Friday, November 21, 2008

Visit to Tepoztlan

Last Saturday I went to visit Tepoztlan with my brother and a couple of cousins. Tepoztlan is a little town located about half hour from Mexico City. This town is a traditional Mexican tow with old houses, small streets, a traditional marketplace, traditional food, handcrafts, etc.

We arrived late due to the heavy traffic (it was a long weekend and people escape the city in hordes) and we were hungry. We ate at the marketplace in a small stand that sells “antojitos”, basically quesadillas, sopes, and so on. First I ate an itacate, a triangle-shaped dough filled with the filling of your choosing, mine was potatoes with chorizo. Then I have a cecina (salted beef steak) taco and a cuitlacoche quesadilla, mmm I love cuitlacoche. Finally a chapulines quesadilla, tasty and something different.

To end the day we went walking through the handcraft vendors and bought a couple of things before returning to Mexico City.

Here are a couple of pictures from my visit to Tepoztlan:

Quote of the Day:
Vegetarian is an old Indian word meaning bad hunter.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Barack Obama wins

obama08All the projections points towards it.

Although I am neither American nor live in the United States I am happy that this  election turned out this way. It is a much needed change for the United States. But above all it means a renewed hope for that country. It is also a day to be marked in history as it is the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States.

I hope that this new President works towards a better world

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Am I an Omnivore?

Am I? According to Very Good Taste if you call yourself an omnivore you should try this things at least once in their life. There are a few things I haven’t heard in my life.

So let’s see how I do (the bold ones are the ones that I had)…

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (typical in every Mexican breakfast menu)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (the Spanish variation, morcilla)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries (I have blackberries growing in my house since forever)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans (or as the Cubans call “Moros con cristianos”)
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche (and it’s better cousin, Cajeta)
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (crickets)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (a little too risky for me)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (tunas)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears (buñuelos) or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (I LOVE EGGS BENEDICT)
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef (I’ve been dying to taste Kobe beef, but is too expensive)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

adding up to 40 out of 100. Not bad but there are a lot of things to try out. I think that it also depends on the place you live and the places you have visited, so if you are a frequent traveler of the world you probably have no excuse in getting a higher score.

So, how did it go for you? Post in the comments or a link to your blog.

Friday, August 15, 2008

No Harry Potter Movie for this year

In an unexpected announcement, Warner Bros. Pictures  have made the decision to move the release of the sixth Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, from it’s original date of November 21, 2008 to the next year, specifically on July 17, 2009.

Warner’s president, Alan Horn, explained the two reasons for this delay: “Our reasons for shifting ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers’ strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films—changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.”

The Teaser Trailer for the movie has been around for two weeks, building up the hype for the fall release.

I don’t like this decision at all. First, the reasons given for the delay does not have to do anything with the movie itself, the movie would be the same if releases on November. Second, the last Harry Potter movie was released over a year ago. And third, it delays the next movies for the last book, The Deathly Hallows Part I and II, originally intended for 2009 and 2010, to 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

“We Have Water”

That is what William Boynton of the University of Arizona one of the scientist from the Phoenix Mars Lander said regarding the confirmation of water in Martian soil.

This news are …. I mean one thing is seeing what appears to be water on images transmitted from Martian suburbs and another, complete different thing, is receiving confirmation after chemical tests.

Maybe this news will pass without much furor among the massive amount of information that passes through our eyes each day, but I really think it could be one of the greatest discoveries of all time. It may mean that Mars one held some kind of life, or it may mean that humans could inhabit Mars one day (as distant as it may see).

I am no expert on the matter but I wanted to express my opinion in my site (yes for  those 5 people out there reading it)

You can find the news on this page: NASA Spacecraft Confirms Martian Water, Mission Extended.

Quote of the Day:
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
--Igor Stravinsky

Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Birthday bro!

Today is my brother Andrew’s birthday, so this post is to congratulate him.

Happy, very happy birthday Andrew!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

New York City Trip 2008

If you read my last post you may wonder what I actually did on my trip. Sine this was my second trip to New York I mostly have already seen the main stuff (the Statue of Liberty, the Met, Times Square, Ground Zero, etc.) I was only missing a few important things.  So in my trip I went to those places and some other places out off the beaten path.

I arrived on Monday afternoon to JFK, it is a nice airport but it takes a lot of time to get to Manhattan due to the high traffic. I checked into my hotel and went to grab dinner at the Empire Diner, it was very good. On Tuesday morning I want to pickup the tickets for the baseball game and checked out the New Yankee Stadium, it is a beauty!Later that day took the 2-hour sightseeing tour of Circle Line, it was OK but far from wonderful, maybe for some first-timer in New York could be good. To end the day, I visited Brooklyn’s Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Who doesn’t loves pizza, and the pizza in New York is the best I have ever tasted (so far) and Grimaldi’s is one of the top spots in town.

Moving on to Wednesday. In the morning I spent 3+ hours visiting the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), they have some cool art in there. Lunch at the obliged Kat’z Delicatessen, pastrami sandwich. The rest of the day was reserved for the Yankees. Oh my gosh, what a experience that was, definitely one of the best experiences of my life! Since you board the a 4 train packed with fans to The Stadium to the last out of the evening, everything was memorable. The first pitch was made in space aboard the International Space Station. My seats were a little above behind and to the right of the home plate. The Yankees pounded the sox 15-9 in a 4:10 hour game.

Thursday. Grab a doughnut at the Doughnut Plant. Later I visited the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see the Cherry Blossoms. Then I went to The New Museum in The Bowery, it is nice but feels like just an art gallery. My lunch for the day was at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, lovely and delicious place between the trees in the park. Finishing the day was the second Yankees game, seats in the Bleachers. It was a pity that the Yankees lost.

On Friday morning I visited the Upper West Side (H&H Bagels, Zabar’s, and some of the area around them) and Central Park. In Central Park I visited Strawberry Fields, rented a bike and drove the 6+ miles circuit, and rested some in Sheep’s Meadow. In the afternoon went to do some shopping in the 5th Avenue Area. In the evening went to The Blue Note in the Village to enjoy some Jazz.

The last day in the morning went to Chelsea Market, and old Nabisco factory where the Oreo cookie was invented and now it is transformed into a food market and offices. Finished my shopping and packed my things for my flight back to Mexico.

Here are some photos of the trip, hope you liked this post :)


PD. Sorry for the LOOOONG delay for this post, no excuses this time. Sorry.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

New York City Trip 2008, Part 0

Last month I made a trip to New York City. I really like New York because you have a great amount of things to do, to see, to eat, etc... It was my second trip to NYC and I'll write some posts and upload some photos about it :)

The idea for this trip surged from my wish to see the Yankees play in the Yankee Stadium before they tear it down later this year. It has always been kind of a dream of mine to do that. So after thinking a lot about it I made up my mind to do it. So when the Yankees tickets for this season were made available I was able to buy tickets for two games at The Stadium against the Red Sox! I was so excited, the greatest rivalry of baseball.

So I've made my trip plan (flights, hotel reservations, etc.) around this two games (April 16 and 17).

On the next posts I'll write about the trip itself...

Quote of the Day:
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust
--Samuel Johnson

Sunday, March 30, 2008

WRC Corona Mexico 2008 photos

As promised, here are a few photos of my trip to the WRC Corona Mexico 2008.

Quote of the Day:
Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is a permanent attitude.
--Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday, March 28, 2008

Earth Hour 2008

Tomorrow Saturday March 29th, at 8pm local time, switch off your lights for one hour to make a stand against global warming. The idea came form Sydney, Australia where in 2007 thousands of people turned of the light. Here is a video

Quote of the Day:
All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.
--Jane Wagner

music note While writing this, I was listening to "No" by Shakira

Sunday, March 23, 2008

oops, too much time since I posted anything

Sorry for the lack of posts, I have keep forgetting to post. I'll post a few pics of the Corona Rally next week, and hope to post most often, sorry again.

Friday, February 29, 2008

WRC Corona Rally Mexico 2008

100B3163In a few hours I am off to Leon, Guanajuato for the World Rally Championship, Corona Rally Mexico 2008. I'll take lots of pictures and post some when I come back. See ya!

Yankees, here I come

I have my tickets for the Yankees vs Boston games on April.

I am so, so happy!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Paseo Interlomas, a new mall in the neighborhood

I live near a zone that is thriving with commerce and new residential developments, Interlomas. This zone has a variety of shopping centers, both small and large, supermarkets, cinemas, schools, a university, etc. The growth of this zone in the last years has been astounding. This growth has brought a lot of traffic to the zone and it lacks some roads to be better communicated (see Hueyetlaco).

So, why not, let's make a new shopping mall, one of the largest in the Mexico City area.

This new mall is currently under construction. It will be called "Paseo Interlomas". It was designed by the Fernando Teruya Design Studio and built by GICSA. This mall will feature 15 movie screens (5 of them VIP), an ice skating rink, two mayor department stores (Liverpool and "Palacio de Hierro"), about 79,000 square meters (~850,000 square feet) of retail. Bellow you can find a rendering of the project, click on it to see more images:

Paseo Interlomas 

I like new projects that beautify the city and the space we live in. I also expect the projects to be reasonable and include adequate planning and impact mitigation measures. For what I have read, this project also include a road plan to help cope with the traffic that will generate.

The mall is projected to open in summer 2008, although by judging the current progress I would say it will open near the end of 2008 or beginnings of 2009.

UPDATE: you can find a followup to this article here.

Quote of the Day:
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
--General Omar Nelson Bradley

Thursday, January 31, 2008

† Rest in Peace Father Marcial Maciel, LC


Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ passed away yesterday January 30, 2008. Father Maciel died at the age of 87 of natural causes in the United States of America.

Father Maciel was the founder of the schools I have attended almost all my life. Since preschool, elementary, middle, and high school at the "Instituto Cumbres" and in college at the "Universidad Anáhuac". The Legionaries of Christ have been an important part of my formation.

I just wish to extend my prayers and condolences for the Maciel family and to all the community of the Legionaries of Christ and the "Regnum Christi" Movement.

Monday, January 28, 2008

50th Anniversary of LEGO

Today, January 28th, is the 50th birthday of the LEGO brick.medium_2225773969_e4dfa8a211_o

Lego history began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark, where Ole Kirk Christansen founded a small factory of wooden toys. The name Lego comes from a fusion of the Danish words “LEg” and “GOdt” which means "play well".

In 1947, Christansen bought the first plastic injection molding machine in Denmark. He developed the early prototypes for the LEGO brick and in 1958 he patented the LEGO brick. Today’s LEGO bricks still fit bricks from 1958.

Below is a timeline (from, click the image for the original article) of LEGO.


LEGO, is launching a kit to commemorate it's 50th birthday, 3 gold bricks included (LEGO Town Plan).

With information and images from:
Gizmodo, LEGO Brick Timeline and, 50th Birthday of the LEGO Brick.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Lion King

100_3923 Sunday afternoon I went to see The Lion King, the theater play from Broadway, although I didn't saw it on Broadway... I saw it in the "Auditorio Nacional" in Mexico City.

Back in 2005 when I went to New York City I tried to see it, but was not able to get tickets. So Sunday I've finally got my chance to see it.

The show was beautiful. Everything was spectacular, from the costumes, to the music, to the production. Even for a tour show, no details were left unattended. The show was presented in it's original language (thanks!) with Spanish subtitles on the video screens. The "Auditorio Nacional" it's a fairly large venue, it accommodates up to 5,500 persons for a theater play, so even if you don't get the same feeling you'll get in a smaller theater in Broadway, it was a very good experience.

Quote of the Day:
Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
--Samuel Butler, the younger

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Finally I have decided to give my blog it's own address so it easier now :-). Now you can access my blog @

see you around...

music note While writing this, I was listening to "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Welcome to another year.

May you have the opportunity to do all the things you want to do, visit the places you want to go and be happy with your family, and/or friends.

music note While writing this, I was listening to "Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2 music note