Friday, July 24, 2009

Mexico gets to today's Trending Topics list at Twitter.

Mexico is now a Trending Topic at Twitter. Why? Because of soccer:

Mexico beat Costa Rica, to meet U.S. in final
Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:14am EDT

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mexico beat Costa Rica on penalties in a tense semi-final on Thursday to reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup final where they will play the United States, 2-0 victors over Honduras.


Costa Rica had plenty of chances to get the lead against Mexico, Armando Alonso hit the post in the 12th minute, but Mexico should have been ahead at the break when Giovani Dos Santos headed wide from in front of goal.

Mexico were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute when Costa Rica defender Freddy Fernandez was ruled to have handled the ball but Miguel Sabah's soft penalty was easily saved by Keilor Navas.

The Mexicans looked to have grabbed a fortunate victory when they went ahead in the 88th minute, Guillermo Franco scrambling the ball home, but the celebrations from the large Mexican crowd at Soldier Field proved premature.

In the second minute of injury time Ledezma raced on to a flick on from Alvaro Saborio, ran past the hesitating Mexican defense and rocketed home a fine shot.

Again Costa Rica had the better opportunities in extra-time but with no breakthrough the game was decided by spot kicks -- Ledezma being the only man failing to score.

The forward's well struck penalty was superbly saved by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa and Carlos Vela kept his cool to give the Mexicans a chance at revenge for their loss to the United States in the final two years ago.

Sunday's final will be held at Giants Stadium in New York. (Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Greg Stutchbury and Peter Rutherford)

Via Reuters

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mezcal: history and cocktail recipes.

First some History:

The word "mezcal" comes from the Nahuatl word "mexcalli" which means cooked maguey (pronounced ma-gay, no pun intended). Maguey or Agave is the plant (pictured above) from which tequila and mezcal are distilled. Both spirits are produced in Mexico, but Tequila is native of the town called Tequila, in the estate of Jalisco while mezcal is native of the estate of Oaxaca. While the worm at the bottom of a Mezcal bottle is not esential it helps to diferentiate it from Tequila, which will never have a worm at the bottom. Mezcal also comes in different flavors, depending on the fruit or substance used during the destilation process, some of the flavors or types of mezcal are: "de gusano" (with worm), "tobalá", "pechuga", "blanco" (white, plain), "minero" ("the miner" traditional flavor, without worm), "cedrón" (cedar flavor), "de alacrán" (with scorpion flavor), "crema de café" (coffe cream) and many other fruital flavors (read more).

Now some cocktails (yeah!):


This cocktail uses coffee liqueur, the original recipe calls for Kahlua, but you can use any coffee liqueur like Tia Maria. It also calls for a coffee bean garnish on top.
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • 0.75 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 spoon of coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 oz orgeat (almond syrup)
Shake and strain into a tumbler with crushed ice. For garnish you could use a pineapple spear, zest of lime and a cherry. Be ready for the strong flavor of mezcal, but don't worry, after two of these you would not notice it anymore (ha ha).

"Smoky Beet"

In a chilled martini glass mix:
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • Top with fresh beet juice mix
  • Stir in the glass with ice.
  • Add a sprinkle of lime.
Garnish with a few of the fresh young beet leaves, or with celery. I know that a lot of people can't stand beet, but if you can, give it a try, it is fresh and looks healthy (as seen in A Mountain of Crushed Ice blog).

Apple Mezcaltini

  • 2 oz. Mezcal
  • 1½ oz. Bols sour apple liqueur
  • ½ oz. Lemon juice
  • Apple slice for garnish
Pour ingredients into mixing glass or shaker, add ice and shake to chill. Strain into a Martini Glass and garnish with an apple slice. You could use apple Schnapps instead of apple liqueur. In other words, the Apple Mezcaltini is prepared like any Apple Martini but with mezcal instead of vodka.

My personal favorite is the last one, it tastes great! I hope you enjoyed these cocktail recipes.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Follow the spread of swine flu in US and Mexico with Google Maps

The spread of the swine flu is all over the news, but here is a usefull tool to follow the spread. Just click the link below to open Google Maps:

I just hope that everything gets controlled soon, I live in Mexico City and things don't look good. 

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Breathtaking photos of Mexico City taken from the sky (helicopter).

Last week I was organizing some stuff in my laptop and found a bookmark of the personal site of Oscar Ruiz, a mexican helicopter pilot. During his flights he takes pictures of the beautiful city I live in, Mexico City. I want to share some of this incredible pictures with everyone, here they are:

Above, a nice sight of Mexico City at night

Above the snowed tip of  "Ajusco Hill"

Above Chapultepec's Castle, built in the 1800's by Maximiliano

Above an example of mexican modern architecture at Interlomas (I live near this area).

Above Teotihuacan Pyramids, more than 2000 years old.

Above Insurgentes Av. with the WTC in the back

Above "La Plaza México", the biggest bullfighting ring (45,000 cap.)

Above the "Palacio of Bellas Artes" (Opera House and Museum)

Above a Shopping Mall with modern architecture (Palacio de Hierro at Polanco)

What I like about this pictures is that they somewhat represent the diversity of places, colors and cultures within Mexico City, it is like traveling through time, from the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan to the modern structures of the city. Being a local I sometimes take all these things for granted, but I hope that tourists could appreciate and admire this beautiful country. 

For more pictures please visit Oscar's homepage

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Anthony Bourdain visits Mexico City and Puebla. Watch some videos of the TV Show "No Reservations" (season 5, episode 1).

Anthony Bourdain starts the 5th season of his TV show called "No Reservations" (on Travel Channel)  with a trip to Mexico:
Tony heads to Mexico with Carlos,who took over Tony's old job as head chef at Les Halles. Carlos is one of many Mexicans who have crossed the border to achieve the American dream. Carlos gives Tony a tour of his hometown of Puebla and nearby Mexico City.
In these videos you would see Tony Bourdain get really drunk, first at a Mexico City's "Cantina" (traditional Bar) and then at a "Pulquería" (low class bar) with a beverage called "Pulque", which is prepared with plants fermented with dog droppings (believe me, it is true, they take poo and put it in a handkerchief, add water, plants and let it ferment). He also drinks a spirit called "aguardiente" (literally meaning "burning water") which is like a mexican version of moonshine. He also eats some tacos at the street and tries home made food at a "fonda" (traditional restaurant for the working class) and at Carlos' home in Puebla. Finally he visits the "plaza de toros" in Puebla, where he watches a bull fighting event. Oh, I almost forgot, he also wrestled with a "luchador" (mexican wrestler) at a local arena.

Here are the videos (5) from Youtube:

I have to say that Tony is very brave, I had tried "pulque" and I couldn't finish a full glass, sometimes "pulque" is so thick that you need scissors or a knife to cut the thread. Hope you like the vids and find them interesting, just please never try this at home, never.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Visit The Chocolate Experience 2009 Expo at Mexico City.

First time in Mexico City, the Chocolate Experience Expo 2009, an event full of creativity, color, taste and of course, chocolates. If your planning to visit Mexico City or you are already here, don't miss this great expo from January 23 to 25, 2009, at World Trade Center Mexico. The tickets are being sold by TicketMaster's website (Mexico), with a cost of $150 pesos (or about $11 USD). During the event you would enjoy: 
  • The History of Chocolate
  • Cooking with chocolate (with special guests: Chef Paulina Abascal and Chef Ramón Castillo)
  • Chocolate exhibition, selling and sampling
  • Chocolate Memorabilia exhibition
  • Relaxation area (Spa)
  • Chocolate-sculpture contest
I'm sure this expo will give you a sweet memory of Mexico City, don't miss it, bring your family (children under 10 will enter free, 2 child limit).

More info at: TicketMaster Mexico