Dolores: Hidalgo y Helado

by Chris on October 17, 2009

A visit to Dolores y Hidalgo, the seat of the Mexican Revolution where El Grito (cry of Dolores) took place on September 16. The city is also known for its ice cream (helado)
Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Shrimp ice cream and the Mexican War of Independence. They go together like….say what? It only makes sense once you’ve been to Dolores, Mexico, a town of about 55,000 halfway between the colonial cities of Guanajuato and the expat haven, San Miguel de Allende Poor Dolores is nowhere near as gorgeous as either of these […]


Romeria! Festival for the Lady of Zapopan

by Chris on October 15, 2009

Report on Romeria, the 2009 religious festival of Our Lady of Zapopan in Mexico
Romeria, Zapopan, Mexico

“Viva la Lady del Zapopan! Viva la Maria!” Imagine nearly a million people packed into a square, waving white handkerchiefs, singing and dancing as they cheer the return of a foot-high Virgin Mary icon  to their home cathedral, and you’ll understand the joy behind Romeria, the biggest festival day in the Guadalajara region. Pronounced row-MA-ree-a, the holiday – held […]


Flu protection in Mexico

by Chris on October 13, 2009

Photos on people protecting themselves against swine flu in Mexico
Vendor with face mask, Romeria, Zapopan, Mexico

So you think that reminders of the swine flu are omnipresent in the US? In Mexico, where the pandemic originated last spring, people are still cautious, particularly around food. Protective face masks were common on vendors at Romeria, the sacred procession of the Lady of Zapapon that draws nearly 2 million people on Oct. 12. The Mass […]


Drinking tequila in Tequila

by Chris on October 12, 2009

Visiting Tequila, Mexico: a tequila tour of tequila distilleries and following the tequila trail.
Viva tequila!

I knew little about how Mexico’s top liquor was made, until I visited the town of Tequila Saturday. Although tequila is made in four Mexican states, mostly in the country’s central-Pacific mountain valleys, Tequila in Jalisco – about 90 minutes outside Guadalajara –  is the heart of the industry, home to Jose Cuervo and more […]


Mexico, post swine flu

by Chris on August 24, 2009

Mexico, post swine flu

Just days after the CDC lifted the swine flu travel advisory to Mexico last May, I visited Cancun and the Riviera Maya for a story on how the area was doing. Report is here. Things have changed since then – hotel occupancy rates in Cancun have nearly doubled from around 43% at Memorial Day to […]