Buena Vista Irish Coffee

Cravings, Culture

A San Francisco institution, The Buena Vista is a bar/restaurant that is a ‘must go’ when in SF. It’s famous for bringing Irish coffee to America and serves about 2000 of them per day. Locals, tourists, and celebrities alike visit this establishment.

(A bit of trivia: In the movie, “When a Man Loves a Woman” with Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan: the first scene is shot in The Buena Vista.)

The Buena Vista is not secretive with their perfected Irish coffee recipe. It’s simple to make. I’m thinking especially for a Christmas morning.

***Irish coffees are not meant to be stirred. You should drink the coffee through the creme. Sláinte!

Gifting to Myself

Cravings, Culture, Sunday Sol

December is not only Christmas, but my birthday month as well. I decided to treat myself to a few small luxuries. I’m trying to wait patiently for my purchases to arrive, but I’m actually chompin’ at the bit.

Kumsi Tea Assortment. My “big” purchase.

Maison by Ines De La Fressange. Francophile reading with my tea.

Clare V Planner. I’m debating a scarf too. Stay tuned…


Current Read-Beloved



The Pulitzer Prize winning book Beloved is on must read lists everywhere and rightly so. I have to admit I had a hard time reading the first couple of chapters. I’m not sure if it was as confusing as I thought, or if I was simply not in the mood to read. Once I got past the beginning, I was all in. I read this book basically in one day.

I can understand why some high schools have Beloved as required reading. We all have read about slavery in history books and seen it in movies. Nothing I have read or seen personalized slavery and made it so real, as the way this book did. A must read for sure.

Mexican Neighborhood Shopping

Culture, Sunday Sol

One of my favorite things about living in Mexico is the different options of buying food in my neighborhood. We have the normal chain grocery stores and restaurants nearby too, but I’m talking about those times when you don’t feel like getting out of your sweats or even the house, or maybe when you need that one item to make a recipe. For those times, you can’t beat neighborhood shopping. Most of mine is done at the bottom of the hill where I live just a short drive away. I guess I could walk, but returning UP the hill would require some athletic training on my part.

First off, is the “Little Store” at the bottom of the hill where I live. This is where I can buy fruits/veggies, queso, tostadas, leche, etc. The basics can be found here.

But before I head to the “Little Store” for my fruits/veggies, I check out the “Little, Little Store” first. This is actually a store set up in a home driveway. They sell strictly fresh fruits/veggies/herbs that are delivered daily so they are usually fresher than the other.  On the weekends, they also sell fresh juices.

Also at the bottom of the hill are a couple of food tents. These are restaurants that are permanent, but don’t have buildings. They set up a large tent with plastic chairs and tables.

Barbacoa tacos are really popular for Sunday mornings here in Monterrey. If you’re not familiar, barbacoa is cow tongue. It’s cooked until it’s the texture of a slightly greasy shredded beef. It’s delicious. We are lucky enough to have a barbacoa cart that sets up every Sunday in our neighborhood.

Then there are the individuals who park their cars/trucks or simply park themselves on the side of the road and sell their goods. Ive bought coconut water from a truck, watching them machete and drain the water to give to me. I’ve bought tamales cooked in banana leaves out of a stranger’s car trunk. I’ve bought baskets and brooms from Indians, as well as empanadas and seeds from young people.

In my neighborhood I see all different kinds of people selling food and goods to make money. I’m happy to buy from them whenever I can. It’s part of the daily life in Mexico. The convenience doesn’t hurt either.


A Day in Hidalgo Mexico

Culture, Sunday Sol, Travel

Yesterday, we went to Hidalgo which is about a 45 minute drive outside of Monterrey. It’s a small town that Sr. Elizondo grew up in, but it’s now also  become famous for its rocks to climb. Climbers from all over the world come to El Potero Chico to climb. When we were there, we had the pleasure of chatting with climbers from Switzerland, Argentina, and the U.S. The rocks to climb are all at the front of the park and to me look like they are straight up 90 degree angles.

(The construction at the bottom of the picture is not at the park, but from where I took the pic.)

Sr. Elizondo’s sister owns La Posada. It’s a place for climbers to stay. She’s continually upgrading and adding on to it. Every time I go La Posada keeps getting bigger and better.

La Posada has both a camping site and small rooms to rent on the property.

There’s also a couple of sweat lodges and pool. The pool was a smart addition as people now come in the summer as well. (You can’t climb on a hot rock.)

It has a small restaurant with really good food and she added a coffee bar due to high request from climbers. I can personally vouch for the tacos gobernador. Delish!

Her latest construction (as seen in the first pic on this post) is a two story kitchen and dining area for climbers to use and make their own food if they choose.