I live in Monterrey Mexico. It’s an industrial city about 2 1/2 hours from Laredo Texas. It’s considered the most “Americanized” city in Mexico with HEB, Home Depot, Costco, and shopping malls. Now that I have a friend coming to visit for a few days, I am thinking of touristy things to do. What would be fun for a tourist to do here? Here are five places I will be showing her (with exception to the last one sadly).
Macroplaza and Barrio Antiguo
This is el centro de Monterrey with great architecture and restaurants with a more Mexican feel.
This is the posh area of Monterrey where you can shop till you drop and have a nice upscale meal. Side note: This beautiful area comes with a beautiful price tag too.$$$
Pueblo de Santiago
A pueblo magico is a town in Mexico considered historically significant.
Parque Fundidora/Paseo de Santa Lucia
A huge park including Plaza Sesamo, museums and restaurants.
Tecate Brewery Tour
I recently found out this tour has been closed until 2017 for remodeling.
I loveeee cilantro, and this salsa (a la Sr Elizondo) is Que Rico!.
(Measurements & times are approximate)
2 lbs small green tomatoes
1 chile Serrano (add another if you like your salsa hotter)
1 bunch of cilantro
1/4 tsp salt
Boil whole tomatoes, chile, and salt until the tomatoes are a light green and soft. (20 minutes)
Turn off the stove and leave the tomatoes and chile in the pot of water until cooled. (1 hour)
Put the tomatoes and chile in a blender and fill the blender half way with the water from the pot.
Add the cilantro leaves and blend.
As a doggie parent flying for the first time with my Shih tzu Samantha, I learned a few things to pass on to those of you considering taking your babies up in the air with you.
- Be sure not only to have the health certificate for your pet, but their actual vaccine booklet as well.
- When you get to the airport, check your bags first thing. Trust me, it’s way easier to deal with your pet when you have less to carry around.
- Before going through security, take your pet outside for one final walk-potty.
- If your pet hates the carrier, going through security is just going to suck. You have to take your pet out before the x-ray and then put him/her back in right after the x-ray. The struggle is real.
- While waiting for your flight, your pet has to remain in their carrier. I hid in a few corners with Sammers quietly on my lap or sitting next to me, airport personnel always found me.
- Have all your pets paperwork and booklet available when boarding. They will want to look at it before letting your pet board.
- Find your seat and get situated immediately. There is even less room when your pet is at your feet.
- Pray your pet doesn’t bark. Sammers barked a few times each flight. I bent over and gave a quick hello each time and all was good.
- Trying to get your checked bag from the conveyer with a pet is kind of a pain because of all the people crowded around. I set her down for one second to get my luggage, turned around, and found her rolling away, freaking out in her carrier. I felt terrible.
- Have water and her leash ready when you pass through those exit doors. Celebrate. You made it!
Would I travel with her again? The jury is still out on that one.
As far as I’m concerned, everyone could use this cookbook. The recipes are tasty, beautiful, vegetarian, and ridiculously easy. The layout is ¨handwritten¨ with lovely photos that make you want host a party asap. Take a look.
I have always had reddish skin, but it seems to have become a little worse with age. Luckily, I found two products that hide it. First, I use NYX CC Crème in med/dk green (only where I’m red, nose & cheeks). Then, I use a product that was recommended to me while traveling in France. It’s called Bioderma Creáline AR. A little bit goes a long way. It’s a dark tint when I put it on my finger, but magically when I put it on my face it blends right in with my pale skin. I think moderation is the key with this product. Again, I use this only on my red zones and blend it out. Wa-La! No more red.
*NYX is a cruelty free brand (though the parent company is not)
I had one of those slap you in the face “You’re getting old” moments. I realized this as I caught myself with product in hand, first up close to my eyes, and then far away, then up close, then far away, trying to find the correct distance so I could read the label. I’m in need of reading glasses. Images of grandmas sitting in rocking chairs, hair in a bun, glasses at the end of their noses attached to chains around their neck. Ugh….
And so my internet search began for cute frames when I stumbled upon Fetch Eyewear. These guys have some trendy and chic looking specs at decent prices. You can have six frames delivered to your house, choose your favorite, and send back the rest no charge. Brilliant! Then as I’m checking out the rest of the website, I read that 100% of their profits go to The Pixie Project. The Pixie Project being an animal rescue/adoption organization. Double brilliant! Check out some of their reading glasses below.