Hopes and fears of prospective expats in Mexico

Hopes and fears of prospective expats in Mexico

Jan 7, 2018

Here’s an article by Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire published on Expat Focus regarding what people who moved to Mexico were hoping to achieve, and what were their fears…. A recently released research study, “Expats in Mexico: Expectations, Worries… and How It All Turned Out,” provides several fascinating insights into not only the motivations of those who moved to Mexico, but also their apprehensions. To read complete article...

Facts to know about “Día de Reyes”

Facts to know about “Día de Reyes”

Jan 6, 2018

“Día de los Reyes” is a significant holiday celebration across Latin America. Known formally as the Feast of the Epiphany, “Día de los Reyes” commemorates the visit of the three kings or the Magi to Baby Jesus, thereby representing Christ’s physical revelation to the gentiles. The celebration is particularly important in Latin America and in some cases takes on greater importance than Christmas. Here are Six Facts About Three King’s Day in Latin America. “Día de los Reyes” (Google) 1. Bigger Than Santa: In much of Latin America Día de los Reyes or Día de los Reyes Magos is celebrated in particular by children who receive gifts from the three Magi. Often, this tradition is more significant than Santa Claus: children usually write a letter to the Kings, naming the gifts they would like. On the night of January 5th, children leave one of their shoes outside the door along with grass and water for the camels. The next day, children wake up to numerous gifts left by the three kings or the “reyes magos”. On the night of January 5th, children leave one of their shoes outside the door along with grass and water for the camels. (Google) 2. Edible Wreaths: In Spain and Mexico, one of the most important elements of “Día de los Reyes” is the “Rosca de Reyes”, or the Wreath of the Kings. A large, oval-shaped cake filled with sweetened dried fruit, the Kings Cake symbolizes a crown. A small white figurine representing Baby Jesus is hidden inside the cake, commemorating the hiding of Jesus from Herod. Whoever gets the slice with the figurine has to host a party on February 2nd or “Día de la Candelaria” (specifically in Mexico, the family gets together on “Día de la Candelaria” for a tamale dinner, the person who found the baby Jesus figurine in the rosca has to buy the tamales). Rosca de Reyes (Google) 3. Lima Discovered: Peru’s capital Lima was originally called Ciudad de los Reyes: legend has it that explorer Francisco Pizarro named it so because he discovered the ideal site for the city on January 6th. Día de Reyes in Lima Perú (Google) 4. Parades And Parties: Across Latin America and the United States, Latinos celebrate...

Greg Norman-Designed Los Cabos Community just opened its doors

Greg Norman-Designed Los Cabos Community just opened its doors

Jan 2, 2018

The large Rancho San Lucas resort community is set to debut in Mexico this winter, highlighted by a a golf course and beachfront estates designed by golf legend Greg Norman. The 834-acre master-planned community is located in Los Cabos. The development will include Norman Estates at Rancho San Lucas, with beachfront condominiums starting at $1.4 million and private residences starting at $3.3 million offering beach, ocean and golf course views. That’s joined by the Hotels at Rancho San Lucas, including Rancho San Lucas, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas and Grand Solmar the Residences, which are already accepting reservations for stays beginning Dec. 23. Rancho San Lucas will also include a real estate component featuring luxury villas, with lot pads for the first phase already in place....

Cancun launched ‘#TimetoCancun’ digital campaign

Cancun launched ‘#TimetoCancun’ digital campaign

Jan 2, 2018

The Cancun Tourism Board has launched Time to Cancun, a social media branding campaign aimed to engage digitally savvy travelers. The campaign highlights the best of every aspect of the destination, from the beaches to cuisine, and natural highlights. The strategy will be launched in four stages with the goal to engage, share and reinforce messaging about how guests can spend their time in Cancun and explore the destination’s diversity, including water activities, gastronomy, romance and culture. The campaign’s anchor is the #TimetoCancun hashtag, which will be promoted among social media users encouraging them to share their Cancun experiences. A study of Internet Trends conducted by the KPBC company, mentions that 75% of internet traffic on tourist destinations is on video; hence, the launch of the #TimeToCancun campaign is a video created with user-generated content.     Learn how to take care of your skin as you hit the road in Cancun, Mexico     An essential part of the success of this campaign is the teamwork between the different public and private sectors in the field of tourism as well as the local community to highlight and transmit the values that make Cancun a global reference...

I grow pot in California for a living. I’m worried about legalization

I grow pot in California for a living. I’m worried about legalization

Dec 30, 2017

As the daughter of a back-to-the-land homesteader and pot farmer, I learned never to speak of what my father did. We lived a simple life in times when only growing a few plants could sustain us. “Say I am a retired schoolteacher,” he lectured. “You don’t want to have to come visit your daddy in jail, do you?” It’s only recently that I can publicly tell stories from my childhood, of when my dad would pull me into the shade to hide from low-flying helicopters searching for cannabis patches across the hills of Mendocino County, California. In 1976, he began supporting our family as a black-market grower, planting blackberry bushes and building platforms in the trees to shield his plants from the local marijuana eradication team. When my husband and I began growing, we used the same techniques, tunneling through the blackberries to keep our plants hidden. We now support our two kids, ages 17 and 10, in the market that took shape when California legalized medical marijuana two decades ago. On Jan. 1, we can come into the sunlight as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act takes effect across California, legalizing recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older. Yet after waiting so long for the trophy of legalization, to finally be free in our lifestyle choice to live off the land, I can’t help but wonder: Will small farmers like me be wiped out by big business? Yes, New Year’s will be a day of celebration for many, including tech billionaire Sean Parker, who helped bankroll the Proposition 64 campaign to end cannabis prohibition in the sixth-largest economy in the world. Recreational use is now legal in every state along the West Coast. With California poised to earn up to $1 billion in tax revenue, other states likely will follow our lead, which could spur calls for a change in federal law. After Vietnam, many forward-thinking college graduates like my father, who’d had enough of the government and its wars, moved out to the mountains here. This was the baby-boomer generation – hippies, Deadheads and flower children who decided the mainstream way wasn’t working for them. They wanted freedom, peace and quiet. My father...

LAJA a culinary reference for world famous chefs in the heart of the Guadalupe Valley

LAJA a culinary reference for world famous chefs in the heart of the Guadalupe Valley

Dec 30, 2017

“It’s worth the journey just to eat the vegetable tostada,” said Noma chef René Redzepi, referring to the secret, off-menu dish at Laja, a restaurant in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe. But 16 years ago, when Laja’s owner and executive chef, Jair Téllez, opened the place—in the middle of nowhere as he describes it—he never imagined it would become a food destination loved by the likes of Redzepi, Nancy Silverton, and Anthony Bourdain. Valle de Guadalupe, the wine country of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, is a 4-hour drive from Los Angeles. It got its start in the 18th century when priests first planted wine grapes there. Baja’s Mediterranean climate and porous soil eventually proved fertile, and wineries began to sprout in the 1970s. The first tourism boom was in 2006, and now the region has upward of 100 wineries. With Laja, Téllez inspired many more chefs to open their own farm-to-table restaurants, including David Castro Hussong, who once worked for him and then left for prodigious kitchens such as New York’s Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Castro returned to the valley last year to open Fauna, a restaurant inside the sleek new resort Bruma, adding the flavors of his own journey to this burgeoning gustatory destination....