Bixa wrote: we entered the restaurant with much anticipation. We were reading the menu & becoming disillusioned as we realized it was all over-priced pastas and pizzas. Then Charlie asked if I'd noticed that several dishes contained "salchicha". Yikes. Salchicha almost always means wienies -- mushy, horrible, almost tasteless, cheap, crummy Mexican wienies at that. Surely not, we thought, calling the Bambi-in-the-headlights waitress over. She had to get another waitress to come over and answer us. Yes, yes, it did mean salchicha/wienie, she said. To my "Oh no!", she quickly replied in a reassuring tone: "it's turkey salchicha", perhaps thinking I had cholesterol issues. The only thing nastier than regular salchicha is salchicha de pavo.
We gathered our things and fled, not even the idea of cannoli tempting us to stay." Salchichas: the nasty underbelly of Mexican food! We once had lunch at the very nice Cocina Económica 'Mary's', in Uruapan. From the tempting variety on el menú del día, I chose Rollos de Pechuga en Salsa de Vino Blanco, or something like that.
(I see by my menu photo it was Pechuga Rellena en Salsa Poblana)
I was surprised when I cut into it to find not only lengths of carrot rolled up in the pounded boneless chicken breast, bit also lengths of salchicha. Disappointing, yet edible.
You won't find any salchichas in the Mexican recipes of the current Saveur Magazine Mexican issue. That shows you where their heads are at.
I think the part that is so hard for us to understand is that people here like "salchicha". It's one of the enduring mysteries of Mexico -- how a country that produces so much interesting & delicious food can also cherish their tasteless jello and mushy hot dogs. I've never told you this before, DonC, knowing that you are a sensitive soul, but the special Sunday paella at my beloved La Escondida includes sliced *shudder* salchicha.
Anyway, on to my latest traumas, of which I have two to report:
The first took place in the garden this morning. I repotted an extremely spiny, very tall cactus that had been crammed into a pot with a crown-of-thorns. I managed this with no injuries whatsoever, & was congratulating myself on that as I positioned the new pot atop a cinderblock on the patio. That's when got the forceful jab to the hairline from the adjacent giant agave. It bled like a [insert appropriate crude phrase here].
The second is of the dog-ate-my-homework variety. I have been chiding myself for not getting it together to post about the delightful nicuatole festival I attended on Sunday. Even though it's midnight here, I figured I'd go ahead & get a start on it right now. That's when I opened Photobucket & discovered that site is down. (they're calling it a "short maintenance, but I know down when I see it)
It is so frustrating to be in a nice hotel with a worse-than-useless internet connection! Maybe it's because I'm not using the hotel's internet service at £15.50 per 24 hours but another one that I was able to snag out of the ether.
I've been feeling very dragged down the last couple of weeks. Am off to the doctor Wednesday and hope he'll find something. Otherwise, it may a recurrence of what Churchill called "the black dog". I don't have time for that crap.
I think Bixa is right on the money Joanne28. Last week I felt more aches than usual and took myself off to our local pharmacy. They have a clinic to administer injections etc. but are not in any way as in depth as going to the doctors. Anyway, I had a Voltaren and a Neurobion injection. Three days later I felt so much better. To keep feeling more energetic I went along again today for a further boost of each.
FYI - Neurobion is known to help with lack of vitamins B1, B6 and B12 and their part as co-enzymes are necessary factors to be included in the metabolism of the nervous system. Neurobion also supports the regeneration of some nerve fibers and myelin in the way of activating the metabolism and natural mechanisms. B group vitamins are so called co-enzymes and essential substaces for our metabolism. These vitamins are very important at neuropathies treatment, that is because they have a specific functions within metabolism. The functional and structural integrity of the nerve fibres is dependent on an enzymatically controlled metabolism in which the vitamins of the B group occupy key positions as co-enzymes. Source: neurobion.apidex.net/neurobion-info/
Oh yes Bixa. I have had numerous Neurobion injections just on their own. I had the Voltaren as well these last two shots because of my aches and pains. Arthritis is a buggar isn't it! No, no side effects. As a matter of fact one can obtain Neurobion in bulk and inject yourself if you so choose. Whether or not the pharmacy will want a prescription for that amount I don't know. I've been told some people have it daily. Long ago I found it inconvenient to have to pitch every time I felt I needed a boost so purchased the Neurobion in tablet form. I got lazy and forgot to take them on a regular basis so have reverted back to the occasional jab.
Just interest, If I go to my doctor for the same thing it costs twice as much and the nurse in casualty won't administer it unless the doc gives the O.K. Whether this is because you pay more, or a way of keeping track I don't know.
Thanks, Tod -- that's valuable information. I'm pretty sure I could get that over-the-counter here. If not, a visit to the doctor to get the prescription would be 100 pesos ($7.57 USD). You can also visit doctors here who are attached to pharmacies (or vice-versa) for 25 pesos. It's sort of a scam, because the medications usually cost more in that situation, but convenient, I guess.
I'm asking because coincidentally I had a long conversation about this with a friend just the other day. She eats very well -- lots of fresh fruit & vegetables -- and exercises, doesn't smoke or drink, etc. etc., but can't gain weight & feels run down.
I'll be going for blood tests to rule out thryoid problems, diabetes, etc etc etc. But I'm gaining weight, am tired, irritable and weepy. I also crave starch and sugar in a manner that rivals a junky going cold turkey. I suspect it may be the start of depression so will have to up the exercise, proper eating and sleep.
Drugs are an option but they seem to be of the all or nothing variety. So I'll try that first. My doctor said he would definitely prescribe something if I felt I needed it. He's very accommodating but he knows I'm neither a pill gobbler nor one of those "I never take drugs" idiot.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 14, 2012 16:14:21 GMT
From the bits I know about your life that you've shown on the forum, Joanne, it seems to me you might be "heavily burdened and have no rest". Hope you don't mind my saying so. Do you think that might be the case?
Ugh! The batteries in my heat detector have run out of juice, and while trying to figure out how to change them I set off the fire alarm. I need special lithium batteries which I don't have, so let's hope there are no more noises during the night!
At least the young woman at the repair desk appeared to be applying a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, because she scrutinized every millimeter of the camera and noted every nick and scratch on her form, but she never asked the dreaded "did you drop your camera on the sidewalk?"
She just said calmly, "Panasonic will decide if the guarantee still applies."
That's too bad about your camera, K. I hope Panasonic comes through for you.
I didn't sleep too well last night as I kept thinking I was going to be jolted out of my sleep again, but there were no more loud alarm sounds. I will need to deal with the issue today. The "problem" pretty much pales in the grand scheme of things.
Well considering that both the Strasbourg and film set reports were done with the camera already injured, it isn't a massively horrible problem. The 'Fête de l'Humanité' report was done with my old camera.
Gee wizz Kerouac, I feel for you. I have had a few misses and near-misses with posts but that's the trouble with these new fangled things called computers....you loose concentration for just one little bitty momento and press the wrong key..........zooooom, its gone! Look forward to it when you finally post!
Here was the big mistake: I typed up the whole thing with the photos and then I previewed it to make sure everything was in the right place. I corrected a couple of typos and was satisfied with it -- and then I hit the 'back' button instead of 'post.' That erases everything!