Mexicotime.net’s Reaction to Latest News

Celebrating the culture of Mexico as it’s represented around the world is our main focus, but every once in a while we look at recent news around the globe and decide it’s time to share our reaction.

The start of 2021 has been exciting so far, with interesting stone masonry projects, family time, holidays and the end of a crazy USA election. In Canada, we’ve had immense snow. Texas was out of power for 3 days. And a lot across the Atlantic Ocean has been going on.

When it comes to world news, it’s impossible to keep up to date with every little detail, so we rely on news broadcasting networks like CNN to tell us the truth. Lately, our biggest reaction to news has been us unable to trust news information. It’s sad because we’ve always been able to trust the news before, or at least that’s what we thought. With the divide in American schools of thought right now, it’s so easy to see how the media is lying to our faces.

That’s why Mexicotime.net will continue to stay alert. Check back for more interesting content as we celebrate Mexican culture one blog post at a time.

Masonry Winnipeg with Mexican Aztec Theme

In Winnipeg MB, Canada, there’s some exciting stuff going on when it comes to celebrating Mexican culture. In a quaint backyard, a kind man with big ambitions is building a miniature Aztec ruin. He’s hired a professional stone masonry company to do it, however, and they couldn’t be more pleased to assist in this fascinating project.

As you can see from the photos supplied here, the ancient Aztecs in Central Mexico had very unique architecture. Their stonework has lasted over hundreds of years to be impressive structures to this present day. We can only hope that our modern houses and buildings will last half as long. We’re truly impressed by the ancient Aztec stone masons, and now we can be impressed by their dearest students–a masonry Winnipeg company and their most recent project.

stone masonry

As introduced above, the miniature Aztec ruin being built in the backyard of one Winnipeg man by a local stone masonry company is a celebration of Mexican culture. The interesting thing is that the model will not be a replica of any real ruin but a creation using different aspects of Aztec stonework and brickwork.

In a previous post, we listed some of our favorite Mexican ruins to explore. Now you can explore them with a newfound appreciation for stone masonry. Seeing the structures alone is wonderful, but to think of how they stacked each stone on top of the other with their ancient technology is dumbfounding. The masonry experts in Winnipeg are finding a solution to that problem by simply building on a smaller scale using miniature bricks. When the project is finished the hope is that the ruins will blend in with the entire landscape of the backyard to make it look like an aerial photograph of ancient South America.

I’m truly amazed by this project and I can’t wait to see some pictures when it’s fully underway.

A Mexican Christmas (my way)

What’s my way of having a Mexican Christmas without being in Mexico? Keep reading to find out.

First of all, you need to have the heat in your home high enough so that you can walk around without a sweater on. By being in nothing but the types of clothes you’d wear on a beach, you can make the inside of your house a little more Mexican. Next, you should ditch the pine tree and replace it with a palm tree. I decorated a small palm tree with Christmas lights and it looks great. Another important thing is to have tacos and burritos instead of turkey or any other Christmas food. This is an obvious given but worth reminding, because you can’t have a Mexican themed Christmas without Mexican food!

Then, while you’re enjoying your hot temperatures and palm trees, you can begin to make miniature piñatas out of paper mache. These are what you can use to decorate your tree. Also, if you have any Santa or elf statues or figurines, you should replace all their Christmas hats with sombreros.

Once all this is done, you can begin to go about the house and customize your decorations to your liking. The more Mexican stuff you add the better the results will be. Have fun with your planning and I hope it turns out great!

Mexican Culture in Appliance Repair Companies

I had my appliance repaired the other day and it was great to meet a fellow cultured Mexican lover who repaired my appliance with great skill.

I love Mexican culture as you’ll know from reading my blog. I’m not picky in most things but I prefer Mexican appliance repair mechanics because it means a lot to me to get the job done right the first time and I know from experience that I made the right choice.

It’s great to get a long with all cultures but we’re allowed to have our preference. Thank you for visiting and stay tuned for more informative posts about appliance repair and tow truck services.

Planning a Trip to Mexico in 2019?

Many people in America and Canada wait till winter to go to Mexico to escape the cold weather, but others like me don’t wait and go any chance we get to go with good company. Spring has started in 2019 and this summer is a greater time than ever to hit up the wonderful beaches and resorts of Mexico with the fam’.

I ask if you’re planning a trip because we’ll continue to share more cool information about Mexican culture around the world and you might find some useful information here before you go to make your trip better.

For more information on what this blog is about and what we we plan to do here over the years, check out our what we do page, and enjoy the Mexican weather!

Another Reason to go to Mexico besides Partying!

Going to Mexico as simple get away from the hustle and bustle of American life is fine and all, and many people go there just to party and have a good time. But here’s another great reason why you should go there.

Mexico is a host of many ancient ruins and archaeological sites. Aztec and Mayan ruins or so great to explore, especially when you have a good guide who also knows the history of these ruins.

Here’s list of my 7 favorite ruins to visit in Mexico:

  1. Palenque
  2. Monte Alban
  3. Ek Balam
  4. Tulum
  5. Bonampak
  6. Edzna
  7. Coba

You’ll find many, many more ruins than just 7. For all we know there could be dozens we haven’t discovered yet, perhaps by civilizations still unknown to modern historians and scientists. So go exploring through the great historical sites of Mexico and have a good time!

The Story of a Mexican Tow Truck Driver in Halifax

Here at Mexico Time we love sharing Mexican culture wherever it may be. This evening I have a rather funny story to tell to you, and it relates to the other post I wrote today about people coming together. Hold on to your hats and get ready for a story about Halifax tow truck driver who turns things around. This is a tale of comedy, truth, adventure, love, and, perhaps most interestingly, racism.

As you know a lot of Trump enthusiasts out there don’t like Mexicans because they believe all Mexicans are just trying to mooch off the American way of life. This issue is not as prevalent in Canada where today’s story takes place. But still even in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the problem is there. My friend Larry has been living there since he was three years old but he’s been blessed with a Mexican mother who teaches him his heritage and culture. Larry works for one of the best Halifax towing companies around and has been operating the same tow truck for nearly ten years. He loves his job and this story comes straight from his mouth as we had the pleasure of visiting each other over the winter.

Nova Scotia isn’t quite like southern USA, but it also isn’t like Denmark, either. There are still a fair amount of racists there and this story all starts off when on a Saturday night Larry was drinking at a pub with his wife. His wife is from Japan and has only been living in Halifax for three years, and so an old guy felt he had the right to come to their table and tell Larry and his wife to move back to where they came from. Now Larry is a smart guy and a good judge of character. Right away from carefully studying this old man’s face he could tell the man had gone through some rough days. This old man who had clearly been drinking too much took things a little far when he refused to leave Larry alone and persisted that Larry go back to his motherland. Now Larry, thank goodness, has an amazing sense of humor and so does his wife, so they just laughed this off.

A week later after doing the old regular job for the tow truck company in Halifax, Larry got a distress call about an old man who needed emergency roadside assistance just outside the city if Halifax. Larry, not even remembering a detail of the night he had had in the pub a week before, had no idea who he was about to bump into again. He showed up at the scene of a car crash in his tow truck ready to provide towing services when he spotted the old man’s face. A great sense of cheer washed over Larry as this was the same man who had mocked him and his wife in the pub. Most men would be upset to see this, but not Larry. He saw this as an opportunity to rub his charity and kindness into this old man’s face by being polite and doing the best towing services he possibly could. Of course, the old man was rather shocked and went through a series of fazes. I’ll explain these fazes of the old man in a list:

  1. At first he was confused.
  2. Then he was shocked that Larry was still going to tow his vehicle.
  3. Then he was amazed that Larry offered him a ride in his tow truck back to Halifax.
  4. Lastly, the old man was so pleased that he apologized for his behavior in the pub and swore to never do anything of the like to anyone else again.

halifax

Now the story comes to the point where everything is looking up again. Larry got to do his job for the Halifax tow truck company and the old man got to learn a late lesson in life.

This kind of story is so beautiful to hear, not the racist part but the part of people coming together. No one is too old to realize they had been acting erroneously and no one is too old to change their ways. As for this old man, he did more than just apologize; he tipped Larry over $200 and swore he had never met a white man so ambivalent and kind in his life as Larry. As the lesson goes, I believe every racist will one day realize that we’re all just people and even a Mexican tow truck driver in Halifax can turn out to be the most lovable and sweethearted person you’ll ever meet.

So thanks for reading and I hope you saw the humor in this tale. When I first heard the story I nearly laughed my head off because I really liked the part about the old man discovering his mistake. Larry sure got a kick out of it, and he’s probably driving his tow truck in Halifax right now as you read this. So thank you, Larry. Thank you for teaching the world a lesson!

Coming Together as a People

It’s so inspiring and wonderful to see people from many different ethnic and geographic backgrounds coming together in peaceful ways. I love seeing the world get along and in fact it’s so easy to see everywhere I look that I find it extremely difficult to understand how anyone can be negative about the way the world is going. Of course, I guess the kind of people who see negativity everywhere are the same people who would complain about what I just said. Perhaps you find what I’m saying rather fake or simpleminded. The truth is that I know negativity exists in the world but I never take the time to observe it because for me the positive aspects of this day and age are overwhelmingly wonderful.

I feel sorry for the people who can’t come to terms with their neighbors because their thinking is too backwards. We got Trump-lovers picking on Mexicans and extreme left university students becoming terrorists. But forget that. I also see Mexicans forgiving Trump-lovers and smiling nonetheless. I see beautiful Mexican women and children living happily in white neighborhoods. I see Mexican widows marrying Americans and starting new healthy families. I see a people coming together and it’s so wonderful!

Help spread the positive vibes by sharing this post with your friends. We can do it!

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The “Canadian Taco” Recipe (mmm, enjoy!)

My aunt is the only person in the world who loves tacos more than me. She coined the “Canadian Taco” back in the ’80s, well, not legitimately “coined” it but you know what I mean. After years of begging, I finally got the permission to share this brilliant recipe with my friends, and that includes you!

First I’ll lay out a list of what you’ll need and then describe how you’ll prepare them. Ingredients:

  1. Regular soft or hard taco shells/wraps.
  2. Thick sliced Canadian bacon.
  3. Potatoes.
  4. Avocado oil.
  5. Blue cheese (preferably Dragon’s Breath Blue because it’s Canadian).
  6. Free run eggs.
  7. Kale.
  8. Salsa.

Notes:If you’re not in Canada you don’t necessarily need Canadian products, but it would make your finished results a lot tastier if you did! Amounts and measurements do not matter, it all depends on preference and proportions.

Instructions:

  1. You’ll need two medium sized pans. Set them both on the element at medium heat. Throw bacon on one and a splash of avocado oil on the other.
  2. On the pan with avocado oil, place a heaping of minced potatoes and begin to fry them as if you were making hash browns.
  3. Once the bacon is crispy, push it to the side of the pan, turn the heat down to medium low and cook your eggs, scrambled style, in the bacon grease. Mmmmm.
  4. Turn oven onto a low setting, like 100-175 degrees Celsius to begin warming taco shells.
  5. Place cooked bacon, eggs and potatoes in separate serving dishes. As well as grated blue cheese and minced kale in another dish
  6. Pull out heated tacos and you’re ready to serve! Don’t forget the salsa!

And enjoy! Canadians and Mexicans around the world should be proud of you!

Mexican Style Kitchens in Vancouver BC | My Aunt Loves Tacos, too!

Visiting my aunt in Vancouver BC has been a blessing. She’s not as passionate about mexican lifestyle as I am but she does like to nap during the day and eat tacos. I convinced her to have a taco party and we invited the neighbors over. After the party my aunt was so pleased with the results that she agreed to decorate her kitchen into a Mexican theme.

We got green, white and red bunting for the corners of the ceiling and a pinata to hang above the doorway. Little plastic tropical trees for the windowsill and a little plastic mexican man winking with a huge smile on his face. Of course it’s nothing super authentic but my aunt loves it.

Part of the reason she agreed to renew her kitchen was she also had a bunch of important chores to do. We needed to replace the microwave, buy a new toaster and fix the fridge. The oven needed cleaning and the floor needed mopping. The ceiling had some cobwebs and so did the pantry. I’m not sure if my aunt let me decorate her kitchen just because she wanted me to do all this work for her, but I trust her joy at seeing all the Mexican culture was authentic.

We celebrated by having tacos. And then we went to the dollar store to find some more mexican nick nacks. We got mini little Mexican music instruments to put on top of the fixed fridge, a poster of a Mexican beach and a painting with a Spanish quote on it that translated says “Work hard, Play hard, Sleep even harder.”

We also got a few small cacti for the corner and some fake colored corn on the cob to display on a dish beside the new toaster. Overall it looks really great!

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get photos for you guys as I didn’t start writing this until I got home and my aunt isn’t too savvy with taking pictures herself and sending them through email. She insisted on printing out her photos and sending them via real mail at the post office (that’s how old she is). I kindly said she doesn’t have to do that. My readers can suffer without looking at pictures of Mexican decorations above our fixed fridge.

I’m going to visit her again next year so maybe I’ll make a part 2 and see if she kept my decorations around. There’s a good chance she’ll need me to do some cleaning again so I’ll take that opportunity to make the kitchen even more Mexican themed.

Before my aunt and I departed we went to this fabulous Mexican restaurant that’s quite popular in Vancouver BC. It’s called Patron Tacos & Cantina. It was quite good but nothing like actually going to Mexico.

Thanks for reading and chat soon!