Canadian Thanksgiving – Still Grateful

Canadian Thanksgiving – Still Grateful

All the produce in the photo above, except for the pumpkin, came from my backyard; I am grateful for this beautiful harvest! … Click on image for more

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El Grito de Independencia – The Cry for Independence

El Grito de Independencia – The Cry for Independence

This weekend, Mexicans will be commemorating the onset of the Mexican Independence War; traditionally, the president himself comes out to one of the balconies of the National Palace to re-enact the cry for independence, known as “El grito.” Celebrations follow and they most definitely include food … click on title for more

Chalupas – Small Boats with Great History

Chalupas – Small Boats with Great History

A chalupa is a small boat, usually rowed or poled. In the 16th century, when Spanish conquerors arrived to Central Mexico, they admired how the areas surrounding Tenochtitlan (today's Mexico City downtown area) had been developed into a system of gardens and farming parcels, seemingly floating on the lakes, interconnected by numerous small boats that they called chalupas. Around the same time, up North in Canada, another type of chalupa was playing an important role as well … click on title for more