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TGIF #45

Friday, August 19th, 2011
Everywhere a butchery, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Driving between national parks, we passed through lots of little villages in Kenya, with their version of strip malls.

The business names were a little… different. We started writing down the funniest ones. Note that somehow the word “butchery” is funny, no matter what goes with it. Strangely, Tanzanian business did not have the same¬†quirkiness.

Here are our favorites:

  • Amazing Funeral Services
  • Caskets Galore
  • Late Chemist
  • Double Vision Bookshop
  • Waki Motel
  • Amazon¬†Accommodations
  • Plan B Highway Shop
  • Happy Go Butchery
  • By Faith Agrochemicals
  • Twine Towerz
  • Highway Butchery
  • Divine Providence Computers
  • Best Lady Hair Salon
  • God’s Power Shop & Cafe
  • Pivot Cool Bar & Butchery
  • Silent Bar
  • Travellers’ Butchery
  • Nairobi Hardware (in a tiny village)
  • Precious Dry Cleaner
  • Bull Head Butchery
  • Club Destiny Cafe & Butchery
  • Kaka Butchery
  • Meet & Greet Cafe & Butchery
  • Honey Pot Bar
  • Anointed Candy Shop

TGIF #44

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

El Quixote sin Mancha, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

What does don Quixote have to do with a lavanderia (laundry)? Well, mancha means stain & sin means without. So it’s the laundry without stains… Even in Mexico, there are punsters- beware!

So Candalaria is winding down… The Organic market has moved to the Ancha for a couple wkends. The chili cookoff was last wkend… Friends & friends of friends are arriving daily.

Yesterday, we took some FoF’s around & showed them the ropes. I’m starting to feel like an old hand here, although I still have a lot to learn.

I’ll be out of touch for the next wk or so. Senor is going to Cuba for a wk, which- as he is Canadian- is perfectly legal. He promises to come back w/lots of info & pix for my readers.

Here are some links to cheer us all up:

TGIF #42

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Pink potatoes, pineapple pop, tuna cheese, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Yes, Mexico is a little… different. Here are some things I picked up on a recent expedition: Magenta potatoes, tuna cheese, pineapple soda and cilantro in the background.

Tuna cheese (queso de tuna) is not cheese, or tuna as you know it. It’s the brown hockey-puck thing in the bowl. It’s actually a sort of traditional candy made from cactus fruit puree (tuna!) I asked it there were any in guava or pineapple, but no dice. It was still pretty good, but kind of an acquired taste.

The pineapple soda… yeah, no. Although I do really like the apple sode- tastes like Martinelli’s & is good for an upset stomach (well, we all knew that was coming, didn’t we?)

I absolutely love the little pink potatoes. They turn more to reddish when cooked. I’m wondering if they’re similar to what my mom calls cranberry potatoes?

Let’s see… here are some links for your amusement:

TGIF #41

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Mi casa es su casa…, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

The entrepreneurial spirit of Colonia San Rafael (my n’hood) never ceases to amaze me.

There are people who come in from the campos (little settlements in the country) to sell cactus, fruits, jicama, tortillas- you name it.

There are people who set up little shops in their front courtyards, people who sell juice & tamales for breakfast, people who go to Tues Market, buy clothing & then sell it on Wednesdays. It seems like everybody is working, scrambling to make it.

But I was a little surprised (ok a lot) to open my front door Saturday (That’s my door just beyond the little tree) and find a yard sale going on on my front steps. “Don’t worry,” said the lady in charge, “It’s just for today.” And sure enough, by the end of the day, everything was gone, and they had swept up my sidewalk as well.

Here are a few links to get your weekend started: