Playing Tourist–Dolores Hidalgo, Gto

I’m not a big fan of Mexican movies, but every now and then, one catches my fancy. Our latest tourist adventure was inspired by 2014 movie En El Último Trago. Three old geezers set out on a whirlwind adventure, well, as whirlwind as 3 old geezers can spin, to Dolores Hidalgo, specifically to the José Alfredo Jiménez museum. The movie is a hoot. There was nothing for it but to recreate their journey to Dolores Hidalgo ourselves.

It’s only about 3 hours from our home, so it was an easy day trip. Thank god, we had no vehicle problems or no random police stops. Nearly all of my proposed visit sites were clustered near the centro, so we parked and hoofed it.

After stopping for refreshment at a torta place, we began our tourist adventure with the Casa Museo José Alfredo Jiménez. I even got some pictures of the signature of José Alfredo Jiménez, which is a key feature of the movie. Entrance is $40 pesos with a discount for teachers and students with appropriate ID. We bought most of our souvenirs here, which meant lugging them around the rest of the day, but after seeing the other gift shops, we decided it was worth it.

We passed the Parroquia de Nuestro Señora de Los Dolores and saw some class trips reenacting the Grito de Dolores.IMG_20180711_121814

We went to El Museo del Bicentenario which was disappointing. I wasn’t able to exactly understand how the displays came together. The nearest I could figure each room represented an oppressed society. One had posters about censorship in Russia, another Vietnam, 2 full rooms were devoted to China and the last room was all about Israel. There were some exceptional stained glass windows in one room and a few spectacular Catrinas in another, but that was about it as regards to Mexico. Oh, and the two full wall surrealist murals were something to see. Admission was $20 pesos, half price for students and teachers.

Our next stop was La Casa de Los Descendientes de Hidalgo (the House of the descendants of Miguel Hidalgo), which was also an upscale restaurant. The entrance was $30 pesos per person and $10 for camera use. As the name implies, this was the home of the 5th generation descendants of Miguel Hidalgo, the last remaining descendant having just celebrated her 106th birthday. Apparently, after the 5 generations, the blood is no longer pure and the generation count begins again. So the children of the 5th generation, are no longer descendants of Miguel Hidalgo, or so our tour guide told us. This was my favorite museum. There were dioramas depicting some of the most relevant aspects of the fight for Independence. I have to admit, I always wanted to have my own handmade wooden dollhouse and these little scenes made my heart go pitter patter with longing.

We then took a turn around the centro, which was very pleasant, and had some ice cream (another reference to the movie). There were a few nice statues, lots of benches to sit on, and a whole lotta shoe polishing carts. We admired La Casa de Visitas from our park bench.

We hiked a few blocks to the Museo del Vino and the Casa de Hidalgo. Both had a $45 peso admission fee, which seemed a little steep now that we’d been to a few of the other museums. We opted not to tour either. I did peek in Hidalgo’s house and was reminded of another movie Hidalgo la Historia Jamás Contada which as far as historical movies go, wasn’t bad.

Of course, it could be that Hidalgo, who fathered children with two different women and spearheaded the national fight for Independence, was not quite what you would expect from a Catholic priest. Hidalgo had his own vineyards which were burnt in punishment for his treason against the crown, so the Museo de Vino wasn’t a far stretch of the imagination right there next to his house in what used to be a hospital. We did hit the gift shop and bought a locally produced bottle of wine called Lloro de Tierra. It was a nice, sweet, fruity rose and we enjoyed it immensely when we got home.

We did not get to the Museo de la Independencia, nor did we stop to see la Tumba de José Alfredo Jiménez en the Panteon. When we asked for directions to the cemetery, hoping it was close enough to walk to, we were told we’d have to walk “un chingo” to get there. My son’s flat feet were starting to ache and we were getting tired, so walking un chingo didn’t seem like something we were interested in doing.IMG_20180711_140241.jpg On the way out of the town, we stopped in another nice park with statues, a playground, some nice fountains (without any water) and benches that resembled sofas.IMG_20180711_141220As far as Pueblos Mágicos go, Dolores Hidalgo should be on your must-see list, not for the quality of the museums because they were rather ho-hum, but for the historical significance of the area, and the wine. I would recommend staying more than one day since there are so many things to see.

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Becoming an Herbalist Free Course

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Herbal Academy has done it again! Another incredible course and an incredible price (honestly, you can’t get a better price than free) focusing on the question “What does an herbalist DO? “

Lesson 1 looks closely at certification and regulation for herbalists and explores some of the educational options that are available to those interested in herbal careers. L

In Lesson 2, we will take a look at the language that herbalists use – words you can and cannot use legally, regardless of education, due to the current state of herbalism as an unlicensed practice. 

Lesson 3 dives deep into the ethical considerations of becoming an herbalist. 

In Lesson 4, we will outline key aspects of starting your own herbal business and the many details that go along with each. 

Lesson 5 discusses the importance of keeping your finger on the pulse of herbalism. Enroll in the FREE Becoming an Herbalist Mini Course and discover your herbal path

Class begins on August 6, so don’t wait too long!

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Last call–Parenting Super Bundle

Did you get yours? The Parenting Super Bundle expires July 31.

Here are just a few of the fabulous items you’ll find in this bundle:

 

Don’t wait! This bundle is only available until July 31. Find out more here.

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Where’s the beef?

If your town has a large grocery store, you can buy your meat in the meat section there, however, it will likely be fairly old meat. For the freshest cuts, buy your meat before 11 am at the carnicería.

IMG_20180517_143934.jpgButcher establishments are often marked with a red flag rather than a sign.

If the carnicería does boast some signage, you can be sure both a pig and cow will be predominately featured just so there’s no mistaking what meat items can be found there.

Any and all pig or cow bits can be bought at the carnicería. Typically the animal is butchered at el rastro that morning and brought by meat delivery trucks. Our area is serviced by el rastro out by the sewage treatment plant. You can take your own pig or cow there to be butchered and come back with the entire pieced animal in buckets in the back of your truck. The Mexican government provides a guidebook for butchering meat at el rastro here.

Meat at the carnicería is bought by the kilo or by a specific price. You can ask to have it cut to a specific size. When my husband buys meat he tells the butcher what he wants to cook and he’ll get what he wants. For example, “$200 pesos de carne para menudo” and the butcher will give him pata, bufi, and panza, the meat ingredients for menudo.

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Just like moo-cows, piggies came along with the Spanish conquistadores and were embraced by the indigenous Mexicans with open arms (or rather open mouths). Pozole, once reserved for the priests and elite, now became the dish of the common man since pork could replace the human meat used to make this delicacy. Apparently, they taste about the same.

These days, you can often find a bubbling vat of carnitas at every street corner and a line of hungry pork devotees lined up halfway down the block. Carnitas are a bit greasy for me first thing in the morning, but I can’t deny their popularity. Should you wish to eat a little pork, here’s a chart to help you get what you actually want when buying at the carnicería.

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