohol

9 percent
Share of deaths among people 15 to 29 tied to alcohol

20 percent
Share of male deaths in and near the Russian Federation tied to alcohol

Sources: WHO (2), EconomistGawkerDaily MailSociological ImagesXinhua

I added the Mexican statistics from the report to the summary above. Mexico is one of the drunkest countries in the world, right up there with mother Russia. But those of us who live here sort of knew that already, right?

The Week Magazine link (sometimes they stop working after a while):
http://theweek.com/article/index/212297/the-worlds-drunkest-countries-by-the-numbers

Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health from WHO:
http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/global_alcohol_report/en/index.html

Big Fire In Todos Santos, Sunday Feb 20

As I was leaving Todos Santos for La Paz on Sunday afternoon, I saw 3 large columns of smoke in the sky.  Following the trail took me to San Vincente, a barrio on the south side of town, where I used to live. As usual, a fire had started in the huerta, this time near Nanette Hayles’ gallery/house. The wind carried the fire towards Oscar and Tori’s house and on to the El Litro trailer park.

When I return to Todos Santos I’ll know more but a friend told me that some houses were damaged, Oscar’s boat destroyed and a trailer in El Litro exploded. I don’t know if anyone was hurt or not. I certainly hope not. I forgot to take a camera with me to La Paz, so no photos – sorry.

The police and firemen were out in full force taking control of the situation and on the road to La Paz, another fire truck was approaching Todos Santos from La Paz. Usually these fires are started by accident by drunks in the huerta – and usually on weekends when drinking is the heaviest.

See tomorrow’s post for more on the drunkest countries in the world according the WHO.