10,000

Well, I would never have guessed it when I started, but mikesnotes just had it’s 10,000th pageview.  It’s not quite 1,000 tacos, but, still… it’s pretty cool.

México, D.F.

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In Pictures: Coyoacan

During the city-wide shut down for piggy flu, I had taken a few long walks, including this one to Coyoacan.  These pictures were taken along Calle Sosa, on the way from Plaza San Jacinto to the center of Coyoacan.

and one road...

The streets of Mexico City were quiet... a unique experience.

México, D.F.

Desert Life

Outside Oaxaca, the desert has more than just cacti….

Precipitated mineral salts cascade over a cliff face.

Precipitated mineral salts cascade over a cliff face.

Most of these pictures are from Hierve el Agua, a bubbling (but cold) mineral spring in the hills outside of the city.

México, D.F.

Another Random Picture

From the gardens at the Castillo de Bosque Chapultepec….

Can anyone identify this species of butterfly?

Can anyone identify this species of butterfly?

México, D.F.

Spaghetti Taco?

On a corner near my house, a couple sells tacos de guisado out of the back of a pickup truck.  Normally, each guisado is prepared in a tortilla with a small portion of rice.  Yesterday, however, they added spaghetti alfredo (?!?) to my chile relleno before smothering both in a light tomato sauce.  Oh my!  If I only had a camera with me….

México, D.F.

Driving the High Mexican Desert

The trip down to Oaxaca brought us through the high southern Mexican desert, a land of arid, thin soils and spectacular color contrasts.  Despite the desolation, one is never alone when there are so many cacti….

...and vistas of cacti-laden valleys

The tall cacti keep silent in the late afternoon sun.

These pictures are all taken from the toll road, highway 150, which leads from Tehuacán to Oaxaca… definitely worth a peek if you’re into desert pictures.

México, D.F.

Taco 1000

Saturday marked the end of the great taco challenge.  Pictured below is #1000, a “Gaona con queso” from El Califa.  This spectacular steak and cheese bomb, later smothered in salsa, lime, and slices of avocado, is easily one of the best tacos to be had in the D.F. and Mexico.

Taco #1000, a spectacular gaona con queso from El Califa.

Taco #1000. Although it came with a knife and fork, I assure you such implements were not necessary.

It’s always nice to accomplish something, though counting one’s way to a 1000 tacos is more of an accomplishment-in-jest (or a disgusting exercise in consumption).  Sometimes, fake goals, set in the irony of a faux-celebration, can take on a life of themselves and, often, spoil the enjoyment of an experience.  Not having to count is something to look forward to… but, in this case, the most disgusting part may be that I haven’t lost my appetite for tacos… in fact….

…nah, this morning will be oatmeal and a run.

 

México, D.F.